Sunday, June 04, 2006
The Bear & Bogart
You just never know what will inspire you to write. Recently, mystery writer and editor Sandra Ruttan posted an entry challenging her readers to define a new genre called “Cozy Noir.” I didn’t enter this contest, but the phrase stuck in my head. I couldn’t get rid of this image of some detective bear channeling Humphrey Bogart to solve a murder.
The idea got so stuck in my head, I was compelled to get out of bed in the middle of the day (and I really needed to be sleeping, too) and punch out a bit of flash fiction with the ideas that were running through my mind. The result was something along the lines of film noir meets “Toy Story.” The main character is none other than Ted E. Bear. Funny enough, my son took my sunglasses the other day and put them on his favorite stuffed bear. I took one look and went, “It’s Ted!”
Anyway, I digress. The point of this little entry is blatant self-promotion. My short short story entitled “Unstuffed” has found its way into the latest issue of Spinetingler Magazine as one of their examples of “cozy noir.” Am I excited? Um, hell yeah! Spinetingler is also planning to publish my other short story “I am Sam,” but that’s for a later issue even though that was accepted before “Unstuffed.” There’s something oddly fitting about this goofy story, which is shorter than this blog entry, being my first publishing credit. While a lot of my writing is dark and brooding, I’m more of a goofball in real life, and this story reflects that.
So check out the latest issue of Spinetingler. You’ll find my story in the magazine’s four-pack of cozy noir tales. For all those who’ve followed my blog and my discussions about my writing, here’s your chance to get a look at some of my fiction work. The first example of many, I hope.
Posted by Bill, the Wildcat at 9:34 AM