Thank you for popping over to see what's happening on my blog. I'm amazed and delighted to have regular page views - sometimes over one hundred per day! Most gratifying.
As you can see, I'm offering three of my short stories free for a limited time and I hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of this, so if you would like to tell your friends, please do.
Short stories are not everyone's first choice, but they really do have a lot to offer. It might be tempting to think that because they do not have the word count of a novel, they are simply dashed off in an hour or so and do not have much to offer in the way of characters or plot development.
In fact, short stories take months or even years to develop and polish. The story may take place over a few minutes or a lifetime, the characters may be many or few, nevertheless the end product must have an emotional effect, and leave the reader changed in some way. With a limited word count, there must be a potency of expression that is not present in longer works. I always know when I've read a good short story because I think about it for days afterwards.
I recently read and reviewed a wonderful short story by Alice Munro entitled 'Queenie'. I still recall the power of the last sentence. It's a story that I know I will go back to. You can read my review on this blog by clicking on 'Books I've Read'.
Of course, I do not dare to compare my stories with this great writer's masterpieces, but I do hope that I can hold my reader's attention while he reads and perhaps, just perhaps, as the last page is turned, make him glad that he chose to download one of my stories.