As discussed earlier this month, we will once again be celebrating May as National Short Story Month this year. We've done it in different ways each year since 2007 and this year will be no different.
The plan is (and is subject to change of course) to do some things weekly, some daily, some whenever others come through for me, etc.
Weekly: I've begun reading some titles from my Kindle more frequently and have a couple of books exclusively in that format. I plan on reviewing a different story from Godon Lish's Collected Fictions each week. So, at least four through the month. Maybe more depending on just how used to picking the Kindle up I get next month.
Weekly: I will do a full scale book review of a short story collection each week. These will most likely be of print collections I have in three large boxes marked SSC-May on the outside. Some of these may have had a story posted about in past NSSM's, but never the full collection.
Weekly: I will do a post on a short story collection to be published later this year that I cannot wait for.
Daily: I will do a post regarding a short story from one of those collections mentioned before from those three large boxes marked SSC-May on the outside.
Daily: I will do a post regarding a short story from a literary journal. Some print, some online, some old, mostly more current.
Whenever they arrive: Guest posts will appear, maybe about a single story, maybe about a collection, maybe about a short story writer, maybe about a publisher kicking ass in the short story world, ignoring the fact that they supposedly don't sell.
Occasionally: I'm also going to try to do some posts about varous short story contests as there are a few that I try to make damn sure that I pick up the winners from them each year.
Occasionally: Oh, and I'll be doing some posts about other wonderful websites that concentrate on the short story year round!
I will also have a guest post over at Fiction Writers Review (that will be better than any post here at the EWN all month because the fantastic Jeremy Chamberlin is editing it and not letting me be my usual lazy self), and I'll definitely be reading posts over at Matt Bell's website as he celebrates NSSM too. Hopefully the number of sites celebrating is large this year--anybody needing the jpg file of the logo at the top of this post (created by Steven Seighman), just let me know and I'll email it your way.
So, at least 71 posts, and 4 full book reviews plus those occasional posts, my guess is it will end up around 100 posts over the 31 days. Why? What kind of question is that? Why? Because short stories deserve the attention,that's why!
4 more days!