November 2009 Blog Posts (149)

SHORT STORY AT CRIMEWAV.COM

My reading of my short story "The Devil's in the Details" is now up at CrimeWAV.com.

Added by Craig McDonald on November 24, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Review - Lennox, Craig Russell

Book Title: LENNOX

Author: Craig Russell

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-74175-930-3

No of Pages: 329



Book Synopsis:



Private investigator Lennox stands somewhere between legal and illegal, honour and greed, crims and cops. The one clear thing about Lennox is his certainty that only the toughest and most ruthless survive in his home town of Glasgow.



The McGahern twins are on the way up in Glasgow's grimy… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on November 24, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

This is what should happen

if somebody doesn't respect Chuck Jones.

Baby, Cartoons Are On

Added by Jimmy Callaway on November 24, 2009 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Good News in Publishing

The voices of doom make it too easy to overlook the positive things that are happening in writing and publishing today that can help all authors, as this article shows.

Added by Dana King on November 24, 2009 at 4:28am — 4 Comments

A new story up over on my blog

I have another one of my Turner/Frank cop stories up over on my blog. Go over and read it--maybe join up and become a fan. Hell, maybe you'll read it and find an inspiration to write a hilarious comedy script! Stranger things have happened.

Find it at

http://noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.com

Added by B.R.Stateham on November 24, 2009 at 2:37am — 1 Comment

National Crime Fiction Week 2010

The Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain, (CWA) of which I am a member, has launched a new intiative for 2010 with the introduction of National Crime Fiction Week, taking place from 14 June to 20 June 2010. It is designed to raise the profile of crime fiction further, already a popular genre in the UK, and will be a celebration of crime writing.



During the week members of the CWA, including yours truly, will take part in readings, discussions, readers' group… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 24, 2009 at 12:56am — No Comments

Why Israelis pick Tarantino over Spielberg

Latent shame over the Jews' failure to stand up to the Nazis is cited as a reason for the success of "Inglourious Basterds."

By Matt Beynon Rees - GlobalPost



JERUSALEM, Israel — Quentin Tarantino’s "Inglourious Basterds" is the definitive Israeli movie.



The bloodthirsty revenge fantasy of Jewish soldiers crushing German… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on November 23, 2009 at 11:18pm — No Comments

It's never too soon to laugh

I was on track for an on-time arrival at Borders Express Saturday but an accident shut down the beltway – all lanes. Like a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire I used one of my lifelines, a friend who worked map magic to guide me to an alternate route. I was grievously late, but it was the kind of situation I knew would make a funny story some day, so I just laughed it off.



After all, if you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you may as well… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on November 23, 2009 at 9:20pm — No Comments

It's never too soon to laugh

I was on track for an on-time arrival at Borders Express Saturday but an accident shut down the beltway – all lanes. Like a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire I used one of my lifelines, a friend who worked map magic to guide me to an alternate route. I was grievously late, but it was the kind of situation I knew would make a funny story some day, so I just laughed it off.



After all, if you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you may as well… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on November 23, 2009 at 9:20pm — No Comments

The Latest

The last couple of days have been busy but very good for promoting my writing. It started Friday at the Waldenbooks in Chesapeake, VA. After that book signing I took a short drive to Virginia Beach where I had a particularly good evening book signing at Barnes and Noble.



After taking some time to enjoy the sights of Virginia Beach I moved north Sunday to the Borders Express in the Owings Mills Town Center. After two nice Virginia signings, it was nice to have a good one in MD to… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on November 23, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

MURDER ON THE HIGH SEAS: A CRUISE TO DIE FOR

I just returned from a trip to the Mexican Caribbean. It was a cruise saluting Veterans, very patriotic (I am a Vietnam Era vet). I was on a panel of authors talking to the vets about writing their memoirs. The cruise was terrific! We got together later with the travel agent who pulled together the trip and pitched the idea of a mystery cruise. I came up with the title: Murder On the High Seas: A Cruise To Die For.



I heard today that the travel agent can pull it together by next… Continue

Added by Sunny Frazier on November 23, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Florida Noir

Florida noir has deep roots, starting in the 1940’s with hard-boiled detective fiction like John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee character. Fictional detectives, unraveling Florida mysteries, the unique atmosphere as part of the backdrop influencing characters and their actions, are all part of the Florida noir appeal. Florida fiction, along with non-fiction, even the medium of film usually draw on atmosphere, and with fiction, this affects plot as well.



In Florida fiction, an example… Continue

Added by Linda Stamberger on November 23, 2009 at 8:26am — 3 Comments

Seeing Double. And Yogurt

I'm not really twice as wordy as usual. I'm getting double postings, and I don't know why. I notice some others are too, and Daniel says it will go away soon. I try to delete one if I catch it.

Today's challenge: explain where the ridiculous names used in ads come from. What scientist, in lab coat and black-framed eyeglasses, proclaimed: "We've found a new yogurt culture, and we're going to call it bifidus regularis!"

Added by Peg Herring on November 23, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

My Palestinian crime novels, Ethiopian marathoners and Michael Jackson's glove on the BBC

I was on the BBC World Service's The World Today chatting about my Palestinian crime novels today. Because of the nature of the show, I also was asked my opinions on Cairo's muezzins, Ethiopian distance running and the value of Michael Jackson's rhinestone-encrusted white glove (you remember, the one he wore at the Motown Awards the first time he ever did the moonwalk). Haven't you always wanted to know what I… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on November 23, 2009 at 4:51am — No Comments

MORAL DILEMMA UPDATE

You hopefully have read the first 6 chapters posted of my blogs. The FBI and local law enforcement in San Francisco have set up a task force to deal with the unusual Ice Man. From here the story takes on exciting action and character developments

Added by RONALD FEASEL on November 23, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

What's behind claims about Israel's organ trade?

By Matt Beynon Rees - GlobalPost



JERUSALEM — Donald Bostrom, a freelance Swedish journalist who wrote an article this summer accusing Israeli officials of trading in Palestinian organs, came to Israel late last month to defend his piece at a conference on the media.



Neither Bostrom, who needed a bodyguard because of the stir his article has caused, nor the media came out… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on November 22, 2009 at 8:50pm — No Comments

"They Come From Above" and "Retribution"



I am fortunate that David Cranmer saw a piece of microfiction that two other editors had rejected, and he decided that it could be more, and that it could have a greater audience.



With plenty of encouragement from David, Elaine Ash, and Katherine Tomlinson, that story became fuller and richer. I encourage you to see the end result, "They Come… Continue

Added by Cormac Brown on November 22, 2009 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

"They Come From Above" and "Retribution"



I am fortunate that David Cranmer saw a piece of microfiction that two other editors had rejected, and he decided that it could be more, and that it could have a greater audience.



With plenty of encouragement from David, Elaine Ash, and Katherine Tomlinson, that story became fuller and richer. I encourage you to see the end result, "They Come… Continue

Added by Cormac Brown on November 22, 2009 at 11:59am — No Comments

Texting

I just learned how! LOL And I'm only 54 years old...well, I will be very soon. What fun it is. However, the other day my daughter sent me three messages before I could even answer one. She said I'm slow. Well, duh! I can't see the small letters and I also have the kind of phone that doesn't have a keypad.

Yes and no questions are desired:)

Added by Tory Richards on November 22, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

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