So that's a relief. I like the story way better. My Writing Buddy thought there was a much bigger story inside it trying to get out, and he might well be right, but I took a weed-whacker to it anyway and managed to get it down to 7800 words from over 8100, so. He's not wrong about there being a lot
of characters in the thing, but they're all necessary. Anyway, I hope they like it at the antho.
And now I can concentrate on outlining the Next Thing, which will henceforth be referred to as "Addiction Vamp." I'm going to do my best to make this one creepy and atmospheric. It's not my usual genre, but I have done horror and can do it again.
I've also got five other outlines and a blurb to work up--that June NaNo push is going to jump out and bite me if I'm not careful.