Some of the friends admired the way I can change genre; almost at the drop a hat, while I admired their dedication to one story, this was the first of the drawbacks for me. Would I be able to dedicate my skills to one story and what would happen if it failed as Chronicles did?
To spend so much time and energy on one book and watch as it sank without trace, I don't think I could face up to another Chronicles disaster. I realise this is a risk of being a writer, some stories take a hold as "The Old Church Ghosts" did on line - even if the book never sold.
I was able to do the short stories because they enable me to avoid writer's block; get held up - change my story and continue in another genre.
Another hold up was that I was never sure of the word count, estimates varied from 40K to above 90K; while the lower range is close to what Chronicles comes home to, the upper range is beyond me and my style doesn't suit long stories. I took months to get out of the 3,500 word maximum from 2011, when I used to do contest after contest.
Also, would any of my short stories last being stretched this far; Love of the Sea which started out as a short and turned into a popular series is only at about 8,500 and I am struggling.