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Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    Sadly, we have come to the true end of Books on the Nightstand. Happily, this final episode is filled with bloopers!     Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now…
    - 7 Jul 16, 12:58pm -
  • BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    A preview of fiction titles we’re looking forward to in the next nine months. _______________________________________________ Don’t Forget! Although this is the final “regular” episode of Books on the Nightstand, there will be an episode 390…
    - 28 Jun 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    A preview of non-fiction titles coming in the next eight months.   Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you’d like to join the mailing list for possible…
    - 21 Jun 16, 1:24pm -
  • BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    We recommend tons of podcasts, then rave about Anatomy of a Solder by Harry Parker, and The Girls by Emma Cline.   The Summer reading packet came home from Ann’s daughters’ school. In addition to reading David Copperfield, the students must cho…
    - 14 Jun 16, 5:10pm -
  • BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    We answer your burning questions, and then recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.   Thank you to everyone who sent us messages, tweets, comments, etc. about the ending of Books on the Nightstand. Though you a…
    - 7 Jun 16, 7:00pm -
  • BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    Author talks from Booktopia Petoskey, including W. Bruce Cameron, Janis Cooke Newman, and Luis Alberto Urrea.   This week we have an amazing lineup of author talks from our final Booktopia event. These talks were recorded in September 2015 at the fa…
    - 31 May 16, 5:48pm -
  • BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.    Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand!   Audiobook of the…
    - 24 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.   Booklovers, especially Michael,  are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, aut…
    - 18 May 16, 4:31pm -
  • BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    Misconstruing the Man Book Club, and we recommend Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.   Booktopia was this past weekend, and it was the first Booktopia not organized by us. Northshire Bookstore…
    - 10 May 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    So many books, in praise of novellas, and we recommend a new novella by Graham Swift and a novel that is the first in a new science-fiction trilogy. Audiobook of the week (03:12) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, performed by Santino Fontana, is my…
    - 3 May 16, 8:05pm -

Sabotage

Short Stories

  • A New Food Source

    A New Food Source

    It is a crude form of imprisonment and one I could escape from whenever I want to, but for now, I am happy to sit here, curious to see what my captors will do next. These Earthlings are a feeble-minded, primitive race but nonetheless quite fascinatin…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 6:24am -
  • She’d Found Another Man

    She’d Found Another Man

    He had just two loves in his life – his music and Jenny. He couldn’t imagine life without either of them. Then one morning over breakfast Jenny finished her coffee, put the dishes away and calmly announced she was leaving. She’d found another m…
    - 18 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 11:59am -
  • He’s Definitely University Material

    He’s Definitely University Material

    “Miss Jeffers told me that he was definitely university material. She reckons he might even get into Cambridge or Oxford. His latest test results were the best in the class.  Mind you I’m not surprised, he takes after me you know.” “That doe…
    - 23 days ago, 23 Jun 18, 12:59pm -
  • Betty Jones – A Haibun

    Betty Jones – A Haibun

    Betty Jones! What have I told you before about taking your clothes off,  you’ll catch your death of a cold. No Betty, don’t do that, there’s a dear. Please climb down from the piano. Yes, I know I said you could give us a tune dear but not wit…
    - 28 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 10:58am -
  • He Has A New Life Now, A New Box

    He Has A New Life Now, A New Box

    The box that was his life was pressing on him from all sides, constricting his every movement, his every thought. As he woke each morning beads of sweat formed on his forehead as he thought about the day that lay ahead of him. Every minute of every d…
    - 29 days ago, 17 Jun 18, 7:19am -
  • Number 134576

    Number 134576

    “I used to be someone else.” “Oh yeah, who was that then, someone famous was it? Don’t tell me, let me guess, I bet you was Elvis. You wait ’til I tell my missus I’ve been chatting with Elvis, that’ll make her giggle.” “No, seriousl…
    - 32 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 9:47am -
  • I Need A Man

    I Need A Man

    “I need a man.” “Certainly madam. Have you anything particular in mind? We pride ourselves on having a wide selection. I’m sure we can find something to suit.” “That’s why I’m here. My friends all say that you are the best. Expensive,…
    - 33 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 11:38am -
  • She Squeezed Through The Crack In My Bedroom Wall

    She Squeezed Through The Crack In My Bedroom Wall

    She looked at me with that mischievous twinkle in her eyes and whispered, “Remember, not a word to anyone. This is our secret.” I watched her as she squeezed back through the crack in my bedroom wall, her lithe body twisting one way then another…
    - 33 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 8:46am -
  • Don’t Lay The Blame At My Doorstep

