Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bouchercon 2014 Photos from Gigi Pandian

SMFS member Gigi Pandian sent in the following:

Short & Sweet: Why We Love Reading & Writing Short Stories
L to R: John Shepphird, Michael Sears, Jay Stringer,
Steve Steinbock, Brian Thornton, Clare Toohey

Murder in a Locked Room: Solving the Perfect Crime
L to R: Marvin Lachman, Janet Dawson, Bill Gottfried,
Gigi Pandian, Jeffrey Deaver, Laurie R. King

Friday, November 7, 2014

SMFS at Bouchercon 2014, Long Beach, CA

Six days until Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. This post will coordinate events, panels, and informal gatherings with SMFS members.

Thursday, November 13

8:30–10:30 P.M. - Promenade 104 A-B-C - Author Speed Dating Hosted by Smith & Wesson

Enjoy a continental breakfast along with tableside pitches from as many as 50 authors.

4:00–5:00 P.M. - Regency D - Short But Mighty: The Power and Freedom of the Short Story

Moderator Travis Richardson, Craig Faustus Buck, Barb Goffman, Robert Lopresti, Paul D. Marks, Art Taylor

6:30 P.M. - Pacific Ballroom at the Arena - Murder at The Beach "Hollywood Premiere" Opening Ceremonies Hosted by Harper Collins

Follow the red carpet and lights to the Opening Ceremonies of Bouchercon 2014 Murder at the Beach. Introduction of honored guests, Anthony Award nominees and other key people. Mystery awards will be given from other prestigious organizations [including the 2014 Derringer presentation by member Catherine Dilts]. No-host Bar. Light refreshments.

Friday, November 14

1:30–2:30 P.M. - Promenade 104 B - Long and Short of It: Writing Short Stories and Full-Length Novels

Moderator Terrie Farley Moran, Dana Cameron, Jeffery Deaver, Brendan DuBois, Toni “Leigh Perry” Kelner, Simon Wood

1:30–2:00 P.M. - Harbor C - Author Focus: Mark Troy

Saturday, November 15

8:30–9:30 A.M. - Promenade 104 B-C - Men of Mystery event hosted by Jane Hansen

11:00–11:30 A.M. - Harbor A - Author Focus: Catherine Dilts

3:00–4:00 P.M. - Regency D - Short and Scary: Thriller and Noir Short Stories

Moderator Toni “Leigh Perry” Kelner, Scott Adlerberg, Jack Fredrickson, Lori Rader-Day, Charles Salzberg, Dave Zeltserman

Sunday, November 16

10:00–11:00 A.M. - Regency D - Short and Sweet: Why We Love Writing and Reading Short Stories

Moderator Clare Toohey, John Shepphird, Michael Stanley (Michael Sears), Steve Steinbock, Jay Stringer, Brian Thornton

To update this post, email Gerald So (G_SO at YAHOO dot COM).

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: