For Lesser Pretender, I made the concept much more basic and finished it. (I deleted several chapters that created new strings, and added new chapters toward the end.) It seems to be a happier piece now that I'm proud of. The other concepts involved in it would have made it much larger, and I like the slimming down of it actually. It seems more fit this way.
I might use the other concept in another fanfiction one day. One without all the baggage of this fic following it.
While this does make it less likely it will gather the same audience numbers, by containing/withholding, and then just putting it all out at once? I will just be happy that I can continue to write and share. This is the best way for me in my life right now. :)