Much to my surprise, I am done spit-shining and tenderly curling the baby hair of the stories in the second half of my collection. The agent requested them just ten days ago, so I'm very, very pleased to be done. The problem now is that I've spent this entire evening trying to figure out how, exactly, to order them. The only thing I know for sure is that the shortest one should go second. Or maybe third (so as to throw in some variation amongst what are more or less 12-page pieces). And that the one I don't feel completely great about should go last. Or second to the last (so as not to end on a weak note). And that the two that have a similar ending in terms of tone should be at opposite ends. Or not.
This is the type of conundrum over which I could conceivably obsess for weeks and weeks. Too much mind.