Thursday, February 25, 2010

Until Feb. 28, storySouth Million Writers Award Nominations

A little late this year, but yesterday I made Thrilling Detective's three allotted nominations for storySouth's Million Writers Award, honoring the best original online fiction of 2009. They are:

"Pandora" by Patrick Shawn Bagley
"Love is for Suckers" by Robert Petyo
"Shot Back" by Kieran Shea

Obviously I like all the stories I choose to edit, so if you liked another 2009 Thrilling story, please nominate it.

Readers/writers can also nominate one story, so I nominated my own "Artifacts" in Beat to a Pulp.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Cell Theatre Reading Recap

I'm just back from the very sociable and successful reading at The Cell Theatre. It was great to meet organizers Seamus Scanlon and Karen Heuler and catch up with S.J. Rozan, Jason Starr, Keith Snyder, and Harold Schechter—one of my graduate professors at Queens College.

My thanks to Seamus, Karen, Mobile Libris, everyone at The Cell, and Lineup 2 contributor Deshant Paul, who recorded my portion of the reading:

S.J. Rozan reading from The Shanghai Moon:

Jason Starr reading from Slide:

Great TV Speeches: Capt. Thomas Boone (Terry O'Quinn)

This is from the JAG Season One episode "Defensive Action", in which Capt. Boone, Harm's father's wingman, at this point CAG aboard the U.S.S. Seahawk, is court-martialed for destroying a Hind gunship. He contends the Hind was strafing his men, who had ejected from a damaged F-14 Tomcat. The other side claims the Hind was rendering humanitarian aid. For closing arguments, the CAG chooses to represent himself:

Gentlemen, since I am not a lawyer, I'll be brief. I am a Naval aviator, with 11,000 flying hours, 908 of which were in combat. I know gunfire when I see it; I did not imagine it. The Hind was firing at my men as they hung helpless in their chutes. What I did I would do again without hesitation even if doing so meant ending my Naval career. God knows it is not a career I wish to end. That'll happen soon enough. But better that than to break the sacred trust between an officer and those he commands to do whatever is in his power to protect them, not only when such action is obvious or politically correct, but even when it is sure to be unpopular and questioned. The day that I can no longer live up to that trust, you will not have to ask for my resignation, gentlemen. It'll be tendered without hesitation.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Hello. Domino's Pizza."

Until the "Oh, Yes We Did" campaign, I was unaware of the outcry for Domino's to revamp their recipe. I hadn't had Domino's in years before today, but not because I avoided Domino's specifically.

I'm blogging this because I ordered the 2-medium-pizzas-$5.99 each deal online and it worked like magic, sidestepping potential phone awkwardness, allowing me to graphically track the pizzas' progress from preparation until they left the store. The world is forever changed.

Is the pizza better than I remember? Yes...but it's possible I inadvertently missed the supposed dip in quality.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

It's my year.

Today begins the year of the Tiger, my Chinese astrological sign. Given that there are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, you should be able to guess how old I'll be this year.

I Love YouTube

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Latest Lineup Gear

Lineup Longsleeve T-Shirt

Lineup Trucker Hat

These items and more available at The Lineup Gift Shop. Show your support for our annual anthology of crime poetry.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Super Bowl

If you're a close reader of this blog, you know I occasionally buck trends and don't do what every else is doing. I'll watch regular seasons and playoffs of baseball, basketball, and football yet the finals leave me cold. It may be because this is when everyone else gets interested. Let's make it a party, consume gobs of food and drink. Let's watch the commercials. It's no longer about the game.

This year I had plans to watch the Super Bowl at a friend's house, on his new plasma TV. Things fell through at the last minute, letting me indulge in my own Super Bowl tradition, a nap.

Nothing against the Saints or Colts. Great win for New Orleans that will go down in history.

Saturday, February 06, 2010


Picture me shouting Bill Gates's name a la Captain Kirk's "Khan!!!" I haven't used Windows in five years, and it's still giving me headaches. Blogging was light this week as I upgraded my Ubuntu from Hardy to Intrepid, to Jaunty, to Karmic. The last step left me unable to boot up because I hadn't updated from GRUB Legacy (boot menu) to GRUB 2. My brother was kind enough to find the update instructions, but my system still wouldn't boot.

To make an hours-long story short, changes between Jaunty and Karmic had Ubuntu sensing two filesystems on my hard drive. I bought my current PC four years ago and immediately wiped out the pre-installed Windows in favor of Ubuntu. Little did I know until Wednesday, a remnant of the Windows installation lurked on the first sector of my hard drive like General Chang's cloaked Klingon ship in Star Trek VI. Much like Kirk's plasma-seeking torpedo, my brother pinpointed and cleaned out the sector, freeing Karmic to finally boot.

Where's that damn torpedo?

She's ready, Jim. Lock and load.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A Good Front

The Lineup 3 front cover designed by John Collis. Photo by Dan Streck. Click on the image to enlarge.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Super Sunday

No, not next Sunday, but:

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010

The Tandem Reading Series continues at
The Cell Theatre

Variety in crime--an evening of fiction, fact, poetry and high-risk mortality.

SJ Rozan reads from her latest novel, THE SHANGHAI MOON, a detective story set partly in modern day New York and partly in the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai during WWII.


Seamus Scanlon (with the lilting accent) will be reading a brilliant short story set in Ireland called THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN.

Jason Starr will bridge the gap of between New York and Ireland and read from SLIDE, one of the three books he co-wrote with Ken Bruen for Hard Case Crime.

Gerald So will read crime poetry (a rare and wonderful breed), including two of his poems from THE LINEUP: POEMS ON CRIME NO. 1.

The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23 St. (between 8 and 9 Ave.; take the 1, C, E to 23rd St; 212-989-7434. Donation: $5.

$5 for five readers. Not a bad deal. My thanks to Seamus Scanlon and Karen Heuler for organizing the event.