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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

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 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!

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


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Write by Number – A Story Problem* by Molly MacRae

In there with the elements of writing—alongside characters, actions, reactions, themes, plots, tension, climax, resolution, and setting scenes with more than stage flats so that readers see, hear, smell, taste and want to pack up and move there—there’s also math. If Millie writes a book of X number of words, how many words per day must Millie write to finish within Y days? Or, if Millie’s manuscript runs X pages, how many pages per day must Millie revise to finish in Y days? It’s not as creative as other elements, but I love the math of writing, too.

*I set myself a math problem with this short piece because I’m in the middle of living Millie’s revision problem. The problem I set: Can Molly write a piece about the math of writing in exactly 100 words? The above paragraph = 100 words. I love writing and the math of writing.

Molly and friend working on deadline

Molly MacRae writes the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. As Margaret Welch, she writes for Annie’s Fiction. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest and connect with her on Twitter  or Instagram.



Jim Jackson said...

The unofficial WWK math guy approves.

Susan said...

Then there are the addition and subtraction problems for character’s ages and what happened when. Lots to think about, right, Molly?

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Right, it a character is 70 in 2021, what major incidents did they experience in childhood and college. And don't get me started on the Social Security list of top names for 1951.

Molly MacRae said...

Thanks, Jim. Knew I could count on you. :)

Susan and Margaret, calculating ages and finding age-appropriate names are definitely more challenges. This writing business keeps us on our toes, thinking caps on!

KM Rockwood said...

Ah, the challenge, especially for us those of us who are differently mathmatically enabled.

I love your helper.

Molly MacRae said...

Thanks, KM. He enjoyed the writing process. Not a natural when it came to spelling or math, but full of empathy (and kitty tuna).

Kait said...

I love your cat harness! One of my office muses is lolling on my desk calendar as I type. Yes, the math of words. I still use a NANO spreadsheet that I adapted for multiple projects to keep me on track for daily words and edits. There is something so satisfying about numbers.