I’ve had my head up my seekrit nonfiction work-in-progress this week, so most of my reading has been devoted to that. But, I’ve resolved to make room for the fiction. I tried to make time for the rest of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 22, but I ended up two stories shy.
“Vinegar and Brown Paper” by Becca De La Rosa. I thought this piece was going to be completely predictable, if quirky, until about halfway through. I love it whenever a story takes me by surprise. 4 out of 5.
“Self Story” by Carol Emshwiller. You know why they say writers should never write stories about being a writer? It’s because you won’t write one as good as this. 5 out of 5.
“Snowdrops” by Alex Dally MacFarlane. Very nice wintry fairy tale. 5 out of 5.
“The Honeymoon Suite” by Jodi Lynn Villers. Great flash fiction piece! 5 out of 5.
“To a Child Who Is Still a FAQ” by Miriam Allred. A touch too experimental for me. 3 out of 5.
I’m sure I’ll finish the ‘zine this week. After that, I dunno… maybe some of Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others and a bit of Karen Joy Fowler’s What I Didn’t See.