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February Interviews

2/3 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones
2/10 TG Wolff, Suicide Squeeze
2/17 Lida Sideris, Slightly Murderous Intent
2/24 Barbara Ross, Shucked Apart

Saturday WWK Bloggers

1/13 Jennifer J. Chow
2/20 E. B. Davis
2/27 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

2/6 Polly Iyer


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Jennifer J. Chow for garnering a 2021 Lefty Nomination for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. We're crossing our fingers for Jennifer!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Dealing at the Dump" appears in Cozy Villages of Death Fall 2020.

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Black Market Baby" and Debra H. Goldstein's "Forensic Magic" appear in Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories Fall 2020.

Jennifer J. Chow's Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (interview on WWK on 11/11) released on November 10.

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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

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


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.