ABSENT EXPLORERS

The corridors are empty

A dead ship in a black sea

Blinking buttons of computers

Pierce the dark of the bridge

They never should have landed

On the stormy planet red

Never did understand

What burned in their veins

One by one they fell

Traveling to the planet blue

Carrying with them the cursed air

To a civilization they never knew


©2014 by M.W. Griffith

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?