PostHeaderIcon A Thug is a Thug is a T.H.U.G. Thug

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There has been quite a bit of discussion lately regarding the term “thug.” Well, to many of us there is only one actual definition of the word, and it’s the one offered by Merriam-Webster and other similar sources.

From Merriam-Webster…

Thug: a violent criminal.

Full Definition of THUG

:  a brutal ruffian or assassin

That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. A violent criminal. A brutal ruffian or assassin.

I’ve used the word in my writings, and I’ve used it when referring to a specific person or group of people—violent criminals, such as mobsters, murderers, rapists, robbers, gang members, people who assault others, etc.

To me, the term is racially generic. It’s a “one-word-fits-all” term that encompasses ALL violent criminals without regard to a specific tone or hue of flesh. You see, it’s not a person’s skin color that makes them a thug, or not. Not at all. It’s what’s inside that counts. If you’re a violent person, then you, my friend, are a T.H.U.G. thug.

The definition above is a one line description. There are absolutely no extra or hidden lines to read between. Anything added is just that, something someone added because they “thought” something was there.

Recently, TV superstar executive Byron Allen expressed his disappointment over President Obama choosing to use the term “thugs” when referring to the violent Baltimore rioters. Byron basically equated the word “thug” with the n-word. Well, I’m not exactly a fan of many of President Obama’s policies, but in this case I agree with him. He merely used a proper term to describe a group violent criminals, a mob that included African Americans. But he could have just as easily been describing the motorcycle club thugs involved in the recent massive fight/shootout. Or the Boston bombers, the kid who punched and knocked out an elderly man so he could rob him of a single $1 bill, the cop who beats or kills an innocent citizen, and, well, you get the idea. A thug is a thug is a thug.

I know some people won’t agree that thug is a generic term. How the word evolved into something it’s not is beyond me and is something I simply don’t understand, but I do wish people would stop trying to force words and hidden meanings into my mouth.

So from this moment forward, as always, if you hear me use the word thug or see it in something I’ve written, you can automatically know that I’m referring to a violent criminal. But you may NOT assume I’m speaking of a specific race.

Here’s something for you to ponder. When I speak or write of a wonderful person I know but you don’t, do your thoughts automatically picture someone of a certain race? No? Then why do certain images appear in your mind when I use the term “thug?” I guess what I’m asking is that you please not blame me for your own private thoughts, or to use my words to bring those thoughts to life.

After all, to me a thug is merely a violent criminal. Any violent criminal. A definition other than that, well, that’s on you. I certainly didn’t make it up.

PostHeaderIcon Revolver v. Pistol: Do You Know The Difference?

Pistol (semi-automatic)

The term “Pistol” means a weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having:

  • a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s);
  • and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).

Pistol nomenclature (below)


The term “Revolver” means a projectile weapon of the pistol type, having a breechloading chambered cylinder so arranged that the cocking of the hammer or movement of the trigger rotates it and brings the next cartridge in line with the barrel for firing.

Revolver nomenclature (below)

*All of the above (text and images) are from ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). Thanks to the folks at ATF for allowing the reproduction and use.

For Writers: Semi-autos and fully automatic (machine guns) automatically eject spent cartridges. Revolvers DO NOT. Therefore, writers, chances are slim and mostly none of finding empty revolver cartridges at a crime scene. Please remember this when writing the “aha” moment in your WIP.

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It’s Shark Week at the Writers’ Police Academy!

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We are extremely excited and pleased to announce that literary agent/Query Shark Janet Reid has just joined the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy faculty.

The Query Shark herself will host and teach the following workshop.

How to Write a Killer Fiction Query with Janet Reid (Query Shark)
Learn to craft a compelling query that introduces your work and entices a literary agent to ask for more. Come away with a list of things to avoid, and a list of things to include. Opportunities for Q&A, of course. Bring your own query if you want it used as a class example (not required).

Believe me, this is a rare opportunity you will not want to miss, so sign up today. Yes, we reached our typical sold-out number within one hour after registration opened this year. However, thanks to extra room availability we still have a few spots available.

Note: Janet Reid’s WPA workshops are open to all, therefore no sign-up is required. We’ll soon be posting the times of her sessions on the WPA schedule page. For now, though, we do know she’ll be offering the same session twice. Once on Friday afternoon and once again on Saturday afternoon. We’re offering it twice so everyone will have a chance to attend if they choose to do so.

Remember, everyone, there’s far more to see and do at the WPA than one could ever hope to do in a single weekend.

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