Finished a rough draft of my short story, "Unlikely Odds" today, another story in the "One Armed Maiden" group of stories I'm writing. I'm not a big fan of my title for that group of stories, but it is what it is at the moment.
Although it's not one of my current novel projects - The Crystal Sword and True Love's Gifts, I'm trying to write a series of stories that I can sell individually now and hope to string together into a novel later.
I've seen this done before, but I'm not sure how to get each individual piece to stand alone in a polished way without it feeling like a stray chapter. And yet, I want to try it, partly because I know of a few markets for some of those shorter pieces and I'm not ready to commit to any other full length project since I am already swapping between two of them.
This month is The Crystal Sword month, and I think next month will be too. This morning I finished the rough draft of that short story, tonight I hope to get in another 500-1,000 words on The Crystal Sword.
If you have any ideas or examples of how to write a series of short stories that can stand alone or be strung together, please let me know. I need to do some research.