    Don’t Lay The Blame At My Doorstep

    It was three weeks since I’d thrown Giles out and in all that time I’d heard nothing from him. No phone calls, no text messages, nothing. At first, it had seemed strange, so unlike him but after two weeks of silence I stopped caring. It was time…
    - 35 days ago, 11 Jun 18, 6:42am -
  • Keep Digging Seth

    Keep Digging Seth

    Keep digging Seth, that ring’s down there somewhere.  A crazy aunt gave it to Mel years ago. We thought it was just a tatty piece of costume jewellery. If I’m honest I’ve no idea why she wore it, probably something to do with her lack of taste…
    - 46 days ago, 31 May 18, 8:51am -

Short Story Writer

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    Thanks to Swanwick, I have been 'persuaded' by friends to start blogging again.As this old blog is cluttered with gloom and doom and tales of my past miseries, I am switching to another blog, so if you want to follow me, the address iswritingfictioni…
    - 16 Aug 14, 5:56am -
  • THE LAST POST
    This blog has run its course. The time has come to call it a day. Writing this blog has been enormously helpful to me. It’s kept me in touch with the world at times when I wanted to crawl into a hole and die. Time and again, I’ve been struck by…
    - 10 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • My mind is all over the place
    I’m finding it very hard to focus at the moment. I could name all kinds of reasons – a lingering head cold, Louis who  keeps demanding my attention,  but this goes deeper than that. I’m worried because a man has shown an interest in me. How c…
    - 9 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • Ready for a new start
    I went to see my homeopath yesterday and really enjoyed it. That probably sounds weird, but the fact is she’s such an upbeat lovely person, just talking to her, I felt better. She seems to think that this cold (yes, I still have it) is a good sign…
    - 8 Oct 13, 5:39am -
  • The dog has teeth

    The dog has teeth

    The sun is shining. The workshop for next Saturday is planned, the handouts printed. I have no Writers Bureau work to do. Time to think about what to enter for Leeds Writers Circle short story competition. I haven’t been writing much new stuff late…
    - 5 Oct 13, 6:35am -
  • Blast this cold

    Blast this cold

    For more than a week, I’ve been fighting a bad cold. It’s so annoying how something so simple and trivial can cause so much annoyance. I guess it will clear up, eventually, but right now, the end is definitely not in sight. The weather’s misera…
    - 4 Oct 13, 4:28am -
  • It's a dog's life

    It's a dog's life

    Life is full of good and bad. It’s up to us which we focus on. Right now I have a really awful terrible miserable cold and I feel really low, physically but I know it will pass. I also have Louis here for his last visit. I love that dog and I’m…
    - 1 Oct 13, 5:02am -
  • All alone and feeling sorry for myself
    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there’s very little worse than being on your own and having a bad cold. I feel like **** today. What I really really want is somebody to wait on me hand and foot, mop my fevered brow, make me lemon tea a…
    - 1 Oct 13, 4:57am -
  • PLOM
    Why does it feel so bad? All I’ve got is a cold! Still at least the sun is shining. I decided not to go to the BBQ. Not only do I feel bad, I look ghastly too, plus I’d feel terrible if I passed on my germs. Mind you that didn’t stop my ex as h…
    - 28 Sep 13, 11:08am -
  • Frustration rules
    Having made the decision to end the part time work I was doing, I’m now feeling increasingly frustrated.  I’ve had to give notice. I’m not the kind of person who just stops, that wouldn’t meet my ‘be fair to everyone’ syndrome. So now, I…
    - 25 Sep 13, 5:39am -

Stupefying Stories

  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "5 Tips for Writing a Fantasy Series as an Organic Writer," By Eric Dontigney •                                                                                                         …
    - 2 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 7:43pm -
  • “The Ghost Returns” • Bruce Bethke

    “The Ghost Returns” • Bruce Bethke

    I didn’t intend to ghost. Heck, I didn’t even know that “ghost” was now a verb; shows how out of touch I am. Ghosting, ghosted, to ghost: still sounds funny to me. I did intentionally back away from social media in early May, in one part…
    - 18 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 1:00pm -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "Writer's Constipation: How To Make It Yield For Gentle, Predictable Overnight Relief," By Guy Stewart •                                                                                         …
    - 19 days ago, 27 Jun 18, 2:44pm -
  • The Story Thus Far

