I'm quite fond of short stories. For one, they're short. And in these busy, busy times it's nice to get the satisfaction of bringing a story full circle in a matter of days/weeks rather than months/years. But more than that, I enjoy the challenge of scraping away an excess of words to tell a complete story and convey rich, interesting characters. Short stories are crisp and clean and leave more room for the reader's imagination. I've also noticed that my short story characters tend to be much quirkier than those in my novels...I'm not sure exactly why that is; care to put forth a theory?
In honor of International Short Story day, I share with you links to two of my favorite shorts. If you like, you can bookmark for later when you get time to read---but just a bit of time, cuz they're short!
This is the one that gave me the confidence to share my writing with friends and family who had no idea I was even writing:
(online at Goodreads. 2000 words.)
This is my latest:
(free download in pdf, ePub & MOBI or 99 cents on Kindle. 6500 words.)
You can read an excerpt in my Author Spotlight at Book Club Sisters:
If you have a short story you'd like to share on International Short Story Day, feel free to add your link to the list below, and be sure to check out Omnific Publishing's collection of short stories available for FREE.