August Free Write; progress reports and general discussion

This month we are dispensing with a theme, but you can still get Hall of Fame credit.

Write whatever you want to write about, and talk about it here!

The usual rules apply. There are two challenges, and you can win both with the same story.

5k Rough Draft Challenge
Write a complete rough draft of a short story of 5,000 words or more by August 31st.

3k Publisher Challenge
Write a final draft of short story of 3,000 words or more and submit it to a publisher by September 1st.

Use this thread to let us know how far along you are, to discuss problems you may be having, and to ask for or give advice.