Episode 1 of The Muralist & the Inspector Series

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Cover of “The Muralist — Episode 1 of The Muralist & the Inspector Series”

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THE SCENE OF THE MURDER OF CAROL OGILVY.

They usually begin with a corpse, don’t they? These stories? These cases? They’re about corpses that have been made.

At least her story will get told. She’s pretty, bright, from a good family. People will care. They’ll demand justice. It shouldn’t matter, the way a person lived before they became the victim of a homicide, but it nearly always did in a roundabout sort of way. It’s difficult to be genuinely interested in people when you meet them after they’d been murdered. All you can see is the manner of their death. It obliterates everything else that ever happened to them. …


A mural depicting a gruesome crime appears on the walls of a university campus. Two days later it comes true. Detective Inspector Mark Reed searches for the muralist and finds a fragile young man with whom he shares a mysterious bond.

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The Muralist & the Inspector began as a series of television scripts that I decided to novelise and share. As I was writing I had two leading men in mind, Ben Wishaw and Idris Elba. But I kept seeing Idris Elba as John Luther in my head and decided to cast Daniel Craig in my imaginary series.

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The Muralist & the Inspector took a strange path from inception to its current form, and you can read more about the evolution of the story below. …


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I know this seems like a bizarre question because Medium and Wattpad serve such different audiences. Medium is largely focused on non-fiction writing for adults (mostly in the form of articles and blog posts), while Wattpad has cornered the market on teenagers and young adults writing mostly serialized fiction. Nevertheless, this thought has been crossing my mind a lot lately.

Even though it came first (Wattpad was founded in 2006 and Medium in 2012), Wattpad hasn’t aged up that much and remains the stomping ground for a very young user base, which makes it difficult to monetize. Medium on the other hand, had users with disposable income from the beginning and has been able to set up a paywall with the Medium Partner Program. Its users don’t seem to resent the change. …


This is the cover of my debut novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Paper Journal.

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It’s not going to win any prizes, but it’s not embarrassing, and it’s something I can stand behind. Getting an original (non-template) book cover made professionally can costs a couple of hundred dollars on the low end, and plenty of those covers are mediocre. If you don’t know anyone in graphic design who can point you to a cheap (or free) source, getting an original, professional-looking cover can be a real stumbling block for indie authors on a micro budget. During my research on “how to design a book cover”, I came across tutorials on how to use MS Word. I knew I wanted a simple cover, but even so, I frowned sceptically. Nevertheless, I tried it out. …


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I’m a bit of an anomaly in the fanfiction world. I never cut my teeth on AO3 (although I did lurk there quite a lot), and I haven’t spent much time on LiveJournal and Fanfiction.net. The Tumblr account I started only a couple of years ago hasn’t been checked in months. I do write fanfiction, though. Sherlock Holmes fanfiction to be specific. And I chose to self-publish it, which I felt precluded me from sharing it in the usual non-commercial spaces.

That “very first piece” in the title was a bit of a stretch. My entrée into fanfiction began with a one shot written hastily in the notes app on a phone that has since died, and I never backed it up, so alas, my Jealous!Sherlock fic will never see the light of day. Then there was a sprawling Omegaverse epic I abandoned but should probably revisit… I also wrote a screenplay whose main characters were loosely based on Sherlock and John (it was an internal unlikely-friends-to-lovers piece that really didn’t turn much on the Sherlock Holmes connection). …


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I’d been glad to be heading home. Tokyo had been brightly lit, crowded beyond comprehension, and thoroughly overwhelming. I’d almost broken down sobbing twice when I’d gotten turned around sightseeing. I longed for the quaintness of San Francisco. Calling it a city seemed grandiose when I compared it to the sprawling, towering metropolis that was Tokyo. Nevertheless, I longed for the comfort of home. I longed for familiarity. I longed for him.

The night before I’d left for Japan, we’d tread familiar ground. “You should be with someone young and beautiful,” I’d told him as I curled into his embrace. “Someone healthy. …


How Tablo, Draft2Digital and Bookfunnel Can Team up to Fix What’s Broken in Their Industry

An Uber of publishing is right around the corner, and, when it arrives, the massacre will make the current struggles of the industry look like a child’s game. Full vertical integration of publishing is inevitable, and when the consumer-facing app that effectively marries the Wattpad and Kindle Direct Publishing models achieves scale, many traditional publishing companies will be caught out, and some will fail. …


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It is nearing the turn of the 22nd century, and Sherlock Holmes isn’t having much luck trying to be a detective. Social networking has morphed into a single, centralized, government-linked platform called The Archive. Every citizen has a Personal Archive File, which records all the significant (and most of the insignificant) moments of their lives and is open to everyone else. Birth records, school records, medical and financial records (virtually everything anyone could want to know about a person) are readily accessible to anyone who takes the time to look someone up. In a world that is ostensibly without secrets, what use are the keen deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes when they rarely reveal anything about a person a quick Archive search wouldn’t? Add to that the recent development of a new crime-solving computer program, and human detectives are on the cusp of extinction. …


Most of you suck at it or are just trying to sell me something.

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There is an online Industrial Inspiration Complex™ that has seeped into every corner of the internet. Everywhere I turn, there are people trying to help me turn into the best version of myself. There are the “grinders” who are “crushing it,” the more contemplative “purpose finders,” the 23 year-old life coaches, and a host of other iterations. I’m sure at least some of these people mean well, and we all need to be told “you can do it!” every now and then, but it’s all gotten to be a bit much. …


We are creeping towards a brave new world, and it will be shaped by the minds of a select few. This article argues that those minds need to reflect the diversity of the communities served by the technology they produce. It rather chillingly describes the way female-voiced personal assistant bots responded to sexual harassment: by flirting, obfuscating or brushing off the incidents. Passivity in the face of this kind of behaviour was programmed into these nascent intelligences. …

About

Harrison Kitteridge

Writer, prisoner of hope. | Author of BEFORE HOLMES MET WATSON and SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE ADVENTURE OF THE PAPER JOURNAL│ www.harrisonkitteridge.com

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