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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

  • newThe Dark Is Afraid of Me

    The Dark Is Afraid of Me

    When you wake in the middle of the night screaming in terror, your whole body bathed in sweat, remember I am close by. The next time you have that feeling you are being watched, when the hairs on the nape of your neck stand up on end and you feel mal…
    - 8 hours ago, 22 May 18, 11:22am -
  • new12 Thoughts On Writing by Roald Dahl

    12 Thoughts On Writing by Roald Dahl

    Roal Dahl Roald Dahl was a British writer and world famous for his children’s books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and many more. He also wrote a series of short stories for adul…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 May 18, 10:01am -
  • The Perfect Man

    The Perfect Man

    My friends told me how lucky I was. They all saw him as the perfect catch. Nobody was really surprised when we married that January less than six weeks after we’d first met. He’d been keen that it should be a quiet, registry office wedding, seems…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 7:38am -
  • Break Free of Your Comfort Zone

    Break Free of Your Comfort Zone

    I’m a great lover of the writing of Tom Peters a consultant, writer and well-known management guru.  One of my favourite quotes of his is: “Intelligent people can always come up with intelligent reasons to do nothing.” Comfort Zones I don’t…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 11:49am -
  • One Giant Leap For Mankind

    One Giant Leap For Mankind

    Cut! Let’s try that again. Lighting can you drop the colour down a bit, don’t forget this is supposed to be a moon. We shouldn’t be seeing those damn shadows. Jimmy get over here and smooth over the soil around the capsule. Need to get rid of a…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 9:01am -
  • What Happens When We Reach The Top?

    What Happens When We Reach The Top?


    - 3 days ago, 19 May 18, 11:56am -
  • Do Trolls Eat Sweets?

    Do Trolls Eat Sweets?

    “Are you sure about this Jimmy?” “Stop worrying Billy. Everything’s going to be just fine.” “I’m still not sure mate. I mean, it is your sister we’re talking about here.” “Billy, stop going on!  Emma’s almost six now, she can l…
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 18, 11:15am -
  • 6 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction

    6 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction

    Flash Fiction We live in a hectic, fast-paced world where everything has to happen now and happen quickly. Many people argue that they no longer have the time to read novels and are attracted to these very short stories – the sort that can be read…
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 18, 11:07am -
  • 10% Off

    10% Off

    This is an example of our latest product. As madam is no doubt aware, government building regulations have become more stringent and heating costs are continually rising.  So it is becoming ever more important to choose the most effective thermal in…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 4:59pm -
  • Say Cheese!

    Say Cheese!

    I’m going to be in so much trouble! I’ve watched dad do it loads of times and it always seemed so easy. Point the camera, get the person to say ‘cheese’ and press the little button on the top. Photo taken.  That was all there was to it. So h…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 10:49am -

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

  • newTalking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "It's Time to Retire Writer's Block," By Eric Dontigney •                                                                                                                       …
    - 7 hours 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…
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 18, 7:00am -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

    Op-ed • "Managing Magic in Your Novels, Part 2," By Eric Dontigney •                                                                                                                     …
    - 4 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…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 12:45pm -
  • Talking Shop

    Talking Shop

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

    SHOWCASE

    Fiction • “How Lurlene Learned to Love Herself,” by R.W.W. Greene •Lurlene had almost thrown it out when she hauled Buddy’s things to the curb after their last big fight, and came closer yet when he called a year later to ask her to take hi…
    - 18 days ago, 5 May 18, 7:00am -
  • A little something for the weekend...
    Public Service Announcement • “Avengers: Infinity War,” by Bruce Bethke •This is not a movie review. It’s a warning. If you’re determined to see this movie without any preconceptions, stop reading right now—but don’t say you weren’t…
    - 20 days ago, 2 May 18, 3:00pm -
  • Are you a Stupefying storyteller?
    If you look at the left column this morning, you’ll notice that we’ve cleaned out some old cruft, but more importantly, we’ve added the one new thing that a lot of writers have been asking to see:The 2018 Stupefying Stories Submission Guideline…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Apr 18, 10:04am -
  • Re: Assorted Reminders

    Re: Assorted Reminders

    Re: The Last Free eBook FridayJust a quick reminder here that if you want to get the Kindle editions of Stupefying Stories issues #12, #13, or #14 free for the price of a click, you have 36 hours left in which to do so. As of midnight Monday, these b…
    - 23 days ago, 29 Apr 18, 2:49pm -
  • It’s the Last Free eBook Friday!

    It’s the Last Free eBook Friday!

    In preparation for the release of Stupefying Stories #21 next week, we’ve decided to give away the Kindle editions of issues 12, 13, and 14 absolutely free—but only until Monday. Tell your friends!Stupefying Stories #12 features:• ANACHRONIC OR…
    - 25 days ago, 27 Apr 18, 8:00am -

The Short Review

  • 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 -
  • The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim: review

    The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim: review

    The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim Translated by Jonathan Wright. Comma Press, 2013 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew “If there was a special search engine for dreams, like Google, all dreamers would find their … Continue reading →
    - 27 Nov 14, 9:10am -
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