We're talking about short stories again because our podcast guests this week (Warren and Angie) all share space in the same anthology with our delightful Emer.
When I was young, I didn't read many short stories unless they were assigned to me at school. When I sit down to read, I want the biggest, fullest story that consumes days or weeks in my brain. Now that I'm older, helping to run a podcast, write a blog, put together a writing career, and work a full-time day job (not to mention making sure that I show my wife as much love as I possibly can), I've found that I have less and less time to read.
I'm trying to make more time to read, but I've found that the lack of story that comes about as a result of not finishing as many books leaves me wanting more. Always. So I'm turning to short stories to get my fill. Much like snacking on a day when I don't have time for lunch. It's a great way to get a lot of story (entertainment and inspiration) without having to invest nearly as much time.
So go read some short stories. Get yourself into a world with lively characters, a recognizable plot, and then move on to the next story when you have free time again.