Project Updates September 2016

Hey folks, thought it was just about time to let you all in on what’s going on, now that I’ve started getting the regular writing thing going on once again.

And the answer is…a whole heckuva lot.

First, I’ve completed the first book in my chapter book series, Chippewa Chao and the Marvelous Macaroon Mission.  I’m pretty excited about it.  Going to get it in the hands of my kids this weekend for a first read thru to see how my built in test audience responds and start making some moves based on that.  I honestly think this series is going to be a ton of fun once it gets going.  Of course…it’s still got a long way to go before it gets onto store shelves, but the first part of the process is complete and I’m really happy with how it worked out.  I’m actually quite excited to get working on book 2 of the series…but one thing at a time.  Well, one thing at a time for this particular series because:

Are you one of those folks who have been eagerly awaiting to learn how things turn out for Cyrus, Eve, and The Geek?  Well, I’ve begun the process for Agora Files Part 3.  I’m still admittedly quite early on in the process.  Doing some basic plotting out.  Re-reading the first two books in the series to make sure I capture all of those unanswered questions, as well as to make sure I remember all those finer details that will play out in the end.  And, of course, finding some really cool things to include in the finale of my favorite high-octane young adult series.  Sure, it’s still going to be a bit before this book’s completed…but it’s a high priority for me and I’m really quite eager to see how the end finally plays out…well, you know, I mean, I know how it plays out, but to see how it all actually comes together once its written.

But that’s not even close to all, folks, because I just so happen to have accidentally started work on a completely new book (which may end up becoming a series, depending on how I can piece everything together).  What do I mean by accidentally?  Well, you see, I was in need of doing a bit of a  brain exercise yesterday and decided to try and come up with the most complex and ridiculous plot possible…and what I came up with, although still quite rough around the edges, was too much fun to let go.  The little brain exercise ended up becoming a full synopsis, a minor amount of character development, and even the writing of a test chapter to see if I could get the vibe right.  This one falls below the previous two items as far as priority goes, but I have to admit that the concept has been too intriguing for me to let go.  Too cryptic?  Well, what if I tell you that it’s Wayward Pines, LOST, Good Omens, and Portal, tossed in with aliens and video games and a whole bunch of other random things to create the most insane adventure/mystery novel ever…well, you know, at least in this very early conceptual stage.  But honestly, I think this could be something incredibly special, and I really can’t wait until I can make it my full priority.  For now, it’ll be the thing I go to when I need a bit of a break from my other projects.

Of course, there are still several other things in the pipeline as well.  I’ve got a short story in another upcoming anthology from Cake and Quill.  I’ve got a collaboration that’s still in the very early conceptual stages with the always amazing Ken Mooney, and I’ve still got some editing to do on the already-completed Right to Liberty novel, starring the man who will soon be everyone’s favorite cranky old revolution leader.

In other words, I’ve just gotten myself back into the game, and I’ve already got a whole host of things in the pipeline.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure any of these will make it out before the end of 2016 (which will mean I won’t have published anything this year), but if I can keep up the momentum I’ve already built, we should see a thunderstorm of things coming out in 2017.

So…you know…you’ve got that to look forward to 🙂

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