Before I start into today’s blog post, I have to mention that I’ve been behind in just about everything this year. There is a blog that I will write someday analyzing award nominated short stories to see if there are any patterns, but that’s for some future date. Unfortunately I have neither time or brain capacity for it. I thought about writing a Prince tribute and comparing his life to writing, sort of what I did with David Bowie a few months back. Perhaps because I’ve done that already or maybe because Prince is even more enigmatic than Bowie, I’ll pass on the analysis except for saying that we can learn from The Purple One’s hard working, non-stop drive full of oversized ambition (read Spin Magazine’s wild oral history about the film Purple Rain) without compromise to be his/your own true funky self. Okay, I guess this could have been a blog.
Instead, I was thinking about a conversation I had with a coworker about musicals. I’ve seen several, but usually don’t gravitate towards them. I often think of them in terms of musical numbers and less as a total complete story with a few exceptions. Sometimes characters talk about something that has little or nothing to do with a plot, but it’s just a setup to go singing for three or four minutes about that particular topic. When I was thinking of my favorite musical moments it was more about the physicality of the scenes than any singing. These two came to my mind first:
Travis Richardson has been a finalist for the Macavity, Anthony, and Derringer short story awards. His novella LOST IN CLOVER was listed in Spinetingler Magazine’s Best Crime Fiction of 2012. He has published stories in crime fiction publications such as Thuglit, Shotgun Honey, Flash Fiction Offensive, Jewish Noir, and All Due Respect. He edits the Sisters-In-Crime Los Angeles newsletter Ransom Notes, reviews Anton Chekhov short stories at http://www.chekhovshorts.com, and sometimes shoots a short movie. His novella, KEEPING THE RECORD, concerns a disgraced baseball player who will do anything to keep his tainted home run record. www.tsrichardson.com
My short story “Quack and Dwight” in JEWISH NOIR is a finalist for an Anthony in the short story category. The same story was a top ten finalist in Screencraft’s 2015 Short Story contest. You can read a copy of the story here.