Works in ProgressWorks in Progress

Until the summer of 2015 I was absolutely abysmal about keeping this up to date; it ought to be updated at least monthly, and I'd been averaging roughly once every two years. I'm making an effort to do better, with some success; let's hope it lasts.

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 often 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 much 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:

  • Tom Derringer in the Tunnels of Terror: The sequel to Tom Derringer and the Aluminum Airship. I've been on something of a roll, and am now over 150 pages in (of maybe 250), into Chapter Sixteen. It involves the lizard-people tunnels under Los Angeles, the heirs of Emperor Norton, and other fun stuff. (I've also pasted up a front cover.)

  • 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 190 pages written so far.

  • I got an anthology invitation for a licensed series, and have started a short story for the book. My story doesn't have a title yet, and is still only an opening scene and a short outline.

  • It's not writing so much as editing and publishing, but I finished the short story "Hazmat" in March 2016, and then used it as the title story of a collection called Hazmat & Other Toxic Stories, which I assembled and published in May 2016. Check it out.

  • Stone Unturned: The next Ethshar novel. I'm closing on 150 pages. Assuming I don't restructure the whole thing, there are three storylines in the first part of the book that merge midway through, and one of them is now complete to that merge point. I'm working on one of the others for now.

  • Scattered Sparks: A new fantasy novel project that I came up with late on January 28, 2016. I wrote about fifteen pages in my initial burst of enthusiasm, but seem to have stalled out on page 27.

  • The Innkeeper's Daughter is over fifty pages now.

  • I'm up to fifty pages on Veran the Fair and the Thieves of Borgran.

  • Wrote the first couple of pages of Kelder the Small.

  • I seem to have plotted three more novels, but haven't started writing two 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 stuff I'd listed on this page previously:

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


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