    The Story Thus Far

    Quite a few people have written recently to ask, “Where the hell is Bruce?” The short answer is that for the past few weeks we’ve been in the land of ice and snow, with the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow—Really, the Icelanders are v…
    - 35 days ago, 11 Jun 18, 3:13pm -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "Substance and Style," By Eric Dontigney •                                                                                                                                 …
    - 45 days ago, 1 Jun 18, 4:17pm -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "It's Time to Retire Writer's Block," By Eric Dontigney •                                                                                                                       …
    - 55 days ago, 22 May 18, 12:39pm -
  • SHOWCASE

    SHOWCASE

    Fiction • “Our Range in Time,” by Jennifer R. Povey •In some ways, what I remember are the least important things. The first dance at the wedding. The...Yeah. Things like that, the flotsam and jetsam of a life lived, if not well, then at leas…
    - 58 days ago, 19 May 18, 7:00am -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "Managing Magic in Your Novels, Part 2," By Eric Dontigney •                                                                                                                     …
    - 58 days ago, 18 May 18, 9:20pm -
  • Introducing SHOWCASE SATURDAY!

    Introducing SHOWCASE SATURDAY!

    Editor’s note: Today we’re [re]introducing a new/old feature on this web site; SHOWCASE, reincarnated as a weekly online fiction ‘zine. In the weeks to come you’ll be seeing new SF/F stories here every Saturday morning, and eventually even a…
    - 60 days ago, 17 May 18, 12:45pm -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "Managing Magic in Your Novels, Part 1," By Eric Dontigney •                                                                                                                     …
    - 67 days ago, 10 May 18, 3:33pm -

The Short Review

  • Review: Denis Johnson, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    Review: Denis Johnson, Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson Published by Random House, January 2018 Reviewed by Gurnaik Johal “It’s plain to you that at the time I write this, I’m … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 3:05pm -
  • Review: Greetings, Hero

    Review: Greetings, Hero

    Greetings, Hero by Aiden O’Reilly Published by Honest Publishing, November 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I ran my fingers across the rough chisel cuts, trying to achieve a closer contact. The … Continue reading →
    - 4 Dec 17, 7:25am -
  • Review: Worlds from the Word’s End by Joanna Walsh

    Review: Worlds from the Word’s End by Joanna Walsh

    And Other Stories published 7 September 2017 Reviewed by Cath Barton “As for the rest of us, words still visited sometimes: spork, ostrich, windjammer… We wondered where they had come from, what … Continue reading →
    - 21 Aug 17, 2:01pm -
  • Best European Fiction 2015: Review

    Best European Fiction 2015: Review

    Preface by Enrique Vila-Matas Dalkey Archive 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly Let’s not quibble with the “Best” in the title. This is a fascinating glimpse into contemporary fiction across Europe. An anthology … Continue reading →
    - 15 Jun 16, 10:38am -
  • Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines. Review

    Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines. Review

    Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines Salt Publishing 2015 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I used to believe in plots, but they’re too insistent and simple; there’s no such thing as a single … Continue reading →
    - 2 May 16, 10:02am -
  • SHORT: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms. Review

    SHORT: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms. Review

    Alan Ziegler, editor. Alan Ziegler is professor of Writing and Director of Pedagogy at Columbia University’s school of Arts. Author of Love at First Sight, The Swan Song of Vauderville, … Continue reading →
    - 27 Oct 15, 10:18am -
  • Review: The Trouble with Flying and other stories, edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia

    Review: The Trouble with Flying and other stories, edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia

    The Trouble with Flying and other stories Edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia Contributing authors: Claire Aman, Rosie Barter, Leanne Browning, Linda Brucesmith, Peter Curry, Lauren Foley, Kathy George, Paulette … Continue reading →
    - 22 Jul 15, 9:22am -
  • Selected Stories by Kjell Askildsen

    Selected Stories by Kjell Askildsen

    Selected Stories by Kell Askildsen Translated by Sean Kinsella Dalkey Archive, 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly “The sun was nearing the mountains in the west; a haze lingered over the town, and … Continue reading →
    - 20 Feb 15, 7:34am -
  • Q&A with Daniela I. Norris

    Q&A with Daniela I. Norris

    Q&A with Daniela I. Norris author of Collecting Feathers, reviewed by Cath Barton About the author: Daniela I. Norris, a former diplomat turned political writer – and with 
age and wisdom – inspirational … Continue reading →
    - 5 Feb 15, 11:09am -
  • Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris: Review

    Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris: Review

    Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris Soul Rock Books, 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I had a job passed down from mother to daughter in my family for at least three generations. It … Continue reading →
    - 16 Dec 14, 8:57am -
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