Monday, April 27, 2009


I just got word that my short story Action has been accepted by Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine! The publication-date is still to be determined, but that ain't stopping me from rockin' a little chair-dancing as we speak.

Action is a dark comedy/caper story conceived as a sort of homage to the late, great Donald Westlake. I couldn't be happier where it ended up.

So yeah. Not a bad way to start the work week. And speaking of, back to the day-job for me...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Comfy, comfy.

Ah, the joys of home ownership. This weekend, Kat and I did our taxes, and thanks to the whole house-buying thing, we got ourselves a return for the first time in a very, very long time. So today, I'm writing from the comfort of a snazzy new office chair. My old one was kinda beat when I first got it probably sixteen years ago, and the years have not been kind to it since. My new one, though hardly expensive, is a ridiculous improvement.

Think a crappy office chair ain't that big a deal? Try writing a couple novels in one. Of course, now Kat's worried that with the new chair, I'll go all soft, and start writing stories about puppies licking rainbows. Somehow, I don't see that happening.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna kick back, relax, and continue beating the living hell out of my protagonist.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

"The Big Score" Scores!

Okay, so this morning, I get a comment on my last post from Sandra, congratulating me all cryptic-like. Naturally, I endeavored to find out why. It turns out The Big Score was named a finalist for this year's Derringer Award!

So yeah. Wow. Big thanks to Sandra for tipping me off, and to Richard Helms, editor of The Back Alley, for putting my story out into the world. Thanks also to Patrick Shawn Bagley, for getting me to write the thing in the first place. And finally, thanks to the Short Fiction Mystery Society, for totally making my day.

I'd also like to take a moment to congratulate all the other finalists, particularly the fantastic Sophie Littlefield, who was nominated for her brilliant short A Taste for It. In all honesty, I'm glad she and I are nominated in different categories; that story blew me away, and going up against her, I wouldn't much like my odds.

Oh, and for those of you reading who happen to be members of the SFMS: don't forget to vote! If you vote for me, great. If not, that's cool -- there are a bunch of fantastic stories on the docket. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some chair-dancing to attend to...