cj Sez: The dog days of summer were historically the period following the heliacal (sunrise) of the star Dog Star, Sirius. Greek and Roman astrology connected Sirius to heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11” are the traditional timing of the Dog Days. As if tradition has anything to do with the weather.
Suck it up, Buttercups. There’s more hellacious heat and humidity to come.
In the more important news for writers, Killer Nashville (www.KillerNashville.com ) announced the finalists for its 2017 Claymore Award and the Silver Falchion. The winners will be announced at the Killer Nashville Awards Dinner at its International Writers’ Conference on August 26, 2017, in Nashville, TN.
Do you see anyone you know on these lists?
Top 20 finalists for the 2017 Killer Nashville Claymore Award:
The 2017 Silver Falchion Award finalists:
CONGRATULATIONS to all on being nominated…and a special fins-crossed-hoping-for-a-win shout-out to my fellow Sisters in Crime/Guppy members I see on the list. WooHoo!
NEWS NOTE: A request for submissions from Hallmark . . . and here are the guidelines taken from the website:
“If your book seems like a Hallmark movie or TV series, it might be right for us! We’re looking for male/female romance novels and cozy mystery novels of around 70,000-85,000 words in length. We love romances and mysteries that also celebrate friendship, family, and/or community ties. All stories must have happy endings.” (cj emphasis applied)
That’s the post for today, folks. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
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