Short Story Woes

I’ve reached an issue with the current material that I’ve been working on.  Word Count!  I’ve arranged the short story event by event in a “tasks” side bar in the novel software I’ve been using, and the only way it seems to land at the appropriate word count for short story submissions would be if I simply did not write some of the events that occur.  It’s running on the long side already, as I’m used to writing longer material, but the action and pacing is great.  I’m trying to determine if I should write the scenes, then trim them out later, or just not write them in order to meet the market’s specifications.

Any ideas?

Grandfather Of A Storm

JesseJamesAvatar-1It’s raining, and the lightening is like vibrant shockwaves beneath the roaring clouds.  Great torrents of water rush along the pavement, down the hill, and into the growing river that used to be a ditch along the side of the road.  The wind speaks of ancient, rumbling demons, and the water dances atop the driveway in tiny bursts.  Soon, the sun will return for a brief goodbye before peircing itself against the mountains, spilling its purple and orange lifeblood across the skies.  In the distance, the thunderheads echo their fury into the valley.

I do so adore the storms that roll across the areas in which I live.  They are so majestic, inspiring.

Absolute beauty knows no bounds.