Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In Jayne's World, 25 Word Hint Challenge



Jayne Martin offers up a challenge this week to get us writing after the long weekend. Her blog post is HERE.

Per Jayne:

The challenge:  Write a story (beginning, middle and end) that hints at a larger story, but is complete within itself, in 25 words or less.  The most famous piece of hint fiction was written by Hemingway:

            For sale:  Baby Shoes.  Never worn.

Hint Fiction demands reader involvement.  “Why were the baby shoes never worn?” we’re left to contemplate.   It hints at much more, yet is complete in and of itself.

Here is one from Jayne: 

                                  “News at Eleven”

          A shiny, new tricycle on the sidewalk, abandoned.

          A single, blue sneaker at the curb.

          From the house, a mother calls:  “Tommy, supper!” 

Write your story on your own blog, then come back here and add a link in the comments below and also add your link to Jayne's blog HERE.  

Be sure and visit everyone else’s offering and support your fellow writers with a comment.  If you don’t have a blog, you may leave your story in my comment section below.  Write and post as many as you want.  

Here's mine: 

Too Soon

Pink flowers lay on the grave. Too short a life buried beneath. Tears uncontrolled, swallowed the congregation in a tidal wave of agony and grief.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Short Story Genre - Rising from the Ashes?


The momentum has been building for months now since Alice Munro's received the Nobel Prize for Literature in October, 2013. Never heard of her?  Maybe because her genre is the short story.  Maybe because she is Canadian.  Or just maybe no one really wants to admit that they read short stories.

Munro has spent a lifetime writing short stories and now, well into her senior years has garnered the most coveted prize in the world. 

How did she do it?  Well, she never gave up and continued writing short stories even when everyone else declared the genre "dead on arrival".  For decades, Munro has had a passion for the genre and now has finally been rewarded for it.

Prior to Munro's Nobel Prize win, Lydia Davis won the Man Booker International Prize, a decision that took the literary world by storm. While two successive prizes for the short story genre might be considered a coincidence, the revival of the short story was cemented when George Saunders won the inaugural Folio Prize at the beginning of 2014 for "Tenth of December".

If this was not enough confirmation of the rise in popularity of the short story, there is another tide on the horizon - a growing number of famous novel writers (including Stephen King) have short story offerings currently available that have been met with rave reviews.

Most literary critics and book publishers say that short stories don’t sell. But I beg to differ. According to The Bookseller (the trade magazine for the publishing industry), short story sales rose 35 per cent in 2013!  This was before Munro, Davis and Saunders won their awards.

So what is up with the short story genre?  Is it seeing a revival?  Is it rising from the ashes like a Phoenix as a modern form and worthy of accolades?  Is it now time for authors to get out there and write more short stories?

In my humble opinion, I believe the answer is a resounding "YES!" to all of these questions.

I may be biased because I love writing and reading short stories. But upon deeper reflection, I have come to realize the short story genre is an "underdog" in literary circles and I most always root for the underdog.

I also believe that the short attention span of most of us in this day and age makes the short story a perfect fit for casual reading in short spans of time in our daily lives.

Only time will tell if this is indeed a tsunami of popularity for the short story or just a ripple in the waters. Regardless of the outcome, I will continue writing short stories because I love them and that is what I am destined to do.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Indie Author Reviews - May 2014

Another batch of indie published  e-books have been read and reviewed.

It was hard to choose, but below are the top five for May 2014.

Check out the titles and the reviews of each, you will be glad you did!

by Jo Ann V. Glim

by T.L. Burns and K.R. Hughes

By Jason Derr


by DW Davis

by M.P. Witwer