i agree. In a first person piece writing in present tense lends a sense of urgency to the work. I recently completed an early draft of a piece that is nearly 8000 words in present tense. I can’t write full length novels in present tense, I eventually give myself problems with the verb tense. But short pieces I can do and actually really like it. When I was writing fantasy/fetish stuff I used a lot of first person present tense.That's technically referred to as the "historic present". It's often used for dramatic effect, as it brings the narrative to life because it treats the past as now. It also sound very colloquial and so brings the narrator vividly to life. In ghost stories, mysteries and thrillers it can enhance the atmosphere. It has the reader on edge and watching out for ghosts and villains. Such a use of the present historic gives a sense of urgency to the narrative. "I've got to let other people know about this, before it/they get me..."
i also use it as a way to introduce the story. Like the beginning scene and closing scene in present tense and the middle in past tense. I’m actually working on one like that now.
I’m working on a lot actually. When I lose momentum I just shift to another one and keep the rotation going until I have a complete story.