Well, I am decidedly late to the party, but what a grand one it is!
Add me in to the writers' knot, absolutely. I have just this Christmas finally finished a book that has been twelve years in the making - I mean no joke, it has survived senior year of high school, six years of college, marriage, moving, three jobs, and a nub-tailed cat named Peaches. I am right now letting it sit and cool off long enough for one last round of editing before I ship it out the door, so the jury's still out... but boy, if twelve-year-old story is anything like twelve-year-old liquor, then those future readers are in for a wall-banger of a time.
In the meantime, I would very much like to swap helping hands with anybody who would find it useful. (Drafty, I know you are busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest, but I hope you will let me know if I can be of any help with your short project or the longer one - it sounds like our tastes run similar.) I have been much enjoying the NaNo forums lately - turns out, you don't need to have ever done any NaNo-ing at all to hail and be welcome there! - and have been giving absolutewrite.com a prospective eye too (though I think it would be hard not to feel like a puppy trying to run with the big dogs - they are neck-deep in Big-Time Published Authors over there!)
Anyway, good luck all on the grand quest. I think it can't be much of an accident that 'riding' and 'writing' are so near in their sound; they are life-long addictions that seem regularly to knock you flat on your back and still leave you coming back for more!