Friday, September 15, 2006

New Spinetingler, etc.

I noticed a mistake in the new Spinetingler.

We missed a review.

You know, sometimes, what can you say? I wondered why I didn’t hear the alarm go off this morning. The reason was, Kevin got up at 4 am to finish uploading. I didn't make it to bed until 1 am, so I’m hoping Stephen Blackmoore and Stuart MacBride will forgive us.

We’ll get the review up, at least online guys. I’m so sorry.

This issue was a bitch. After several days without internet and all kinds of grief over the past week, we’ve managed to get the new Spinetingler online, which is an accomplishmen in and of itself. Go forth and spread the word. There are some fantastic stories in this issue.

I didn’t get everything done for this issue that I wanted to, either. Something about my own book edits eating up my time. Everything felt rushed. I was just glancing at one of my reviews and kicked my own butt for all the repeated words and phrases. Sheesh. It’s not as bad as saying, “Read it. It’s great. I liked it. Great story,” but still, I should have taken another pass.

And – joy oh joy – now we move on to judging the Cozy Noir competition.

You people better be nice to me (and evilkev) for at least a weekend, because we’re both extremely tired. I expect fanmail, chocolate and virtual booze.

Kevin’s in a course again this weekend, so no sleeping in. I’ll be here, preparing for the next three interviews I’m scheduling. Or playing hooky. Hmmm, how nice it would be, to take the rest of the day off. HA! Like that will happen. Still, I could use a nice distraction. Maybe I’ll go outside and see if it’s still fall, or if it’s snowing yet.

Uncle Charlie sent me such a bad joke, I’m not even sure I’ll post it. Maybe just forward it to certain guys I know who’ll love it. But this one is postable.

The frog

An older lady was somewhat lonely and decided she needed a pet to keep her company. So, off to the pet shop she went. She searched and searched. None of the pets seemed to catch her interest, except this ugly frog As she walked by the jar he was in, she looked and he winked at her.

He whispered, "I'M SO LONELY, TOO. BUY ME AND TAKE ME HOME WITH YOU. YOU WON'T EVER BE SORRY."

The old lady figured, what the heck! She hadn't found anything else. So, she bought the frog. She placed him in the car, on the front seat beside her.

As she was slowly driving down the road, the frog whispered to her "KISS ME AND YOU WON'T BE SORRY."

So the old lady figured, WHAT THE HECK, and kissed the frog.

IMMEDIATELY the frog turned into an absolutely gorgeous, sexy, young,handsome prince.

THE PRINCE THEN RETURNED THE OLD LADY'S KISS.

SUDDENLY THE OLD LADY FELT HERSELF TRANSFORMING FROM HIS KISS.

NOW CAN YOU GUESS WHAT THE OLD LADY TURNED INTO?

COME ON GUESS!

OOOOOOOHHHHHHH COME ON -- DON'T BE A POOP!

SHE TURNED INTO THE FIRST HOLIDAY INN SHE COULD FIND!!!

She's old.......NOT DEAD!!!!!



Stuart is lying on my computer, asleep, with a paw dangling down over the screen. Stewie might be cute, but she’s one dumb kitty.

Okay, what’s in this issue of Spinetingler:

Stories:
Roudabout by Patricia Abbott
The Killing by Stephen Allan
The Devil To Pay by John Barr
I am Sam by Bill Blume
Prey For Change by Betsy Dornbusch
Boys Will Be Boys by Sam Douglas
Killing Carol Ann by JT Ellison
Bad Dreams by Andy P. Jones
With The Help of a Stranger by Lauri Kubuitsile
Lucy Comes Calling by Sarita Leone
Camera Shy by Ed Lynskey
Haven City by Beverle Myers
Natural Causes by James Oswald
When Kyle Comes by Colleen Quinn
Tip Your Head Back by Stephen D. Rogers
In The Bones by Tracy Sharp
Cat’s Pay by Pam Skochinski
Nuts to You by Paul Svendsen

Profiles/Interviews
Chris High profiles Peter Robinson and interviews Reggie Nadelson and reviews their latest works.

Sandra Ruttan interviews Simon Kernick

Sandra Ruttan profiles publisher Crème de la Crime, who has exciting news for North American crime fiction fans

Andrea Maloney reviews:
Twisted Perception by Bob Avey
Art’s Bloody by Vicki Lane
Max Unlocks The Universe by Mark Bouton
Murder, Mather and Mayhem by ME Kemp
The Deadly Tools of Ignorancy by Robert Elias
A Dream of Drowned Hollow by Lee Barwood
Philippine Fever by Bruce Cook
Baby Shark by Robert Fate
Deadly Interest by Julie Hyzy
The Final Judgment by Michael A. Black
Blind Traveler Down a Dark River by Robert P. Bennett

