Eric Shay Howard

Bad blogger. Complicated. Gay.


Tag: literary fiction

  • Beards – Short Story

    Beards – Short Story

    It’s the end of the day, but technically it’s still Friday, so here’s Friday’s short story, “Beards”. It’s not that good. I tried, though. Typo hunters, welcome. Beards  Some men have beards. Some people say every man should have a beard. This is obviously not true because some people don’t have beards. However, maybe most […]

  • The Plan – Short Story

    The Plan – Short Story

    I hope you like today’s short story, “The Plan”. Sorry it’s a little late today. The Plan You hated the blonde that your dad was bringing home. For our plan to work, we had to be back home before the streetlights on Cedar turned off and the ones on Man Lick turn on. It was […]

  • Equipment Test! Episode 9 – Reading List, and Books That Helped Me With My Writing

    Equipment Test! Episode 9 – Reading List, and Books That Helped Me With My Writing

    In case you missed it, the newest episode of my podcast, Equipment Test! came out over the weekend. So, yes, I AM still recording this podcast in which I just recap my blog posts every weekend. Yes, I still shut myself in my bedroom so my roommate doesn’t hear while I record it, and yes, […]

  • I’m Reading The Best American Short Stories 2021

    I’m Reading The Best American Short Stories 2021

    I used to read The Best American Short Stories pretty regularly ever since I started studying creative writing. Somehow I sort of fell off the wagon for the last few years, though. I haven’t read since Roxane Gay was the guest editor for the 2018 edition. Well, I’m catching up. I’m starting with the newest […]

  • Replacement Parts – Short Story

    Replacement Parts – Short Story

    I hope you like this week’s short story, “Replacement Parts”. Typo hunters are welcome. If you like this story, check out my other short stories that I post on Fridays. You can also buy my fiction collection, Crushes, if you’re into that. Replacement Parts I dropped the fifty on the white countertop and eyed how […]

  • I’m Reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

    I’m Reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

    Yesterday, I finished up Less by Andrew Sean Greer, so I started my next audiobook. Today’s task is to get as finished with The Night Watchman as I can. I’ve got a lot of books to get through that I’ve acquired over some time. I don’t really like to write actual reviews of books anymore, […]

  • I’m Reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer

    I’m Reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer

    I’m reading the novel Less by Andrew Sean Greer. I know. Big deal. A writer reads. Whatever. I actually kind of feel bad because I’ve also been reading less (not as much of) for a year or so. I finally finished The Goldfinch in 2020 after starting it in 2015, Right after that I bought […]