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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule

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the coming war with a species from Aldebaran

I first read that as a spice from Aldebaran, then my mind sequed into

Condiment Wars! From Spaaaaacceeee...

I really should wear my glasses at times like these.

Condiment Wars! From Spaaaaacceeee... "

Yes, it's called "Dune" :)


nahh, dont think that title will catch on.. grin.

Interesting look into the world of Cat V. It does give one pause to wonder what makes a story long or short. Guess it all depends on whether you can give it long legs or short ones.

That link doesn't go to "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew"; I think perhaps you meant this one?


You make me laugh. It's a gray and dreary day, but the Cat, she is funny. Eet eez goot.

I feel like maybe 80% of it is framing -- as your werewolf example shows. For a short story, you decide what the central focus is (the scientist's decision to take the serum) and what you need to include to make that work (the effects of the serum, and her reasons for taking it), and that's your frame. But sometimes "what you need to include to make that work" turns out to be more than will fit into a short story, and that's the other 20%, because some things just won't go small. And, conversely, some won't go big: not unless you graft other ideas on, and not every skeleton is well-suited to that.


So hilarious, so true. Novel ideas show up one day, sit in your proverbial living room, eat everything in the fridge, and have so much AWESOME that you just can't throw them out.

Love the anthology cover, btw.

So thrilled about the Norton award.

Great examples :-)

That's nicely explained. But I understand some writers just can't do short stories - they don't get it about the different pacing and the focus, rather they come up with a chunk ripped from a novel. Of course that was how the short stories in the New Yorker always struck me: vignettes that go nowhere.


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