Thursday, October 30, 2008

Words, words, words


Keeping your short stories on disk is efficient and all, but it's not until you actually print them that you can grasp some measure of what you've written. Like what I did this lazy Thursday morning.

Now this is a bit of a surprise. I've actually written this much in short stories over the past three years! All in all, this is 200 pages spanning 12 short stories. Some published, some not. All of dubious non-award-winning quality, but you already knew that. Still...

Here's another view of the printout, emphasizing thickness, mouse beside it for comparison.

Vanity aside, what's the point of this whole exercise? The president of our writing group challenged us to produce publishable manuscripts. I hemmed and hawed at the idea, balking at the page count requirement which was -- you guessed it -- 200 pages.

And then I decide to actually pull all my stuff together.

He's going to be sorry he asked.