Sunday, November 13, 2011

Short Stories, Why Do I Love Thou?

I love short stories,  both for reading and writing. I just released my second short-story collection, "The Old Woman and Other Lesbian Stories." It's on Amazon and Smashwords for $2.99 and totals about 21,000 words. It's on BN, Apple and other e-reader stores, too. For blurbs and excerpts, click this blog entry here. To read "The Old Woman," the lead story, in its entirety, click here.

Why do I love short stories?

As a reader:
- For one thing, short stories are short. They're perfect for a quick hit (or quick hits) if you have, say, fifteen or thirty minutes and don't want to get engrossed in a book. Or if you want to read for only ten minutes before bed.

- They're just plain fun. In one book, you can get a wide range of subjects, styles and genres. I often read short stories in quick bursts, but just as often, I'll relax with a short-story collection for a longer amount of time.

- You can also get a taste of an author's writing style, and the brevity of shorts means you can expose yourself to many, many authors. (As an aside, I recommend Jeffery Deaver's short story collections "Twisted" and "More Twisted." They ROCK and have stayed with me since I read them several years ago. I really like his books, but to me, his shorts are where he shines.)

As a writer:
- Short stories provide flexibility and experimentation in quick hits. Short stories allow you to flex your creative muscles without putting in the huge effort and energy required for a novel. For example, in my short story "Polly Wanna Cracker," I write from the point of view of a parrot. Could this sustain an entire novel? Yes, probably, but it's not something I necessarily want to do for an entire novel. Short stories also allow me to tackle subjects I might not otherwise. I also write many comedic short stories. Comedy is something I don't do a whole lot in my romance novels.

- A quick sense of accomplishment: You can sit at your computer for two hours and have in front of you a pretty durn good short story. It will need editing, of course, but you have that "I wrote something" feeling of accomplishment in a relatively short time.

- You can put a short story up free and showcase your writing style.

I'm sure there are other reasons, but they escape me right now ;-)

So, anyway, I hope you check out "The Old Woman and Other Lesbian Stories." Also check out "Miss Lucy Parker and Other Short Stories" at Smashwords. It's also available on Kindle and other e-reader platforms.

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