Roan My blog posts have taken many forms over the years — WoW-related mostly, from transmog to raiding to Best-in-Slot lists, but also short stories, personal thoughts, and school work. I enjoy everything I write, but I have come to realize that my favorite thing next to actual writing stories when I have the ideas is writing about writing. Recently, my very talented streamer and video-creator beau WoWMartiean got access to the current Alpha testing for Warlords of Draenor. It has been interesting to sneak peeks over his shoulder, despite how adamant I usually am to keep my distance and not learn anything about WoW content before it is released.
This happens whether you like it or not. Great stories practice this violent beauty on you in a variety of ways. Maybe you start reading one over your lunch break and, if it's the right one, before that peanut butter cup you brought for dessert even has a chance to finish its melting shape-shift into some kind of sugary cement, the whole world has been destroyed around you and then rebuilt, and nothing is quite the same again.
Great stories practice this violent beauty on you in a variety of ways: Some do it quietly, almost without you even noticing, and some do it with high wire acts of imagination or intellect that make you into a breathless witness.
The trick, then, is finding the right story, one that is capable of such a thing. This is no easy task.
Tastes differ, of course, and it can be confusing to spot the small boat of a great story on the wide sea of fiction.
What any reader can offer you in terms of guidance is actually the same thing that any good writer can offer you with the story itself: In that spirit and in no particular order, here are ten short stories you might've missed that ambushed me with their odd wonder: It is both an education and an elegy.
To save their marriage, they adopt a mortal toddler and begin to raise him, only to discover he has developed terminal leukemia. What follows, set in a fairy den and an oncology ward, is one of the best and, somehow, realest short stories ever written, a haunting exploration of love and death that has followed this reader, at least, into marriage, parenthood, and nearly every subsequent day spent on this earth.
While the inherently political nature of the story is certainly important and the writing is ruthless in its detail, to approach "Lorry Raja" in only that way is to miss the quiet power of Vijay's prose, as well as its ability to look honestly into the subtleties of family and the scales of desire without denying beauty where it lurks.
A lesson simultaneously in understatement and heart, this story is really about the near misses of the lives we almost live, as well as what time does to the things that could've been.
Long forgotten by most, author Colum McCann miraculously resurrected it for The New Yorker's fiction podcast, and it is best experienced in his wonderful voice.
The story is, in the end, a testament to the power of a whole person--caustic, funny, articulate, alone, lost and found, cruel and loving--given life on the page. Franz-Josef Von Leinsdorf and a mixed-race Johannesburg shop girl, an affair that is illegal in apartheid-era South Africa.
One of the most overlooked pieces of Gordimer's writing, this is also one of the quietest, and most effective. The uneasy dynamics of race, class, and power especially when it comes to love and sex are nimbly explored here, and build to a devastating end.
It was similarly saved from obscurity, this time by author Tessa Hadley, for The New Yorker's fiction podcast. Waiting behind Nabokov's admittedly long and wry sentences is the plainly moving story of a love affair pursued through the years.
Every detail works together here to render Nabokov's testament to the illusiveness of love and memory, and a reader's patience is richly rewarded. Those interested can find it online, or in the excellent anthology of love stories, My Mistress' Sparrow Is Dead.
Machado, another new voice in American fiction, manages to create an engaging, strange, and wholly original story that draws into conversation sexual violence, popular culture, and our own weird-feeling relationships therein.
Shattuck's facility with prose makes this a funny, winning story, even as it is a bitter and sad one: The best part, however, is the turn at the very end, which reveals the entire story to perhaps have been something different all along, a sneakily stunning mediation on the limits of self-awareness, guilt, and penance.Oct 07, · My seventh "Best American Short Stories," edited by Elizabeth Strout, was just published.
I have been lucky to work alongside a wide variety of . Full online text of A Boring Story by Anton Chekhov. Other short stories by Anton Chekhov also available along with many others by classic and contemporary authors. Serial Murder. View printable version (pdf) Behavioral Analysis Unit-2 National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Critical Incident Response Group.
A Teacher’s Guide to Selected Horror Short Stories of Stephen King 2 OVERVIEW OF STEPHEN KING AND HIS WORK Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, in September of Texts for Effective Reading Instruction J.
DAV I D CO O P E R I n t ro d u c t i o n learn to read, we need a variety of types of texts. Stories and informational texts that have been written to control the level of difficulty and some aspect of.
Jun 09, · 10 Types of Short Stories. Now that we know generally what a short story is, we can discuss the different types of short stories. This is by no means a comprehensive list, since short stories come in a wide variety of lengths and styles.
But this is a list of the most common. Anecdote. An anecdote is a short account of something interesting and amusing, which usually tells a story about a .