Thursday, May 31, 2007

When it Rains... er, Demolicious... um...

Okay, title-wise, I've got nothin'. Content-wise, though, I've got plenty. Namely this: Seven Days of Rain was accepted for publication by Demolition Magazine, to appear in their Fall 2007 issue. Demolition is fresh off of winning the 2007 Gumshoe Award for Best Crime Fiction Website, and they've clearly decided to let the place go all to shit – why else would they invite me to grace their (web)pages?

In all seriousness, I couldn't be happier. Demolition is a hell of a publication, and Seven Days of Rain is a favorite of mine; I couldn't have asked for a better fit. Best of all? It's on-line and free. So what are you waiting for? Pop over and check 'em out. And, come fall, do it all over again.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

And now for something completely different.

Okay, this might have nothing to do with writing, but what it lacks in topicality (it's a word write it down) it makes up for in sheer awesomeness.

Today, May 27, at 1:00 PM, on Portland's Eastern Prom, is the second annual Zombie Kickball game. What, you might ask, is zombie kickball? Let me see if I can explain:

IT'S ZOMBIES PLAYING KICKBALL.

Don't believe me? Check the myspace. Or the paper, who had this to say (picture theirs, italics mine):


Ah, Memorial Day Weekend. Barbecues, parades and … zombies. This Saturday presents a unique opportunity to dress like a zombie and play kickball on Portland’s Eastern Prom. Organizers hope to draw 100 of the walking dead. Those who don’t want to play ball can still fill out the "Zombie Bleachers" or serve as zombie cheerleaders.

That's right zombie cheerleaders. I live in the best town ever.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

On Irons and Fire

Spring's a funny thing. The days are getting longer, but somehow, it seems I have less and less free time – hence the sudden dearth of posts. That's not to say that nothing's going on – just that I haven't had time to pop in here and write about it. So without further ado, here's the rundown, bullet-style (hey, it is a crime-fic blog, after all):
  • The June 2007 issue of EQMM is now really, actually in stores. For serious this time. So go buy it, and if you like my story, tell a friend. If you don't, well, then it's quiet time for you.
  • I recently completed a new short story called The Big Score. Usually, when I finish a story, I'll write a post about where it came from, but the origins of this one are a tad mundane. (I'd like to think that the story is anything but.) I wrote it at the request of a friend who's editing an anthology. With these sorts of things, there are always a ton of variables at play (not the least of which being that there's always the chance it's just not his cup of tea), so for now, that's all I got. More details as they come.
  • For those keeping track, that's four short stories making the rounds. I had a bit of non-rejectiony bad luck of late (markets closing, editors sitting on subs for the better part of a year – that sort of thing), but I'd like to think the worst is behind me. All the markets currently considering my stories are very cool, and I'd be psyched to be in any of them. Once again, stay tuned.
  • The Angels' Share is still making the rounds as well, but I've had some tremendous feedback, and I'm delighted at the attention it's garnered thus far. Agents, it turns out, are far nicer than they're given credit for. Things are still very much up in the air, but I'm pretty optimistic. If you're reading this, cross your fingers for me.
  • Last, but certainly not least, the WIP. WIPs, really. (Ws IP? Tricky plural, that. Like WMDs, which makes no sense, or Attorneys General, at least one of which makes no sense.) Anyway, I've got two novels in the works. Yes, they have names, and no, I'm not saying what they are. I will say this: one's a stand-alone thriller with a lot of potential. It's got a tricky plot structure, and it's a bit of a slow burn, but I think I like where it's going. The other is the first in a series. It's chock full of action-y goodness, and it's about as subtle as a freight train. Right now, I think the latter's winning. Subtle's never been my strong suit.
So there you have it. My life in bullets. Well, the writing bit of it, at least. So stick around. Things are getting interesting.