Forgive the cross-posting from http://kellistanley.blogspot, but when you've got pneumonia, you take short-cuts!
Codeine is an awful drug. I mean it. I'm not the narcotics-type, and the bizarre opium-eater dreams I have when I finally do fall asleep--after imbibing but two teaspoons of codeine cough syrup--are enough to give Salvador Dali and Hieronymous Bosch nightmares.
Why the codeine? Because right before Thanksgiving, I contracted the Big P. Cough Central. The Last Wheeze. Otherwise known as pneumonia.
I've been laid up, unable to work (bad), unable to write (worse), unable to think clearly (worst). I finally emerged from this cherry-flavored haze to go on line a few days ago, and found an email from a friend and fellow writer (and fellow nominee, Declan Burke
) congratulating me on my nomination for a Spinetingler Award
I was about to call the doctor and report my hallucination when I found other reports announcing the same thing. Surely not everyone was on codeine ... wow.
is the first short story I've written since I was 16, and while it's not been an eon yet, let's just say I can measure the span in dog years. So it's my first short work as an adult, it's got a Latin title, Latin words, it features a character who will be making his debut next July in my first novel, Nox Dormienda
, and it's got cabbage in it. Not exactly an orthodox combination even in hardboiled, noir or historical, the genres I commingle and flirt with.
I've been happy as a clam at having it published in Dave Zeltserman's wonderful Hardluck Stories
. The fact that anyone actually read it ... liked it ... and then voted for it ... well, I'm still half-suspecting the world drank from my cough syrup bottle.
You can exercise your reader's constitutional right and vote in the Spinetingler Awards
. It's their first year, so help keep 'em thriving. There are many creative categories (best editor; best cover design), and plenty of great nominees to vote for. The deadline is December 30
. Details can be found on the Crime Zine Report
I am truly humbled, exceedingly surprised, and very, very grateful to those who nominated me. It really is an honor to be in such august company. And I feel a lot better. I think I've discovered a new weapon to fight pneumonia.