I’d been working on this one story a further extension of an existing three-story arc for two months, and I got to the point where I had to tell myself, “Self, either you get this chapter into shape and submit it to the repository, or you abandon it altogether.”
“Into shape” is perhaps arguable, but I did submit the darn thing. Now I’m going to be on pins and needles waiting for the initial response though that won’t come until the moderators pass their judgment, and that could take a day or two.
Word count is 5696 (mine) / 5946 (theirs).
Addendum: The approval came while this post was still in the can. Go figure.
Update: Reaction from the crowd was uniformly negative. I pulled the piece.