Works in Progress

So I’ve been re-reading my former posts and realize I’ve been fairly vague on the type of books I’m writing. The only real mention of specifics is in my author interview from last week. Thanks, again, for that, Rachel!!

When I figure out how to create a drop-down menu with my current works in progress, I’ll get right to it, but since I’m such a noob at interwebs stuff, I guess I’ll describe a little bit about what I’m writing in a post.

The genres are wide-ranging and the topics dissimilar, so I hope I can pull them all off. I have an interest in so many genres that my brain just won’t shut up about invading every genre I love.

So here it goes, the following is a (brief!) synopsis of my current projects, and the progress I’ve made in them.

(All images courtesy of Google Images)

 

1. The Phantom Apprentice

ImageA middle grade fantasy series which begins when the MC, Ava, is 12 years old. She finds out she’s a phantom, which is a magical race of beings that are called to be guardians of the earth. Ava finds out she’s a crucial player in the success of the entire magical world, not just for her phantom race. I won’t give away exactly how yet, but there’s something special about Ava that sets her apart from everyone else in the phantom world. She has to go to boot camp, which requires a great deal of physical, emotional, psychological, and strategic training. Phantoms infiltrate all levels of society in order to perform their sacred duties, so they have to be immersed in hardship before they’re sent out on their own.

The series will consist of seven books.

Book One – Title: The Phantom Apprentice – Book of the Scribes. Complete at 105,000 words. Currently sending out queries to agents.

Book Two – plotted, partially written. About 20,000 of 120,000 words completed.

Book Three – plotted, minor writing completed.

Book Four – plotted, unwritten.

Book Five – plotted, unwritten.

Book Six – plotted, minor writing completed.

Book Seven – plotted, epilogue and a few chapters completed.

 

It’s quite an undertaking, I know, and the amount of research I’ve poured into this is staggering, but this HAS to be written. I began it eleven years ago, just as I was finishing high school. The majority of college and grad school (7.5 years total), was spent working the plot, researching, planning, reading, immersing, etc. Since I have a full time job and a few on the side, my writing time is limited, and when I take time off, they’re often ‘writing vacations’ so that I can get some work done. If I could find a way to work from home, or make enough money to write full time, I’d do it. That’s the dream, but for now, I’m paying my bills and writing as often as I can.

 

2. A Winger and a Prayer

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This is a squeaky clean RomCom centering around a made-up NHL team located in Houston. I needed a city big enough to support an NHL franchise that didn’t already have one. I plan on traveling there (if I ever have enough money), so that I can get the feel and flavor of the city. The heroine is basically me, and the hero is a pro hockey player. It’s essentially a love story that comes from the romantic part of my heart that is so often squelched by too many other things. It’s the story of my dream man. But don’t worry, he hasn’t ruined me for regular men. πŸ™‚

Although it’s a RomCom, there are quite a few dark moments in it based on my past, my mom’s past, and the past of a friend of mine. I cried while writing parts of it, and LOL’d at others. It is a stand alone book with the potential for a series if there is interest. I love hockey, and am usually drawn towards eras other than my own, but I’ve found that I love to write in this modern romantic tale, so it’d be wonderful to develop other story lines from this book.

Progress: 50,000 words out of a proposed 80-90,000.

 

3. Prisoner Z

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This is a huge veer off my normal light-hearted writing. It’s a dark, futuristic dystopian book where society has “progressed” to the point of bigotry-induced forced slavery and genocide. This is a first person narrative (another veer from my normal third person POV), and is probably the darkest thing I’ve ever thought to write. The book is dripping with hopelessness, depression, suicidal tendencies, mass destruction, chaos, brutality, and a tiny ray of light that is continually squelched, only to pop up again. The three main characters are a 17 year-old boy (POV, age may change), a priest in his 50s, and a young woman about 20. The relationships between the three are interesting, to say the least. I won’t give away the ending, but it’ll make you cry. And, hopefully, make you think a good deal about the direction our society is heading.

Progress: plotting underway, minor writing begun.

 

4. Untitled Manuscript on Purgatory

This is basically based off an intensely vivid dream I had about Purgatory a few years ago. Set in a tall office building, Jesus appears to each person in a different form and challenges them in ways they don’t understand. Only if they pass the test do they proceed to Heaven. They’re tested as many times as necessary until they understand who He is and what He’s asking of them.

St. Peter sits in a wrinkled business suit behind a battered desk and pulls thick charts from filing cabinets that line the room.

