Monday 12 November 2012

A Little Something for National Short Story Week...

So, it's National Short Story Week (you may have already sussed this from the title of this post), and I quite like short stories. I quite like reading them and I quite like writing them. And hopefully you do to. In which case you might quite like to read this post...

In the last celebration of stories in their shortened form, International Short Story Day (gosh, these things have a lot of themed time periods attached to them), I wrote a post about how I was going to spend the summer looking at them. Yeah, well, that didn't quite happen to the extent that I planned  for many reasons that I won't go into here, but now it appears I have been given another chance to redeem myself on the short story front. So to celebrate the week, starting from tomorrow, I'm going to read a short story a day and do a little post containing my random thoughts about it. What form those random thoughts will take, well, you'll just have to wait and see. But hopefully they will encourage all of us to pick up a few more short stories in the future.

To find out a bit more about National Short Story Week, just take a look here. Personally, of particular interest is the recommended reading list for children and young adults, from which I shall attempt to delve into, if not this week, then at some point in the future. Also, the Guardian website is participating by publishing some of the stories from their reading list. At the time of writing this, none have been put up yet, but hopefully I might read one or two at some point in the next few days...but here's their Short Stories page in the meantime for you peruse.

So, I hereby declare Anna's Shorts on Shorts well and truly open...let me just make it clear, there will be no posting of pictures of me in shorts at any point in the next week. Shorts HATE me and I have long since accepted that they will form no part of my wardrobe ever again. Just thought I'd clear that up in case there was any confusion.


  1. *puts on hot pants*



    OK, I think I misunderstood.

    ps. I can't wait for this feature! :)

  2. STAY AWAY FROM THE SHORTS. Although I'm sure you look lovely in hot pants.

    I, however, do not.

    Have just thought of new idea for a feature - MEN IN SHORTS READING SHORT STORIES.

  3. I hate shorts, too. Have you read The Paper Menagerie yet? That short is amazing...

    1. Shorts are evil. Short stories are not (for the most part. I'm sure there are some fairly evil ones out there).
      I still haven't read The Paper Menagerie, but I remember you recommending it before, so I'm, going to include it this week :)

  4. What a fun event! I'm not very well-read in short stories, but I do like to dip into them every now and again..

    1. I trying to read a lot more at the moment, and hopefully I'll manage to get one done for the next few days :)