The success of ebook publishing has now made single short story publication commercially viable. If you take a look around there are some great little inexpensive morsels showcasing the work of both well known names and those looking to break through.
During May, Short Story Month, I have read three single short stories / novellas by Aussie Authors.
Ithaca In My Mind by Peter Temple
In confident prose, a sharp and darkly humorous look at the plight of a bitter ageing author;
the fickleness of success in the arts and publishing industry;
the perils of ego and the artistic temperament; and
the discerning taste of a magpie.
The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether by Diana Hockley
A modern fable featuring the quintessential conservative nerd and an opinionated rat that reminds us of the pitfalls of changing our behaviour for other people and living in hope for something in return. A sweet yet satirical look at the good things that can be gained from taking a stand and risking everything, not least of which is self-respect.
Find out more about The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether by Diana Hockley ( Amazon )
The Water of Life by Mary-Rose MacColl
A moving look at a tragedy from the many and varied perspectives of those involved, that hammers home the intrinsic links with those we come across without even noticing while going about our everyday lives. Everyone has a story, and each story is equally valuable. The sights, sounds and identifiable locations of my home town Brisbane feature authentically in this beautifully written piece. For example, the intersection named as the site of a pedestrian accident is in real life notorious for such occurrences.
This novella originally appeared in Griffith REVIEW 38: The Novella Project.
* These titles count towards my participation in the Aussie Author Challenge.