Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weekend Special: A Confession and Two Excellent Stories

It’s not often that I have a post on the weekend, so when I do, it’s because I’ve got something awesome to share.  And that awesome thing?  Why, it’s a confession, of course.  I’ve harbored this secret for far too long, and I feel it’s time to get it out in the open.

Ready?

I hope you don’t hate me…

I’m in love with Combos.  The pretzelly, cheese filled snacks.  Man oh man do I love those things.  Way too much.  Maybe more than I love Chex Mix.

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So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on to the meat of the post.  I’ve recently read two excellent stories and I want to share them with you fine folks.  The first one, The Horrid Glory of Its Wings, is a short-story featured on Tor.com right now.  That said, it’s a top-notch story that was harrowing.  I read it with fascination and growing curiosity, wondering what was going to happen, all the way up to its powerful conclusion.  It’s kind of hard to describe, but it was awesome.  The second tale, a bit of flash-fiction, comes from fellow blogger Jay from Descending Thoughts.  Check out his exceptional story The Ticket Out.  I love the way the story is told, how it unfolds and engulfs the reader.  And, as a flash-fic bit, it’s a very short read.  And if you like Jay’s story, you should read his other flash stories.  All have been great.

Seriously check them out.  Both stories are short and definitely worth the read.

Oh, did you read Bryan Allain’s Books I Didn’t Write #006 on Thursday?  It cracked me up.  That guy is way too funny.  He basically finds a picture, creates a title for the picture, and then writes reviews over the fake book.  The results are hilarious.  My favorite line was an excerpt from the book: “He loved the smell of grain in the morning. The way the pungent odor brought life to the sinews and marrow of his being. The way his brain would instantly start firing off ideas for the day. The way it instantly created an insatiable hunger in his belly for a bowl of Trix.”  Yeah…  Check it out.

On a side note, I’m rather excited about the new collection of stories coming out that’s edited by Neil Gaiman titled StoriesIt’s getting quite a bit of hype.

On another side note, Dave, if you’re reading, did you finish Warriors?  Was it worth the read?  It seems like you did a mini review of some absurd story, but I cannot recall if you did the entire book or not.

On yet another side note, I’m almost out of Combos!

And, worst of all, my USB stick is still AWOL.  That’s bad, cause it’s got most of my writing on it.  Sure, I’ve got some stuff backed up, but this drive contains the most recent versions of my stuff, especially the flash-fiction and Oscambria.  I really need to find it.

I’m very ready and excited about the LOST finale tomorrow.  I hope you are, too.

5 comments:

Bilski said...

Logan!

Two things:

1) Combos are the greatest roadtrip / snack food ever. You are thaaaaat much cooler in my eyes for loving them. But only the kind with the pretzel crust. The "pizza dough" crust is like the cake in the game Portal.....a lie.

2) I insist upon you downloading Dropbox and using it to sync and backup your files. It's 1GB for free, and it acts like any other folder except that it's automatically backed up to the internet so you can get your files anytime.

David Wagner said...

Yep, I finished Warriors, and yes, it was well worth the read. I was contemplating swapping it on Swaptree, but I can swap with you instead, if you'd like...

There were too many stories to do a proper review, and besides, there were some good thorough reviews out there already, so I decided to get my sluggard on and not review it...

Mattson Tomlin said...

Speaking of all these stories- when is your next story-on-tape coming??

Jay Belt said...

Wow, thanks for the recommendation! I'm touched. I'm seriously sitting at the keyboard, stunned...

Thank you.

logankstewart said...

@Bill: Eww. Pizza dough crust is horrible gross bad yucky. And Dropbox? Hmm. I utilize Google Docs when I think about it, and thankfully, I finally found my USB!

@David: Ooh, a swap, eh? Hmm. Hmmmmmmmm, I say. You should definitely do the Swaptree thing; who knows, you might could get something awesome in return.

@Mattson: I may or may not be working on it now. I can't decide, but I'm glad you liked my last one enough to be curious about another.

@Jay: No problemo. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for the great story. I just hope people took my recommendation and read it.