1. Derringer Days. Yesterday the Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the winners of the Derringer Awards and I couldn't help but notice that I was one of them, specifically for Best Short. "The Cop Who Liked Gilbert and Sullivan" appeared in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #23. You can read what I had to say about it here and here. Congratulations to my fellow winners, Brendan Dubois, David H. Hendricksen, and Earl Staggs. But let's have a big round of applause for the winner of this year's Edward D. Hoch Memorial Gold Derringer for Lifetime Achievement. That went to our own John M. Floyd! Well deserved, too.
2. Free pictures! It's always nice to find a new source for public domain illustrations. (We bloggers love them, anyway.) The Library of Congress very kindly sorted out the pictures on their website that are free for the taking. (See the one below.) Enjoy.
3. Underpaid through the ages. The University of Missouri Libraries has done a great service for anyone writing historical fiction. Prices and Wages by Decades links you to actual government publications from the 1700s forward reporting on how much things cost and how much people were paid.
driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs, no license plates, unregistered motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle, operating without insurance, no front windshield, and no safety glass.
But on the bright side for him, it turned out there is no law in the Empire State against driving around with an axe embedded in the roof of your car.