I invite everyone to join The Short Story Initiative, a makeover of the weekly Short Stories on Wednesdays. The mechanics are pretty simple and the themes are non-mandatory.
In my launch post last Sunday, I asked some questions to learn more about the participants. So far, I’ve discovered a lot of new-to-me short story writers because of them. Anyway, this post is my get-to-know each other post and this is where Mr. Linky is found! Here goes my answers to the questions:
1. Why do you want to join The Short Story Initiative?
I want to read more short stories! Short Stories on Wednesdays has helped me with that. But as I’ve said, I wanted to do more. The “ambitious” keyword here is “more”. As host of this event, I hope I could achieve that.
2. What kind of short stories do you read? Is there a specific genre or culture or nationality you would like to explore through short stories?
I like dark tales and stories with sudden heart-breaking twists. I have read a lot of American and European short stories in the past but not much Asian short stories, such as Indian and Japanese, so I would like to explore these areas and learn more about their cultures through their short stories.
3. Who is your favorite short story writer? Why?
Oh, there are lots, but I would say, for now, O. Henry, Oscar Wilde, and Ruth Rendell top the list. But the list is likely to change as I will discover more new-to-me authors.
4. What is the most memorable short story you have read?
In my recent readings, The Flood by Emile Zola is absolutely memorable. The Fallen Curtain by Ruth Rendell is disturbing enough to be memorable.
5. What is your experience with short stories in the past? Is it a good or bad experience?
Unlike poetry, I have a positive experience with short stories. I enjoy them and eat them for lunch since I was college. But my relationship with them has been on and off; it is only recently that short stories got back my focus. And the focus includes not just reading them but also blogging about them.
6. Share one book confession when it comes to short stories?
If you have been following my blog, you would know by now that my short story collections are piling up on my shelf faster than my novels. And I’m reading more short stories than I could blog about.
7. Share something about yourself that has nothing to do with short stories.
A long leisurely drive is a de-stressing activity for me.
That’s about it. Thank you for joining again The Short Story Initiative! Let’s move on and link you up and your get-to-know each other post with Mr. Linky here.