Okay, so the sweet contemporary...it's not so sweet any more. Gardens are sensual, earthly paradises, and too much to resist. Plus, adding sensuality to the story gives me a chance to play up the tension of desire and uncertainty, the levels of engagement and risk. The contemporary is taking wa-ay longer than I hoped to write, but it is also coming alive, and that's got to be good.
As for other writing achievements, I've rewritten and resub'd the third Out of the Bottle novella. So I'm definitely typing with fingers crossed.
And I have a short story floating in my mind, it's definitely speculative but needs a lot of world building. The opening line is -- Have you ever been born? Now I have to work out where the question might take me. I think it'll involve dinosaurs. Yeah, weird.