Curious Fictions

I’ve started putting stories up on the Curious Fictions website.

For now, I’m posting stories that have previously been available online. Since something that’s been available on the internet for free never truly goes away, I see no harm in reprinting these stories for free on the internet. Where it will go beyond that… well, that depends.

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Word Count

SFWA’s Nebula Awards ballot had something interesting happen this year. After the final ballot was announced, one of the novelettes was determined to be only 7,070 words long, and was removed from the ballot because novelettes are works that are at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words. I need to emphasize that I am not part of the Nebulas committee and I am not in any way privy to how this error happened, but this is a great opportunity to talk about word count and how it has changed since I’ve been writing.

Yes, something as simple as how many words there are in a story has changed, and radically, over the years.  Continue reading