I like small books. I also like hefty books, brimming over with story. All books, really. But there is something special about a small book which touches delicately upon a few stories, and holds a gentle silence between them, so you have the opportunity to sit quietly, and feel deeply, with a handful of suggestions. If a book is crammed full of tales, some intimacy is lost.
When I concluded that The Coracle Sky had twelve tales, I felt that was just right. But I also know our culture prefers bigness, boldness, as-much-fullness-as-possible. It wants long series of big books whose multi-stranded narratives crash between high stakes conflicts and dramatic themes. I have to hope there are some readers who, like me, prefer to linger in subtle moments, indirect glances, and dreams. I offer smallness, quietness, and I remind myself, if I want that, then it is a thing to be wanted, and that's okay.
This post is not by way of apology or excuses. I believe it may speak to a conversation many indie artists are voicing with their publications, their art, their music. What would you say? Do you like the small, the single song, the one free-standing story, or do you prefer broader strokes?
Also, thank you to the lovely people who have very kindly been sharing the news of The Coracle Sky. It makes such a difference. I am grateful for your support and friendship.