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Genre, novella, Fourth Anniversary and an update

Below is the definition of genre from Merriam Webster Dictionary:
Main Entry: genre
Function: noun
Pronunciation: 'zhän-r&, 'zhä n-; 'zhä n r; 'jän-r&
Etymology: French, from Middle French, kind, gender -- more at GENDER
1 : a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content
3 : painting that depicts scenes or events from everyday life usually realistically

Until I was an adult, around 47 years of age I had never heard the word before. It wasn't until I was asked in what genre my writings of my novellas were; at that point I had written about 900 pages of a series of 5 short novels that I was then told were in the "mystery genre".
Novella is another word, which I hadn't a clue about, but was soon informed that was indeed what I had done; I had created 5 novellas.

Defined again by the above dictionary:
Main Entry: no•vel•la
Function: noun
Pronunciation: nO-'ve-l&