So, while I'm busy researching, making notes and outlines for "the book", I've been doing short stories and flash pieces to keep the mental hamster running.
Yesterday, I saw it was the last day for submissions on a new Monsters anthology. Minimum was 1,200 words. Well , thought I, that sounds like a challenge if I ever heard one. So off to the races I go, and sure enough - 10:30 last night, I finished not only the first draft, but a second and third pass through as well. Visiting the site to double check the submission and formatting guidelines, I realized that the story I'd finished no longer fit the guidelines ... at all. (They wanted tongue-in-cheek, I ended up with abject pathos.)
I'm happy the story took charge of itself, as those are the ones that usually turn out to be pretty good reads. Time to take a deep breath, and spend a little more time polishing it. There'll be a home for it somewhere, and I'll tell all of you where that is when it happens.