Progress: 5,000 words of a projected 100-120,000

 

5. Untitled Murder Mystery

A friend of mine and I from grad school started writing this during our lunch breaks. It’s based around a couple who can’t have kids and adopts about six or seven of them. The mother/wife is murdered, and each child is implicated in her death. It’s dark, for sure, but there are lighter moments, as well.

Progress: plotting underway, minor writing completed.

 

6. Untitled Religious Satire

Set in a bygone era, it centers around a royal family in a make-believe kingdom. But there’s a catch. The royals aren’t seated in some fine castle with servants at their beck and call. Their job is to watch over their people, and they do that by immersing themselves in the work and culture of their time. They work side-by-side with their subjects, but are called on when evil lurks from another kingdom.

Progress: plotting underway. No formal writing completed.

 

7. Untitled Dystopian Future

Another dark, foreboding book which follows a soldier as he makes his way through the mires of another war. Set in the United States, where factions of allies are separated by the enemy, he has to make his way to his superiors without being caught, or without the vital information he carries being stolen from him.

It’ll be a bit bloody, but all wars are.

Progress: plotting underway. No formal writing completed.

 

8. Untitled Orphan Fantasy

This book (possible series) follows a blind, deaf, mute orphan who is shipped from one foster home to another. Each time, he is taken during the middle of the night by a band of elves, dwarves, and fairies to their land. There, his maladies are magically wiped away and he is taken through an adventure that shapes him into more of the person he is meant to be. This is geared towards lower middle grade readers, as the MC is about 8 years-old.

 

9. Untitled Historical Fiction 1

This will be a series of books set in northern California during the late 1800s, after the Civil War. There are four siblings, one brother and three sisters. Each sibling will have their own book. Yes, they will find love in each of them, but I love the setting and era, so there will be quite a lot of historical tidbits in each. Their parents were missionaries and were killed during a massive hurricane while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The brother is the oldest, and they run a successful ranch from their mother’s inheritance, who was born a blue-blood in Boston high society. Each sibling is different from the others and has a distinct personality that links them to their surroundings and their friends.

Progress: plotting underway. Book one writing begun.

 

10. Untitled Historical Fiction 2

This is set in Texas, again in the late 1800s. It revolves around twin sisters who are bounty hunters. One of them is killed, and the other must find refuge from the person who wants to kill her. She ends up in a family of 12 children after a marriage of convenience, and hides her real identity from her husband, needing the protection the family affords, but also because she doesn’t want to place any of them in danger. Obviously, everything catches up to her and she’s torn between protecting the family she’s grown to love, or protecting herself.

Progress: plotting underway. Minor writing completed.

 

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Phew! That was quite a task. All ideas are copyrighted to me, of course. (I know I don’t technically have to say that, but the interwebs freaks me out sometimes when it comes to intellectual property).

If you’ve made it this far, I’d love to hear some feedback. And thanks for reading my lengthy post! These are the top ten projects I’ve got going right now, and I have about a dozen more than are in development, but not enough yet to share here.

Happy writing, everyone!

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Works in Progress

  1. Good grief, that’s a lot of work! How can you possibly keep all that straight? Good for you, these all sound interesting. I can’t wait to see how far they’ve come in a few more weeks or months. πŸ™‚ Great job, great post! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, Rachel! I don’t work on all of them every day. Mostly, I’m focused on my middle grade fantasy and the hockey story. But when I get inspiration for the others, I sit down and write. It can get very confusing keeping them all straight, which is why I always have something with me to write with, or I record it on my phone. It’s no wonder I toss and turn at night! πŸ™‚

      • LOL! Yes, I can only imagine! I just came up with 2 book ideas this past week, and started thinking of a third, and I have nothing more than a paragraph of notes on each, and already I’m confused. LOL!

      • Haha!!! I completely understand how you feel! Sometimes I wish my brain would just shut up and let me rest, but then I guess I wouldn’t be as creative as I am. It’s a blessing and a curse. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

        Good luck with your new story ideas! I can’t wait to hear about them.

  2. You own the copyright to the exact combination of words you WROTE about your ideas, but “ideas” are not subject to copyright – just as no one can claim copyright to a title. (Hope this doesn’t increase the interweb-induced stress!)

    • Sigh. It does a little, but at least you cleared that up for me. I hope I wasn’t too specific and gave away too many details. Either way, anyone else wouldn’t write the same book I would, even if we had the same ideas. Thanks for helping me out!

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