I hadn’t realized how much I’ve neglected this blog, especially given all the time I spent revamping the thing. Frankly, this blog is writing-related . . . and I’ve been letting a lot of stuff writing-related slide. I’m going to nip that in the bud, so expect a lot more activity here in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, I have a new story available online called “Molotov.” I wrote this some months ago, but it is now available online at All Due Respect. You can check it out HERE. I’m mostly happy with it. There are some things that slipped through my editing process that jump out at me, but overall I’m cool with how it reads. I think it’s the last thing I have out in the vague cloud that is the submission process, so if I want to get anything in front of anyone moving forward it needs to be written first.

I’m still going strong on the project I started on the 1st of the year to read at least one short story every day. You can check out the list HERE; as of this writing I’m up to 291 stories read thus far. Obviously that’s more than one a day. I realized early on I needed to do at least two to make much of a dent on the collections and anthologies I’ve collected but were languishing on the shelf, unread. I’ve missed a day here and there, mostly when traveling, but it does average out to my planned schedule. I post the weekly list every Sunday on my Tumblr blog (which I post on just about every day, which isn’t difficult since most of what I do there is sharing other people’s posts, or posting stuff directly from my iPhone via Instagram), though I think I’ll start putting it here too.

The only downside to this project, as I mentioned in today’s post, is I suspect all this story-reading is one of several factors that have led to me not writing as much as I need to. But at the same time, reading all these stories, over a wider variety than I usually would, has been helpful. Particularly with the stuff along the lines of where my own work tends to go, I’ve learned a lot about what I want to avoid with my own writing. I have also gained new respect for writing I may not have considered previously. I am often surprised by what hits me the hardest, or is most inspiring. I’m pleased with that.

Anyway, check out “Molotov” and leave a comment, if you care to. I’m curious to know what people think.


Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

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