We are at the end of another annual series here. For each month of this year, we've picked a theme for daily journal prompts and, even if you haven't followed along this year, you can always do so when you choose. The themes have been varied -- themes like age/time, memory, vacations, seasons, language, books, productivity, technology, relationships, and more. In this last month, let's go back to each of the previous months, revisit what we wrote, and pick the two or three prompts we'd like to "do over."
An essay published at The Millions. I write about how Voltaire's Candide inspired both my physical garden and my literary one. Along the way, I share thoughts from Virginia Woolf, May Sarton, Diane Ackerman, Adam Gopnik and . . . The Martian (by Andy Weir.)
My review of Akil Kumarasamy's debut short story collection is now up at PopMatters. It is an interlinked set of short stories, so I also talk a bit about how such collections work.