I have been told that the short story I just finished can be up to 15,000 words long. Right now it's sitting at 16,712. I can edit it down that far with no problem at all. In fact, I can edit it down far enough that I can add in a few more details here and there, and still come in under the count.
She is also talking about a short run novel...
Oh and if you would like to read my holiday story/poem for the year it's up at my journal web site right now: Zette's Days of Writing
No, I have not written a thing yet. But I will. What a nice day this has been!