A reminder that I'll be speaking tonight at the Monongalia Arts Center at 7 pm. So, you know, if you're in the Morgantown, West Virginia area, why not stop by and say hi. It's sure to be an interesting experience seeing that I'm still fighting a bad cold. Along with the usual DayQuil and NyQuil, I took this tonight:
As you can imagine, it didn't taste very good, but hopefully it'll do the trick.
Lyle Rosdahl of the San Antonio Current has this to say about the anthology:
I’m a bibliophile and a lover of language. That’s why I claim that books make the best presents for the holidays. And in the spirit of the Flash Fiction section, I’m recommending Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer, edited by Robert Swartwood. Not only is the name of the form brilliant, the stories are too. Here’s an example by Joe R. Lansdale, taken from the first story in the book. It’s called “The Return”: “They buried him deep. Again.” The obvious point is that it hints, like the most brilliant stories, at something outside of it — a cultural reference or the lumbering body below the surface of the page, the words, the meaning. These are the perfect stories to thumb through on a sunny winter morning. Happy holiday reading.
And the Booking Mama also recommends the anthology as an excellent holiday gift:
Coming from someone who can't stop talking or typing, I'm in awe that authors can successfully convey story ideas in so few words. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and the depth of so many of the stories. Some actually made me reflect on the characters, some hit me like a punch to the gut, and others left me wanting more. I honestly didn't expect these few words to have such a powerful effect on me.
Have you seen the trailer for the documentary Bad Writing? Well then, here, you have no more excuse: