Hump Day Happy, "Is It Still January?" Edition

I read somewhere recently that January is like the Monday of months, and if that isn’t the truth, I don’t know what is. That said, there’s still lots of fun stuff to read, and a lot of it’s written by people I know, which is totally a coincidence:

“When you hug your father grab onto his love handles, look him in the eye and say “You’re only doing this to hurt me, aren’t you?” (From “How to survive the holidays with parents who fat-shame you,” by the fabulous Baruch Porras Hernandez)

pr15_069qI don’t know about you, but this year I’ll be boldly going to the post office! (More on all their releases can be found here.)

“Short stories are gaining increasing critical respect,” said Ciabattari, who lives in California. “We’re reading on our phones; we’re reading online; we are pressed for time. We can grab a moment and read a complete story.” (The rise of short stories)

“The fact is, I don’t want to go back to the world. Would you?” (From “Can’t Stay Here” by Seth Fischer, whom I met at the Lambda Literary Retreat in 2014)

“I didn’t get the point of Mike. I didn’t see what he brought to the table. Brooke was amazing and funny and whipcrack smart. Mike was…a dude. In his group of friends, he wasn’t even the dude. He was Dude #3, faceless supporting cast in an anonymous posse of white bros.” (From “Nightshade” by Taylor Basso)