I often would think that if I could nail one of the regular bits, it might impress PHC enough to be used. That thinking is very wrong; it's tricky to submit a version of their baby and not have them focus on the mistakes and shortcomings. Always better to hit them with something new (usually). Guy Noir is one of GK's signature bits, and having played around with the form with my own creation, Nick Flebber, and my Christmas-tery, Lost Claus, it was a genre I felt comfortable doing. A new week and month were upon us as the season was winding down and I remembered the detective bit and pulled it out, shaping it into a radio sketch. It didn't make the cut.
Back to Nick Flebber: as I played around with the character in different mediums, I turned Lost Claus into a novella. I would adapt it to radio. I pitched it as a series and wrote two pilot episodes, which I adapted into novellas. And I started writing more adventures. I needed to increase the page count for my one novella, Space Case, so I turned the radio sketch into a short story. From there, I adapted it back into radio episode. It's been produced by a local radio group and I'm awaiting the audio link. You can read more about Nick Flebber here. I still work my favorite line "I always get my man plus expenses" into a few other episodes. And not to spoil the ending, but I always liked my little "Some Like it Hot" reference at the end.