I know I promised new and original thoughts.... and there shall be. After this.
A friend of mine, who also happens to be pretty good with the writing, is potentially up for an award over at Goodreads. (Which, if you haven't signed up for, you should. Books are good.)
You can go here to learn more about the awards.
And you can go here to vote for her.
She's doing a rather amazing project on short stories, with far more dedication and determination than I muster. From which I intend to steal an idea or two here shortly.