Short-Short Stories: for Readers Short of Time is a compilation of 61 ultra-short stories two pages or less in length. These are in marked contrast to "regular" short stories that average 12 to 16 pages and may extend to a whopping 30 to 40 pages. If you're like the author, you're especially open to brief jolts of literature that consume only a few minutes -or even less-each. In our fast-paced society, economy of words while reading-and writing-is correspondingly appropriate. Snatch a sampling of stories when riding on short-duration bus, train, and car trips; waiting for a dentist or physician; and maybe even while on a commode. A re-read of a story may provide an added benefit. In this book you will find the short-short stories to be highly varied. Read about a woman having to learn wildflower names from her fiancee; the dwarf planet Pluto's complaint of losing its planet's status; a snake-fearing woman who prefers her snakes having legs; and a nearly 80-year-old fiddler worried about contracting AIDS from "bad blood" during bypass surgery. The photographs are meant to complement the stories. But they can be appreciated on their own merits. You will note that their titles differ from those of the stories.