So about this Substack thing
What am I doing and why am I doing this? And why is it orange? (It’s not orange here on my website. Sorry.)
To answer that last one first, it’s orange because I found where the colors are. Be warned I’m likely to keep changing colors until I hit on the right one. Or as my mood takes me. Or maybe I’ll just go back to white, or straight to black…
What I’m doing is, sending out a newsletter to subscribers, plus posting it on my website and my social media. Broad-spectrum newsletters, like broad-spectrum antibiotics, have the unfortunate effect of hitting things besides the things you aimed them at. Antibiotics can give you a stomach ache if they hit the wrong bacteria. Newsletters can give readers a headache if they fill up mailboxes of people who didn’t ask for them. Okay, it’s a weak analogy, but you get it because you’re all so smart. Which is why I don’t want to give you a headache. So hit the SUBSCRIBE NOW button and this thing will come into your mailbox more or less once a week.
I’ve posted for a long time on social media. I’ve written, more and less dependably, a blog. For the blog you needed to go to my website. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Mastodon, my reach is large, but random. Lots of people can see what I have to say, but do they? Social media’s like a river, and each post like a piece of driftwood. You blink, it’s gone already. That wasn’t a great analogy either, was it? What happened to my mental analogy generator, I wonder? Also, I’m watching that little hairball Elon destroy Twitter (stick your X, Elon) and thinking, the s.o.b. is like a landlord closing everyone’s favorite bar. If I could I’d open a new hangout for us all, but I can’t do that (though if anyone has a great post-Twitter site I’d be glad to hear about it). So I thought I’d try this Substack thing. After all, if Barbara Shoup, Peter Blauner, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar do it, it must be a good idea, right? I know there’s a way I can link to those Substacks for you but that’s for next time. It was enough today that I found the colors.
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Random and less-random thoughts
Hey, look, a Substack!
What the hell is a Substack?
I dunno. A subordinate stack? What’s the stack? Or a substitute one? Still, what’s the stack? Hay? Pancakes? Poker chips?
No way to know. But — ta da! — whatever the stack is, a Substack’s a newsletter!
This one’s about whatever moves me, and so many things do: books, writing, gardens, photography, birds, basketball (Go Liberty!), art, New York…
You can hear from me more or less once a week, if you subscribe. Not much more, not a whole lot less.
If the link wants money from you tell it nice try, this is a free newsletter. Then just keep clicking.
I’ll try not to bore you, harangue you, confuse you, make you mad, or make you crazy.
To start, here’s a photo, because why not?
Two senior students at Bo Law Kung Fu, Grand Street, NYC, at their Autumn Moon celebration.
Hey, folks: CRIME HITS HOME, the anthology I edited for Mystery Writers of American, won the Anthony Award at Bouchercon last night! I’d show you a photo of the award but I’m in NY and it’s in San Diego. But here’s a photo of the book, and my fabulous agent, Josh Getzler, holding the award. And if you hit the link above you can buy it. The book, not the award. I’m keeping that. But you will want the book for sure, because it holds 20 super stories! Thanks to all the invited writers who stepped up so beautifully, all the writers who submitted in the contest, all the judges for the contest, and the Anthony voters!
Come on down! This Saturday, August 19th, I’ll be at the San Diego Union Tribune Festival of Books in conversation with the wonderful Kwei Quartey. If you’re on the Left Coast, drop in!
Hey, I’ve just won the Falcon Award from the Japanese Maltese Falcon Society! It’s given for the best hardboiled book published in Japan in a given year. My winning book was PAPER SON, which came out here in 2019 but was only recently published in Japan.
The award itself is a hand-carved falcon statuette. It’ll be here in 6-8 weeks — it’s being carved as we speak. In the meantime, here’s Sam Spade contemplating the original.
CRIME HITS HOME, the anthology I edited for the MWA, has been nominated for an Anthony Award!
As you crime people know, that’s given at Bouchercon, which this year will be in San Diego over Labor Day weekend. It’s the editor who gets listed on the nomination; but an anthology editor is like a choreographer, and no matter the concept of the piece, it’s the dancers — and the behind the scenes people — who make the thing work.
So, a huge congrats and thank you to the MWA, who asked me to take this on; to Hanover Square Press, who published it; to the well-known writers who agreed to send stories so the contest winners would be sharing a book with established names; to the judges, who read all the contest entries, discussed, debated, and sent me the ones they rated the best, to make the final choice; and of course, to the writers who took a chance and entered the contest.
Everyone now needs to read all the Anthony nominated works in all categories before September, so you’d better get to work.
Yes, folks, the 2023 SJ Rozan Calendars are now available for your date-keeping pleasure. This year we have four: Bella the Cat, Colors, Plants, and New York City. All money raised goes to The Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Get one for your home, one for your office (even if they’re the same), one for a friend, and one to put above your cat’s water dish!
Bella the Cat 2023 Calendar
Colors 2023 Calendar
As some of you might know, I’m working on a new project, something different.* It’s not top secret but it’s hard to explain. You’ll hear about it soon enough. But right now, what you need to know is it’s a novel, set in 1924, in London, with a Chinese narrator — and it contains a lot of kung fu. What do I know about kung fu? Zee-ro. But luckily I found, through a friend, a fabulous consultant. Sifu Paul Koh, of Bo Law Kung Fu
here in NYC, is working with me. He’s great, and he invited me to his studio to see their Chinese New Year show. These are highlights. Sifu Koh is the one in the red scarf.
*Lydia and Bill fans, don’t panic, I’m not abandoning them. This is in addition, not instead.
Novelist Karen Odden writes seriously thrilling historical thrillers. She also keeps up a monthly newsletter, and this month she features me! Why? Who can say? But check it out, to see her cacti and my cowboy boots. And, you could win a signed copy of FAMILY BUSINESS! Thanks, Karen!
Hey, folks! On Thursday Jan. 27, at 6pm ET, I’ll be speaking with the inimitable Jonathan Santlofer in a virtual event with Northshire Books in Saratoga NY. Was hoping to go up there, but Omicron. Still, Jonathan and I can have fun in any format. One hour, plenty of time for Q&A. Tickets are free (or you can get ticket plus book, which is not free) but you need to get them on Eventbrite to get the Zoom link. Come on down!