Friday, May 02, 2014

Early May Musings

Writers Block
I saw a quote in Sunday Parade Newspaper by Anna Quindlen on writers block. She said:

"Some days I fear writing dreadfully, but I do it anyway. I've discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead to something better. Not writing at all leads to nothing."

And so writing this blog, I'll keep working for "something better", and for having written it, I'll feel better. There's something to say for that.

Edgar Awards
Congratulations to all the Edgar winners and nominees.
Last night the Mystery Writers of America awarded the 2014 Edgar Awards. You can see the full list of winners and nominees at Mystery Writers of America. Here you go:

Best Novel - Winner: 
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)
Best First Novel - Winner:
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Best Paperback Original - Winner: 
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (Penguin Group USA - Penguin Books)
Best Fact Crime - Winner: 
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War 
by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
Best Critical/Biographical - Winner: 
America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture 
by Erik Dussere (Oxford University Press)
Best Short Story - Winner:
"The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository" – Bibliomysteries by John Connolly (Mysterious Bookshop)

Best Juvenile - Winner:
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake 
(Random House Children's Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
Young Adult - Winner: 
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
TV Episode Teleplay - Winner: 
"Episode 1" – The Fall, Teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award 
"The Wentworth Letter" – Criminal Element's Malfeasance Occasional by Jeff Soloway (St. Martin's Press)
Mary Higgins Clark Award - Winner: 
Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman (Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books)
Grand Master  
Robert Crais
Carolyn Hart
Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Pirate baseball
It was a shame the Pirates lost a double header yesterday to Baltimore. After the great season they had last year, this season has started out disappointing to say the least. But, it's a long season and they still have time to recover. They have to find more consistent hitting, especially with men on base, and even though the bull pen is doing statistically well, it seems they're giving up untimely hits that are losing ballgames. 

The Q&A Book today asks: "Are you hesitating?"

I could be hesitating. That could mean a couple different things. 

Am I unsure of myself? Not usually. I have a great deal of confidence both in my abilities and my judgment, so in that way, I don't hesitate. I'll take on any project that I deem worthwhile and be confident I can complete it.

However, I'm a procrastinator, so I guess it could be said I hesitate a lot. I've been trying to overcome the procrastination bug, and truthfully have been doing better. I seem to have come by this one honestly. My dad was great for completing 95% of a project, putting off that last 5%, and then jumping to the next one, and I've picked up some of that from him. 

Until next time...

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