2020 renewal

2020 Word of the Year: Renewal

If you've been a follower or friend here for a while, you will know about the 'Word of the Year' practice, where I select a single word as the intention for the year and then write a few lines about it. An intention is the theme or mood or emotion that fuels all the goals … Continue reading 2020 Word of the Year: Renewal

2019: A Year in Reading

This has been a year involving several months of travel so my reading has not been at my usual rate or even per the plans I'd made at the end of 2018. Despite that, it has been a year of lovely literary discoveries and much learning. And, if you've been following along for a while, you'll know I don't set much store in having high book-reading counts. Defeats the purpose, don't you think? What I aim to do, with all my logging and counting, is to ensure I'm reading a good balance of genres and being inclusive and diverse with my book choices. Hence the charts at the end.

5 short stories

Published: Short Stories: Siblings (PopMatters)

July's monthly column at PopMatters featured five short stories about siblings by these fine contemporary writers: Martha Bátiz, K Anis Ahmed, Jenny Zhang, Lidudumalingani, and Kseniya Melnik. While there are certainly wonderful classics by writers like D H Lawrence, Flannery O'Connor, et al, these contemporary writers have explored finer and deeper nuances of sibling relationships using singular narrative styles and voices.