It takes a good friend to tell you the truth, even if she knows it might sting. One morning Anne said to me “I love your blog and reading your stories, but the problem is I often open them and begin to read, only to realize I don’t have time to finish. They are a little long.” She has a full life – kids, job, dogs, home, pet rats – you know, the usual.
So, because I don’t just write to humor myself, I decided to take the challenge: write shorter posts (some of the time) so that readers dealing with lives interrupted (like most of us do…) might read them too.
I am happy to announce the opening of The Viking Jewess “Express Window” – a place to stop by for a quicker read; curiosities from an ex-pat’s observations in life with the same wit, edge and insight you enjoy in the longer stories, but here they’re short and sweet.
Those who know me, appreciate how revolutionary it will be for me to execute the less is more dictum; it may breed some renegade and subversive writing, which could be an adventure onto itself.
Hemingway’s Four Famous Tips on Writing will come in handy here:
1. Use short sentences. (Ha ha!!!)
2. Use short first paragraphs. (Check.)
3. Use vigorous English. (A work in progress, eternally…)
4. Be positive, not negative. (Shit, really!?)
In 1934, he also confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald: “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit,…I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”
Just keeping things in perspective here.
So, next time you’re online, stop by the Express Window for 300 words or less.
Who knows, maybe I’ll graduate to Twitter next?