However, with this story, my instructor agreed with me that it's a novel-sized idea that I had to shrinkwrap small enough for a short story. This meant I had to really cut a lot of good stuff. That hurts!
I still think this is my novel, the one I need to write. Maybe, finally, I found the format I need to really tell this story that's haunted me, taunted me, since I picked up that journal eight years ago this summer.