Stephen King kicks something off with a NY Times article about the state of the state of the short story. With much discussion.
Warren Ellis's post on magazine circulation numbers with short comments on if saving them should be done
Cory Doctorow's Boing Boing post on the short SF/F magazines and some possible futures. Comments are enjoyable and enlightening.
John Scalzi makes some mighty fine points about the "Big Three" and their role in the current state of SF/F, as do many of the commenters.
Elizabeth Bear gives the "club scene" model of the short fiction pubs and why it's still a fun place to be. Again, some good comments.
Sarah Monette talks about what short fiction is good for, and gives the theory that TV has taken a good part of short fiction's place in the cosmos. I like this theory and have much agreement with it.
Jeff VanderMeer on short fiction competence, he and Bear in vociferous agreement on aspects of short fiction, and an open list of great short fiction, present and past.
Leah Bobet (Ideomancer editor) on letting your own personal taste fly.
Ben Peek on short fiction and other parts of the culture that people do care about. Big interesting discussion follows.
Erin Underwood, fellow VP alum, talks about short SF/F fiction and subscribing to the magazines.
So here I am, Mister Lowly Worm Beginning short SF/F writer, and I read all these thoughts and opinions and I wonder: Now what? I know why I love short fiction. I'll keep doing it, but what about the rest of it - the submitting, the hopefully being published, the folderal, the hoohah, the je ne sais quoi?
As Steven Gould said at VP, worry about the things you can control and let go of the things you can't control. I can control my writing: when I write, what I write, how good I can make it. That's it. All this other stuff? I don't control that.
It boils down to: Write a story. Make it as good as you can. Send it out (Til Hell Won't Have It!). Repeat.
That's enough whining and moping and griping for me. Time to get back to the work. Another story awaits. Keep Moving Forward. Don't Look Down.