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2020 Creative Goal: A Short Story a Day


First, I apologize for no The Book Beat this past Friday. The fun and craziness of the holidays kept me away from my computer (gah!), but we'll be back to the usual schedule this week.


One of my creative goals for 2020 is to read a short story a day and blog my thoughts about it. I created an Insta account (@ashortstoryaday), where I'll blog these. My January schedule is set (I've included it below). Only one of the stories isn't available on the internet, so I have that book on hold at the library. Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions on my personal FB! If you don't see yours here, I do have it and will include it for an upcoming month. I'm so thankful for knowing so many well-read friends!


I know I regularly get a little over-excited about books/reading, and I'm again feeling that way about reading all of these great stories. The idea behind this is that I spend way too much time a day on social media and if I'm going to do that, it should be productive and help me expand my mind a bit and discover more of the great writing that's out there that I may have missed.


I tried to create a nice mix of classic stories/writers and new-ish authors. A diverse mix, both in ethnicity, race, and gender. Horror stories ("The Body Snatcher" sounds ominous), ones I've read before and loved ("The Yellow Wallpaper"), ones by authors whose books I've read ("The Semplica-Girl Diaries"), and suggestions from friends. I have 11 more months to go, so please feel free to send me more suggestions through here, Instagram, or FB. I'm going to need them!


If you want to read along or even just read a few, the January schedule is below. One more thing, I'm reserving the right to switch things up to a shorter story if it's 11pm and I need a SHORT short story to hit my goal. :) Life, amirite?


Yay, reading! Yay, books! Yay, writing! And yay, short stories!


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A Short Story a Day - Jan. 2020 Schedule


Wed. 1/1/20: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9926/aaf93bacaf3911a7539d9f74f33b84c7b6e4.pdf

Thurs. 1/2/20: A New England Nun by Mary Eleanor Wilkens

https://archive.org/stream/newenglandnunand00freerich/newenglandnunand00freerich_djvu.txt

Fri. 1/3/20: The Beauties by Anton Chekhov

http://www.online-literature.com/anton_chekhov/1251/

Sat. 1/4/20: In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried by Amy Hempel

http://fictionaut.com/stories/amy-hempel/in-the-cemetery-where-al-jolson-is-buried.pdf

Sun. 1/5/20:

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates

https://www.cusd200.org/cms/lib/IL01001538/Centricity/Domain/361/oates_going.pdf

Mon. 1/6/20:

Incarnations of Burned Children by David Foster Wallace

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a500/incarnations-burned-children-david-foster-wallace-0900/

Tues. 1/7/20:

People Like That are the Only People Here by Lorrie Moore

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1997/01/27/people-like-that-are-the-only-people-here

Wed. 1/8/20:

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

https://fullreads.com/literature/the-lottery/

Thurs. 1/9/20:

The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin

https://my.hrw.com/support/hos/hostpdf/host_text_219.pdf

Fri. 1/10/20: Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

https://lewebpedagogique.com/anglais/wp-content/blogs.dir/16/files/lamb-to-the-slaughter.pdf

Sat. 1/11/20: How to Become a Writer by Lorrie Moore

http://www.sfuadcnf.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/How-to-Become-a-Writer-Lorrie-Moore.pdf

Sun. 1/12/20: Lady Tigers by Nick White

https://electricliterature.com/alissa-nutting-recommends-a-story-about-the-aftermath-of-abuse

(from Sweet & Low)

Mon. 1/13/20: The Knowers by Helen Phillips

https://electricliterature.com/the-knowers/

Tues. 1/14/20: Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1978/06/26/girl

Wed. 1/15/20: Birdsong by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/09/20/birdsong-2

Thurs. 1/16/20: The Swimmer by John Cheever

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/fulllist/special/en304/syllabus2014-15/cheever_the_swimmer.pdf

Fri. 1/17/20: What We Talk about When We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver

https://www.northernhighlands.org/cms/lib5/NJ01000179/Centricity/Domain/115/What%20We%20Talk%20About%20When%20We%20Talk%20About%20Love.pdf

Sat. 1/18/20: Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

https://io9.gizmodo.com/read-ken-lius-amazing-story-that-swept-the-hugo-nebula-5958919

Sun. 1/19/20: Cosmopolitan by Akhil Sharma

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/01/cosmopolitan/376761/

(from A Life of Adventure and Delight)

Monday 1/20/20: The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machato

https://granta.com/the-husband-stitch/

(from Her Body and Other Parties)

Tues. 1/21/20: 

The Frog King by Garth Greenwell

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/26/the-frog-king

Wed. 1/22/20: In the Gloaming by Alice Elliot Dark 

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1993/05/03/in-the-gloaming

Thurs. 1/23/20: Here Come the Maples by John Updike

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1976/10/11/here-come-the-maples

Fri. 1/24/20: A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

https://www.wlps.org/view/2546.pdf

Sat. 1/25/20:The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/902/902-h/902-h.htm

Sun. 1/26/20: 

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

https://catapult.co/stories/some-mathematicians-remove-pain-some-of-us-deal-in-negative-emotions-we-all-fix-the-equation-of-a-person

(listen to Levar Burton read it on his podcast). 

Mon. 1/27/20: Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle by Ellen Gilchrist

Tues. 1/28/20: The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/BodySnat.shtml

Wed. 1/29/20: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilmore

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/theliteratureofprescription/exhibitionAssets/digitalDocs/The-Yellow-Wall-Paper.pdf

Thurs. 1/30/20: The Semplica-Girl Diaries by George Saunders

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/15/the-semplica-girl-diaries

(from Tenth of December)

Fri. 1/31/20: Island by Alexia Arthurs

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alexiaarthurs/fiction-being-the-only-queer-woman-at-a-very-straight

(from How to Love a Jamacian)

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