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26 July 2006 @ 12:15 am
To continue in a trend: *eyeroll*  
News just in: due to my heartless and wicked three-hour downloading of Power DVD on a -- brace yourself -- 42 Kbp/min connection, I have been forthwith banned from the internet. For the 'rest of the week,' apparently.  The fact that my laptop's DVD player was acting up was not deemed sufficient reason for this emergency download.

On the upside, I now have a working DVD player (for the moment) and twenty-four episodes of Tenipuri to amuse me. [dances a giddy dance of giddiness around moshi]

Chances are I may not be around for a while. I know this deeply grieves and saddens every one of you, but I beseech you to conquer your pain. Breathe through it (advice I recently read in a fic; it also pertains to anal sex and parturition, if you're stuck). 

Also, anyone who dares can, answer me this question. In terms of writing a 'short story' -- as in a non-internet pornographic fiction story -- just how short is short? Does anyone in publishing know what's the accepted length in magazines or anthologies? This is pretty much a purely theoretical question, but I don't want to mention it to my mother or she'll demand to read this hypothetical 20,000-word story. And that would not be good in terms of my remaining un-disinherited.

coralia13? Anyone?

If not, I must bid thee farewell. Do everything I wouldn't do.
Current Location: grounded
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Current Music: The End (Stephen Warbeck)
mad_martha on July 25th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
I have a list of story/novella/book lengths gacked from God knows where, but I have no idea how accurate they are. With that caveat in mind:

A drabble is 500 words or less
A vignette is 500-2000 words
A story is 2000-9000 words
A long story is 9000-15,000 words
A novelette is 15,000-25,000 words
A novella is 25,000-50,000
A short novel is 50,000-75,000 words
A novel is 75,000-100,000
A long novel is 100,000 words or more

I don't know if that helps! I dispute the drabble length here, if only because if I don't, someone else will *grin* And I've never even heard of a novelette, but that seems to be the category your hypothetical story falls into :-)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent! That's handy. And disheartening. The longest single thing I've written was 80,000 words -- and that was unedited.

Still, if I wrote, what, five novelettes I'd get a long novel.

Okay, never mindey.

I've heard some fairly fanatical defences in favour of drabbles being exactly 100 words (man!). I don't know who'd write to that restriction and why, but some do. [le shrug]
mad_martha on August 1st, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
I've heard some fairly fanatical defences in favour of drabbles being exactly 100 words (man!).
I think I managed it just once, and that was a miracle of editing - it had nothing to do with my wonderfully concise writing skills!

The Daily Mail held a competition years ago for readers to write stories which technically conformed to the rule of Plot but were only 50 words in length. They ended up printing the 100 best, as I recall.


I've been known to write technically correct haiku on occasion though.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
If they're going by the 7000 one I'm screwed, but otherwise it's all gravy. If I was actually going to publish, which I'm not.

Yup! I did all the corrections; there were no issues, just grammar stuff. Please, sir, may I have some more?
empathic_siren on July 26th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Aack! It DOES deeply grieve and sadden me! You shall be missed. Seriously.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, chuck. Still, I'm here now anytime you want to send stuff for beta. I should be able to get it back by return of connection!
empathic_siren on July 29th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
Am working feverishly! : ) I've got another . . . oh . . . 10 pages to go for this chapter, I think, but the end is rather wonderful.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Don't say that! It makes me want to read it NOW!

Cait: studyingcoralia13 on July 26th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
I am flattered that you asked me this specifically, but alas, I do not know the answer. I would guess that the answer depends on the specific publication - I wouldn't be surprised, for example, if someone published drabble-sized stories. To keep your options open, I would suggest trying to make it no less than three double-spaced pages. My story that is being published is seven pages, I think.

I'll miss you! I, too, will be essentially out for the week because of our guests and the suffocating amount of school work I should be doing right now. Hence, my new icon. (Also, little Simon is adorable.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
No worries there, then. I only wish I could keep my stories shorter than they are. Still, it's all an academic point anyway; I was just trying to see if I could do it.

We have guests coming on Monday from Australia (yes, more! But at least they're resupplying our Vegemite). I missed seeing little Simon before! Is that from Serenity?
Cait: studyingcoralia13 on July 30th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)

Actually, little Simon is from the beginning of "Safe." You see little Simon and little River, both of whom are adorable and look surprisingly like Sean Maher and Summer Glau. Actually, the kid who played little Simon is now one of the major crushes for American pre-teen grils, since his lead role in the recent American hit "High School Musical."
Nicole: deer + bunnyterkey on July 26th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh! You shall be terribly missed. Especially as I am on vacation the rest of the week, and not having you to liven up my f-list will be very sad indeed!

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I's back now! But have fun on your hols. xD
jehnt: - blue flowersjehnt on July 26th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
*is deeply grieved and saddened*

Will you be answering emails so I can send you pictures of the pretty boys for the thing for your approval once I collect and scan them all? (This may not be for a week or so yet as I have roughly ten million billion pictures to sift through.)

As to the short story length, I'm just eyeballing it here, but the ones in my anthologies look to be in the 5,000 - 20,000 range. The ones in the magazines look to be on the shorter end of that but it's kind of hard for me to estimate word counts due to the columns and weird page splits and pictures randomly stuck in and things.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 29th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
You can send them on now! And I'm not slavering at all or anything. No.

Well, that's okay. I've sometimes written 30,000 words in fandom, but my original writing limit seems to top at under 20,000. It's really weird ... like writing OCs, only everyone's an OC.