My Charmer and I had a top 4th weekend and I'm glad she dragged me away from editing the beast to check out a local parade, fireworks, etc. But everytime I snapped back to cyber world it seemed like another happening in the making. So, in case you missed some of these, here's a rundown: Alec Cizak started ALL DUE RESPECT where he debuted his latest story "Methamphetamine and a Shotgun." Guidelines are on the page if you wish to contribute the next story... James Reasoner announced on Rough Edges that he is the vice president of the newly formed Western Fictioneers. He linked to WF President Frank Roderus's announcement... Sandra Seamans broke the news, last week, that Thuglit had posted the following message: "Thuglit is no longer accepting submissions - Thanks." I wrote to Big Daddy Thug himself and he informed me that more details will be forthcoming... Perfect Crime Books is releasing THE SHAMUS WINNERS featuring America's Best Private Eye Stories... Bill Crider has done an entertaining 7 Questions where I've linked to The Fabulous G-Strings... Sarah Weinman has a column in the LA Times called Dark Passages: Writers lost and found... Stephen King: The 'Craft' Of Writing Horror Stories at NPR... Lee Goldberg is directing a film based on his short story "Remaindered" which originally appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine... Bish's Beat always on the case revealed the HARD CASE CRIME NEWSLETTER! (I will have to get that Brett Halliday novel.)... Finally, Happy 100th birthday to actress Gloria Stuart. Her credits begin in the early 1930s with films like THE INVISIBLE MAN and stretch all the way to the TITANIC blockbuster. That's impressive.
Ah, some last fireworks are just now flickering in the distance. Little d and I will raise a last toast of the evening to the Republic and wish you all the best. Then it's off to bed. Afterall, we're old and tomorrow's Monday.