Stories, Poems, and Reflections of Varying Shortness

Welcome to The Not Too Long and Short of It by me, Valori Maresco. I write because I love it ... short fiction, poetry, and reflections on life. Maybe one day I will write a novel.

For all of you who have been following me on Facebook or Medium, you know that I am on a writing journey. This is my new step in trying to figure out the best platform for sharing my work and growing as a writer while doing so. For those who haven’t been following me until now, hey there! Thanks for coming along on my wild adventure into the public sphere, even if it is a small one—the sphere, not the adventure.

So what can you expect if you subscribe to this newsletter? Each week-ish, I plan to write something new, maybe point out and reflect on something old, talk about what it was like to be young and now (getting) older, muse on how there is nothing new under the sun, ponder something new I have recently observed, or share something I am learning from others. Et cetera (and the rest). I have a lot of ideas swimming around in my mind. This newsletter will contain mostly prosy reflections. If you are interested in reading my short fiction and poetry, you can find that work here.

It may seem like I am breaking all of the rules since they say it is good to find a niche and have a target audience if you want to make it in the blogging world. The problem is that I have a thing for wide-open spaces, and I really don’t like to target anyone, and I’m not really trying to “make it” anywhere.

But I have chosen a niche—shortness. And how exactly do I define short? Well, that depends on what I am writing about, but I promise you, it won’t be too long.

Sign up now, so you don’t miss the first (second?) issue. I am thinking I may write about an old phrase my piano teacher used to use on me when she wanted me to devote myself to becoming a concert pianist, and I told her I had drill team practice and had to miss a lesson: “A jack of all trades is a master of none.” That kind of fits the wide-open spaces theme.

P.S. I never did become a concert pianist.

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