April fiction roundup

WITNESS ME. I have seen Mad Max: Fury Road, and it was glorious.

But I’m not here to tell you about the awful majesty of chrome grills and unfathomable hope. Not yet, anyway. I’m here to tell you about the stories I read last month.

As always, my favorites are marked with an asterisk. Go forth and read and form your own opinions.

All That We Carry, All That We Hold by Damien A Walters
Molten Heart by Alexis A. Hunter
The Universe, Sung in Stars by Kat Howard*
Ocelia, Ocelia by Leena Likitalo
You Are Two Point Three Meters from Your Destination by Fran Wilde*
I am Graalnak of the Vroon by Laura Pearlman*
Sally the Psychic Alligator by Sunil Patel
The Sorcerer’s Unattainable Gardens by A. Merc Rustad*
Crow by Octavia Cade
Oyster Beach by Sophie Wereley
Postcards From Monster Island by Emily Devenport*
Quiet Town by Jason Gurley
A Wolf in Iceland Is the Child of a Lie by Sonya Taaffe

While they weren’t among my favorites, I did find “Ocelia, Ocelia” and “Crow” to be very interesting reads. The former was an epistolary style with a unique world and character, with only the ending not really working for me. The latter didn’t feel like a story, more like the opening to a novel; I kept waiting for something to happen, but it felt like nothing ever did, though all the nothing was very well written and compelling.

On the writing front, April was Camp NaNo, and I put in a bit over 10,000 words on the novel I started in November. That put me over 70,000 for this project, which is the longest work I’ve written to date. Exciting! Scary! Still not finished. But it proceeds, and it continues to amuse me, and those are both good and important.

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