Fireside Tales, 2020 Edition
The year 2020 is winding to a close – many would say it's overstayed its welcome – and, for those of us who aren't Willem, that usually means snow and early darkness. A good time to put a log on the fire, or turn up the gas well, if you're in a western Pennsylvania farmhouse, and enjoy the warmth. It's also a great time for some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Which is what we have for you this week.
Our contributors' tales often partake of the temporally local this year: they riff on and react to some of the events that have made the year so memorable (unfortunately). To bring in a wider view, we've also reached back into the past and stolen a humorous tale or two from bygone years. And, of course, the ongoing stories keep going on. The result is a compendium of brain fodder for a chilly night, suitable for petting cats, or indeed goats, by.
Let's give you a brief rundown:
- Paulh begins a story this week. It's about life in a fictional New England town, and how they're handling Christmas in the Covid Year.
- Freewayriding has the Christmas pageant covered this season. Unfortunately, his pageant involves Henry Letterbox, so just about anything can happen. Followers of last month's writing project will be intrigued but not surprised to learn that there is a character in this story named Ted Damson. The Editor apologises in advance for the inadvertent inspiration.
- I come at you with a story of loss, frustration, and exile called 'Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba.' If you don't get the title, look up palindrome in the Edited Guide. That's what it's for.
- After all this, we have a request: tell your own story. We've provided a helpful picture to start you off.
- Awix has fallen into my cunning trap and watched a truly weird movie I recommended. I enjoyed it. To find out what our reviewer made of the whole thing, see his column.
- There are lots of jokes, cartoons, comics, and other forms of humour and 'humour' scattered throughout this issue. Appreciate, or fling flans. We care not.
- There is nature in often surprising forms. There's me nattering about something. In short, what's there is there. Read it.
If you want fewer cartoons from Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, send more Stuff! Otherwise I waste all my time in the archives. Have a good week, stay safe and warm!
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Quote of the Week: Space is time, that which was is now – the men of tomorrow live, and this is their yesterday.
Maxwell Anderson, Winterset, 1935