I keep writing short stories, and I keep asking myself why? Is it because I was told many years ago – and have had it repeated incessantly since – that success with ‘shorts’ is a sort of proving ground for authorship? A century or so ago, I guess, it might have been; Dickens began with his Boz sketches, didn’t he? A century ago; not now.
The technique for short story writing is quite different: depth is positively discouraged; it’s all about outcome, with scant attention to the steps along the way. The process for seeking publication is just plain frustrating, with turn-around tying up MSs for as much as three months at a time. To some extent writing has to be a business: short stories are not cost-effective.
So – all change! Since my writing of ‘shorts’ is an indulgence, I’m simply putting them up on my website for anyone who wants. They are still copyright, of course, and I would ask you not to reproduce them, but please come along, please stop by and read! There are four to start with, there will be more as soon as I can get the time. Personally, my favorite of this first batch is ‘Parfitt’s Island’ – but that’s just me.