...so here's the thing. I intend to read thenewgreen's, short story, simply because he wrote it. It isn't something I would read otherwise, but I'm curious and it would be polite to do.
"Restaurant at the Start of the Universe" (yes, I went there) has been read by maybe five people, all of whom loved it (but then, don't they always) and one magazine editor who said "great, not for us." It was written mostly because it insisted on being written, not because it has anything to add to discourse.
I'm now 500 pages into a novel that's probably going to come in at under 550. I've got five chapters, a prologue and an epilogue left to write and I can do a chapter a day standing on my head. When that's done it's going to people who are eager to read it. So far one person has read the first 200 pages and likes it, but then, she's my wife, she likes all my writing. The novel is pretty good. The short story... not sure.
I'm debating putting it up under #shortstory as a serial - at a guess, it'd be three weeks of mondays, wednesdays and fridays.
I don't want it to be obligatory.
I did Critters Critique for a while. Read a lot of astoundingly terrible sci fi, lots of which went on to be published. I write better than that. They say one of the marks of a professional is the objectivity to evaluate your own work; I write pretty well and I know it. So, with that objectivity, I can say that "Restaurant" is one of those stories that I think is cool that everyone else likely can't be bothered with.
So I could put it up. I'm just not sure if I should. It isn't my best work and it isn't my most relatable.