Today makes me feel like writing a story that takes place in the rain, but I have no firm ideas at this point. I'm so immersed in finishing up this draft of my novel that no short story ideas leap to mind. I do believe that it's good to write short stories while you're working on a novel. Just to take little breaks from novel writing to finish something smaller and to think about other places, characters, and themes. I think it's good for a writer and keeps you in good shape mentally.
I think it's especially good to write a short story after working on an intense scene or chapter. I just wrote an intense chapter which is why I must be finding this rain so wistful and why I'm thinking of writing a story. I don't know what it is--I guess it just gets your mind working in a different way, a different direction, which is refreshing.