I'm currently in the middle of writing a novel (ever so slowly) and finally I truly have time to do so. More or less. At the same time, I figured sometimes it's good to take some time off one story and write another. Not two novels at once, but take a break from a novel to write a cute short story, or cute little novella, which you really want to get through. One feels passionately about it at times, because in a few weeks one can feel "yes, I started and finished a project". With a novel, you can't have that in a few weeks or two months, you can have it only 2 years or more since you started writing it (unless you're really fast, and even then, a speedy gonzales will be done in a year). So that's the first dilemma. Do I stop my novel in the middle to go off and write a short story or a short novella? Do I take time from my novel research to do some minor research for the novella/short? Second dilemma is this: I know two languages pretty fluently, Hebrew and English. I figured since I write the novel in English, I can give myself a break and write the novella/short in Hebrew. Which is better? English is for more people, but I can publish a short story in Hebrew more easily, I suppose, in some scifi or fantasy magazine, online or offline (who knows, I never published anything, ever). Third issue is this: I wanted to do something similar to what Orwell did with Animal Farm. Meaning, I take a known historic story I'm familliar with (deeply) and tell it as a fable or a fantasy story. So instead of a President Kennedy, JFK is a 15 year old king who sends goblins and orcs that work for his wizards, instead of some agents who work for the CIA. But a facebook friend suggested I drop the whole fantasy angle and just write a historical novel. So I'm torn. Do I write a short story that is historical fiction about JFK's true struggles? Or do I write a fantasy story in which JFK is a 15 year old boy flying on a dragon? It's funny, because my research material includes academic stuff about geopolitics, as well as D&D material, so it would be funny to research both for the same project. Bottom line: Focusing on a novel? or writing novel plus something else? Writing both stories in English, or writing the second one in Hebrew? Writing the second story as a historical novel using academic research? Or as a fantasy story using D&D research?