I am trying to attend Bouchercon in Dallas this year. Some guy named Block suggested that I take a train there and write on the way, which sounds like a great idea. I mean, it works for him. So we shall see! I do want to go, as the hotel is right near Dealey Plaza and we just marked the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. If you haven’t read November Road by Lou Berney, it’s one of the best novels I’ve read that involve the event. I’m not a morbid tourist, but I’ve never been to Dallas, and I can’t go there and avoid it!
If you are attending Bouchercon, or did last year, your Anthony nomination ballot is in your inbox. Lou’s novel is eligible for best novel, and I bet you can read it before the deadline. My own short story, “The Third Jump of Frankie Buffalo” is eligible for best short story, and if you haven’t read it, click the link to go to Tough Crime and read it for free. My story collection Life During Wartime is eligible for best paperback original, and I only mention this because the con organizers didn’t opt to have a Best Anthology / Short Story Collection category this year, which is disappointing. Those and the novella category are the easiest ways for newer writers to reach a wider audience at the convention, and I hope they return next year.