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June Interviews













6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer


Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron


WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now

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Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!


Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Definition of Insanity by Annette Dashofy


The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

There’s some argument over whether this quote really originated with Albert Einstein, but whoever came up with it is brilliant. I, on the other hand, am clearly insane.

I always believe that no matter how crazy busy I am right now, in six months I’ll have tons of free time. So when someone approaches me with an enormous project for some future date, I think, “Sure. I’ll be done with whatever is keeping me occupied right now and will have plenty of spare time by then.”

Insert hysterical laughter.

It’s never true. You’d think I’d learn. Hence, the insanity quote.

Back in September, I was approached about teaching an online class for Pennwriters sometime in 2020. To be honest, I will do anything for Pennwriters because I owe them. 

I wouldn’t be published were it not for my tribe there. And I’d been giving a lot of thought to teaching some online classes. The decision to do it wasn’t the issue. The issue was when. I broke out my crystal ball (which should be smashed with a sledgehammer because it hasn’t worked from day one) and did some calculating. I knew my tenth book was due in early February. I assumed (and we know the quote about “assume” too, right?) it would be released about eight or nine months later, as the others have. This would be the last book on the contract, so no looming deadlines for a while. I chose June for my workshop.

I’d have lots of free time in May to plan and in June to teach.

Cue more hysterical laughter.

My publisher decided to accelerate the publication date for Til Death and set the release date for June 16. Which means ramping up the marketing plan in May and all through June.

At least my lifetime of insanity has prepared me. I’m multitasking like mad. And my face-to-face launch events aren’t happening, so I don’t have to deal with travel on top of everything else. I’m working on my class plan and writing lectures in the afternoon, writing guest blogs in the morning, and keeping a very detailed work calendar.

(There’s also a new book in the works, but more on that another day)

Speaking of Pennwriters, our annual writer's conference was to be this weekend, wrapping up as you’re reading this. 

Sadly, like all the other gatherings, it’s been canceled. Pennwriters is a volunteer organization and our conference coordinators and committee put in a tremendous amount of work, planning what would have been an incredible weekend. Not only does my heart break for them, but it’s a hit to our budget. The conference is one of our main income sources. And that’s why I’m foregoing my cut of the take for the online course I’m teaching. As I said, I’ll do anything for Pennwriters.

Including groveling. If you’re interested in taking a month-long online writing class about Creating a Cast of 3-Dimensional Characters for only $49, register now. I’m not making a cent from it, but I still hope to enlighten, inform, and entertain everyone who signs up.

In the meantime, am I the only one who miscalculates how much I’ll have on my plate six months from now? Is there anything you keep doing while expecting a different result?

10 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Sounds like a great class!

Annette said...

Thanks, Margaret! I'm having a lot of fun putting the lectures together!

Grace Topping said...

Fortunately, you are an organized professional who will get everything done on time. Your blog reminds me of the old saying, "Mortals plan and God laughs." Or something like that.

Annette said...

Grace, YES. I always say, "Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans for tomorrow." Never has it felt so true as this year, right?! And yes, I'll get it done and on time. I always do. Another good saying: "If you want to get something done, ask a busy person."

Susan said...

Hope your class goes swimmingly!

Annette said...

Thanks, Susan!

Kait said...

Sounds like a great class, Annette. If anyone can pull it off, you can!

My mom used to say, "Man proposes, God disposes." All I can say is Amen. I think we got our crystal balls from the same manufacturer.

KM Rockwood said...

How generous of you to donate your share of the funds to Pennwriters. I've heard many different things about the group.

About the only thing I can say concerning my schedule, six months from now or any other time, is that I know it will not be what I expect.

Annette said...

Kait, I think we should have received a recall notice!

KM, that's so true.

Keenan Powell said...

Married, and divorced, three times. Swore off.