I did manage to finish a rough draft of my steampunk Christmas story. It's marinating in the back of my hard drive right now. I have until October 28 to get it posted, so I'm letting it sit for a bit before I finalize it. I'm semi-satisfied with it. The 1,000 word limit required me to cut quite a bit of dialog and description that I liked, so I wasn't too pleased about that, but oh well. Like many of my flash stories, it could actually be the premise for a longer story in the future.
My daughter went with a friend's family to the Haunted Mansions of Albion tonight. She was getting all worked up by watching shows on television about the country's worst haunted house attractions. Oh man. I hope she's up for it. It looks pretty awful. Glad I'm not going! Take care~