I have a story creating an abscess at the base of my brain that I have to attend to. I want to write about the arc of a family's story from the mid sixties to the present. I want to do it in a series of short, stand alone, stories that tie into the overarching narrative as well. So, I'm looking for examples of formats or story structures that may suit my purposes. I plan to look at The Illustrated Man. The problem with The Illustrated Man is that the stories were stand alone without much connection to the main narrative (as best I can remember). So, if you have a suggestion I am most eager to hear it.