I was musing on this earlier this morning. I'm a short story writer, and when I first (nearly three years ago, Christ...) started seriously writing them, they measured out at about 5,000 words (widely accepted as the upper limit- or close to it- for publishing short stories). In the three years since, my writing style has transformed and broadened considerably, and now my stories are coming out at closer to 2-3k. Now, I think this is probably down to my personal preference. As well as writing them, I literally (not literally) devour short stories, and prefer ones of a few magazine pages in length, because I'm better able to read them in one sitting. It's not that I don't like longer stories, but I think that they should be like canapes, eaten in one go, not left in the fridge half-consumed to finish later. And I think this is feeding into my taste in novels. I don't write them much any more, but I still read them, and with those too I tend towards the shorter works. I'm a particular fan of *whispers* novellas. What does everyone else think? In terms of short stories or novels, writing and reading?