It's short story month again. This now seems a far more official endeavor than previous years. There's even a hashtag.
I had grand ambitions for this month before this month arrived with a thump. Before it arrived with deadlines. And huge novels I promised I'd read. On deadline.
I still have grand ambitions for this month. I do love a good short story collection, as you know.
So instead of waiting until I write something gorgeous and brilliant and witty and wise or waiting to realize I might not anytime soon and would then delay the sharing of the goodness of two collections I've come to love, I figured it would make more sense to simply share. Just share the good bits and get on with it.
So, here are the first two "good bits" I'm getting on with:
- Death is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca - A story collection I called "kick-ass" before I'd even finished it. Then I interviewed her. Then I finished the collection and it seemed even more kick-ass. If you've not read this collection yet, I can't think of a better month to make this happen.
- If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black - A story collection I loved. Swooned over. I tweeted about it. Robin Black tweeted back. She was lovely and I was giddy. Then I incorrectly blogged about it and made a complete ass out of myself. While it is fine to laugh at my expense (it was...ouch), it is not fine to ignore this scrumptious collection because I'm an ass. Go. Read. Now.
So those are the first two good bits I'm sharing for Short Story month. I've even created a handy little sidebar to share all my #ssm2011 picks. You can also see the other one which has been hanging out over on the right for, what, three years? Five? Still good collections.
More soon. But if you only read two collections this entire month, you'd really do well to read these. Once you do, I'd love to talk with you about them.