I had to pummel my muse and dope her up with caffeine, but I did it. The first draft of my urban fantasy novelette–working title “In the Voices of Innocents”–is complete. I ran the pre-first draft past my first reader (Matthew) and he gave me excellent feedback so that I was able to cut 1000 words. It’s now at a comfortable 8000 words. I doubt I’ll be able to cull another 500 words to drop it back into short story length, but it’s much more streamlined than it was and I’m rather pleased with it.
Next: the Critters queue.