Magazines and Anthologies with Short Stories
I noticed the other day when I posted a snapshot of 'Buffalo Girls' that it was the first novel I'd read in 4 months. After I finished scolding myself, I recalled that I'd taken a…
Festival at Thurmont
The bright streamers seemed pennants of aristocratic families and fair beauties. Local peasants hawked their handiworks, made in the dim light of the fireside, after long hours of hard labor on their master's domain. The…
Different Ways of Weighing the Same Short Story
What counts more to you - style or substance? Can a woman write a male lead as credibly as she writes a female lead? Can a man - vice versa?
Relating a Story with a Mysterious Worldview
Hitherto, I could only notice the effect and relate it to a mysterious control the author had over the story. Now I see a way that it can be done.
Story or Essay
Diem Perdidi by Julie Otsuka It's a good example of the difference to a reader between a story and an essay. Ms. Otsuka could have described the mother in either style.
The Lonely Sentinel at Old Dorsey Church
“Leave the GPS in the SUV” I tell my grandson We stroll down the old road, abandoned two score years Since the floods of Agnes’ wrath broke its path Slowly reclaimed by nature. “Don’t you…