What I’ve written this week
Sunday: The Source of the Stories
My answer to the question of where stories come from.
When you’re hunting vampires, any mistake can be fatal (or worse).
Tuesday: The Garden
Continuing the Mars series of stories, three people have begun to grow food on Mars.
Wednesday: Old Books Never Die
A poem in praise of second hand books.
Thursday: Black Hole
The search for knowledge gets dangerous in this short story.
Little Princess made a big, scary, mistake.
Saturday: Fever Dream
Chapter 2 of my current work in progress tells some of the background to the women’s situation.
What I’ve enjoyed reading
Edevar’s Last Lie short story by Elina Lee I absolutely loved Alina Lee’s short story Edevar’s Last Lie. It takes the reader into another world, where a Lie is a magical skill which can be the basis for a career. How did the skilled liar Edevar come to be buried in such an out-of-the way place?
Killer novel by Stephen Carpenter Arthur Upfield, author of the Bony books, was once suspected of murder, because a man was killed in the manner of one of the murders in his books before the book was published. In Stephen Carpenter’s book Killer, fictional author Jack Rhodes has the same problem the real-life Upfield had. He’s suspected of a murder, which closely resembles one in his book, but which happened before the book was published. Carpenter keeps the reader on the edge of the seat, and occasionally misleads the reader into drawing wrong conclusions, as Jack Rhodes responds to being suspected in a way most people wouldn’t. It’s a great read, and it’s currently free on Kindle.
The Best Good Horse and other short stories by J. Reeder Archuleta This is a wonderful collection of short stories; some of them long enough to be considered novellas, some tiny vignettes. Archuleta has a subtle story-telling style, not over-telling, but leaving the reader to read some things between the lines. The characters are well written and come across as real people. From someone who may have been a spy, or even some kind of assassin, but it’s not quite spelled out, who has been invited to go back to work for his old team; to a rural worker who knows his arthritis is getting the better of him and his vision is going; to a young man who gets a ride with someone who is far more dangerous than she appears; the characters draw the readers interest, and the reader is invested in what becomes of them. All in all, these stories make great reading.
Neil Gaiman reads aloud 15 of his own works Whose day wouldn’t be improved by having Neil Gaiman read them a story? This page from Open Culture has links to 15 videos of Neil Gaiman reading his own work, and six other links to him reading other authors’ work. The only thing better than a Neil Gaiman story is Neil Gaiman reading a Neil Gaiman story.
A look at a book
If you have small children in your life, they might like The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery.
The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery
Maggie from Maggie’s Pie Shop is in a flap! The tomato sauce delivery has not arrived. This is a job for the world’s smartest detectives.
The Wallaby Detectives and the Tomato Sauce Mystery is available at your favourite on-line bookshop, or try the links below: