Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That

Over at Lit Reactor there's a good article about getting police dialogue right.  Check out "Writing the Crime Scene:  Cops Don't Talk Like That".  There's also some links where you can find some help with getting things right.

Dirge - Call for Non-fiction Articles

This popped up on Twitter for those of you who write non-fiction articles:
Dirge will start paying for articles in 2017, & we're looking for writers to start NOW. Email an intro & samples to editor@dirgemag.com

You can find more information and check out Dirge here.  Also be forewarned that Dirge isn't for people who are easily offended.  They are a paying market (successful Patreon account) but they don't say how much.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

RIP Ed Gorman

I just read on Bill Crider's blog that Ed Gorman has passed away.  I didn't know the man but I was a constant reader of his blog and learned a lot about books and writing from his posts. 

Long before I knew about Mr. Gorman I read his short story "The Face" in the first issue of Louis L'amour Western Magazine.  The story just blew me away and still does every time I read it.  It doesn't get any better than that.  I haven't read all of his work but what I've read always reminds me of how great a writer can be.

I was very lucky to have a story of mine chosen by Mr. Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg for inclusion in their best of the year crime and mystery anthology titled "By Hook or by Crook".  It was one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me and I will be forever grateful to have been included.

Rest in peace Mr. Gorman.  My sympathies go out to your wife and family.  You will be sorely missed by everyone who knew you.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her October list of anthology calls.  Thanks, Angie!

Manchester Speculative Fiction - Anthology Call

Manchester Speculative Fiction has posted an anthology call for "Revolutions 2".  They're looking for speculative fiction stories of 1500 to 6000 words that are linked in some way to Manchester, England.  The deadline is December 31, 2016 and payment is 15pounds Sterling.  You can find the details here.

Ella @ 100 Anthology - Call for Submissions

The Ella @ 100 Anthology is seeking poems, stories, essays, scripts, and graphic essays or stories inspired by the life and work of Ella Fitzgerald.  They looking for up to 15 pages per submission.  The deadline is January 15, 2017 and payment is $10.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page for the guidelines.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Obituary by Mike Penn

Over at Shotgun Honey you'll find this delicious little flash titled "The Obituary" by Mike Penn.  Maybe I shouldn't have, but it made me laugh.

I've added the link today (Saturday).  Don't know how I managed to forget it yesterday.  Sorry about that!