October 2017 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – Gretel, Grown

You all know how much I love a good fairytale twist, and this one is no exception. Just in time for Halloween, this one is the perfect marriage of creepy and cute.   Gretel, Grown by Cris Kenney Originally published October 2016 Gretel is eleven now, and her brother is the only one who still…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – Gretel, Grown

February 2017 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – Reading Beauty

This is probably the shortest short story I’ve ever posted, but I couldn’t resist. All I could think when I first read it was, “literally me” Reading Beauty, by Abigail Ashing Originally Published January 2016 He would’ve kissed me to waken me, a tradition of dubious morality, but there was no need. I have my…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – Reading Beauty

February 2017 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Monkey’s Paw

A chilling “three wishes” tale that details the grievous price attached to interfering with fate, this short is an eerie one! The Monkey’s Paw, by W. W. Jacobs Originally published September 1902 Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlor of Lakesnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Monkey’s Paw

January 2017 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – Royal Jelly

Another short from Roald Dahl – can you tell how much I love him? This particular story isn’t my favorite of all the ones he wrote, but it’s definitely the most unsettling, and I was NOT expecting the ending!   Royal Jelly, by Roald Dahl Originally published in Tales of the Unexpected, 1979   β€˜It…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – Royal Jelly

December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Lottery Ticket

Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! Getting back to work after all of the Christmas festivities was a little rough, but I’m slogging along, albeit a little bleary-eyed. My husband and I are also leaving for Seattle in a few days, so things have been pretty crazy. ….Isn’t it funny how easily it is to…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Lottery Ticket

December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Gift of the Magi

I love this story, and I don’t care that it’s a little cliche, or that everyone has probably already gotten their fill of it this holiday season. I love it because it’s a bit of an exaggeration, and yet is so real and true. One of my very favorite lines is in the first paragraph…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Gift of the Magi

December 2016 · Weekend Shorts

Weekend Shorts – The Last Leaf

Though it has several humorous punchlines, this story feels a little bleak, but only until the very end, which is rather heartwarming. I’m not too familiar with any of O. Henry’s work besides Gift of the Magi, but I read this one after one of my coworkers recommended it, and I think it’s a very…… Continue reading Weekend Shorts – The Last Leaf