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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

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!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. 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.

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


Friday, June 5, 2020

Pickard: A Review of the Television Series by Warren Bull

Pickard: A Review of the Television Series by Warren Bull

Image from the verge dot com

I heard good things about the series before I saw it. I was intrigued by a 79-year-old actor (the redoubtable Patrick Stewart) playing a 94-year-old hero in a classic science fiction universe where action is an expected part of the plot. I knew Stuart had said he felt he had done as much with the character he could do, but he was persuaded to reconsider by the writing.
What I had not known and did not immediately figure out was that the “showrunner,” executive producer, and principal writer was Michael Chabon.  Combining a writer of his stature with an actor as talented as Stewart resulted in a truly memorable series. 
The show starts 18 years after Admiral Pickard retired in disgust following the Federation’s failure to evacuate Romulans from their home planet, which was destroyed by a supernova. The Admiral is also mourning the death of his subordinate and great friend Data (an android) who gave his life to save Pickard. For reasons still unknown, while Romulus was destroyed synthetic lifeforms attacked human settlements on Mars, killing everyone. Creating artificial life has been outlawed.
The show is slower and more contemplative than other Star Trek creations. Pickard goes on a redemptive journey while investigating a murder. He has to face the consequences of several actions he took years earlier. The cast includes mostly new characters who have their own heroic journeys to complete as well as a sprinkling of characters from the various versions of the Star Trek franchise.
I enjoyed it immensely. Data, a unique non-person who yearns to become fully human, has always been a fascinating character to me. He is the ultimate outsider, even more than Spock on the original Star Trek, a half Vulcan who had a human mother. 
As a writer, I often wish I had the option of clearly labeling the time and place of back story events that partially unravel and explain why characters in the present behave in unexpected ways.  In the series, words appear on the screen before the action starts. I don’t know how to do that as effectively on the written page.
You’re pretty much stuck where you are anyway. Do yourself a big favor and watch the series. If you don’t like science fiction, you can watch a great storyteller at work. 

1 comment:

KM Rockwood said...

I don't watch much TV, but this might be worth a try. Thanks for pointing it out.