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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

  • The Wednesday Prompt #20 – Six Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #20 – Six Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… SIZZLING You can then share your story by leaving a link…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 20, 4:00am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #19 – Six-Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #19 – Six-Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. Today’s word is… SKETCHY You can then share your story by leaving a link b…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 4:00am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #18 – Six Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #18 – Six Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. You can then share your story by leaving a link below to the story on your blo…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Sep 20, 4:00am -
  • The Sunday Prompt #18 – Mini-Saga

    The Sunday Prompt #18 – Mini-Saga

    A mini-saga is a story of exactly 50-words. It is also sometimes known as a dribble! Every Sunday I am going to post a prompt to challenge you to write a short story of exactly 50-words. The prompt will be a photo (taken from Pixabay). If you want t…
    - 24 days ago, 30 Aug 20, 4:00am -
  • The Friday Prompt #18 – 100-Word Story

    The  Friday Prompt #18 – 100-Word Story

    Every Friday I plan to post a prompt that will encourage you to write a 100-word story. The inspiration for your story each week will be a black and white photo (taken from Pixabay). Your challenge is to write a story of exactly 100-words inspired b…
    - 26 days ago, 28 Aug 20, 4:00am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #17 – Six Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #17 – Six Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. You can then share your story in the comments section below or leave a link to…
    - 28 days ago, 26 Aug 20, 4:00am -
  • The Sunday Prompt #17 – Mini-Saga

    The Sunday Prompt #17 – Mini-Saga

    A mini-saga is a story of exactly 50-words. It is also sometimes known as a dribble! Every Sunday I am going to post a prompt to challenge you to write a short story of exactly 50-words. The prompt will be a photo (taken from Pixabay). If you want t…
    - 31 days ago, 23 Aug 20, 4:00am -
  • The Friday Prompt #17 – 100-Word Story

    The Friday Prompt #17 – 100-Word Story

    Every Friday I plan to post a prompt that will encourage you to write a 100-word story. The inspiration for your story each week will be a black and white photo (taken from Pixabay). Your challenge is to write a story of exactly 100-words inspired b…
    - 33 days ago, 21 Aug 20, 4:00am -
  • The Wednesday Prompt #16 – Six Sentence Story

    The Wednesday Prompt #16 – Six Sentence Story

    Can you write a story in just six sentences? Every Wednesday I am going to put a word prompt up and the challenge is to use that word somewhere in your six sentence story. You can then share your story in the comments section below or leave a link to…
    - 35 days ago, 19 Aug 20, 4:00am -
  • The Sunday Prompt #16

    The Sunday Prompt #16

    A mini-saga is a story of exactly 50-words. It is also sometimes known as a dribble! Every Sunday I am going to post a prompt to challenge you to write a short story of exactly 50-words. The prompt will be a photo (taken from Pixabay). If you want t…
    - 38 days ago, 16 Aug 20, 4:00am -

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

  • Opinion: Learning from Now - On Using Current Events in Your Fiction • by Eric Dontigney

    Opinion: Learning from Now - On Using Current Events in Your Fiction • by Eric Dontigney

      As a semi-regular participant in writers’ conversations on social media forums, there has been a lot of talk lately about whether or not to incorporate the Coronavirus Pandemic into novels and short stories. As a general rule, I’ve discouraged…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 5:23am -
  • Today's Free Sci-Fi Story Idea
    RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES!The USDA and agriculture officials across the U.S. have issued warnings about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them. Officials are concerned the mystery seeds, which appear to have or…
    - 55 days ago, 30 Jul 20, 11:28am -
  • SHOWCASE: “Sunday Dinner with la Famiglia (and Nonno’s Brain)” • by Franco Amati

    SHOWCASE: “Sunday Dinner with la Famiglia (and Nonno’s Brain)” • by Franco Amati

    Art by Justine BackesSunday dinner with the family was a little different this week. We all sat around a dumpy-ass table in the middle of the nursing home. From where I was sitting, I could see a big bowl of pasta. My younger sister Gina was across f…
    - 58 days ago, 26 Jul 20, 3:35pm -
  • Help Still Wanted

    Help Still Wanted

    Just a quick reminder that I have a bunch of (slightly irregular) trade paperback copies of THE LOST PLANET that I will be happy to give away to people who are willing to help us promote this book. If you have a clever idea for how to promote this b…
    - 63 days ago, 22 Jul 20, 1:00pm -
  • On Mythaxis: “Writing Cyberpunk”

    On Mythaxis: “Writing Cyberpunk”

    This went live more quickly than I expected. Over on Daniel Scott White’s site MYTHAXIS you will find “Writing Cyberpunk,”, which went live this morning. It’s a sort of a—well, I don’t quite know what to call it, but it grew out of Mr. Wh…
    - 64 days ago, 21 Jul 20, 9:11am -
  • Help Wanted

    Help Wanted

    Through a technical oversight I wound up with a bunch of copies of THE LOST PLANET that I can’t sell because the margins are off-kilter and can’t return because it was our mistake that caused the margins to come out that way in the first place. O…
    - 65 days ago, 20 Jul 20, 10:17am -
  • Update re THE LOST PLANET

    Update re THE LOST PLANET

    Sometimes a quote comes in that’s just so good, I need to share it before I’ve figured out how I’m going to use it in advertising. This one concerning Henry Vogel’s novel THE LOST PLANET came in yesterday afternoon.“This has old-style big-p…
    - 68 days ago, 17 Jul 20, 2:00pm -
  • PRE-ORDERS AND EARLY-BIRD PRICES

    PRE-ORDERS AND EARLY-BIRD PRICES

    Kindle users: Hart for Adventure is now available at the special introductory price of $0.99. Pre-order now and it will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on July 8.Link: Pre-order for KindleBook readers: If you’d prefer an actual printed and bound t…
    - 81 days ago, 4 Jul 20, 10:34am -
  • GREAT BIG BOOK SALE!

    GREAT BIG BOOK SALE!

    In celebration of the upcoming release of Henry Vogel’s latest novel, Hart for Adventure, we’ve put his entire catalog on sale! For the next few days the Kindle versions of most of his books will be just $0.99 USD each, and a few selected titles…
    - 82 days ago, 3 Jul 20, 11:20am -
  • Flirting with Syncretism • by Bruce Bethke

    Flirting with Syncretism • by Bruce Bethke

    Once in a while it seems worthwhile to pull back the curtain and explain just how I got the idea to write something like yesterday’s “Culture Considered as a Generation Ship.” The piece didn’t really have a well-defined point of inception or…
    - 83 days ago, 2 Jul 20, 10:48am -

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 →
    - 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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