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Aaaaaand We’re Back


Hope you enjoyed your time of thanks, and are now all loaded up on thanks, and ready to return to the cesspool of selfishness and entitlement that is Life In The Modern Era.

I’m Scott Harrell. This is where I purge.

I write a biweekly (actually, that’s not the correct word, but it’s the one everyone uses, so … ) column for the Tampa Bay edition of enduring alt-weekly newspaper brand Creative Loafing called Life As We Blow It. I also contribute A&E coverage to CL.

I’m a contributor to Pinellas County arts website ARTICULATE.

I’ve published several bits of horror and darkly speculative fiction under the pseudonym Ravis Harnell, including the novella Ghostwriter.

Working on a Florida crime story.

I sometimes talk to groups of people who are still naive enough to believe they want a career in journalism, and tell them it’s ridiculous to want a career in journalism at this time. They generally then ask me why I write so much about drinking. If you would like this to happen in your classroom or meeting venue, you can contact me at thedirtytrickscampaign (at) gmail (dot) com.

My plate is pretty full of freelance / copywriting / media stuff right this second, but if you’re looking for someone to do some short-burst work–a bio for your band that isn’t the same ol’ boring profile, for instance–you can also contact me at the address above.

I’ll be catching the blog up on stuff for the rest of the week, so thanks for dropping by, I hope you visit often.

Why, Hello There

Yeah, so, while I’m completely buried under work, most of it not the kind I want to be doing, but rather the kind I must do in order to have a place in which to do the kind I want to do when I’m done doing the kind I would rather not be doing:

Hi. I’m Scott Harrell.

I write a pretty-much-every-other-week column for the Tampa Bay edition of alt-weekly Creative Loafing called Life As We Blow It. I also write occasional music and other pop-cultural criticism for the venerable CL.

I cover some local music goings-on for attention-worthy Pinellas County A&E site/blog ARTICULATE. ARTICULATE is a fairly new thing, and art fans from Tampa Bay and beyond should check it out.

I self-published several short works of horror fiction, and a longer novella titled Ghostwriter, under the pseudonym Ravis Harnell. They’re all available here at excellent indie e-book publisher/community Smashwords. Many of them are free.

There are several other fiction-y things currently in the works. I haven’t abandoned my previously mentioned Florida crime novel; it just sort of fell into a queue that grew to include several other projects.

Twitter: @harrellscott 

Tumblr: The Lamprey

Facebook: NEIN


More worthwhile bloggage soon, I promise.

Checking In

Yeah, I know. Been a while. Between the new gig, helping out around Creative Loafing for the Music Issue, Milo the White Trash Terrordog screwing up his back something royal (more to come on that) and some other stuff, my life has been a little too full lately. A lot too full, actually; in fact, I’m starting to feel like it might be okay to start letting some of the stuff that I’ve carried around too long go for good. And it’s hard, but it’s also nice to be able to look forward to a time when I”m maybe traveling a little bit lighter, so to speak.

OK, sorry, enough of the cryptic self-absorbed bullshit.

Meanwhile, I’m writing. Writing a lot.

Writing columns.

Writing music coverage.

Writing copy and campaign materials.

Writing some fiction, too. The Florida crime project has sort of taken a bit of a back seat 20,000 words in, because a very Ravis idea floated back up to the surface, like a suitcase full of corpse-parts and fun, and I really like it. So we’ll see where that leads, and not feel too guilty about the whole ADD’ed-out put-this-thing-down-because-something-shiny-happened-over-here-and-maybe-it’s-just-fear-of-seeing-something-through-to-the-end thing.

More soon. Cheers.

Why, Hello There

I’m Scott Harrell. I write all kinds of stuff. Welcome to my site.

Currently, I’m writing a column for the Tampa Bay edition of alt-weekly newspaper Creative Loafing; it’s called Life As We Blow It and it’s published every other week. I sporadically contribute music, film and other arts and cultural coverage to CL as well.

Fiction-wise, I’m working on a novel in the “Florida crime” genre. I previously self-published several works of horror fiction under the pseudonym Ravis Harnell in digital formats. They are available at Amazon and here at Smashwords.

Also also, I’ve signed on for another cultural-criticism gig I’ll be able to talk about very soon.

Thanks for coming. You can contact me quasi-directly at thedirtytrickscampaign (at) gmail (dot) com.

While I Was Working, Richard Lawson Left Gawker

Richard Lawson has left Gawker to cover culture and be amazing at Atlantic Wire.

If you don’t know who Richard Lawson is, you’re blowing it; he’s not just the funniest person who’s ever written for Gawker and the funniest culture columnist anywhere, period–his originality is truly inspiring, and he might have been the wittiest writer on the Internet for a bit there.

Read what some of his former colleagues have to say about him here.