Oops! Guess who forgot to post her blogpost on the first of the month? The sad part is that the post (sans link below to Tales to Terrify) was done in the the last days of May, and I just forgot to post it! Better late than never, I guess!

On the writing front in May, I participated in the Story A Day May challenge last month, and I’m thrilled with the results. I did very well at the beginning of the month but by about the 21st or so, the whole thing derailed and my results were hit and miss. After it was all over, I ended up with about 20 new flash fiction rough drafts. Not bad. Most will probably never make it to being a polished story, but I’ll probably be able to work up and use three to five of the stories. That’s a win in my book!

Next, I’m participating in 1000 Words of Summer. This is a two-week challenge of writing 1000 words a day. Just like Story A Day, I’m planning to do a 1000 word story (extremely rough draft) every day. Am I focusing a lot on new writing rather than polishing up and sending out stories? Yes. As the saying goes, you can’t edit what doesn’t exist. I’m trying to build a bank of rough drafts to work with. The writer’s version of “building inventory.”

My reading list this month included an audio novel, Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. It was one of the best books I’ve read this year, and a big part of that was because I listened to it in audio format read by the author himself. Either the emotion he expresses in the reading is genuine or else he’s a damn fine actor. Either way, it made it even more like he was right there with me, sharing the story. It’s not spec fic, so if that’s your only love, you probably won’t like the memoir. But if you like memoir or literary fiction, you are going to love it. Five stars, and I recommend listening to the audio version, if you can.

And I’m still going strong on short story reading. Here’s my May 2020 #500Stories500Nights list:

  • May 1: “Kraken Rising,” by Andrew Reid (Pseudopod 410)
  • May 2: “On the Nose,” by Hall Jameson (Drabblecast 357)
  • May 3: “P3T Shop,” by Gary Buller (Gallery of Curiosities 2-3-17)
  • May 4: “Party at the Witch House,” by Richard Kellum (Pseudopod 410)
  • May 5: “SPAM,” by Savannah Burney (LeVar Burton Reads 2-17-20)
  • May 6: “Her Husband’s Hands,” by Adam Troy Castro (Tales to Terrify 10)
  • May 7: “The Ripple at Cedar Lake,” by Glenn McQuaid (Tales From Beyond the Pale 7)
  • May 8: “This Stagnant Breath of Change,” by Brian Hodge (Nocturnal Transmissions 22)
  • May 9: “Sundae,” by Matt Wallace (Cast of Wonders 122)
  • May 10: “Our Problem Child: Langerfeld the Moon,” by Marilyn K Martin (Podcasts from 3F–Third Flatiron)
  • May 11: “The Long Way Home,” by Tim Waggoner (Tales to Terrify 14)
  • May 12: “Bigfeet,” by Michael Strickland (Cast of Wonders 121)
  • May 13: “Natural Selection,” by Larry Fessenden (Tales From Beyond the Pale 11)
  • May 14: “As Worlds Collide,” by Stephen Michell (LeVar Burton Reads 2-10-20)
  • May 15: “The Chambers Tape,” by Graham Reznick (Tales From Beyond the Pale 10)
  • May 16: “Jack and the Griffin Eggs,” by Alexandra Grunberg (Cast of Wonders 121)
  • May 17: “Starter House,” by Jason Palmer (Drabblecast 362)
  • May 18: “I, Igor,” by Liam Hogan (Gallery of Curiosities 11-23-16)
  • May 19: “Taxidermy and Other Dangerous Professions,” by JR Johnson (Cast of Wonders 123)
  • May 20: “End Game,” by Nancy Kress (LeVar Burton Reads 2-14-20)
  • May 21: “Snow,” by Dale Bailey (Nightmare Magazine Podcast 6-17-15)
  • May 22: “Going Viral,” by Dan Koboldt (Podcasts from 3F–Third Flatiron 3-14-15)
  • May 23: “A Red One Cannot See,” by Barbara A. Barnett (Gallery of Curiosities 6-2-17)
  • May 24: “This Oracle Moon,” by Jeff Buhler (Tales From Beyond the Pale 22)
  • May 25: “Barn Burning,” by Haruki Murakami (New Yorker Fiction Podcast, 1-1-20)
  • May 26: “Only Orange,” by Camille Bordas (New Yorker: The Writer’s Voice Podcast, 12-17-19)
  • May 27: “Black Matter,” by Vivian Shaw (Pseudopod 655)
  • May 28: “The Foster Portfolio,” by Kurt Vonnegut (LeVar Burton Reads, 4-13-20)
  • May 29: “A Sound of Thunder,” by Ray Bradbury (1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales [podcast], 4-15-16)
  • May 30: “I Bought a Little City,” by Donald Barthelme (New Yorker Fiction [podcast], 7-9-07)
  • May 31: “Anhedonia, Here I Come,” by Colin Barrett (New Yorker: The Writer’s Voice podcast, 4-10-16)

While you are checking out some of the stories from the list, why don’t you pop over and listen to two of my short stories that have been produced as podcasts:

“Sympathy For the Devil” is available at the awesome The Overcast podcast.

“Star Jelly” is available at the amazing Tales to Terrify podcast, episode 436.

Both are wonderful podcasts that I listen to all the time (see above list, lol), and I’m proud to have them produce my work in audio format!

That’s it for this month! Until next month, stay spooky . . . and stay safe!

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