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The first TMA for A215 left us with the free choice between doing a piece of fiction, poetry or life writing. Against my usual preferences I choose life writing. Maybe I will publish the first TMA here, after the piece had cooled down a bit and I’ll find the time to do some rewriting.
For the second TMA the required form is “short fiction”. I used to read a good share of genre short fiction back in my teenage days – mostly science fiction – and I loved short stories by Wolfgang Borchert, but I over the time I’ve stuck more and more to the longer forms.
Our A215 tutor, Rachel, argues the best way to master the form of short fiction is to read a lot short stories. She is of course right.
So I’ve put myself on a strict short story diet for the next weeks that contains the goal of reading at least one story a day.
To prevent a dreary experience, I tried went for a healthy mix of literary fiction and genre (scifi) fiction. Partly from authors I already love, like Margaret Atwood, authors featured in our workbook, like Somerset Maugham and James Joyce, and some authors to newly discover.
The following books are part of my diet:
- Dancing Girls* by Margaret Atwood
- Stories of Your Life and Others* by Ted Chiang (recommended by Perry Rhodan editor Klaus N. Frick)
- Dubliners* by James Joyce
- Short Stories* by William Somerset Maugham
- Somerset Dreams and other Fictions* by Kate Wilhelm