Short Story A Day Update: The First Week

I’ve been having fun with my Short Story a Day challenge. I’m finding it pushes me to read something even on days I feel like I’m too busy to read. I confess, though, a few days ago when I had to finish a huge deadline, I missed a day and ended up reading two short stories the next day to make up for it.

Of the eight titles I’ve read (technically this post should read “Short Story a Day Update: The First Eight Days”), I chose six of the stories and the other two were random picks from my Short Story Box. I’ve also been posting each story to a new Short Story a Day Tumblr blog I set up, and to Instagram, mainly to keep myself accountable.

Day 1

Three-Dot Po by Sara Paretsky

“Three-Dot Po” by Sara Paretsky, from The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler.

Day 2

The Burglar and the Whatsit by Donald E. Westlake

“The Burglar and the Whatsit” by Donald E. Westlake, from The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler.

Day 3

Firefly-by-Haruki-Murakami.png

“Firefly” by Haruki Murakami, from Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

Day 4

the snow child by angela carter

“The Snow Child” by Angela Carter, from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.

Day 5

courtship of mr. lyon by angela carter

“The Courtship of Mr. Lyon” by Angela Carter, from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.

Day 6

the werewolf by angela carter

“The Werewolf” by Angela Carter, from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. (This one was a very dark flash story.)

Day 7

toy theater by gene wolfe

“The Toy Theater” by Gene Wolfe, from The Best of Gene Wolfe.

Day 8

tourjours by kathe koja

“Toujours” by Kathe Koja, from Blood and Other Cravings, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Reflections

My favourite was Angela Carter’s “The Courtship of Mr. Lyon”, a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast. Unlike the other two short stories of hers that I read, this one wasn’t as dark.

I’m not sure I quite understood the Haruki Murakami story, and I felt like I missed something in Gene Wolfe’s “Toy Theater”. Still, I did enjoy reading them. I think the Murakami story could use a reread to get the full depth of it.

4 thoughts on “Short Story A Day Update: The First Week

  1. Beth F

    I love this project. I was thinking of a story a week *last year* — but never got going and then … well. Work has picked up again so much that it’s hard for me to do much extra reading.

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  2. Ti

    I tend to read short stories before bed, if I am between novels. Notice that there is a very small window for me to actually read them because I usually always have a novel going.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I wrote out story titles from my anthologies on slips of paper and put them in a box (assigning a different letter to each book so I’d know which book to look in). I still have a bunch of books to go through, but this way it’s random, which is more fun!

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