JOHN UPDIKE’S THE BROWN CHEST

Just finished a short story collection that contained John Updike’s The Brown Chest. Some of the best writing anywhere in a moving slice of life story. Here’s a couple of excerpts. “In the first house he lived in, it sat up on the second floor, a big wooden chest, out of the way and yet not. … Continue reading

SHORT STORY FINALIST

Excited to learn that another of my short stories has been chosen as a Finalist with The Pinch Journal!

RETREAT WEST SHORT STORY PRIZE

Unfortunately, my story, Robin (The Handle of a Child’s Bucket), one of seven on Retreat West’s short list, did not take a prize. Pleased to say, however, that it will be published in their upcoming anthology!

RETREAT WEST SHORT STORY

Just received notice that another of my short stories has been short-listed at Retreat West! The final decision comes in March but this has just made my day!

Norman Maclean’s A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

The 1976 collection A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, was the only book Norman Maclean (1902-1990) published in his lifetime. He was eighty-four years old. I have not the faintest interest in fly fishing and yet this story is captivating not only for the power of its theme but for its remarkable and often … Continue reading

MOMAYA SHORT STORY REVIEW 2016

I’m pleased as punch to have my story Scilla included in this wonderful anthology, which has just been released. “This year’s competition theme was Ambition, and the winning stories explore personal ambition within the context of wide social pressures. Some of the world’s greatest literature has dealt with this theme — Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, William Makepeace … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR OCTOBER

Irwin Shaw (1913-1984), American playwright, screen-writer, novelist and short story author, has left us some of the most pertinent, serviceable and truthful thoughts on writing and the writing life. “All writers are the same. They forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one.” “A writer has to live with a sense of honor.” … Continue reading

MOMAYA AWARDS EVENT IN LONDON

I have just received confirmation of the 2016 Momaya Awards event and book launch set for London (UK) on November 15th. As one of the writers to be published in the 2016 Momaya Press Anthology — chosen from twenty-five short-listed entries — I was invited to attend, but am sadly unable to. I look forward to reading … Continue reading

Ivan Cankar: Saying So Much with So Little

Making my way through Great Short Stories of the World, a collection first published in 1920, I ran across a brilliant story by the Slovene writer, Ivan Cankar, a playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and political activist who died in 1918. Children and Old Folk was part of Cankar’s most significant work, Images from Dreams, and recounts the immediate … Continue reading

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