Just being my curio self as per usual. I find that when I become to burdened by the longer work I am presently working/fixing, that I tend to write short stories in other genres. Perhaps like doodling on the side when you are waiting to finish a much more technical masterpiece if you will. I find myself doing this twice now. Wrote a 16 page 'romance' type short, and am now working on a more dark and disturbing 'horror' themed story. Neither really having any real significance to my novel (maybe in trace amounts), but more stand alone. Started on a disturbing number following an artist, that I titled The Art Made Flesh. It withholds a fair amount of info about the narrator, while depicting their less than legal means of creating artwork. So my question is do you write of other things, outside of what you are currently working on when you need a break from the longer works?