Thinking With My Skin

Natterings and Fulminations by Bill Cameron

Crimelandia

Crimelandia

In March of 2015, Left Coast Crime comes to Portland, Oregon. I have the privilege of serving on the planning committee, and as part of that I got to design the event logo. Theme: Crimelandia! Now get yourself over to the Crimelandia website to learn more and register. I hope to see you there!

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Privacy Fence

Privacy Fence

It’s not every day you encounter the phrase “bulldozer rampage.” But if there’s one thing the internet is good for, it’s providing news about people losing their shit in increasingly ridiculous ways. Seems yesterday a fellow bulldozed his way through three houses, all over a dispute about fence lines. The good news is no one was hurt, despite a woman being at home in one of the houses the fellow went after. People. Oy. The news reminded me of a short tale I wrote nearly twenty years ago about a dispute over a fence. I only wish I’d thought of...

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Akashic Books: Ellery Queen Award Winner

Akashic Books: Ellery Queen Award Winner

On May 2nd, the Mystery Writers of America will hold the annual Edgar Awards banquet. Though we’ll have to wait for the banquet to learn the winners in the individual categories, some of the special Edgar Awards have already been announced. One of these is the Ellery Queen Award winner, Johnny Temple and Akashic Books, honored for the renowned City Noir Series. Over the years, the City Noir Series has become an important member of the mystery community, as well as a bridge to the larger world of fiction. With each new entry, we are...

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The 5-2: A Modest Proposal

The 5-2: A Modest Proposal

I’m anti-gun. That may draw the wrath of the gun rights interweb down upon my head, but so be it. Now, I wasn’t always anti-gun. I’ve never really been pro-gun, but in the past I was more neutral. For much of my life, my attitude was, “not for me, but whatever.” In was only the last few years that I’ve drifted away from that neutrality. While my reasons … have … been … many and varied, my personal tipping point came on December 11, 2012. In response to the horrors of Newtown, Aurora, and so many others, gun advocates have also evolved....

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Poem: Untitled

Poem: Untitled

Along with the return of warm weather in the northern hemisphere, April brings us National Poetry Month and 30 Days of The 5-2 Blog Tour. The 5-2 is an ever-growing collection of crime poetry curated by the inestimable Gerald So. I’ll be contributing to the tour itself next week. But in anticipation I thought I would share a poem I’ve been working on. I don’t write much poetry. It struggles to get out of me. This particular poem is something I’ve been working on since September. It’s probably not in its final form, though for now I’m treating...

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Cannon Beach Pics

Cannon Beach Pics

I’ve been meaning to share this images from my visit to the Cannon Beach Library since, well, since the day I got back from my visit to the Cannon Beach Library. Work, flu, and various and sundry flotsam and jetsam conspired against my efforts, but here they are at last. It was a delightful visit. The hosts from the library were gracious and welcoming, and the audience was marvelous. It was a lovely weekend and a real privilege to be able to participate in the Northwest Author Series. A nice welcome. Preparing for my talk. Prepared for...

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Lifters

Lifters

This past weekend saw the release of Lifters by Roger Neale, a historical mystery set in early 20th century Seattle. As a design project, this was a little different from many of my recent efforts. It was a lot of fun to dig into period to find imagery that would be both accurate and evocative. About Lifters Emma Prothero is a store detective with a passion for mountaineering who stumbles on a gang of well organized and clever shoplifters at work in the flourishing department stores of 1908 Seattle. Her investigation is disrupted by her...

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Man Dip, an Actual Thing

Somehow I made it to age 49 without learning about “Man Dip.” Which could be the name of a toxic concoction used to kill lice, or could be a delicious, artery-clogging goop served with taco chips. “What is Man Dip?” you ask? Unless, of course, you know what Man Dip is. The answer, it seems, is multifarious. I had Man Dip at a holiday party. The recipe was simple: 1 pound Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage, cooked 2 8oz package Cream Cheese 1 Jar (of indeterminate size) Salsa Mix and heat, serve warm with aforementioned taco...

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Jen Forbus Asks me Five On Friday

At Jen’s Book Thoughts, the inimitable Jen Forbus plies me with five questions, which I answer with my typical thoughtful introspection (my first answer includes reading on the toilet). If you haven’t visited Jen’s Book Thoughts before, take some time while you’re there to check out her other Five on Friday guests, her many author interviews and six word memoirs, and more. I’m sure you’ll be as delighted and fascinated as I...

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Random Not Awful Stuff

Random Not Awful Stuff

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m in the mood for the first post on my web site to no longer be about horrible news. So here, in no particular order, are some randomly chosen (by random, I mean I chose them and who knows why) things which are, I believe, not awful. I made beer again. And again. My first two batches came out great. My third batch was an abomination. My fourth batch (and the first five-gallon attempt) was, well, not great, but at least drinkable. I wouldn’t serve it to guests, but for a night watching...

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Revisions are when you get to get to move the darts
onto the bullseye while no one is looking.