Is Backstory Necessary?

Is Backstory Necessary?

“So when my students ask me how much backstory they’re permitted to include in a story, I say, ‘How about none?'” That’s Benjamin Percy in Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, an excellent book on writing fiction. He expands on his backstory...
The Reindeer Games: A Day to Rue

The Reindeer Games: A Day to Rue

To fully enjoy “A Day to Rue,” the finale to the five-part miniseries “The Reindeer Games,” read “The Reindeer Games,” “Catching Ire,” “The Battle Royale Begins,” and “Stalking Day” first....
The Reindeer Games: Stalking Day

The Reindeer Games: Stalking Day

To fully enjoy “Stalking Day,” read “The Reindeer Games,” “The Reindeer Games: Catching Ire,” and “The Reindeer Games: The Battle Royale Begins” first. “Who’s going to guide my slay tonight?” The Fat...
The Reindeer Games: The Battle Royale Begins

The Reindeer Games: The Battle Royale Begins

To fully enjoy “The Battle Royale Begins,” read “The Reindeer Games” and “The Reindeer Games: Catching Ire” first. “Let the 74th annual Reindeer Games begin!” With those words, all ten of us rose onto the playing grounds...
The Reindeer Games: Catching Ire

The Reindeer Games: Catching Ire

To fully enjoy “Catching Ire,” read “The Reindeer Games” first. “May the Claus be ever in your favor!” With those words, Mrs. The Fat Man, bedecked in a bedazzling array of greens and reds, left the podium. Most of us sauntered away...