“Sometimes, you just have to get the right voice in your head.”
“Well, just tell all the other voices you don’t want to hear from them today.”
Ah, yes, another insightful conversation with evilkev. Who happened to be home yesterday. It’s called a long weekend, only it doesn’t mean much to us writer-types, who work seven days a week, driven simply by our passion. Or some sort of compulsive disorder.
But it was interesting, because in the past week, he has flooded me with ideas for our upcoming contest. Ah, yes, did someone mention a contest?
Well, I’ll get to that in a moment. It’s our sneak peek, found first on Sandrablabber. Because I’m being contaminated by the evil I married. It’s not my fault.
Anyway, as I was saying, evilkev has given me idea after idea. Man, you’d think he’d learn after all this time, but noooo. He must impose his vision for a story upon me and try to force me to write it the way he sees it.
It’s Misery without the crazed fan. Just psychospouse. Anyway, much as I’ve told Kevin time and again you have to write the story that’s calling to you, he still barges in, like a kid, gushing with enthusiasm about this great idea he has for me.
I remember when he came in and started yapping to me and I said, “Be quiet! There are voices talking in my head and I have to hear what they’re saying.”
Aw, come on. You writers understand. Right? I’m not completely crazy… Am I?
Anyway, it finally happened. Oh, not with the first story he gave me. Or the second or, for that matter, the third.
But I finally found the trigger point, the voice of the narrative, that beautiful first line that just tells you “this is going to work”.
And it’s my own friggin’ idea, so get over it Kev.
Although I will readily admit that he inspires thoughts of murder on an almost daily basis.
But do you know what I mean? Not just with writing, although I think of that, but that moment when you know that everything is just going to go perfectly? I suppose stepping on the ice before performing your free program and having that feeling that you’re just on would be comparable… Oh, yeah, I’m talking about the moment when you have your perfect starting point. Not the moment my husband inspires you to think of murder.
Now, what’s that about a contest, you say?
Next week, we will launch the Cozy Noir contest. What is cozy noir, you ask?
Well, guess what? We need a definition.
And that’s where the pre-contest contest comes in.
Here’s the idea. Noir stories, unusual protagonists. Now, conversely, I suppose cozy noir could also be cozy stories with unusual protagonists. Of course, being the sickos we are, we were thinking of the first definition. If you’re a bit hazy on subgenre definitions, check out the subgenre guide.
So, here’s the deal. I need your tag line and definition. How would you describe Cozy Noir?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me your suggestion. Say “Cozy Noir Definition” in the subject line please so I don’t miss it. If anybody emails, on Thursday, I’ll post the top contenders and let you, the reading public, vote for the winner.
This is when we find out that only two people read my blog, and my mother-in-law is one of them…
The winner will get their choice of a $10 amazon gift certificate or a copy of the Spinetingler Anthology with my signature in it. Or I’ll buy you a drink at a conference if I’m going to see you in person. Or maybe the prize would be having me NOT buy you a drink and leave you in peace. I’m easy.*
Which substantially increases the value. Not. But the anthology does have this really cool short story in it by Stuart MacBride.
And here’s the inside scoop on the contest. Stories can be submitted between June 21 and September 5 – stories submitted before or after will not be considered. You will need to check the next issue and follow the submission guidelines.
And we’re cutting it off at 100 entries. Which is why knowing now is a bit of an edge, because it gives you one extra week to get those creative juices flowing.
No editing on the contest, so take the time to polish your entry. There will be one or two sample stories in the next issue of Spinetingler so that you have an idea of exactly what we mean.
And prizes? Well, publication in our Winter Issue and an autographed book. No, you don’t get an autographed book by each author, but you get at least one book, maybe more. We will have autographed books by Mark Billingham, Anne Frasier, Simon Kernick, JA Konrath, Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin, Cornelia Read, JD Rhoades, David Skibbons and Duane Swierczynski. Some will be ARC’s of their next works, some will be UK copies of books not yet released in the US…
And I would like to thank all of these fantastic authors for agreeing to sign books for us. No coercion was involved in securing their agreement, I assure you.
Other than the threat of 10,000 spam emails from me. See the lengths I go to to get decent prizes, people? I’m committed.
Oh, and there is NO ENTRY FEE for the contest either.
Blogdom is growing
Another fantastic author blog, The Lady Killers, featuring Lyn Hamilton, Mary Ann Evans, Meg Chittenden, Rhys Bowen and Cara Black. Another clique that’s making me feel alone and unwanted. Well fine, phooey on them.
But they still have a cool blog, so check it out.
Oh, for the love of god (or not) – Da Vinci sequels>
Aparently, Sony has the rights to Da Vinci code movies #2 and #3.
I can see it now: Da Vinci Code II: Jesus’s kid’s stepbrother’s descendants revenge.
And the fantastic JT Ellison sent me a link yesterday to the evolution of dance.
Word is, Stuart MacBride will be performing this live at Harrogate, Saturday 2 am. Right after his karaoke session with James Oswald.
Tomorrow, more kitten pictures! And if you’re artistic and would like to draw a picture for our cozy noir cover, email me. Kevin has an idea, but no talent. And we’ll like you a whole lot.
And damn, you guys! This is just too frickin' funny! Unless you worked at the food plant. Would you like a hand grenade with your fries? Ah, no, I think I'll pass.
Those Europeans. Always trying something new.
* Not that way, Forrest.