Ahh, and here comes my challenge in these things. I'm far too "wordy" for my own good in these short-story situations. But I think it will be a good experience for me in learning how to nip and tuck unnecessary details.

I think I'll go with the usual main stay of just throwing everything together and taking out the things not necessary for the story to survive. It is, after all, easier to hit the delete button than to add new words in.

13% through the first anthology, with 1572 words but I've barely just laid out the "theme stated" part. I'm sure I'll have to get my red marker out here.