NoirCon 2014 – Part 4

Let me wrap things up: I’ve let them drag on too long, probably because I have been busier than a one-armed paper hanger since I got back. Or something like that. Fun ends and work returns and there is so much to do: I was grading papers on the train and sketching out a story…

Noir Con 2014 – Part 3

The longest day of the con kicked off early with a talk from Eric Miles Williamson about his unconventional path to writing and academia. From a tough Oakland childhood to the ivory tower or at least the Texas equivalent, along the way he’s been a jazz musician as well as a novelist, and now sits…

NoirCon 2014 – Part 2

After a drink with Patti and her husband Phil in the Belgian beer place on South Street, we headed back to catch the Ross MacDonald panel with Tom Nolan and Jeff Wong and a whole host of images including personal photos and memorabilia. Really fascinating and sometime sad, as there were a lot of problems…

NoirCon 2014 – Part 1

I headed off to NoirCon. It was a misty morning so the fog floated over the Hudson as the train rumbled south. Before you knew it we were passing under the George Washington and pulling into Penn Station. After a relatively quick and painless change, I was on my way to Philly. I’d already missed…

Happy Birthday, Fox Spirit Books!

A big happy birthday to Fox Spirit Books! Two years old already and so many many books out there, including several I wrote, edited or contributed to in some way. Under the insightful guidance of the fearless Adele Wearing, the Muse who Kicks You in the Face®, the collection that kicked things off — Tales…

50 Word Fiction: The Clown

THE CLOWN K. A. Laity It was the clown. The party had been lively enough before her arrival. She promised fun on her website, that balloon-littered vomit of Pantone tones with too many gurning gifs. But the children were weeping now and several demanded to go home. Unmitigated disaster. Not everyone could tell jokes, eh?…

Orkney: Skaill House and Our House

Remember, remember — fireworks tonight. Up in the northern isles they may just go with the Aurora Borealis I am eager to go back to Orkney. It’s quite a striking place. The people who choose to live there are extraordinary. In the meantime, I’m NaNo-ing and getting ready to head south for the Weird Conference…

Bouncing Back from Bouchercon

Yes, it always takes a while to recover from a conference: luckily I had a visit to Brigadoon to ease me into it. The net effect of a big conference like Bouchercon is to remind me that I am a very tiny minnow swimming in an enormous ocean. On the bad days, that’s discouraging. On…

Bloody Scotland / Bouchercon

I’m going to be on the road a lot the next few weeks. Saturday I head off to Bloody Scotland — alas, only for the day — and then Tuesday I’m Stateside bound, back to NY for a few weeks to see my pals and enjoy Bouchercon. I’ll apologize in advance because I know I…

Fox Spirit at EdgeLit2

What a delightful thing to see all the shiny books crowding together like this! In just about a year Fox Spirit Books has released a variety of titles that beautifully represent their raison d’être: mixing up genres at will, refusing to conform to old categories. And succeeded brilliantly! Not only was it wonderful to see…