I strongly doubt that I will be finishing short stories at a rate of two per nine days this year. There will be books, and books cut into short story time in a happy wonderful way. But finishing some short stories is a good thing. Having more stuff to send out again is a good thing. Not languishing forever in an ever increasing pile of half-finished things is an indubitably good thing.
I'm never going to have the decks entirely cleared when I start a new novel -- that's just not how my brain works. But it'd be nice to have a bunch of loose ends tidied by the time I get to What We Did to Save the Kingdom or whatever it ends up being called. So. Onwards and upwards.