It took some serious doing, but I think that I have finally hit upon the perfect title for my short story collection. And as all you wonderful typospherians have doubtlessly been on pins and needles as to my choice, I will allay your agonizing curiosity. Wait for it...
Pen and Platen: Short Stories Written the Long Way
I know, right? I couldn't be happier. Let me know what you think, however. I value feedback.
In other news, the preliminary story list has been hashed out, and appears here in tentative order:
1. To Kill a Comedian
2. The Ballad of Silas Starkweather -or- Justice Done Right
3. Inferno Redux
4. Papa and the U-boat
5. To Set a Quiver
6. In Media Res
7. Agony Column
8. Loading Dock, 2 am
There may be a couple others, but so far I think that I have achieved here the optimum mix of humor, fear, and intensity, all while keeping an eye on length and cadence. The trick is getting it all in the right order. I have also kicked around including segments from my two novels, just as teasers, but it remains to be seen whether or not that will gel with the animus of the collection proper.
Stay tuned for more updates!