My short story "Customer Service" appears in issue 19 of Thuglit. Also in that issue is a story by Linda Sharps of All & Sundry, who says she was inspired to submit it by my Web Noir essay that mentioned Thuglit. Sweet.
Speaking of The Morning News, last week they asked the contributing writers to recommend a bottled beverage. You can find my response, along with the rest, here.
I have a short article in the September issue of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, describing my adventures in busking.
As threatened, Eden has wreaked her revenge.
Posted on September 03, 2007 to Elsewhere
What a coincidence: Bossy is also in a September Issue! And the issue is this: Can Bossy still use her white purse until Halloween?
Congrats! I've been thinking of sending a short story in to a magazine.
Back in the "good old days" when you could carry booze onto planes, my wife and I actually bought extra luggage so we could carry a case of Deschutes beer onto the plane (3 six packs of Black Butte, and a six of the Obsidian Stout) and transport it back to the frozen tundra of MN. I can well understand why that's your favorite brewery. I can only hope that one day, they start distributing to MN, or that I move out your direction.
"Customer Service" was very good! Thank you!
Nicely done, Matthew, but I found a word missing: "I don't often get to hear the other end of the story, where they explain why THEY no longer want a target dead."
Sorry, but the copy editor in me just had to say something. :-)
I like the story. Without looking, I can't really tell what's changed since when you linked to the draft version here, but it does feel tighter, even knowing the ending. Nice work, and ThugLit's generally a great read, so I hope I seen more of your work there.
Eric, your comment reminds me of an Oregon beer commercial from those days (the '70s). Some guy flying home from Portland (I guess) to Chicago puts his carry-on on the X-ray belt. It goes through the machine, and we see the outlines of several beer bottles.
The pre-TSA security person gives him a look.
"It's Henry Weinhard's," he says. "You can't get it in Chicago."
Midflight, he opens his briefcase, and out roll several bottles of Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve.
His seatmate gives him a look.
"You can't get it in Chicago," our hero explains.
Great commercial (one of many for Henry's). Pretty fine beer, too. But let's see him try that today.
Great story Matthew, i take it you're a bit of a fan of the crime thriller? Read one of your Sherlock Holmes takes a little while ago..
Nice to see that Eden found some time for a retalitation, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more sting in that tail of hers.
What an awesome story. I loved "Customer Service"!