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Review – Flash Fiction Magazine, Volumes 1-3

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Publishing, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , |

Featuring work submitted to Flash Fiction Magazine, an online literary magazine Amazon Disclosure - I am a volunteer reader at Flash Fiction Magazine. In the study of alchemy, there's a process of purification called calcination by which substances are heated in a crucible until it's impurities are reduced to ash, leaving the desired element in its [...]

Review: The Best Small Fictions of 2017

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Publishing, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

  Guest Editor: Amy Hempel Series Editor, Tara L. Masih Available September 5th, 2017 by Braddock Avenue Books (Press Release) There is no writing toward the story in a short-short; the author must begin with the story. - Amy Hempel, Guest Editor, The Best Small Fictions If you logon to Duotrope and conduct a search for [...]

Review: Reading Like a Writer

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Goodreads Amazon The most important things, I told them, were observation and consciousness. Keep your eyes open, see clearly, think about what you see, ask yourself what it means. I read this book on the recommendation of a good writing friend who suggested it as a way to improve my writing (yes, I write but I [...]

Review: Flash Fiction International

By | April 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Very Short Stories from Around the World Edited by: James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merril   Amazon Goodreads I'm going to make a confession. I'm addicted. I'm absolutely addicted to reading in general, but also to flash fiction in particular. Whenever I open one of the numerous sites I follow or one of the anthologies I [...]

Review – The Best Small Fictions of 2016

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , |

Guest Editor: Stuart Dybek Series Editor: Tara L. Masih   Amazon Goodreads (Blogger Note: I apologize for the delay in posting. I have not devised a workable writing/editing calendar that acknowledges the chaos of real life. I hope writing extra content will rectify this in the future.) My reading of this book, as well as other flash [...]

Flash/Short Fiction Review Series

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Publishing, Reading, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In September, 2016, I took a flash fiction course with Writers.com under the tutelage of the esteemed poet and writer, Barbara Henning.  The very first story presented was Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway. At 1,463 words, it is considered a masterwork of short fiction.  I rewrote it to understand Hemingway's use of subtext and [...]

Guest Book Review – The Lion by Joseph Kessel

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Guest Post, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Joseph Kessel Amazon Goodreads Guest Review by Florence Lefebvre "She had the same right as any animal to experience the sacred spasm that makes the earth quiver with a wet trembling every spring." (Belle de Jour) Forget everything you know about Africa. Let the songs of the Masai warriors carry your thought to the deepest [...]

Review: On Becoming a Novelist

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Amazon Good Reads This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. "We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images." I'm not going to pretend to contextualize John Gardner's [...]

Review – Palm Trees in the Snow

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Amazon Author's Page Amazon Goodreads Review My thoughts: Palm Trees in the Snow is a translation of the novel by the Spanish writer, Luz Gabás. The novel addresses the tensions between Spain and it's colony, Guinea, through the lives of the Rabaltué family. The scope of the novel is ambitious and I [...]

Digressions – Reading Lolita because of Reading Lolita in Tehran

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I have to confess to a literary "squirrel" moment, except that, when it comes to reading, such a moment might last for days or even weeks.  And like most digressions, this one has proven most instructive and pleasurable. I began my personal book challenge with Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran (you can see [...]

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