Just coming off a wonderful and exhausting week of company and lunch with my fellow Metro M/M Romance Group. A friend on her way back to the Azores stopped midway to stay with me last week. It was a terrific visit and we got all caught up on things going on in our lives. Then… Continue reading This Week’s Reviews From Scattered Thoughts
I seem to be running into more and more anthologies these days. Name a publisher and I can show you a long list of anthologies they have published in just this year alone. I am not sure what is driving this trend. Are authors writing more short stories? Do publishers find it easier to publish… Continue reading Anthologies, Love Them or Leave Them?
Miasma, such a wonderfully descriptive word. Miasma: from the dictionary, literary the miasma from the stagnant swamp made us choke and gag: stink, reek, stench,fetor, smell, fume, odor, whiff; gas, cloud, smog, vapor. Yep, that is exactly what it feels like in the Metropolitan DC area these days. Most people forget that Washington, DC was built on a swamp and the regions around it are riddled with water.… Continue reading Mired in the Miasma and the Week Ahead in Reviews
“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” ―Lorrie Moore “A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” ― David Sedaris “A short story must… Continue reading In Search of the Illusive Great Short Story-Scattered Thoughts Looks At Short Story Writing
As you all know I loved The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black but I realized that some readers would take issue with the fact that Gabriel Sanchez was married with children while he still continued to see the General on the down low as it were. I could hear the questions forming in… Continue reading Whose Side Are You On Anyway? Thoughts on The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black