Well, after a couple of false starts I finally found my way into the short story that wanted out. Just finished the first draft. It came in at 6,137 words. No title yet. Which is strange for me, since I usually have the title first.
I think it came out pretty well. There was more than a few times my muse tried to lead me down cliche lane, but I think I managed to wrestle it back each time. Needs polishing, of course. But first, I need some distance. So into the drawer it goes for a week or two.
I've got an older story I want to rewrite for the same market I just wrote this for, so I'll start on that tomorrow. Now that the cogs are catching again I don't want to give it a chance to bog down when I'm not looking.