Go Read Something!

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I shared something to read here.

Okay, actually I can believe it. This little blog is quite neglected.

But, I’ve been saving up tons of stories I’ve found online to share, so I’m going to get the “Go Read Something!” train a-movin’ again.

Right out of the gate, I wanted to start strong, so I’m sharing CJ Hauser’s story “Bangana,” which won the Fall 2014 Narrative magazine contest. It’s a bit longer than most stories I’ve shared here, but well worth the read. Enjoy!

Note: You do have to sign up on the Narrative site to read the entire story, but sign up is free and you can elect not to receive emails from them.

A winner!

My short story “Where It’s Buried” has been a true testament to dedication and perseverance.

I first wrote the story during NaNoWriMo in 2013. I rewrote it and expanded on it the next year, got some feedback, and rewrote it again (practically doubling it in length). Then it was workshopped¬† at the 2015 Tin House Winter Workshop. From that workshop’s amazing feedback, I finally landed on the story it was meant to be all along.

And it finally found a home!

In October, it was announced that “Where It’s Buried” won first place in Five on the Fifth‘s short story contest. The story is now live as part of their November/December issue and I couldn’t be prouder.

Go Read Something!

Almost two years ago, I took an online writing workshop that focused on writing flash fiction. One of the publications we were encouraged to read was The Collagist, and with good reason. One of the pieces of flash we studied was this one, and I still think it’s a great example of the short, short story form. It’s a story that, honestly, could have gone on much longer. It could have been infused with more scenes, more backstory, more character examination. But I don’t think that adding “more” would have done anything for the effect. It just would have been more words, which isn’t always necessary.

Go read “The Air Must Circulate” by Renee E. D’Aoust, published in The Collagist.

Go Read Something!

In a writing workshop I participated in this past spring, this story was recommended to one of the other students. The recommendation was made in regard to a family dinner scene the student was trying to pin down, and it just wasn’t working. The workshop instructor recommended this story as a great example of a compelling dinner scene. She was right. But, man, the story was so much more than that.

Go read “North of,” written by Marie-Helene Bertino and published by Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading.

Marie-Helene Bertino
Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino