So, without further ado ...
Short stories!! Because I had three books of Terry Pratchett shorts on my TBR and because I can never reread Diana Wynne Jones's stories enough times, I decided that this is how I want to spend the month of March this year. It should work well with my current short attention span and around all of the worldly distractions and I hope it will help some of you participate more easily too.
If you need guidance on which books to request from your local library, here's a list of short story anthologies to look for:
Terry Pratchett's short stories will be easiest to find as these books have all been released only in the past few years.
A Blink of the Screen is a collection of his short adult fiction, 21 non-Discworld tales and 11 Discworld ones.
Then there are three collections for youth: Dragons at Crumbling Castle and The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner are the two that have been released in the US so far. If you're in the UK, you'll also be able to find Father Christmas's Fake Beard.
Diana Wynne Jones' anthologies are a bit messier. The main three where you will be able to find almost all of her stories are Unexpected Magic (16 stories), Mixed Magics (4 Chrestomanci stories), and Stopping for a Spell (3 stories). Then there are a few more anthologies that carry a mix of these stories -- Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories, Everard's Ride, Minor Arcana, and Believing is Seeing. These will all be harder to find and there is only one story between them that isn't in the first three I mentioned ("The True State of Affairs"). Still, who knows what everyone's random libraries or used bookstores will have around, right?!
As for the event itself, I'll just be reading throughout the month and writing random posts to highlight the stories that I love. Feel free to write up your own posts and give me links to share or just stop by and comment on any of the posts here during the month with your thoughts. I want to keep it rather informal this year. You can read one story or 83 like I'm planning to do.
Leave a comment if you're planning on participating!
Tidying my pile of shorts,