The flash fiction challenges have been super fun and great for getting us all to write more, so I thought we could try a similar regular reading challenge! It's fun to write a story, but it's also nice to know that there's someone on the other side of that Publish button waiting to read it.
As of right now we have 186 stories in the library which can be daunting; We all have busy schedules, but the purpose of this challenge is to curate small collections of stories with a central theme that will make it easier to digest the massive collection we've all helped to create. For this first challenge, the theme will be stories that take place in or feature the desert in some manner.
This is not going to be a book club, we have tried that kind of thing in the past and for one reason or another it hasn't worked out. We are going to all try and read the same things during each challenge, but there will be no formal schedule or discussion afterward.
[Image description: a landscape view of the desert, showing a vast expanse of sand dunes. In the bottom right corner, there is a small tuft of brush in the sand]
- The Weed by Abigail Beatrix Cormac
- The Dregs of the Revolution by Annabelle Bardeneen
- What May Come In The Sands by Lucas M. Buford
- Mission to Barroh Camp by Phinneus C. Cromwell
- Of Sand and Water by Diederich VonKresser, The Emperor of Prush
- Raptor Rescue by Lt. Joel Arnett
Here are the guidelines:
- Read all the stories! Or at least try to. Maybe it's just one, or maybe you read all of them! Whatever you find the time to do, the point is to just read more.
- PLEASE leave a meaningful story-related comment on the piece when you've finished reading it (i.e. more than 'hi' or 'It's good'). This is not only how others will know you are participating in the challenge, but it is a nice way to interact with the author and show them some appreciation.
- Tip your hat to the story, if you'd like to! (Optional) Everybody loves bleep bloops.
This challenge will take place during the months of July & August 2018, however feel free to complete it at your own pace. Leave a comment down below once you've completed the challenge or to suggest future themes!