Jack Herlocker , sure I’ve thought of that. Not all short stories want to be chopped up. I usually ask my stories if they are okay with being chopped up and invariably, with different levels of vehemence, they insist on remaining whole and free-standing. I’ve learned that it’s not a good idea to argue with your stories. I do have one novella that has been whispering in my ear notions of serialization of some sort. But I’ve also got a lot of whispering going on in both ears. Sometimes it can get almost loud. I endeavor to experience regular periods of intense silence and stillness throughout my day. It is in this state that one can talk to one’s story and ask it what it wants. And it is in this state, too, that we will be able to hear the story’s answers. They really do talk. I swear they do. I’m not making it up.