In part to honor the memory of my friend, brilliant True Crime Diary author Michelle McNamara, I have created a new crime blog:
True Crime Wire will be modeled after Michelle’s work in many ways. Especially in taking a deliberate and measured approach to cases, not chasing clicks by covering high profile crimes or breaking crime news just because. I fell into that trap in the distant past as a crime blogger and don’t want to again.
I’ll try and update this blog more often now, with non-crime posts, but many posts will be directing readers to True Crime Wire.
I burned out on true crime six years ago. But re-reading my friend’s work, I realized I felt a compulsion to dive back in. I’d probably been feeling it for a while, but found it easy to set aside.
Not setting it aside anymore.
I am, gladly, a working writer, so I won’t update any personal project blogs daily — but I will update, and I’ll take time with what I write.
If you follow this blog and are interested in true crime, please follow True Crime Wire.
Let’s get it started.
OK, definitely not all. But maybe more.
My Twitter friend Amanda Mull, the managing editor for PurseBlog, tweeted a link at me about a strange crime yesterday, then followed up with this question:
I’ve been thinking about that question today. My answer last night was that it was less weird than it used to be, but still strange.
And it is strange, but I realized today that I no longer feel so bad about that.
I started to write something much longer here about me and true crime but realized I’d just be repeating myself. So…
A while back my friend Quinn told me she was sure I’d get back to covering true crime stories in some form. I didn’t argue but I felt a little skeptical. Turns out she’d observed something I’d only been half aware of: my interest in the subject was as strong as ever. Only my desire to really dig into stories I found unusually interesting waned.
Additionally, I’ve gotten over my wariness regarding the label “true crime writer”–or in my case, blogger. I know I’m just a writer, full stop, but I no longer feel the need to try and correct anyone who wants to pigeonhole me with terminology.
I just want to write about shit I find interesting. Especially if I figure out I might have something to add to the subject, even if all I add is my own weird perspective.
That’s what I’m doing by going from maybe a post a month on this blog to, what, three in one day? I’m shaking off a bunch of old crap. Finding whatever my groove may be now.
Let’s see where this goes.
It might get dark.
Hope you’re cool with that.