International Stories, Linking Fun, and Hot Chocolate!

Link love!

I missed out on so much blogging while I was sick that I've got a backlog of visits and commenting to do. I thought I'd take you with me...

First up, the Word Wenches - authors Jo Beverley, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott/Andrea Penrose, Anne Gracie, Susan Fraser King/Sarah Gabriel, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, and Joanna Bourne - answer the question: "Do you get angsty and anxious at any part of the writing process? And, if you do, does it make you more productive?"

I love Jo Bourne's line: "The only cure for the pain of writing is writing."

Lots of cover art reveals recently, including India Drummond and Melanie Macek! Have you seen any others? Please share!

The fifth issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal is out!

Has anyone ever applied to Clarion West?:


I thought I was going to, but now I'm not sure any of my current stories qualify. Unfortunately.

I posted about our snowstorm the other day; now we're having a North Pole blast. Temperatures ranging from -15 to -40 degrees Celsius (sometimes counting the wind chill factor, sometimes not) all week. The only thing to do is have some real hot chocolate, courtesy of Outlander Kitchen:


ROW80: I might need something to spike my hot chocolate, as I continue editing. Progressing, but slowly. I'd like to be finished all the on-screen editing by 10 February, so I'll have to add a third editing day to my weekly schedule - likely on a weekend. Which is dangerous, because turning on the computer means the possibility of accessing the internet... Need a little dose of Write or Die!

Meanwhile, The Reading Life has a very ambitious project: to read at least one short story each from 196 countries worldwide! She just completed number 20, with an Orhan Pamuk short story, translated from Turkish. I haven't read that story yet, but I'll add it to the list!

Meanwhile, here are the countries she's read stories from so far: Georgia - Canada - United States - Republic of Korea - Antigua and Barbuda - Haiti - Trinidad and Tobago - Ukraine - Cameroon - Botswana - Sudan - Dominica - Israel - Syria - Ethiopia - Zimbabwe - Peru - Chile - South Africa - Turkey

I've read stories from Canada, the US, and Turkey. That's kind of sad. I thought there'd be at least one Israeli or South African author in there. I'm deliberately not counting Tolkien, of course... There are other countries I've read stories - and novels and poems - from though, so I shouldn't feel too guilty: Germany, Sweden, Senegal, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Japan, Colombia, Finland, France, and... well, there might be a few others, but I can't recall.

Not counting North America or the UK, what's your favourite story from a different country?
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