Expansions

Work on my novel "The Year I Slept" (my current project, in rewrites) is interesting because it started as a short story, and then I expanded it into a novella, and then into a novel, and then to a longer novel, which is where it is now. I'm trying to learn this technique for some other projects, namely "Astyanax", where I slowly expand a work, writing it over and lengthening it each time, but starting with it in complete forms -- from story, to novella, to novel, etc. As Clare goes through my short stories I'm reconsidering a lot of them in ways I haven't before, and it's really a revelation. I'm learning a lot about my own work, and where it can go....