Well, even though I've been slacking with my blog, I haven't been slacking with my writing. I went over a short story that I had written last year called, "A Gnome Problem." Re-reading it, I forgot how much fun I had writing it. It was even more fun to read it. By the time I finished it, I decided that it was time to go back and do a re-write.
I also realized that this was one of my longest short stories. If you've read any of my stories from IN DECLINE, you'll notice that for the most part, I keep my stories pretty short. I don't do that on purpose. I just make a story as long as it has to be in order to tell the story. This one, however, was quite long. Over 6K in words.
That's when I realized that maybe I can turn this into a novelette.
A novelette, from what I've read, begins at 7,500 words and the max limit is somewhere around 14,000 (as that would be a novella).
On the rewrite, I'm not even close to finish, and I'm already over 5,100 words. I'm pretty sure I can reach 7,500 without any problems.
Why am I doing this? Well, I think it'd be neat to have something other than a short story. Short stories are fine and well, but maybe if this ends up being a novelette, more people might give it a try. Plus, the story is an odd one. I don't think I could ever include it in an actual short story collection, unless I came up with several other stories with the same theme.
So, I've been making a lot of progress on A GNOME PROBLEM. This time I might use some beta readers to get a feel of how people will react to it. It's an odd, odd tale.
Lots of cursing, too. Hope that won't bother people. Well... I'm sure it will, but nothing I can do about that. My characters have potty-mouths at times, and I'll be damned if I'm going to censor them!