Latest update: January 15, 2013
I've been very bad about keeping this up to date. Let me quickly summarize what happened to the stuff I listed back in August of 2011:
- Tom Derringer and the Aluminum Airship: Fantastic adventure set in the 1880s. On an editor's desk.
- The Sorcerer's Widow: Ethshar novel. Complete, scheduled for June publication by Wildside press.
- The Dragon's Price: Fantasy novel, intended to be first in the "Signs of Power" series. Back-burnered but still alive. 20,000 words written.
- On A Field Sable: Fantasy, third in the Fall of the Sorcerers after A Young Man Without Magic and Above His Proper Station. Mareet Saruis, a young Walasian woman, wakes up one day to find that two years of her memory have been magically erased and she is now in the care of a mysterious Quandishman. (Anrel Murau does appear.) I've cut and revised some, and I think the figure I posted here before was in error, and accidentally included a lot of notes and outlining. The actual text is about 41,000 words written.
- Graveyard Girl: YA novel. Emily Macomber, age fifteen, inherits the psychic ability to see exactly how other people are going to die. This does not make for a happy life, though it does allow her to ensure that some of the people around her have longer lives. Nominally my primary project right now. 34,000 words written.
- Untitled mystery novel: Abandoned. At least for now.
So, new stuff:
No online serials are in progress, but I intend to start another one this summer. It will be another Ethshar story, probably either Ishta's Companion (formerly A Stranger in the Forest) or Stone Unturned (which will combine The Wizard's Garden, A Slave of Wizardry, The Demon's Master, and some new stuff into a single fat novel). Each of those has a few chapters written, as of now.
I still have nothing under contract at Tor or any other major publisher, unfortunately.
After collecting a few rejections, I'm revising Vika's Avenger with an eye to funding its publication through a Kickstarter campaign.
And here are some (not all) of the other projects I've been working on:
- Mirrors and Shadows: First volume in the Third Mage trilogy. Strange things start happening to Alicia Reising after she's offered an internship with an eccentric genius. This one has been planned for about twenty years, but the setting keeps mutating. This latest version is YA, set in the present day. 4,000 words written.
- The Innkeeper's Daughter: A romantic comedy crossed with a quest fantasy. Marga is the title character, who winds up joining the heroic Aloran's quest to defeat the evil Lord Gorzoth. 2,000 words written.
- The Partial Observer, a.k.a. The Research Agent: Space opera, I guess; it's about a spy, more or less, who wanders the galaxy collecting ideas on behalf of his rather xenophobic homeworld. He stumbles across something a little more dangerous than anyone expected. Not even 1,000 words yet.
- Earthright: Amelia Hand has put up her right to live on an over-populated Earth as collateral on a loan financing a trip to research her doctoral thesis. Unfortunately, the guy she's gone to the edge of human space to interview may not be who she thought he was. Amelia has previously appeared in the short story "That Doggone Vnorpt," and a comic book story called "A Breath of Fresh Air" in Dark Horse Presents, but this is set much earlier than both of those. 13,000 words written.
- Assassin in Waiting: The kings of Ermetia have an interesting check on their authority -- they are required by the sorcerers of the Council Arcane to always keep near the Royal Executor, a man with the prerogative of killing the king if he does anything the Executor considers to be unacceptable. King Dalvos thinks he's got the system beat when his best friend is named as his Executor, but he may have misjudged. Set in the same world as A Young Man Without Magic, etc., though a century or so earlier. 6,000 words written.
There are lots more in various stages, but these are the most active right now. Word-counts are approximate, and only count the main text; all of these have outlines, notes, and so on, as well.
And yes, I'm writing science fiction again. I figure that if I'm not writing for a New York publisher, I don't need to worry about genre. Maybe I can sell them to Baen.
There are no guarantees I'll ever finish any of these, but they're what I'm working on.
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