Now that I got that out of my system, I wanted to look at my Wizard progress so far. I'm almost done with The Wizard of Hollywood, which is the second-to-last story in the collection. After some major re-booting on that story, I was finally able to get into it.
With all the creative energy I spent trying to make the Hollywood wizard work, I also had a story creep up on me, The Wizard of Long Beach. Another wizard! But the additional story is very down to earth, in a funny way. I wouldn't have added it if it wasn't so original (I don't think I've ever come across a photographer wizard).
And after that is the mammoth The Wizard of Santa Monica, which is the size of a novella (so far) and will grow before I'm finished with it. I may also just simplify the story and be done with it.