A Face Full Of Friday News Fritters

A Face Full Of Friday News Fritters

AWOOGA, AWOOGA, it’s time, I guess, for another Friday news purge? I don’t usually do newsy stuff on Fridays, but I got news, and the means to share it, so here we are. In November I intend to rock up with a trebuchet blast of writing advice and inspirado, so look out for that during NaNoWriMo.

Meanwhile, let us begin.

Wait, Where Is Friday Flash Fiction?

So you’ll notice that it’s another Friday without a flash fiction challenge.

Here’s why, and the reason is twofold —

First, it’s honestly kinda creatively taxing to think up new challenges week to week. I like it! But it takes just that extra little bit of creative effort in the morning to be like, okay now write a thousand words using “cat spaceship” as your prompt. I felt like I was reiterating a lot of challenges, which leads me to —

Second, the participation dropped off. I’m sure in part because my challenges got less and less creative as time went on. So, for now, we’re putting a hold on Flash Fiction Challenges here, though who knows, one day maybe we’ll get back to them.


And we are live with Episode Three of Ragnatalk — “The Appleist.”

We talk, well, apples. And Anthony and I introduce our brand new horror franchise for kids. And we exalt Greg Pak, rightfully so. OH AND FINE WE ALSO TALK ABOUT THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME, THOR: RAGNAROK. 

Episode 3 covers minutes 20-30 of the beloved Christmas film.

Go check it out, give a listen, share it around, do a dance.

You can even listen to it on Spotify, now.

Says Who

Oh also, you can find me on a whole different podcast, too — the Says Who podcast, run by Maureen “The Notebook” Johnson and Dan “Dan” Sinker. Here I talk about the Marvel situation, and art, and resistance, and dogs, I think, and maybe The Notebook. Maybe. I dunno. Maybe. Come listen!

Speaking Of The Marvel Thing

Obviously, the news of a week ago kinda went winging around the ol’ Internets like a… a laser boomerang. Is that a thing? I’m a writer, I say it’s a thing. And I was surprised at the attention it received — and some of the attention it received, apparently, was from a tide of bots and sock puppets! Ha ha ha hey it’s an info war, everyone, you’re invited, I’m the host, let’s have some fun.

Yeah so that’s a thing, I guess. You can track some of that from here — the whole thread is worth looking at to see some conclusions and to see how Comicsgate factors in.

Welcome to 2018.

Noir at the Bar

This, a release from author Jon McGoran —

‘Noir at the Bar’ Crime Fiction Reading Series Goes International in Support of #TeamEvie

by Jon McGoran

This month, from Oct. 20 – 28, dozens of crime writers around the world will be reading from their work to support one of their own. “Noir at the Bar: Chilled to the Marrow,” is a series of literary events in nine different cities around the globe intended to show support and raise funds for #TeamEvie, as Evie Swierczynski and her family—including her dad, crime writer Duane Swierczynski—rally to beat Evie’s recently diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia. When a  Gofundme page was established by a friend to help Evie’s family deal with the expenses and lost income as they focus on Evie’s recovery, members of the crime fiction family got together to setup events in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Baltimore, Asbury Park, Austin and London, featuring some of the biggest names in crime fiction, including Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Alison Gaylin, Bill Lashner and 70 of their closest crime-writing friends. (see a full list below).

Each event will be slightly different, but they will all feature some combination of raffles, auctions, donations, percentages of sales and other fundraisers, and they will all feature some of the most kick-ass crime fiction around (maybe with a seasonal twist), read by the some of the best crime writer around.

Originally started in Philadelphia in 2008 by blogger, critic, and editor Peter Rozovsky, Noir at the Bar has become a popular event in cities around the world, where people can hear popular crime writers perform brief readings of their work in a comfortable, appropriate, and noir-rhyming bar setting. The very first Noir at the Bar featured none other than Duane Swierzcynski.

