I’ve taken quite a bit of time (about two months) away from my novel (Amit’s Ability), and instead of returning to it, I’ve decided to do a bit of housecleaning. I am revisiting some of my short stories–the ones that get the “almost but not quite” rejections–to see what I can do with them. I’m re-purposing, finding the nuggets. So far, I’ve revised one rather long short story (“Basquiat, Living”– almost 10,000 words), and now will tackle some more. I’m giving myself another week or so before I return to the novel because I know once I return, I will not be working on any short stories for quite some time.
My goal right now is to finish this some fifth draft of the novel by October. It won’t be done, but I can be close to at least a working version. I don’t know if that’s ambitious, silly, or crazy.