Cecily here -- thoughts

Date: 2014-11-06 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've been thinking about this a lot. In fact I'm probably going to use this as a jumping off point for a blog post and wider conversation about how we can make this filtering happen. Because as one of the folks you name, I confess, my method: complete entropy, though I do have a decent idea of which zines are more likely to match my taste by now.

I would also like to see a site dedicated to reviewing short fiction, ideally with several different reviewers so folks could find at least one reviewer whose taste matched. One of the problems I'm having right now is that in my race to keep up with as much as possible, I'm spotlighting some things that are critically *good*, but aren't necessarily *my thing*. Which isn't ideal from an audience perspective. Also, I am of the perhaps unpopular opinion that most short fiction reviews are tl;dr.

One thing you wrote stuck out to me: "authors I'm familiar with due to long fiction work." I think this is one of the biggest barriers for folks looking to get into short fiction and hitting a brick wall. I have a list of favorite novelists, and a list of favorite short fiction writers. There is, so far, zero overlap on this list. Different forms, different skill sets, etc. I am more likely to like the novels of a short fiction writer whose work I love than I am to like the short stories of a novelist whose work I love -- which I suspect is because all writers frequently read novels, while not all frequently read short fiction? Amongst other possible reasons. And also MMV.

Been talking to several folks about some of the points you make here over the last few weeks. It'd be great to see a larger conversation on it.

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