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Monthly Review: January 2023

What I read and wrote and published and how I fared

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Short story

Night

Dark short story published in The Dalhousie Review (Summer 2022)

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Flash story

The Revolutionaries

Alternative history. If the political-historical relations of two nations were reversed, would the characters of the nation’s peoples be reversed too?

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Short story

Re:Birth

A grieving mother has shut herself away from the world. Can she rediscover love and life?

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Short story

Courage Anniversary

Astrid has a dream. Pleo likes dreamers. What could go wrong? In this story written in 2020 I dip my toes back into magic realism.

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What I read

What I Read, Wrote, and Published in 2022

Read a lot, but not enough. Several unfinished WIPs. A fair number of publications, including in four good magazines . Attended my first writing workshop online; it was fruitful. Joined the volunteer staff of two lit mags. Grew my circle of critique partners. Spent most of the year working on short fiction, a new experience for me. Discovered several authors I plan to read more of, and revisited some old favourites.

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Film review

Avatar 2: The Way of Water (2022). James Cameron

Visually resplendent, and laudable for its environmental messaging, this film suffers from an underdeveloped story, incoherent editing, flat characters, and a resolution that resolves nothing. “Humans = bad, greed = bad, and living with nature = good.” I guess that’s a message we can all stand to be reminded of, but I do wish the packaging were more artful.

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Film review

Knives Out 2: Glass Onion (2022). Rian Johnson

An entertaining and neatly-fitting little puzzlebox, much like the one in the opening sequence.

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What I read

Monthly Review: December 2022

A slow month for reading and writing. Stocktaking underway. Working on revisions of a few longer stories.

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Short story

Retreat

It’s easy to chafe against your privilege, to resent it as constricting. But what happens when a tiny incident shows you the extent to which your privilege protects you from life’s tooth and claw?