Here is the complete Noir at the Bar: Chilled to the Marrow lineup:

Philadelphia / Sun. 10/28 – 6:30 p.m.
Misconduct Tavern, 1511 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hosted by Jon McGoran, with Merry Jones, Bill Lashner, Robb Cadigan, Greg Frost, Don Lafferty, Ed Pettit, Bernard Shaffer, Erik Arneson, Dennis Tafoya, Bill Myers.

St. Louis / Sat. 10/20 – 7 p.m.
Meshuggah Café, 6269 Delmar Blvd, University City, Missouri
Hosted by Jedidiah Ayres, with Shaw L. Coney, Seth Ferranti, Sarah Jilek, Kenny Kinds, Jessica Leonard, Fred Venturini, Kea Wilson, Josh Woods.

Los Angeles / Sun. 10/28 – 7 p.m.
Mandrake, 2692 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Hosted by Eric Beetner and S. W. Lauden, with Sara Gran, David J Schow, Attica Locke, Christa Faust & Gary Phillips, Anna Snoekestra, Aaron Phillip Clark, Dennis Palumbo, Duane Swierczynski.

New York / Sun. 10/28 – 7 p.m.
Kew and Willow Books, 81-63 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Hosted by Alex Segura & Scott Adlerberg, with Jordan Harper, Jason Starr, Lawrence Block, Alison Gaylin, Rob Hart, Jill Block, Kellye Garrett, and Megan Abbott.

Washington, DC / Sat. 10/27 – 5 p.m.
Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Hosted by E. A. Aymar, with Adam Meyer, Deb Shutika, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Jenny Yacovissi, Tara Campbell, Erica Wright, Angie Kim, Aimee Hix, Kathleen Barber.

Baltimore / Sun. 10/21 – 6.30 p.m.
Zella’s Pizza, 1145 Hollins St, Baltimore, MD 21223
Hosted by Nik Korpon, with Damien Angelica Walters, SA Cosby, Jessica McHugh, Kim Alexander, Erik Arneson, Andrew Novak.

Asbury Park / Sun. 10/28 – 6 p.m.
Bond Street Complex Basement, 639 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Hosted by Jay Butkowski and Jen Conley, with Angel Luis Colón, Lee Matthew Goldberg, Thomas Pluck, Gregory Rossi, S. A. Solomon, Albert Tucher, Dave White.

London / Mon. 10/22 – 7 p.m.
LHT Urban Bar, 176 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1BJ
Hosted by Nicola East, with Susi Holliday, Mark Hill, William Shaw, Derek Farrell, Jay Stringer, J.A.Marley, Alex Caan, Felicia Yap

For more information, visit jonmcgoran.com or email jon@jonmcgoran.com

Duane is great and their family really needs help and support on this, so please, check out these events, check out the Gofundme page, and send some love.

I would be at the one in Philly, but, I’ll be at —


Hal-Con is next weekend! Join me in Halifax (also with fellow penmonkey, Delilah S. Dawson!) October 26-28th, in Nova Scotia. I’m excited! I’m told there is poutine! And something called a donair, which sounds a lot like doner kepab, but with a special sauce? Whatever! I’m in! Let’s eat! I mean, sure, let’s also go to the con! BUT MOSTLY LET’S EAT.

NaNoWriMo Sale

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

*checks notes*

Wait no that’s Christmas? Whatever.

But it is National Novel Writing Month in November, and as such, I’m throwing up (*hrrrk*) my Mega Super Gigantor Book Bundle for sale! It’s ten books, eight of which are writing-related in focus, two of which are novels if you want ’em. (Hey, maybe November is also novel reading month?)

Normally, it’s $20.

But use coupon code NANO2018, you’ll get it for 50% — aka, $10.

So go check it out now, and please to enjoy.

16 responses to “A Face Full Of Friday News Fritters”

  1. Well, I join the ranks of rankled people fuming over the whole Marvel Thing — in your favor of course. I don’t actually need to read the shit storm from The Worst Possible People to have an idea of what they are saying. The best way I can show support is to part with some dear cash, made dearer because I got canned, too. I’m lavishing my unemployment check upon your sweet site. Who can resist a sale? I just downloaded all of my Chuck Lessons and will start reading as soon as I stop typing. I have lots of time to enjoy all of your pearls of wisdom; hopefully they are liberally (pun intended) sprinkled with lots of creative vulgarity.

