Check Back Next Week!

I’ve been busy editing this week, because the 24th is only 8 days away! If you don’t remember, I announced last month that I would be putting out a short story on the 24th of June.  That story is titled The King, The Advisor & The Peasant. 

This short story is 6 pages long, and will be available for free. It’s also dedicated to one of my patreon supporters.

The King, The Advisor & The Peasant is a humorous story, following a peasant through an audience with a King who may or may not be a donkey. It’s also my first attempt at satire.

Thanks, as always, for reading!  And don’t forget to check out my Patreon! All of my stories come out to Patreon supporters first.

Winesburg, Ohio – By Sherwood Anderson

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Goodreads Synopsis: Before Raymond Carver, John Cheever, and Richard Ford, there was Sherwood Anderson, who, with Winesburg, Ohio, charted a new direction in American fiction–evoking with lyrical simplicity quiet moments of epiphany in the lives of ordinary men and women. In a bed, elevated so that he can peer out the window, an old writer contemplates the fluttering of his heart and considers, as if viewing a pageant, the inhabitants of a small midwestern town. Their stories are about loneliness and alienation, passion and virginity, wealth and poverty, thrift and profligacy, carelessness and abandon. “Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America,” wrote H. L. Mencken. “It is so vivid, so full of insight, so shiningly life-like and glowing, that the book is lifted into a category all its own.” 

Find on Goodreads and Amazon. 

I picked this one up because I’ve been trying to read more classic literature, this was one of the books I found on a list. Which list I can’t actually remember at the moment. 😀

Short stories are always fun to read, and this collection is quite interesting. It’s also really odd. The stories are a jumbled mess of characters and lives and plot. In a way it’s fitting, as these stories look deep into the heart of humanity and carry the story from there. But at the same time it was also a little confusing. Winesburg, Ohio is a book I would read again just to see if I got it better the second time round.  It’s also a book that interested me in reading more by the author Sherwood Anderson.

I gave it three stars on Goodreads.

Anyone Doing Camp Nano?

I realized just the other day that Camp NanoWrimo is happening next month! Is anyone else doing this? I’m hoping to be in cabin with lots of active people, so if anyone knows of a cabin or is putting one together, you should let me know! Cabin assignments happen in 6 days!

Tentatively my plan for Camp is to write 30,000 words collectively on the stories I’m already working on.  Miracle, will hopefully be one.  My second short story, Sheep Of Many Colors, should be another. As well as my siren novel, A Siren’s Tale.  And maybe, just maybe, a NA fantasy novel that I have some ideas for.  I know it seems like a lot, but basically I want to work on a project till it’s finished and them move on to the next. Obviously starting with the short stories.

What are you doing for Camp? 

General Writing Update (March wk 2)

  • A Mad Woman’s Voice:
My poetry collection that I’ve been working on for about a year.
This week I’ve been rearranging poems. The collection stands at 37 pages, but I’ve been thinking about adding more to round the number to an even 40. Which means I’ve been spending a lot of time going through old poetry documents to see if any fit. If I don’t find any then I will try to write 3 more poems this week.
  • Miracle:
Still less than 2k, I’ve put this project on the back-burner till spring break (next week!) when I’ll have my partner and editor look over it. I was feeling a little lost in the story and I think a little time away from it will do the trick.
  • A Siren’s Tale:
My NA fantasy story about a siren.
Currently the story stands at 6,385 words and I’m finally starting to get to the rising action! I’m very excited and will hopefully have some snippets to share very soon.

And So The Stairs Went Up – Out Now!

If you’d like to read an early copy of my story And So The Stairs Went Up simply support me on Patreon. If you don’t then in a week’s time you’ll be able to view a free copy. 🙂

I worked on this story for a little over a month, and was in love with it from the very beginning. It’s a story of questions and the meaning of a life stuck in repetitive actions.

I really enjoy the style of And So The Stairs Went Up and I hope you do too.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/and-so-stairs-up-7062881?utm_campaign=postshare&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Thanks as always to everyone who reads my work.

Scary Old Sex – A Review

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Find on Amazon and Goodreads.

Publication Date March 8th 2016

Synopsis: In this taboo-breaking debut, Arlene Heyman, a practicing psychiatrist, gives us what really goes on in people’s minds and relationships–those things unspoken in much of society, about sex between older people, or about sex and love when one person is very ill, or when the age difference makes the relationship practically illegal. Love and sex in these stories are seen, sometimes, through the wide-open eyes of women, with women often in dominant roles in relationships. A few of the stories are raw, many are unsettling, but all are insightful and at times humorous, looking behind the curtain at the intimacies we usually keep to ourselves. Not intended to be titillating, Heyman’s stories give us the lives we all live: the real, the sloppy, the human.

Lately I’ve been trying to read more short stories, so when I saw this collection on NetGalley I requested it right away.  Overall I found this book hard to rate, because some stories were amazing and I was fully engaged. Some of the stories though were not, they dragged on, or just had uninteresting characters.  I suppose this is something that can happen with stories, they can be varied.
Scary Old Sex is a pretty interesting collection and what I liked best of all was the fact that the stories made sex normal.  If you’re looking for a book of erotic stories, this isn’t for you.  While the sex is detailed (though not super graphic) it’s usually only in brief scenes. I honestly don’t have very much else to say about this book. It wasn’t fantastic, but it wasn’t a bad collection. The stories and characters were mediocre. The point of the collection was a good one.  I gave this book three stars on Goodreads.

I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.