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Finding the "Read-time"

Hello! Sorry for the lack of posting over the past week. I have recently returned from a trip to Brussels, which you can read all about on my photography blog, Stardrought.

However, that's not my only excuse. I have also been terrible with finding time to read. I thought I could get lots of read-time in while relaxing on the trains over to Europe, but I ended up studying the whole way as I'm falling behind a little on my course (eek. I never realised how hard it was going to be to get back into studying. Especially with a full-time job, boyfriend, house and freelance work happening these days too!)

So, to still manage to do the things I love (ie. blog and read!) while fulfilling my commitments to my education and employment, I am on the hunt for some decent short stories. I've never really read any before, besides the GCSE anthology stories I had to write essays on yeeeears ago, so I don't really know what to look for. What makes a short story any good? Is it possible to have one with a complete narrative? (I hate "cliffhanger" endings and the afforementioned GCSE requirements were full of them...)  How long does a "short" story actually get?! I feel very naive. A short-story virgin! So, I'm asking for your help.

I've had a few suggestions so far, including Stephen King's most recent collection and the stories of Eva Luna, but would love some more! There must me many of you out there who are huge fans of short stories, and I'd like to tap into your knowledge. Please send any short stories you've loved over to me on a postcard! (or, yknow... comment).

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