A newly compiled and polished edition of my short story collection Saccades is now available in both print and digital editions. It's the first of two releases from the web site over the next few months leading up to Off the Record's launch in October. Best of all, for the bargain hunters out there, the digital editions of Saccades are free. If you like the stories, feel free to share the love with others.
Saccades has existed, in one form or another, for close on ten years. Originally a simple collection of short stories I wrote back in 2000 and 2001, the collection was refined and sharpened into a thematic collection grouped around a fictional building in inner-city Brisbane. Two years of frustrations and delays with publishers saw the collection fall apart and individual stories redrafted and tightened back into individual pieces. By 2005, a few of the stories lobbed up on this here web site as digital downloads. It was still early days for digital publishing and more than a few readers didn’t quite make head nor tails of stories offered up like iTunes tracks, though a few stories—Hemmingway and Lucky January for example—found a few fans. In the meantime, I busied myself with writing novels.
By the end of the decade, digital publishing had moved into a new high gear and I renewed my love of short stories with a few new published pieces. So Saccades was dusted off, gutted, and reconstituted as a collection again. Many stories from the original manuscript were dropped altogether, many more new stories were added. Some of those that remained were radically redrafted. Really, apart from the title and a handful of relatively untouched stories, the collections at either end of the decade are different books.
That’s okay. Things change.