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Shortbread Spotlight: Week of 23 February

/by Nick Eveleigh/

Shortbread has been a busy place over the last fortnight. Stories have been coming in at over fifty a week, and it’s been good to see newer members of the site getting involved in reading and commenting. Old debates have been rekindled (and now hopefully put to bed), Facebook and Twitter updates are coming thick and fast (thanks to our Social Media Elf) and articles and interviews appear (and disappear) so swiftly I can barely keep up. There’s even a Valentine’s Day competition to vote on. (You have until 28 February to cast your vote.) So, despite the technical glitches we hit on occasion, the community is very much alive and kicking.

Speaking of the technical glitches, the only way to fix them long term is through funding. Three members of the site – Kate SmartDiane Dickson and Robert Kasch – have all pledged proceeds from their work to the site so please support them here. Personally I work on an inverted funding model which involves me paying my friends to read my stories but as soon as I flip that around I will be sure to follow the example set.

And so, on to the picks for the week. We start with a man who is not only an excellent writer and an active reader and commentator, but also has extraordinary taste and wisdom when it comes to choosing stories. That man is Robert Kaschand he chose a great recent submission from Adam West…before losing the plot and choosing one from yours truly:

Being a junkie of Horror, science fiction and hard boiled murder mysteries and have over the years collected thousands of the now, mostly defunct, digests of said genres I was happy to see a fantastic future world story The Feast of Margaret by Adam West along with a dark and well painted tale The Water’s Edge by Nik EveleighGood job on both stories.

My slightly tedious self-deprecation aside, I’m thrilled to have this story chosen by Robert, and I’m equally thrilled to see Adam’s tale included. It’s well worth reading.

Next up this week is Kate Smart. Her choices this week reflect that there’s something for everyone on ShortbreadStories: three very different writers playing with different styles and genres, all well written and all worth a look:

Fools Rush In by Sheila Ireland – a frothy chic-lit-style story, perfect with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate.

No Big Deal by Robert Kasch – I really liked the almost beat-style tone of this and could not find anything wrong with it at all, despite Robert having submitted it to the Critical Collective for a possible ‘mauling’.

Beside the Sea by Desmond Kelly – thoughtful and very well-written.

Over to Adam West to tell you about his choices for the week while I take a well-earned tea break. This stuff doesn’t just write itself y’know…

My three choices this week come from two writers – one well established on the site, the other a newcomer.

Toffee-Head-Tom by Hugh Cron – it’s a bit odd – it’s a lot of fun and it’s pretty original, too. Read it and smile.

My other two picks come from Shortbread newcomer, Veronica Tan. Firstly, Regretful Sinner which reads a bit like a synopsis for a remake of the Brad Pitt shocker Se7en. It’s a very neat piece of writing.

In Unseen and Unknown, Veronica writes:

‘Tick, tock, tick, tock,

Tell me what you see not

Do you know what’s the most dangerous thing in life? It’s a corner. Not poison nor a knife or even a murderer, but a corner instead.’

Highly imaginative and innovative writing – superbly edited – a joy to read. More please.

I’ve read all of Adam’s picks this week and they really are excellent.

Right, I’ve lobbed a bag of commas in West’s general direction so while he’s distracted there’s just enough time for me to put forward a pick of my own.

My choice this week is Privatization In Mind by Kevin Thomson. At first glance the Doric dialect will seem impenetrable to many of you but take your time to get into it and you’ll uncover a clever, tragic and occasionally hilarious piece of satire. I can highly recommend reading it out loud as not only does it help to make sense of some of the phrases but it’s a liberating experience to sound like a bad extra from an Irvine Welsh novel in the comfort of your own home.

That’s it until next time…please keep all your picks coming to, but more importantly go and read the stories and tell the writers what you think of their work.


Re-bloged from: Nik Eveleigh’s Blog › Shortbread Spotlight: Week of 23 February | Shortbread



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