My very first newspaper column was a whole era ago. A whole era. Back then the weekly story I was commissioned to write was one thousand five hundred words long. Every week. And I pulled it off without a hitch, never missed a single week, for two years.
Nowadays you are on crack if you try to sell a column longer than 700 words. Bad Idea caps out at 560 words.
So right now, while I sit here, blocked, anxiously waiting for a short story to occur to me because there is this competition I am thinking of entering, I remember that I used to write a 1,500 word short story every single week back then makes me realise I am getting old.
I wondered if you might be interested in reading one of those oldies, so I posted it here on this page. (It’s edited of course, to update it.)