Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Donate to Hero Dogs In Memory of Jeremiah Healy

With the rest of the crime fiction community, the SMFS was saddened by the August suicide of member Jeremiah Healy. With permission from his fiancee Sandra Balzo, Jerry's friends and fellow authors have found a way to prolong his legacy after his own heart. Brendan Dubois explains:

Besides his work as an attorney and an author, Jeremiah Healy was a U.S. Army [veteran], and was also a lover of dogs. We have therefore reached out to a service dog organization in Maryland that trains dogs to assist wounded veterans, and they will be thrilled to receive donations in Jerry's name.

The group is called Hero Dogs, and is based in Maryland...They are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization and operate entirely on donations. You can donate via their website, or by sending a check to Hero Dogs, P.O. Box 64, Brookeville, MD 20833-0064. But *please* ensure either by writing on the memo section of your check, or using the form on their website, that you're making this donation in Jerry's name.

That way, Hero Dogs can track how many donations come in, so that they can be used in some way to keep Jerry's memory alive in years to come. Please donate what you can, and please share this link. Thanks to all of you who were friends or fans of Jerry's.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:
  • M.H. Callway, Windigo Fire, Seraphim Editions (October 2014)
  • Peter DiChellis, "One Fingertip", Thrills, Kills, 'n' Chaos (October 15, 2014)
  • John M. Floyd, "A Loan-ly Murder", Woman's World (October 20, 2014)
  • Barb Goffman, "The Shadow Knows", Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays (Wildside Press, October 7, 2014)
    • "It's a Trap!", The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem (Untreed Reads, October 2014)
  • Jay Hartman ed. The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem (Untreed Reads: October 2014), featuring several SMFS members
  • Robert Lopresti, Shanks on Crime, a collection of 13 Leopold Longshanks stories
  • Judy Penz-Sheluk, "Live Free or Die", World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing, October 2014)
  • Jacqueline Seewald, Death Legacy (coming to ebook October 27 from The Novel Fox)
  • Gerald So, "What Are Friends For?", Shotgun Honey (October 6, 2014)
  • B.K. Stevens, "True Enough: Bolt's Last Case", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (December 2014)
  • John Weagly, Ten Tentacles (Amazon Createspace)

To send news for next month's post, email Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Logo & Gift Shop

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The SMFS logo was designed by John Moody as commissioned by Vice President Michael Bracken in 2003.

It was inspired by the SMFS's Derringer Awards, given to writers since 1997 for outstanding published fiction, named after the short-barreled derringer pocket pistol, our chosen metaphor for a short mystery story.

In 2009, Pattie Tierney created a lapel pin based on the John Moody's logo.

Order from PATTIE dot TIERNEY at GMAIL dot COM for $12 (includes postage) payable by check or PayPal.

Members may also show the logo on their websites.

More SMFS logo merchandise is available from CafePress.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to Vote in SMFS Polls

To vote in SMFS polls, you need to be a Shortmystery member able to log into the site with your Yahoo! ID and password. If you can't log into the site, you need to enable Web access.

Once logged into the site, click on "More" to bring up "Polls":

To record your vote, click on the circle to the left of your choice. This fills the circle with a white checkmark against a green background and increases the vote count by one:

If you want to change your vote before polling ends, return to the poll page and click on the circle to the left of your new choice. The white checkmark and green background will move accordingly.

When the polls close, the breakdown of votes is shown, your choice highlighted green:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guidelines for Flash and Bang: An SMFS Anthology

Shortmystery members who joined by September 24, 2014 may submit to Untreed Reads' upcoming SMFS anthology.

To read editor Jay Hartman's guidelines in MS Word .doc or plain .txt format, log into Shortmystery and click on the "Files" tab. The submission deadline is January 31, 2015.

Questions? Email JHARTMAN at UNTREEDREADS dot COM.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Members' Publication News

The following members sent in publication news this month:

To send news for next month's post, email Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Derringer Presentation at Bouchercon 2014

Bouchercon 2014 (Long Beach, CA) Chair Ingrid Willis has approved a short Derringers presentation as part of the opening ceremonies Thursday, November 13.

On behalf of SMFS President Jan Christensen, VP John R. Lindermuth, Awards Coordinator Anthony Rudzki, and award plaque-maker Jim Doherty unable to attend, SMFS member and attendee Catherine Dilts will present the winners to the audience. Confirmed to be attending are winners Melodie Campbell, Ray Daniel, and Robert Lopresti.

Any video or photos of the presentation can be sent to G_SO at YAHOO dot COM for feature consideration here on the blog.