Hugo 2018 Reading – November

Last month I read a bunch of flash fiction. I have some ideas for flash stories, so I want to study what works in that form. Yes, I’ve done well in the Mormon Lit Blitz with those stories, but I’d like to go pro with them too. So here’s what I got around to.

Emergency Scenarios” by Kelly M. Sandoval
a short story published by Daily Science Fiction

This story made me laugh. Trisha runs emergency scenarios to asking out her crush, and asks for the worst case scenario, which is everybody dies in a fire. Great characterization in such a short space.

This is also the first story I’ve read with the pronoun ze. I want to learn more about gender non-binary individuals, so I was glad to read it.

The In Between Place” by Kat Day
a short story published by Daily Science Fiction

I actually critiqued this story on critters a few months ago. I remembered being really confused by the draft. I wasn’t confused this time, but I can’t put my finger on exactly what changed to bring that about without looking at the two drafts side by side. The descriptions are definitely better, and nice.

It is a bit abstract, which isn’t my taste. I like my art to be definite.

In Spring, the Dawn. In Summer, the Night” by Aidan Doyle
a short story published by PodCastle

The fantasy element of this story didn’t come until the end of the story, so I didn’t have as much interest. Also, while PodCastle called it flash, it really is more than 3,000 words long. The prose is very poetic, fitting since it is about a battle poet. The battle of wits was interesting, though unfortunately a lot went over my head. The culture was portrayed very nicely though.

Winter Witch” by Matt Dovey
a short story published by PodCastle

This year, my niece was stillborn. So this story hit a chord in me. The conclusion was unexpected, but sweet. It is full of inner description which gives the winter witch a wonderful voice.

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