Copyright 2012 A M Jenner
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Choosing stories for a short story collection is interesting. Do you pick the shortest ones, or the longer “short” stories? Do you include the really silly ones as well as the serious ones? What about the stories you really love, but even as you re-read it, you know it’s kind of, well, dorky?
Assuming your writing gets better over time, do you put the best (newest) at the front and hope you don’t lose any readers as they “worsen”, or do you put the worst (oldest) in the front and hope the reader hangs on until they get to “the good stuff”?
The decisions: Put them all in, knowing that probably nobody will like all of them, but hoping that each one will be liked by someone. Arrange them alphabetically by title, with a short introduction at the beginning of each.
Here then, are some short, “one bite” size stories you can read whenever you have just a few minutes. They were written between 1983 and 2010. Some have a factual basis; most don’t. Some of my friends appear in them, but you’ll have to guess who they are, because I’m not telling. Bonus points to any of my friends who actually recognize themselves in these pages.