Hey guys, I'm desperately trying to get an outline of my stories together for NaNoWriMo (I'm always doing this last minute crap every single year,) and I'd love some advice. I was originally going to do the usual novel thing with just the overarching story progression and conflicts and what not, but then I decided to go with short stories (which I have absolutely no experience with,) and I'm really not sure if what I want to do with them would work all that well. Basically the stories are just grim-dark military themed Space Opera-y ones set on a ship, (not original I'm aware, but that doesn't particularly bother me.) I've never been all that interested in the whole space battles thing, so I was just going to have a set of 4-5 main characters, and have the stories be about them and their daily lives / interpersonal relationships within the crew / whatever on board the ship. I just don't know if that's the sort of thing that's going to be interesting to people though. so do you guys think it's a good idea, or maybe I should just go with a single long story. The second thing I wanted advice on: I'm wanted to focus on themes that I find really important, like 1 - Sexuality (or lack thereof, the main character is asexual.) and 2- Mental Illness. With the second one, one of the main characters has severe depression, and I was going to focus one of the stories on her suicide. I'm a bit conflicted over it though, because I don't want it to seem a) pointless and b) she's black, so one thing I really don't want is for it to seem like she's the token female PoC that dies to help further the main character's story arc. She's kind of an older war hero, so the thing I was going for there is that not all heroes die heroically, for lack of a better way to put it. I work with war veterans in real life, so it's something I have experience with, and is very important to me. Also I was kind of inspired by that scene in Patton where the General is almost crushed by a cart and he says "Imagine if I died like that, after all we've been through." I'm intending to self publish it, but honestly I'm getting a bit discouraged, I just don't know if it's something people will want to read. Do you think maybe it's a bit out there? I haven't really found any military themed stories where one, let alone two main characters have a sexuality out of what a lot of people perceive is "the ordinary" (outside of erotica I mean, I should clarify this isn't erotica. One is homosexual, the other is the same but just not sexually inclined.) And people will probably find it depressing....I really don't know. Sorry for the gargantuan post, but any advice you guys could give me at all would be fantastic!