Writer/Blogger/Friend Heath Lowrance has started a very interesting project over at Psycho Noir. A nine parts essay on the history of hardboiled/noir. Needless to say, I'm learning a lot. Heath's been reading crime fiction for a lot longer than I did. Which, reminds me. Did you know legendary noir writer Lawrence Block was on friggin' Twitter? You should drop by and say "hi" to him. The man is awesome. He lives up to the reputation his books created for him. Talking of Tweeting cool cats, Chuck Wendig has shared with us his suggestions to put some glamor back into writing. I've been a fan of his place, Terrible Minds, for a while now and I can get behind anybody who suggests that Terry Pratchett should take a dump in Dan Brown's mailbox. By the way, Chuck has a new eBook about writing out. It's called 250 Things You Should Know About Writing. It's coming from a well traveled veteran you should trust.
The short story season is starting again. Since the blog traffic is most likely to be bad for another month, I'm gonna concentrate on this and start writing in my downtime at work again. Since I've been working in the middle of a landing strip for about a year now, I'll need killer music to keep me in the zone. I got me some Mötörhead, Anthrax and some badass Sia to help me rock out and write some badass stories. Hopefully, some turn out to be good enough for the Fall publication. Stay tuned.