I finished a new short story.
Why is this worth commenting on? Well, because I haven’t actually finished a new short story in several years. I think the last one was in 2004.
When I start really cranking on novels, back in 2000, they swallowed so much time and, frankly, gave me the illusion that I had finally “made it”—I’d all along wanted first and foremost to be a novelist, not a short story writer—that my short fiction muscle atrophied.
I’ve published about 50 short stories. I know well respected writers with Big Names who haven’t published that many short stories. …