I've got an affliction which probably affects a lot of writers - I have some vivid or interesting ideas, but either I do not know quite what to do with them or when I start thinking about acting upon them, the idea becomes too complicated and takes up a lot of time. And then, inevitably, I end up with too-short, half-finished projects as well as the overtaking in my mind of old ideas by new ones. I don't have the time to devote to a novel, it's as simple as that. My life just does not allow me that kind of freedom both in terms of actual writing and in terms of thinking too hard about the story, characters, plot, etc. Recently I have been thinking of devoting more of what writing time I have to short stories, but I have a few issues; I don't want them to read like super-short attempts at novels, the sort you get in high school English. While I know all the technical issues and considerations for novels, short stories seem just different enough to warrant a new perspective. Has anyone got any tips on how to plan and write short stories? Or comments on my situation?