I haven't given up on pictures books. I just want to work on some other projects for a break. It's been awhile since I wrote anything for magazines, but I thought it might be fun to throw some short stories out there since they're...well...short. I'm finding their rhythm more like skits. Short and sweet with a good punch line. Picture books are more like concentrated orange juice. You have to cook them down, down, down until they're as strong as they can possibly be. Switching to novels has been hard because they just seem so long and wordy. (That's only when I'm writing them. I find reading them just fine.) But I'm working on my scene cards (thank you James Scott Bell) for one of those too.
I sent out Melba Sue and the Cactus Kid to an agent this time around. All this market research is very informative but extremely time consuming. I despise the thought of ignorantly adding to anyone's slush pile, so there's nothing for it but to do it anyway, even though it's chopping up my writing time. Ho hum. It's late, and just because I can't stand the thought of not submitting to the rest of you, I'm going to send you my rewrite for "Sweet Revenge." Happy reading if you get a chance to get to it before the meeting.
P.S. Do you think it would have been better to use chocolate pudding instead of jell-o?