girlie jones (girliejones) wrote,
girlie jones

Last Short Story

I really enjoyed catching up with almost all the Last Short Story crew at Swancon - we did a panel with Jonathan Strahan on reading lots of short stories in small spaces of time. I enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. There were some great questions from the audience too.

It left me with a few things to think about too - on the nature of reading, on how reading (I read usually by length - shortest stories first, but I also sometimes play games in the spreadsheet - read alphabetically or whatever) can influence your experience. And of course whether the experiment itself affects the result - can you truly be onjective of short story 40 in the one sitting?

We probably talk more amongst ourselves on all those things than we have publicly. Surely people would get bored of our reading woes and tales? I must say though that I would like to mix up my LSS technique this year. As I said, I read by length which means I have a higher proportion of novellas to read at the end of the year than I do throughout it. I also tend to leave stories that I think I am going to really like till later. So if I'm trying to knock out 40 or 50 shorts in a particular evening and I come along something that looks interesting or well written, I put it aside to come back to it later. So what that means for me is that by November I have a bunch of really long, really good stories to read and not enough time left to read them.

In any case, talk of the project at Swancon has gotten me invigorated to get back into it. And I amused that I think I have been really slack because I have only read 260 short stories in the last 3 months. However, there are already 1098 stories in the spreadsheet so I'd better get cracking.
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