Was idly looking at an outline and considering a fix-up -- some independent stories pulled together into a book -- and thinking that it would be really, really, really hard to pull a story out.
Even though it's a bildungsroman and an ensemble tale as well, it would be hard to unveravel all the threads and make episodes stand alone.
All the more interesting in that I started out wholly as a short story writer. Took me years even to work up to novel length. But now the events are too intertwined for me to cut them down.