WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT!
this explanation/intro will be posted before each day’s short story. scroll down to get to the story-review.
this is the FOURTH year of me doing a short story advent calendar as my december project. for those of you new to me or this endeavor, here’s the skinny: every day in december, i will be reading a short story that is 1) available free somewhere on internet, and 2) listed on goodreads as its own discrete entity. there will be links provided for those of you who like to read (or listen to) short stories for free, and also for those of you who have wildly overestimated how many books you can read in a year and are freaking out about not meeting your 2019 reading-challenge goals. i have been gathering links all year when tasty little tales have popped into my feed, but i will also accept additional suggestions, as long as they meet my aforementioned 1), 2) standards.
if you scroll to the end of the reviews linked here, you will find links to all the previous years’ stories, which means NINETY-THREE FREEBIES FOR YOU!
reviews of these will vary in length/quality depending on my available time/brain power.
so, let’s begin
On the second floor, above the garden, the poet is trying to write. He has no paper, and no pens—such things are forbidden, after his last episode—and so he scratches out some words in blood on the brick wall. Silly man. Jeoffry meows at him. It is time to pay attention to Jeoffry!
my own reading challenge goal has been a thorn in my side all year because for the first year since i can remember, i have abandoned my ‘read a free tor short a week’ practice. back in november, they stopped posting new ones for a while, and by the time they resumed—or by the time i realized they’d resumed, i was already out of the habit. bad news for my reading-goal, but good news for my advent calendar project, because now i have a TON of free tor shorts to choose between. this is the one i was most excited to read, because it is a CAT story, featuring the cat from christopher smart’s poem Jubilate Agno, Fragment B, [For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]
jeoffry is one rad cat. he has all the qualities one expects to find in a cat, and is clearly written by someone who has known and loved her share of cats. but he’s also a secret hero-cat, able to overcome his feline self-centered tunnel-vision and save his man’s soul from the devil’s clutches.
here’s some things you need to know about jeoffry:
Jeoffry does not like being dangled.
Jeoffry does not like literature of any kind, unless it is about Jeoffry. Even then, petting is better. And eating. Are there treats now?
but the most important thing to know about jeoffry is that he’s not gonna tolerate any of satan’s bullshit, not THIS cat!
the devil made a grave mistake when he annoyed Jeoffry. He will pay for his insolence.
sounds like a proper cat, yeah?
i’m glad to see the free tor short machine is still churning the good ‘uns, and i’m looking forward to checking out what i’ve been missing this long sad year apart from them.
oh, and also: NIGHTHUNTER MOPPET!!!
read it for yourself here: