On Short Stories
Since I was eight years old, I have been writing short stories. They have been my chosen medium. It was only when I challenged myself to the stamina-breaking task of writing a novel that the Mike Adams trilogy was written. Then, a light bulb went off in my head that writing screenplays has similarities to writing short stories, so I dabbled in that as well.
But short stories are where it’s at. You can get straight to the point, leave plot elements up to interpretation, avoid extraneous (i.e. undisciplined and pointless) exposition of interior décor, etc. And even though the novel gives you great freedom in terms of word count, there is still a great variety in the word count of short stories, from so-called flash fiction (1000 words or less) all the way up to novellas (generally in the 15,000 to 40,000 words range).
I started with some anthropomorphized bears at the age 8, progressed into sci-fi in middle and high school, to more literary fiction in college.
Now, as I reconnect with some of that older fiction of mine, I may repost them here. Or, more likely, I’ll start posting new material. I am always conjuring up new story ideas, and need a place to house them until they are ready to be published. So lucky viewers of this site will get to see exclusive content as well as sneak peaks at other projects I’m working on.
Update: I’ve decided to include my infrequent attempts at poetry in this section of the website. These are far more likely to remain exclusive to the website. Still…