Spent spring and summer on the hill and many hot afternoons in the ‘van catching up with friends and family. Also caught Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris reading at the Hay Festival which was brilliant!
This time here (our third summer) I’ve read a LOT: Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams; Richard Ford, Canada; Annie Proulx’s Bird Cloud; Paul Theroux on The Old Patagonian Express; Bruce Chatwin On The Black Hill; Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways; Kjell Askildsen, Selected Stories; Kyle Minor, In The Devil’s Territory; Don DeLillo – Americana; Anthony Doerr, The Shell Collector.
Currently reading (bad habit but yes, I do read several simultaneously): Lee Rourke’s Vulgar Things (captivating read in caravan!); Sarah Hilary’s debut crime novel Someone Else’s Skin (and my first crime novel); Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist; Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki; Joshua Ferris’s Man Booker shortlisted novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour; Kelly Link’s collection Pretty Monsters – and after I’ve been to the library tomorrow, the J. Robert Lennon collection, Pieces of the Left Hand.
Writing? Had a year of writing/drafting only – no editing no rewriting no submissions – to work out (again) what sort of a writer I am. It was scary to step back and not submit, and there were times when I nearly waded back in, but the year I spent working this out, will I hope, be worth it.
[Photo: Golesworthy’s window. 2014. Diane Becker]
To celebrate my blog’s second anniversary I decided to organise my links. Well, no that isn’t why I’ve done it. I did it because I saw a comment on a friend’s blog (congrats Cathy btw!) which said [extract] ‘it’s not easy finding collections/anthologies of short stories’. Waaaaaaah. I thought, what about The Short Review for starters… so I went through my links (just to check The Short Review was on it, which it was – phew) and decided I’d got so many sites listed under ‘blogroll’ (why ‘blogroll’? WHY?) that I’d re-organise them into a more useful resource.
I’ve probably (I admit) taken a more writing-centric than reading-centric approach to the organising of the list, but – whether you’re primarily a reader or a reader/writer – the new category, Short Fiction Places includes a wide cross section of online and print short fiction publishers – places where you might read stories online or buy collections/anthologies or submit stuff.
The categories Writer Blogs and Writer Resources are self-explanatory and blogs I think make interesting reading. I’ve also added a category Creative Places, which includes links to other sites which feed my creative soul.
Whether you’re a reader or writer or both, I hope you find this useful. If there’s anything I’ve missed out, which you think deserves to be included, please let me know!
For those who don’t know it, The Short Review is an online journal which, ‘shines a spotlight’ on short story collections and anthologies, with links to author interviews, reviews, and ‘where to buy’. So no excuses …