I had the pleasure to read more than I ever have in the past two years or so. I’ve read over 200 short stories, most came from my time in Clarion, but also from bookmarked links and Daily Science Fiction, the last of which I don’t subscribe to anymore. I also read comics and manga, but I had the greatest pleasure in passing twenty books – novels, anthologies and collections. Read More 2014: A Year in Reading
I had the pleasure to read “Tender Morsels” by Margo Lanagan and while I’ve compiled my thoughts in my journal, I won’t get to make a post in a while, so instead here are just two of my choice excerpts from the book.
“No one would dare spit upon this woman, or call out to her. She had a different kind of boldness, a strength that did not defy that of men so much as ignore it, or take its place without question beside it – Urdda wanted some of that boldness.” – page 303 Read More Reading Tender Morsels: Excerpts
Each year has been an adversary of sorts. I get up in the morning, brew coffee and wonder what will happen today. When the year is a string of victories, defeats and armistices, both modest and colossal, it makes sense to celebrate its passing – a ritual to acknowledge my survival. This year, I feel about things in a different way. Read More Taking a Moment to Look Back
Although winter is the season most people feel ready to dig a hole in the ground and go into a healthy hibernation until spring, the world insists on speeding up until you realize the carousel of your daily routine has turned into a gravitron (and of course, the person next to you have no stomach for the ride). It’s been like that around these parts, but let’s get on to the short stories.
I’ve decided on changing the title for this column/feature/listicle to the Short Story Mixtape since I’m not publishing, only linking, and the stories themselves are eclectic. I will go back to change the previous titles, but nevertheless, wanted to make a note of this as I’m thinking on reprinting these articles on Medium. Anyway, let’s get on the short stories I’ve enjoyed on the Internet. Read More Short Story Mixtape [Vol. 4]
Reading short fiction has fallen a bit on the back burner as I’ve moved cities and my mind is all over the place, but I have managed to get my hands on five short stories that have caught my attention for various reason. Right now, I don’t have much in terms of diversity in venues, even though I aim for diverse stories by diverse writers. This will hopefully change once I’ve sufficient time to explore specific people I’m interested in reading and broaden the number of venues I frequent.
I’ve been silent over here and there is a reason. I’ve made it public over on social media that I changed cities as of the end of September. As far as moving around in Bulgaria goes, this is as big and dramatic as it gets, because I left the sandy beaches of Varna to relocate on the other side of the country in Sofia. Living on my own doesn’t scare me as I’ve rented on my own in Varna, but living on my own in a new city adds a whole new dimension. It’s a clean start in more ways than one, because you have this incredible new frontier to discover (though not all my friends have a high opinion of Sofia). Read More The Alien Nature of Discovering a New City
I’ve been mainly focused on Angela Slatter’s “The Bitterwood Bible & Other Recountings”, which is a prime example of short fiction done right. The collection weaves tales without an effort and Slatter successfully manages to open up her world in a way I’ve not seen a novel do before. It’s a great accomplishment and utilizes the format of inter-connected short stories very well. I’ll be reviewing the book for SF Signal soon, so you can expect to read that soon.
I’ve been sitting on this announcement for what feels like an eternity, but cat’s out of the bag and boy, is it pleased about it. Here’s the skinny: Ann VanderMeer has bought my short story “The Language of Knives” for TOR.com scheduled to see the light of day on January 28th. Read More Expect “The Language of Knives” at TOR.com in January