Works in ProgressWorks in Progress

Until recently I have been absolutely abysmal about keeping this up to date; it ought to be updated at least monthly, and I've been averaging roughly once every two years.

I'm trying a new approach to see if it works better. I'm going to keep this file at hand and make a new entry every time I make significant progress on anything. Let's see how long this lasts.

First, though, let me point out that for more than thirty years, while I might be working on multiple projects at once, there was almost always one that had top priority. Most of the time there was at least one under contract, and often more than one. Alas, this hasn't been the case for the past few years. With no contracts, no regular publisher, and no serials running, I've been free to work on whatever I like, and I've been hopping from project to project rather than focusing on just one or two novels. I keep hoping one will catch fire and grab all my attention, but it hasn't happened lately.

So, here's what I've worked on so far since July 1, 2015, with the most recent at the top, and getting older as you go down:

  • Bravo Foxtrot: This actually is under contract, the only thing that is right now; it's also way behind schedule. I can't tell you much about it because I signed a non-disclosure agreement. It's a game tie-in, a novel that should run 400+ pages. I have over 130 pages written so far.

  • I seem to have plotted three more novels, but haven't started writing any of them: Tom Derringer and the Steam-Powered Saurians, The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Eagle, and Kelder the Small (all titles subject to change). Those are, respectively, Tom Derringer #3, a superhero novel set in the same city as "One of the Boys," and an Ethshar novel. Don't know whether any of them will get written.

  • Veran the Fair and the Thieves of Borgran: I started this one a couple of years back under the title "Bait." It's in a setting where I have multiple stories planned, but none published yet, so I haven't settled on a definite name for the environment. It's fantasy. Veran is a beautiful teenage girl who's decided she doesn't want other people exploiting her looks, so she's taken off on her own. I'm forty-five pages in.

  • Three Days Late for the Hanging: This popped into my head awhile back, demanding to be written. I'm sixteen pages in, and think it's going to be a novelet, maybe a novella, rather than a novel. It's a supernatural Western about a deal with Death (not the Devil, just Death) that's gone slightly wrong and needs to be fixed.

  • Tom Derringer in the Tunnels of Terror: The sequel to Tom Derringer and the Aluminum Airship. I'm sorry to say I'm only about thirty pages in (of maybe 250), though I'm finally into Chapter Four. It involves the lizard-men tunnels under Los Angeles, the heirs of Emperor Norton, and other fun stuff.

  • I've finished the story we'll be sending out as our holiday card this year. It's not even a thousand words, though, so that's not very impressive. I have the chapbook's cover ready to print, too.

  • Added a couple of pages to The Innkeeper's Daughter.

  • Stone Unturned: The next Ethshar novel. I'm closing on ninety pages and finished Chapter Eight.

  • The Multidimensional Adventures of Victoria Jane Nesbitt: I have no idea whether this is going to be a novel, a never-ending serial, or what, but it ate my brain for awhile. I only have three pages of actual text, but lots and lots of notes and outlines. It's about a fourth-grade teacher who happens to have the Chosen One of an alternate universe in her class.

  • It probably won't go anywhere, but I just started a story called "Uncle George" about a kid discovering that his uncle is a famous hero in another world. And after I'd written the first couple of pages I realized it's connected to The Multidimensional Adventures of Victoria Jane Nesbitt.

  • "The Dance Lesson": A short fantasy story about a court wizard and a prince's dancing teacher. I'm on page 4 of an estimated 20-25. I'm beginning to think the title will need to change.

I have literally dozens of other projects that could be considered works in progress; see my future projects page for information about several of them. This list is everything I've actually worked on since July 1, 2015, though.

Incidentally, I welcome feedback on which of these you'd like to see finished; feel free to e-mail me with your preferences.

Let me quickly summarize what happened to the stuff I'd listed on this page previously:

For anything not listed above, see my future projects page.


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