Short Stories 366:363 — “Love and the Floppy Musketeer Hat,” by Hank Edwards

First off, the title. Can we just stop and tilt our heads in happy wonder at "Love and the Floppy Musketeer Hat"? It's the title of the collection and a particular story therein, and though it's not the first in the collection, I couldn't help but start there because, I mean, title. Right? And it's … Continue reading Short Stories 366:363 — “Love and the Floppy Musketeer Hat,” by Hank Edwards

Short Stories 366:361 — “The Fabulous Animal Jamboree,” by Paul Magrs

Okay, I know Christmas is done, but there was one more of the stories in this collection, Christmassy Tales, that I really wanted to talk about before the closing of the year, so consider it a Boxing Day theme, and I promise it even suits, what with Boxing Day begin about repurposing things and the … Continue reading Short Stories 366:361 — “The Fabulous Animal Jamboree,” by Paul Magrs

Short Stories 366:360 — “The Greatest Gift,” by Philip Van Doren Stern

Every now and then I realize there's a hole in my reading, and this was this year's holiday realization: I'd never actually read the short story "It's a Wonderful Life" was based on. It turns out, like most classic tales, it seems, Philip Van Doren Stern couldn't find anyone to take the tale, and had … Continue reading Short Stories 366:360 — “The Greatest Gift,” by Philip Van Doren Stern

Short Stories 366:358 — “The Christmas Elf,” by Jae

By the time you get to the third of the three stories in Love Beneath the Christmas Tree, you've watched Rachel the mall security guard go from being a Christmas Grump to a smitten girlfriend of a mother of a little boy, and wanting to cement her place in their lives. So this, their third … Continue reading Short Stories 366:358 — “The Christmas Elf,” by Jae

Short Stories 366:353 — “The Everlasting Match Girl,” by Paul Magrs

Okay, you're going to have to bear wth me a bit with this story from Christmassy Tales, but I promise it's worth it. It's set on Mars, and is set in the same universe as Paul Magrs's trilogy that begins with Lost on Mars, but you can absolutely read this one by itself, and it … Continue reading Short Stories 366:353 — “The Everlasting Match Girl,” by Paul Magrs

Short Stories 366:351 — “Kissing Ms. Santa Claus,” by Jae

When we last left Rachel (the Christmas Grump), she'd managed so end up with a place to have dinner on Christmas Day. Now we're about a year further ahead, and in "Kissing Ms. Santa Claus," Rachel is trying to figure out the perfect gift to give Lillian that will make it clear she's in for … Continue reading Short Stories 366:351 — “Kissing Ms. Santa Claus,” by Jae