While the poets of the world have shrewdly united to have April be National Poetry Month every year, creating a fair amount of attention for their craft, we (proverbial) here at the EWN have decided that we sort of like concentrating on one form for a lengthy period of time, so we're declaring that around here, May will be Short Story Month. While we don't believe that we'll have WITS stories to link to and discuss like we have this month, we do have more than enough short story collections lying around the homestead here that we have been waiting for a reason to crack open.
One of the original ideas behind this Work of the Day idea was to dip into those collections of stories and poems that I didn't think would ever get full reviews. So, in the month of May, while some of the stories will come from online journals, and print journals, there will also be at least one story per day coming from a story collection.
I like to see this sort of thing. I've written in the past about my love of the short story and wondered about its diminished - and diminishing - place in the lives of readers. I finished The Secret Lives of People in Love - short stories - the other night and have been trying to figure out a way to write about it without resorting to outrageous hyperbole. Still working on that.
Stay tuned at EWN.