Yesterday was a writing orgy! 18,000 words. Woo-hoo! Only problem... they were all on a "short" story that was supposed to be under 5000. Clearly, my mind is primed to come up with ideas that are either novelette sized, or epic sized. Really long short stories, or really long novels. I have a feeling my short stories can all be filled out to become novels (add a subplot, expand the characters a bit, add one more twist and voila a full book!) while my novels could turn into trilogies.
Unfortunately, there is not much of a publishing market for novelettes. I think people would like to read them, but they may not be able to get them in print. I expect it is a form that is really perfect for e-books. The thought of reading a 120,000 word novel on screen makes my eyes go buggy. But 15-20,000 is feasible. Not only that, there are none of the cost concerns that make printing novelettes/novellas so unattractive. Maybe I need to start searching out for some good ebook publishers!
That or figure out how to manage the detail level, so the story doesn't come out so long!