Last year, I tried to do a post a day in honor of this fact, but this year, for various external reasons, I'm going to cut myself some slack. Still, I'd like to pay a bit more attention this month, and in fact, I already have.
Really just for form's sake I began reading The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories by Ethan Rutherford, and already I'm liking it quite a lot. The title story has to do with a sad sack bunch of Confederates who volunteer to man Dixie's submarine. Awfully good, so far....
Since I haven't gotten around to doing much with this blog myself lately, I thought I'd post a link to a guest blog post over at Writer's Digest by Elizabeth Sims that I just read. It's called How to Develop Any Idea Into a Great Story . There's a lot of food for thought in it. You'll be intrigued to learn, for instance, what novel Chuck Pahaluniak modelled Fight Club on...
Not just one but two flash fiction challenges have just come my way. Patti Abbott wants the Mystery of the White Van explained by March 13th. Details are HERE.
And this led one of her commenters to make people aware that NPR also has a three minute fiction challenge. They are between rounds right now, but the site is HERE. If I think to keep looking at it, I'll let you know when Round 11 goes live. Or you could always let me know if you find out. Meanwhile they have a lot of links to past stories. It's pretty cool because the winners are read aloud on NPR.
It's really rather embarrassing that I've had my last post up for as long as I have, considering it was only supposed to be Christmas filler. Although I haven't been reading very many stories lately, the good new is that I can post to a link to a very fun one. Adrian McKinty's "Michael Coalhouse" has been picked up by Otto Pensler for his new anthology Kwik Crimes which will be published later in the year. But why wait? You can read Michael Coalhouse right now. And it won't take you any time at all. Go find it HERE.
I wrote a story for a Christmas challenge over at Do Some Damage two Decembers ago. As the rights are mine, I was going to copy it over here, but I took a look at it again over there and they have it so nicely laid out that I thought, why bother? And why shouldn't I send some traffic their way? You'll find a lot of other story responses to the challenge there too, if you're in the mood for a little Christmas crime. Check it out HERE .