But I've written about 14 pages, so far. I've decided to write the story first and then cut it down, if at all possible. I like this story — it's a rare example of me having an actual plot, even though it's not terribly action-packed–and I like the characters. I'd love to send it to the editor that sent out the call for submission, too, because my first-ever sale was to said editor.
I'm also fond of this story because it involves one of my better worlds — four countries, political conflict, cultural/linguistic/physical/magical differences, fairly well fleshed out — and I'd love to share it with people.
The only thing that I'm a little worried about is the fact that the languages of the two peoples involved in the story have differing grammatical structures, and as a result one of the characters ends up sounding sort of like Yoda. I didn't have Yoda in mind at ALL, actually; my inspiration was actually the Japanese structure of "the verb goes at the end".
Back to poking at it, now.