I like the thought of keeping my plots small; a limited cast of interesting characters within an intimate setting. But every time I write it starts expanding outwards, and then I feel like I am losing control over it, like the parameters I have set myself have come undone. For example, in my hard sci-fi piece, I just found myself writing a section of back story on earth involving one of the characters. My intention was to stay strictly upon the spacecraft, but then I wandered off elsewhere. My problem with "big" plots probably stems from my hatred of CGI in movies. I find the destruction of cities, or the world at peril intensely tedious. Everything becomes bloated and impersonal and ridiculous to the point that all my interest erodes. I just stop giving a crap when the stakes are unrealistically high. Watching a small cast of characters traverse a small plot is much more interesting to me. Thoughts?