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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


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!


Friday, May 1, 2020

The Other White Meat by Warren Bull

The Other White Meat by Warren Bull

Image by Mark DeYoung on Upsplash

There are a series of commercials that extol the virtues of eating pork.  Unlike commercials that encourage eating beef as ultra-American behavior, and that show cowboys, backyard barbeques and other red white and blue such as drinking beer, the producers apparently decided that hog farmers did not fit the American myth. So, they settled on an implied analogy instead.

Please note the introduction above has almost nothing to do with this blog. I just found the commercial interesting and because I can indulge myself when writing blogs, from time to time, I do.

I believe there are overlaps between various art forms, pork is not chicken but they could both be described as white meat. The best editor/writing teacher I know now expresses herself primarily by weaving.  The best jazz singing teacher I know uses her history as a dancer to help singers identify the internal physical sensations associated with the stance, tongue, teeth and lip position that they experience when producing new and desired sounds.  I find thinking of myself as a saxophone that creates sound by expelling air constantly and changes sound by altering the airflow in small ways to be helpful in singing. 

Other writers I know have experience in other art forms that influences how they think about expressing emotion, giving instructions, and inserting subtle cues. Some creative chefs, amateur or professional, think of seasonings, varying time and temperature of baking and cooking when they write. Visual artists understand how shading and color combinations underlie the perception of the images they create. 

And different types of writing experience affect what is produced. At the risk of stereotyping, in general, poets have skill with packing power into a few words; reporters know not to bury the lead; and science writers can translate jargon into English.

All experience enriches the palette that writers use. I believe experiences in other art forms are particularly helpful in broadening the range of perceptions and variations in thinking writers can employ. 


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Yes, I agree.

I've spent a month banging out a rough draft of my next book. Every night I curled up under a fuzzy blanket and listened to an HD stream of a Metropolitan Opera performance. My husband watched, but I listened, and wrote prose in my head and plot-stormed for the next day. I noted when the music matched the action (we just completed Donizetti's Tudor trilogy, when someone gets the axe in each opera), and listened to the singers convey different emotions (fear, anger, grief).

KM Rockwood said...

All forms of art reflect the human experience, and the intertwined themes are there for anyone who looks hard enough for them.