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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Another Year- Another Party

It's time again for Hard Boiled Guy/ B-Girl Day!

October 18 is the day to break out your trench coat and Fedoras, put on your gumshoes, and mingle with this B-Girls. In celebration of the release of the noir cinematic classic The Maltese Falcon, throw a party and talk the talk.

Everyone knows the hard boiled guy. So who is the B-Girl? She could be the femme fatale, She could have a heart of gold. The B-Girl was employed by bars and speakeasies to get hard boiled guys to buy them drinks. It is believed the B in B-Girl stood for Bar Girl.  The best example of a B-Girl is Joan Miller in the Burt Lancaster noir classic CRISS-CROSS.

Joan Miller as the Lush
Percy Helton behind the bar
Burt Lancaster in the door

Send pictures of your parties!

Here's an excellent site for pulp novel slang:
Twists, Slugs, and Roscoes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hardboiled Guy/BGirl Day

The night was cold but the company warm. Fifth year of celebrating the 1941 release of The Maltese Falcon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hard Boiled Guy/ B-Girl Day

It's almost here, see?
A day to talk like the Gildas and Gum Shoes  of the golden age of pulp.
Hard Boiled Guy/ B-Girl Day is October 18, a day to celebrate the golden age of pulp on the 73rd anniversary of the cinematic release of The Maltese Falcon.
So throw a party for the swell of it!

Here's a great link for slang to toss around:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Diminutive Musings: THE FEVER

A couple of weeks ago I attended a book party at a local Barnes and Noble. It was for the release of Megan Abbott's latest tale of teenage girls gone bad. THE FEVER is based on real life events from a small community in upstate New York. In January of 2012, twelve girls started exhibiting mysterious symptoms of tics and outbursts. Abbott uses this as a back drop for a noirish tale of revenge and battered ego in a small knit group of high school friends. She explained at the reading/talk back that she'd always been fascinated by the Salem witch trials and was trying to find a new way of telling a familiar and similar story. She succeeds. I found the dialogue incredibly real and compelling. Abbott's characters have always popped off the page to the point I feel like someone in the room listening in. The  scene of panicked parents and school officials with a hidden agenda is so real it reminded me of similar meetings I've experienced in my twenty-five years as an educator and a parent. I wanted to run but was compelled to stay. Five out of five.

BLATANT SELF PROMOTION CORNER: Drag Noir has hit a bit of a snag. Still hoping for a late summer release of the anthology. 

Some quick reads are up over a t Flash Jab.  Click here to read: FLASH JAB

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CHANNEL WRITES: Thoughts of TV Crime Shows

TRUE DETECTIVE: (HBO) All eight episodes have already aired. It's dark. Really dark. But Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are great in their roles in the 'partners with baggage' trope.
LUTHER: (BBCAmerica) Idris Elba as a dirty cop with a heart of fool's gold. First season is longer and riveting. Second season builds off of it well. Available on Netflix.

THORNE MYSTERIES: (BBC America On Demand Comcast) You know him as the Governor. I remember him as The Next Doctor. But in between Dr. Who and The Walking Dead he played troubled Inspector Thom Thorne. There were two short seasons: Scaredycat and Sleepyhead. Sleepyhead is the better of the two. Aiden Gillen, aka Littlefinger on GAME of THRONES, is complicit in many of the questionable decisions Thorne makes. GIllen plays the CSI. 

These are my suggestions for binge watching.

BLATANT SELF PROMOTION CORNER: The February Drabbles are up! Give them a read: Flash Jab Fiction  

BLATANT SELF PROMOTION CORNER II: The Serpent Beneath the Flower has been nominated for a Derringer Short Fiction Award in the Novelette category. It was the third part of a trilogy in the Harry Landers PI series. You can check it out here: Nominee

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Micro Interview: Gina DiPeppe

Gina DiPeppe

Discovery Investigation has become one of my favorite 'go-to' channels when I'm stuck between writer's block and ennui. In late winter of 2013, DI premiered a half hour, reality based, re-enactment program called Deadly Sins. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview actress Gina DiPeppe who appeared in the episode, Small Town Massacre. 

HARD NOSED SLEUTH: Gina, thanks for taking the time for this interview.

GINA DiPEPPE: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

HNS: Shows like Deadly Sins remind me of what I consider the granddaddy of all reality re-enactment shows: Unsolved Mysteries. Deadly Sins seems to have taken it a step further. Your scenes are particularly brutal to watch. Talk a little about how you prepared for your scene. Was there any research into the person's life? Did you have discussions with the director or the actor who played the killer?

GD: The show's process is very quick so there aren't any rehearsals or anything like that. You get a basic story line and character profile and I did research the actual story and my character. Before each scene the director walked us through what they were looking for and let us run with it-- they prefer the natural reaction aspect so we just did what came natural at the time. It works really well for this type of shoot.

HNS: There's no doubt crime dramas and shows command large audiences. What's your favorite that you would most like to appear on some day?

GD: I think all I watch is crime drama-- lol!!! Working on Deadly Sins was a great experience. I hope I can work on the show again. Criminal Minds and Law and Order SVU are my favorite shows. I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to appear on either and I hope I have the opportunity.

HNS: I usually ask this of writers, but I'll mix it up for you. When did you know you wanted to act?

GD: Wow, I can't remember a time that I didn't want to act. I'd put on little dinner time shows for my family ever since I can remember. I was about three or four when my dad taught me the song, 'Me and My Shadow' and we made up this dance number and performed it at dinner for my mom and grandmother. I loved it and never wanted it to stop!

HNS: Thanks again for the interview!

Gina DiPeppe's current bio can be found on 

BLATANT SELF PROMOTION CORNER: The first installment in a possible YA series has been released by Untreed Reads. Running Red tells the story of a teenage girl on her own after a fungus known for creating zombie ants makes the jumps to humans. As humanity collapses, Robin Willette sets out to find her sister and niece. Along the way she confronts a changing world. Currently, it is 30% off at the Untreed Reads store. 

BLATANT SELF PROMOTION FAR CORNER: Yellow Mama is running my supernatural western, Cavendish Returns. Go give it a read: IT'S FREE! Click here