I have this love hate relationship with Short Stories. Maybe it's some kind of symbiotic thing. I've been trying to figure it out for years. On one hand, it's probably the workshop I've done the most real life experimentation in, and the one that consistently fails to connect. Maybe it's the format. It's on my back burner to figure out a way to get it across better and to stop hitting the spike strip when the workshop runs out of steam. Maybe a series of youtube videos, or those vine things? Or just some therapy.
I'm grateful as hell nobody has told me it sucks, but the same little voice that told me "paranormal historicals, they're going to be big" or "action-adventure romance. Are you listening??" tells me I need to stop running from it. As part of my self-imposed therapy, I spent the last two months with the CMOS, banging my head against colons and semi-colons, and the difference between i.e. and e.g.
If you'd like to get a copy of Shorts, it's got a handy (and very useful) template guide and some troubleshooting tools that aren't limited to short stories. It's also got a discussion of story time, something that cries out for a couple of slides. It's free today and tomorrow. It's only for the kindle, but if you don't have a kindle or live where you can't get a copy, email me at jodi henley @g mail .com and I'll send you a free pdf.