For me, writing has always been about storytelling. And I was a storyteller long before I ever attempted to write anything down. It's one of the things that Kathy says she loves best about me. And she was the one who encouraged me to consider writing.
When she brought home the first desk top computer in 1996, I didn't know how to turn the thing on. So while I worked on my keyboard and word processing skills, I often wrote using pen and paper. She would come home from work each day and race to the screen to read what I was working on. Made my heart sing!
Several decades later, I find my storytelling career has been largely in e-book format, 50,000 to 60,000 words, so they can be enjoyed in an evening or two. But I must confess to missing the short story format.
From my perspective as the writer, short stories are an opportunity to meet a new character and share a brief adventure; to revisit an existing character and learn more about their backstory; or to engage in a little time travel and explore existing worlds before or after my books have taken place. And over the years, I have indulged myself and written more than a few just to find out what happens.
Finding a place to share them with others, well that's a bit trickier. Since this website is all about my books, I've decided to go the Patreon route for my short stories. I will also be migrating this blog and my musings as The Ancient Scribe to that platform as well. This will enable my website to remain focused on my full length books.
With Patreon I hope to build a community of folks who enjoy short stories, about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, getting insights into the inner workings of my craft, and having opportunity to give me feedback.
You can check me out here.