    Please bring the prompts back when you can!

  2. In other semi-related Friday News, it’s YMBTK night in Toronto! And Fran Kranz & Brett Simmons will be there for it do some talky talk! I want to say I’m super stoked, but if I do, my kid’s eyes are going to role all the way back into his skull. Maybe “it’s gonna be savage”? That’s problematic too I think. I hate that I’ve reached the point where my use of language is restricted by the likelihood of my sounding like an idiot. I need some middle-aged dad jargon. I guess I’ll have to go with “I’m excited and looking forward to my evening in great anticipation! I expect we’ll have a most excellent time.”

  3. I’m guessing most people gradually stopped participating in the flash fiction challenge after you admitted you weren’t reading the entries. It’s silly, I know, but I’m pretty sure many writers were hoping against hope to grab your attention. I wrote a couple entries and confess I had a similar fantasy that you would link to my story and say “See! Look! I’m not sure what “it” is but this guy’s got it!” and then everyone would come check out my little blog and then check out my little books and I’d gain a following and the rest of my days would be spent blissfully mining my golden future.

    I never SERIOUSLY entertained this fantasy, mind you, but when you made it clear your role was strictly as host and not judge, I think many people (myself included) lost a little incentive.

    I’m not saying you were in any way wrong to not read the entries – and it’s probably a good thing, since it helped me stay focused on continuing my own projects – but I think if ever you want to continue it you may want to consider some sort of judgement competition, maybe where we all vote on each other’s stories? Maybe? Anonymously, I guess? Would that lead to something terrible? I don’t know. Just an idea.

    • I hadn’t read the entries in a very long time — in part because it’s not legally sound for me to do so, also because, I shouldn’t be the arbiter of what people write, nor an influence upon it. Also while judgment has its value sometimes, I also worry about the impurity that brings to the expression of simply writing a great story.

  4. I wondered where the Flash Fiction Fridays vanished to… but then, I did ask about them – and well, didn’t worry about it when you didn’t say anything. I’m not insulted that easily.

    Well, what I have been doing is going back in my saved emails (yes, I save your emails – I’m really that weird) and pinned all the Flash Fiction Fridays and started from the very beginning of when I jumped on your weirdo wagon and started doing them… I’ve been picking and choosing the hardest ones and remaking some of the classic ones and choosing differently. But then, I’ll sometimes choose the same X and Y tables and write a completely different story… with the same title and have people still comment, saying ‘well that was totally different from last time!’

    Okay, my post hits are lower, but only by around 30 people… but they’re getting up there now. And I’m enjoying too. I’ve also been coming up with my own flash fictions, without the prompts, and they’ve come out either great or really damned crappy. Say, I did one recently about Greta Garbo… really creepy and fun and well, interesting about why she wanted to be left alone. 🙂

    Yeah, I stuck it out to the end with your Flash Fictions… I hope you bring them back – but only when you want to, Chuck, no sooner.

  5. Bought the Mega Super Gigantor Book Bundle. I’m reading “250 Things You Should Know About Writing” while I’m at work. Yes, at work. I know I should be working at work, but don’t squash my dreams by reminding me about responsibility. I just had to close my office door because I was laughing so hard, and I’m only on page ten.

    You rock, Wendig. Thanks for the early birthday gift to myself.

  6. A BUNDLE OMG YAY (my cat got some kind of super mite which also bites people and it took MONTHS to figure out what it was so in desperation and fear and general grossed-outedness I threw out everything I owned except dishes. And the cat (though I kinda wanted to throw out the cat). NEW YOUR BOOKS YAY THANKS!

  7. I got excited and bought the book bundle and didn’t even get to the bit where you said there was a code for 50% off. Darn.

    I ask that you use my extra $10 to continue being incredibly rude and vulgar to assholes on the internet.

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