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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?

Posted by: BOSSY on September 4, 2007 10:33 AM

Congrats! I've been thinking of sending a short story in to a magazine.

Posted by: Jenny on September 4, 2007 10:35 AM

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.

Posted by: Eric on September 4, 2007 11:06 AM

"Customer Service" was very good! Thank you!

Posted by: Charity on September 4, 2007 11:08 AM

Great story, Matthew!

And, for someone reading an Alexander Hamilton biography (yeah, yeah, I know it's not you, it's your character; just respect the segue, willya?), may I recommend this:

Posted by: Karen on September 4, 2007 1:46 PM

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. :-)

Posted by: Coogan on September 4, 2007 1:52 PM

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.

Posted by: LAN3 on September 4, 2007 5:05 PM

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.

Posted by: MarkDM on September 4, 2007 8:00 PM

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.

Posted by: Davey on September 5, 2007 4:01 AM

What an awesome story. I loved "Customer Service"!

Posted by: Mary on September 7, 2007 7:03 AM