In one of my Yahoo groups this blog link came up as a good place for aspiring mystery writers. Of course, I had a look-see. If you have grammar issues in your writing, they've got you covered. While the basic posts seem to be grammar lessons, at the top of the page you'll find links to all kinds of research sites and a list of reading that covers the entire mystery genre. Lots of good stuff here. http://unearththeclues.blogspot.com
You'll find an interview with short story writer, Kate Thornton, over at the Writers Who Kill blog. It's always interesting to see how other writers work. http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2010/12/interview-with-kate-thornton.html
Jason Sanford has started a discussion on his blog about the difference between a writer and an author. Could it be as simple as having readers? Check it out here http://www.jasonsanford.com/jason/2010/12/the-difference-between-an-author-and-a-writer.html
If you're undecided about purchasing the new issue of Needle Magazine or even wondering what type of stories the magazine publishes, Mulholland Books has a sample for you. They've posted the short story "True Good" by Sophie Littlefield. http://www.mulhollandbooks.com/2010/12/16/truegood/
For fans of Ken Bruen, there's an appreciation post of his work over at Mysterious Matters. http://mysteriousmatters.typepad.com/mysterious_matters_myster/2010/12/ken-bruen-an-appreciation.html
And there's a new issue of Yellow Mama out on the virtual streets. url to the right.