It was about eleven when I got to the roadhouse at Barrington. My excursions with the cattle (Sunday Essay - early morning on a New England road) plus my own tiredness had delayed me. I got stiffly out of the car, put my notepad down on the table, and wandered inside.
Coffee ordered, I sat down and got out my book. At the end of September in Sunday Essay - the Turning, I reported on the film based on the Tim Winton book of short stories.
At the time, I said that I hadn't read it. A friend lent me her copy, and I had taken it away on the trip. The previous evening had been too busy and social to attempt reading, so I brought it in while I ordered my coffee. The lady in charge saw the book. "I do like Tim Winton," she said. "I haven't read that one, but I saw him interviewed on ABC. Tell me what you think."
Coffee ordered, I sat outside and read the first two short stories. Following my earlier post, our Indian blogging friend Ramana had ordered a copy. He experienced some problems with language and syntax. I could see why. This is colloquial Australian writing. As I read, I found that the first two stories left a slightly bitter after taste, I also found that I wanted to write another type of story, based on Tim Winton's model, but with a higher degree of joy. I grabbed my pad and started sketching ideas.
I had to move. I went inside to pay. "What did you think", the lady in charge said. "Tell you on my next trip", I replied. I left, driving back into the heat, thinking about short stories. It got me wondering.
Short stories used to be a very popular Australian genre, then went into decline. Now they seem to be coming back.
What do you like about short stories? What are you favourites? Have you tried to write one? Just asking as a different Monday Forum topic.