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annette-dunlea's picture
Aug.21.2009
Angelina The IT Librarian by Annette J Dunlea Angelina Angelina O’Reilly was a forty year old ladyShe was currently employed as a professional librarian in a university research library. She was as beautiful as she was clever. Although she worked full – time it was not out of financial necessity...
cliff-burns's picture
Aug.10.2009
I'm delighted to announce I've posted "New World Man" on my site, as of this morning.  I consider this tale to be one of the ten best I've ever written--it appears in my Reality Machine (1997) collection and posits a near future world where even the traditional family has broken up...and...
tania-hershman's picture
Aug.10.2009
There's an interesting discussion over at The Rumpus, where a blog post entitled "More Crappy News for Short Story Writers" brings us more of those quotes we short story lovers and writers have become used to hearing, from an agent writing in response to being sent a short story...
cliff-burns's picture
Aug.05.2009
Look, I love the short story format, I really do.  Cut my teeth on it, short prose taught me all I needed to know about sentence structure, pacing, syntax, proper word choice... But this summer I didn't have short stories on my agenda, I was supposed to be editing my third novel.  But something...
tania-hershman's picture
Aug.04.2009
Fiction writer and stand-up comic A L Kennedy's blog posts on the Guardian are always a great read, but this time I found her words even more poignant and hitting-home (is that a phrase?) than usual. She's talking about reviews, apropos her new short story collection, What Becomes, which comes out...
tania-hershman's picture
Aug.03.2009
Find some air conditioning if you're in temperatures like mine (sorry to those of you in the southern hemisphere, don't mean to make you feel bad - stay warm) And then grab yourself a book. Want some reading ideas? The latest issue of The Short Review has plenty: First, we have...
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Jul.31.2009
I don't normally blog in the morning. I don't normally do much in the morning, but this one started off so well I thought I'd jot it down. First, I wake up, open Facebook, and see a lovely status update from a new writer friend, Nicola Morgan, who "doesn't normally read short stories",...
tania-hershman's picture
Jul.31.2009
This came in the post this morning from my delicious publisher, Jen, at Salt. Can you see what it says at the top? It's the new print run, and it says "Commended by the Orange Award for New Writers 2009"! Click on the pic and you get the enormous version. My little/big thrill of the day....
tania-hershman's picture
Jul.27.2009
It was not a great day. It started off hot, like all the other days recently. And the forecast says only: "Hotter than average", and "getting hotter." Outside is doing its impression of an oven. Dazzling sunlight. Not conducive to work. Not conducive to focus. So... after...
cliff-burns's picture
Jul.27.2009
Preparing to submit SOMETHING to Esquire's fiction contest:  but which of the three stories I've written and edited over the past month?  Aye, there's the rub.  I wrote about my dilemma in a bit more detail here.  Your sympathy and understanding would be much appreciated...