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on Aug. 07, 2010 :
I have been looking forward to getting this started, the digital short thing. I did some research on the subject, what little could be found, and scoured Amazon & Smashwords to see what piqued my interest and found way too much. I was taken aback by the whole process. I have been fortunate to make some new friends while doing the research and found their work fun to read.
I have tried to explain to my wife and kids my fascination with the digital short (I am going to run with that designation; novella, although it sounds like it is something an Italian guy may say, just doesn’t work for me. Besides Novella Saturday doesn’t roll off of my tongue the way Digital Short Saturday does). The whole idea of being able to purchase a story that has less than 25,000 words and is a nice smooth quick read makes me happy. It is a change of pace, satisfies my interests, and is awesome to have on whatever ereader you are using to just pull up and enjoy. For those that have ADD this is a Godsend, I have OCD so it really doesn’t matter to me. As long as I can separate my Mike&Ikes by color while it read, it is fine with me. It is incredible that a story can be purchased for anywhere from .99 to 2.99, read almost instantly and then put into your personal library. It opens up a whole new world for authors. I would love to read a digital short by Lee Child, Barry Eisler, Brad Thor, to name a few, that could put something out with our favorite heroes that satisfies our desires for their work on a regular basis. This rocks in ways I think most of us haven’t touched on yet. Let’s get to the digital short:
Stomping Mad was the first read I have had on a Kristine Kathyrn Rusch novel. She writes in many different genres and I have plans to check them all out. Stomping Mad is a detective series and it was a fun read. Her main character is engaging and the dialogue is witty, quick and pointed. I enjoyed the edge he (Detective Spade) had and the manner in which he brought the mystery to a conclusion. Her style and descriptive manner helped me to solve the mystery; I enjoyed feeling like I was part of team as we went along looking quickly for clues to solve the crime. I was sucked into it all the way and its conclusion it left me wanting to get the next installment.
I am planning on using Saturdays to promote this type of work. I am looking for suggestions from authors, directions to look in finding material, and most of all what your thoughts are on the whole process.
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