Thanks, Tamlyn! I'm glad to see NaNo is going well for you
Your little corner of joy sounds perfect, well-deserved, and necessary.
I did finish that short, and sent it off to a mag where you can generally expect to see an R within hours but it's been...8 days. Not sure if I should get hopeful or assume it was lost in cyberspace. I have several others out where I'm waiting and waiting and waiting on replies. One is for sure on a hold, and the rest, who knows? So frustrating when the subs go much beyond the expected wait time. And no, I'm not particularly hopeful on all of them, I'm watching on Grinder and Duotrope and see their response times are just getting longer. Sigh. I'm between stories right now, and the lack of responses is making it very difficult to get myself motivated.
Izz, I know your time has been limited recently, but it sounds like you're still doing all you can, and my hat's off to you. For whatever reason, long is what your brain wants to work on right now, and that isn't a bad thing at all.
I hope you hear back soon on those shorts, though--and that it's good news! I'm fairly linear in how I write, but when I get those insistent ideas that won't go away, I make a note or two for when I can look again.