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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Short Story Dispenser

Anyone who has had the need to visit one of Maryland’s Motor Vehicle facilities is probably familiar
with the overhead announcement, “Due to high volume, there is an extended wait time.”

Rows and rows of seats, many of them occupied, sit in the middle of a huge room. On the perimeter are information desks, with long lines formed in front of each one. Large TVs hang on some of the walls. A snack vending machine, drinking fountain and rest rooms are available to meet the needs of those who wait.

In the Beltsville MVA, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has introduced a Short Story Dispenser.[1]

The Short Story Dispenser was developed in France by a start-up company called Short Edition. It was launched in the French Alps in 2015. It made its debut in the United States in Café Zoetrope in San Francisco.[2]

The innovative machines are black, shiny cylinders about as tall as an upright vacuum cleaner. The orange top has buttons labeled “1,” “3” and “5.” Push a button and a long strip of narrow paper emerges from the machine, containing a story which should take one, three or five minutes to read.

An assortment of stories by more than 8,000 authors are available.

“The library always wants to be part of the community,” said Roberta Phillips, CEO of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. “We want people to be reading and exploring and learning. And this is another vehicle for storytelling. What a great venue. There’s a lot of people here. We hope this really gets used heavily by the customers here, and they, in turn, want to come and visit the library.”[3]

Since the Short Story Dispenser taps into a database of over 100,000 titles, the selection doesn’t
grow stale. Classics, published authors and stories gleaned from writing competitions provide the content. There are two categories: “young readers” and “everyone else.” The content is supplied by the community publishing platform short-edition.com.

Although this is new to me, since over 8,000 authors have contributed to the collection, it must be known to a fair number of people. I intend to seek out a location which dispenses the stories and try it out myself.

As Roberta Phillips says, “We want to be there for our customers, and this…offers a great opportunity to get stories to people while they have an extra minute to read. Push a button, get a story.”[5]

[1] Kelly, J (April 1, 2019) At a Md. MVA, check out the tales from the Short Story Dispenser, Washington Post
[2] Short Story Dispenser (n.d.) Retrieved May 12, 2019 from https://cafezeotrope.com
[3] Kelly, At a Md. MVA
[4] Short Story Dispenser
[5] MDOT MVA. (March 27, 2019) MDOT MVA and Prince George’s County Memorial Library partner on free Short Story Dispenser (Press Release) Retrieved May 12, 2019 www.mva.maryland.gov/about-mva/press-releases/


Jacqueline Seewald said...

A great idea!

Jim Jackson said...

I'm interested to learn how the experiment works. Too bad you can't tap you phone to a port and get a story downloaded directly to it.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Jim, I'm sure that upgrade will happen in the interests of saving paper. Great blog, Kathleen. I love the idea. Doctor's waiting rooms, BMV, Social Security office, polling places on election day.

KM Rockwood said...

Jacqueline, I agree.

Jim, that is probably coming, perhaps sooner than we expect.

Margaret, I can think of some great places for it, too. Airports, crowded restaurants with a line of people waiting, barber shop, etc.

Jan Christensen said...

How neat! I would love to try one out. Thanks for posting this so folks can be on the lookout for them.

KM Rockwood said...

Jan, you can sample the stories at https://short-edition.com

Kaye George said...

I've even submitted to it, but need to keep trying. This is the child of the Espresso (or something like that) that prints whole books on demand, on the spot. I DO have books available on that device.

KM Rockwood said...

Kaye, I must be behind the times on these devices. Hope you get your shorts accepted!

Kaye George said...

Kathleen, I only know about it because one of my publishers put my books there. I don't remember how I heard about Short Edition. Here's info about the novel machine. https://www.ondemandbooks.com/
I just did a search and my Untreed Reads books are still there!