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  • I was looking at your impressive and somewhat staggering statistics, and after accepting that I will still have a long way to go toward the "least capable of brevity" award even if and when the UNSWS dethrones JM76 from the #2 spot, I noticed you described some of your work as "vignettes". Even more intriguing, Vignettes is a category and has been for a decade, but none of your works are in it. Was "vignette" once a classification for fiction shorter than a short story which has since fallen by the wayside, or was that merely a stylistic choice on your part?

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    • Hey, apparently I never responded to this. How unusual and disappointing of me--sorry about that. I didn't use the category of Vignettes because I wasn't aware it existed. I instead categorized my handful of vignettes into the Yanibar Tales category, itself a subcategory of short story. While I could go back and add vignettes to the stories in question, I am not sure that having a piece be in both Short Stories and Vignettes is appropriate. Thoughts?

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    • It's an intriguing question, particularly because Brandon didn't supply a definition for "vignettes" when he made the category. The common definition of "a short, one-scene, character-focused story" seems to apply, though; of the four works so categorized, all of them are one scene, and the longest is 2,319 words. Brandon's own contribution is substantially shorter than even that, at 306 words.

      I think the "one-scene, character-focused" part is more relevant to the definition of a vignette than the "short" part, especially because, if a work holds to those first two requirements, the third one should usually follow naturally. In other words, short story/novella/novel is about length, while vignette is more about the nature of the content. On that alone, I don't see any inherent conflict in something being labeled both a short story and a vignette; if someone tried to sell me on something being both a novella and a vignette, I might be more skeptical.

      I suppose the counterargument is that short story, novella, and novel—based as they are on word count alone—have hard, objective criteria which any user can apply to properly categorize a work. "Vignette" is more amorphous; it's hard to come up with criteria other than "shorter than a novella" and "it is because the author says it is". Maybe you could add a "no more than one subpage, with no scene breaks" criterion to enforce the "one scene" aspect.

      Based on that analysis, what are your thoughts?

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    • " In other words, short story/novella/novel is about length, while vignette is more about the nature of the content. On that alone, I don't see any inherent conflict in something being labeled both a short story and a vignette; "

      I agree with this. There's no harm in having both categories. Vignette to me seems mostly superfluous as a category anyway since 1) there are so few of them, and 2) there's not a tremendous push on this wiki to properly categorize fan-fiction. I would be okay with both deleting the category and merging its current occupants into short stories, or with leaving it as is. I may revisit the labeling of those works of mine since I believe some of them are not technically vignettes as one or two might have little postludes that are technically scene breaks.

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    • I agree with both your points. I went through last year and cleaned house in Novels, recategorizing the Future novels and Novels in progress, but that's the most I've accomplished toward proper categorization.

      Apropos of none of this, I appreciate the shout-out.

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