While I’ll be working on my shorter works this summer, (Eagethorpe Buxton, Kanana: The Jungle Girl, Astrid Maxxim, and His Robot Wife) I’m already plotting out my next big epic.
I can’t go into too much detail at the moment, but it will probably be a seven book series, science fiction, set in space and on an alien planet, and will be in the future.
I want to tell a big sweeping story,which was my idea when I started Senta and the Steel Dragon. I think I’ve learned a lot writing that series. Hopefully I can apply that knowledge and experience here.
I am more than halfway through the first of three new stories for Eaglethorpe Buxton– Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Queen of Aerithraine. If you have read the two previous EB stories, then you know that the Queen of Aerithraine is an important element in the stories and consequently this story marks an important point in Eaglethorpe’s life.
I’ll probably finish this one story before I go back to Kanana the Jungle Girl. I plan on finishing both stories, along with Astrid Maxxim 2 before the summer is done though.
I’ve been working really hard on Kanana the Jungle Girl, and I’m well past the halfway point of the draft, but I took a couple of days off this week to work on a new Eaglethorpe Buxton story. The new Eaglethorpe book will definitely be out by the end of the year, so it seems like a good time to show off the cover.
The plan is to combine the original two Eaglethorpe stories with three new ones, so that there will be five tales in this book.
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Elven Princess
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Sorceress
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Queen of Aerithraine
Eaglethorpe Buxton the Day of the Night of the Werewolf (not a typo) and
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Unicorn Hunters
There is a possibility of a sixth story as well, but I haven’t Eaglethorpe hasn’t drafted it yet, so it might not appear.
I just finished chapter 7 of Kanana the Jungle Girl. I’ve plotted out a story that is 18 chapters, 49,000 words, but that may change as I go along. I had a weird dream last night that I think might become a new chapter 12.
I’m having a lot of fun with this story and I hope people enjoy it. It’s very 1910-1920s pulp, but with quite a few surprises.
Twelve of the 21 chapters of The Two Dragons have gone through final editing as I write this. I keep making changes though. I re titled the last chapter. It was originally called “What Happened in the Years the Followed.” Since I ditched the long epilogue though, it doesn’t make much sense anymore. Anyway, here are the chapters.
1. The Social Event of the Season
2. Zurfina’s Past
3. Mayor Korlann
5. The Problems at Home
6. The Long Way to Tsahloose
7. Beneath Ancient Stones
8. Inspector Colbshallow
9. City of the Dragon God
12. Troubled Times
13. The Green Dragon
14. Father and Grandfather
15. Their Future Together
16. Sabotage and Murder
17. What She Thought was the Case
18. Panic and Despair
19. War Comes to Birmisia
20. What Happened at Iguanodon Heath
21. Return to Brechalon
As I write this, I have just finished the final editing of chapter nine. I’ve been able to edit a chapter a day, so as there are 21 chapters, it should be about 12 more days until done. I might be able to speed that up by working longer on the weekends.
The beta readers unanimously preferred the new ending. The original chapter 21 was a long epilog, but I pulled it off and instead wrote a series of vignettes that just hinted at what happens in the following years. This is so that I can write a second series at some point.
I just finished the first draft for The Young Sorceress. It clocks in at 65,000 words, which makes it the shortest book in the series (with the exception of book 0), but I think there are a few chapters I need to add to flesh out the story a bit. I feel pretty good about it. Chapters 11-14 really came together well.
This has been the most difficult of the series to write. At times I felt like I was running out of steam for the series. I love the characters and the setting, but after I finish book 5, I’m going to take a long break before I write any more.
Watch this spot. I’ll let you know when I finish the first revision. In the meantime, here is the chapter list as it stands now.
2. The Blond Girl
3. Nellie Swenson
5. Birthday Part II
6. The Real Senta
9. Sorceresses and Witch Doctors
10. The Two Sentas
11. Pirates and Princesses
12. The End
13. Mallontah and Hell
14. All Your Fault
Blood Moon is the sequel to Blood Trade. We may see a title change before I’m done, because there are already a half dozen books out their called Blood Moon, but it does fit, because it’s mostly about werewolves. I had an idea for the intro and started writing, finishing just shy of two chapters before I ran out of steam, but I have the basic plot planned out. I doubt I’ll get back to this before I finish The Young Sorceress or Astrid Maxxim 2, but I might have this one done by the end of the year.
The Young Sorceress is dragging along. I have to set it aside and work on Astrid Maxxim for a while because, quite frankly, this book is a hard one. The real problem is that working a day job while I write, I can only manage a page or two a day, and it is hard to keep a complicated plot in my head from day to day. Astrid is easy. It’s all pretty straight forward. The Young Sorceress follows seven major characters through their own stories and when I rewrite it, that number may increase. Ideally I would really like to have this done before summer, but there is a possibility that I may not be able to get it done before then. I’ll keep you informed here.
In the meantime, this is the latest version of the cover. Same picture, but with a border to make it look more like the rest of the books in the series.
I know I’m all over the place lately. I’ve been writing here and there on four different projects and have others that I’ve been thinking about. But, I’m at the halfway point in the draft for Astrid Maxxim 2, and I still think I should finish it some time in March– maybe even before.
Astrid hasn’t taken off too much sales-wise, but I put 4 paperback copies of book 1 in the school library where I teach and they have all been checked out constantly for a couple of weeks now. The kids seem to really like it.