M. Wayne Cunningham reviews:
Framed by Tonino Benqcquista
The Last Days by Gail Bowen
The Joining of Dingo Radish by Rob Harasymchuk

Flood Gondek reviews:
Murder Without Pity by Steve Haberman
The Scout Master: A Prepared Death by Luisa Beuhler

Diana Bane reviews The Case of Emily V by Keith Oatley

Sandra Ruttan reviews:
Pale Immortal by Anne Frasier
The Flood by Ian Rankin
The Green Room by Deborah Turrell Atkinson
The Last Assassin by Barry Eisler

Web profiles:
DevilDog by James Oswald
Mouth Full of Bullets by BJ Bourg

Staff Profile: Tracy Sharp

Bonus: Between the Hardbacks with Barry Eisler and JA Konrath by Elizabeth Krecker and MG Tarquini



There is at least one thing to look forward to this weekend. We have kick ass tickets to an NHL game. 15th row, near center ice. And they were free – a nice little present worth several hundred dollars.

I’ve never been to an NHL game before. Of course, I’m happy to cheer on The Flames, although it would be more fun if they were playing The Leafs instead of The Florida Panthers.

Still, I’m looking forward to it. What are you guys doing this weekend?

13 comments:

James Goodman said...

You go get some much needed rest. I'm off to read the magazine. :D

Anonymous said...

The interview with Simon Kernick was great-definitely worth the wait.
Unfortunately for me, this weekend is study time. I'll try to find some more jokes for you-give you more to look forward to!!
norby

Bill Cameron said...

Got it!

Sandra Ruttan said...

Thanks James. I've caught up a bit.

Norby, glad you enjoyed it. Too bad about what he censored out... And good luck with the studies!

Good to hear Bill! Enjoy!

Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Oh, yeah. I needed a good read. Off to read new issue.

Julia Buckley said...

Hey, Sandra. I am apparently the only dense person who had to read the old woman joke three times before I got the punchline. And I had MORE than four hours of sleep; sometimes that just doesn't help. :)

S. W. Vaughn said...

Woot! Congrats many times over on the latest issue of Spinetingler, which looks to be one hell of an issue! How do you find the time to do anything, lady? :-)

Here's a bottle of virtual bubbly. I sent chocolates, but they're probably going to melt on the way, or be stolen by some sweet-crazed FedEx guy.

Hmm... I'm working this weekend. Quelle surprise. More edits, more articles, got a workshop to put together, and a screenplay to write. And there's a novel around here somewhere too, calling my name (DOWN, you! I'll get back to you soon, I solemnly swear...)

Can't wait to join you on the other side of edits, Sandra!

Sandra Ruttan said...

Dana, there's lots of good stuff in this issue - I think you'll enjoy it.

Julia, I'm so tired I was going to ask what old lady?

SW, aw, thanks! Working this weekend? Yeah, I know what you mean! I'm working too. And having the edits done is terrifying and exhilerating at the same time.

I'm just hoping my brain recovers soon, and my eyes uncross.

Barry said...

Sandra, thanks for the review in Spinetingler. You mentioned Delilah's strange reminiscence about "Dox"... I'm depressed to report that an overzealous proof reader who lacked the judgment to check with me first "corrected" Dov to Dox after my final signoff on the page proofs. It's damned frustrating. It's fixed in the third and fourth printings of the book (the book went into a second printing too soon to fix). One lesson is, don't use any names that are similar. Another is... well, I'm not sure there is another. If the publisher doesn't have proper procedures, or if proofreaders ignore them, it doesn't matter how carefully you scrutinize the page proofs yourself because someone will change them afterward. For perfectionists like me, this knowledge requires a fair measure of deep breathing...

Thanks again!

:-)
Barry

Sandra Ruttan said...

Oh Barry, I can't imagine how frustrating that would be. I know from the author side, we can never edit our own work enough, but to sign off on it and have someone make a change... It would drive me mad. Certainly not your fault.

I've had my butt kicked on characters with similar names once or twice. Lesson learned for me. Unfortunately, I like certain sounds, so I tend to pick names that sound similar. In my original Jack Roberts book (not the one coming out in January) I had Jack and two other important characters, named Nat and Van. I broke down and changed one because it was pointed out to me that Jack, Nat and Van were too similar. Nat became Carly.

Of course, I had to change Lara's name as well. In short stories it doesn't bug me, but in books it is hard.

:) Anyway, thanks for letting MG and Elizabeth tag along to the bookstores. They did a great job, and it's a very interesting article.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, 189 pages! How will you ever get that into a print edition!

Really a nice issue, lots of great stories! Thanks for including ours!

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Okay. It's up. It's fantastic.

Now go get some sleep before you pass out and wake up in a strange bed with the entire Cuban Jai Alai team, a midget and a paid of Las Vegas show twins.

Wait... On second thought.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Stephen, why don't you want me to have any fun? You're such a party pooper. About as bad as the spousal unit.