At last, I've finished Mikal. Took longer than I anticipated in my first rush of enthusiasm, but the final first draft logs in at just over 3700 words. I've managed two other short stories in the same timeframe, so I find myself with 3 to draft over the next little while. It's a nice place to be in: I felt very dried and lacking in creativity when the year started.
Much work on the novel to be done over the rest of the week, as well as getting Black-Painted Trees finished and off to the Zeppelin Adventure Stories anthology. There's plenty of rest for the wicked, it's the oppressed that have to keep dancing... :)