Years ago my then-editor, Beth DeGuzman, asked me to take part in an anthology collection with Kay Hooper and several other authors. I jumped at the chance. Then I found out the word count: 15,000 measly little words. I've never been the type to say in one word what I can say in twenty. Gabriel's Angel was the tightest, shortest piece I'd ever had to write, and it just about killed me. It was good preparation, though, for Hostage in Copper Lake, the 10,000-word story I had to do a few years ago.
That's why I try to keep these blogs very short. Time is scarce. I'm learning to say something without saying everything. Hope it's working!