After thinking long and hard about how best to schedule my time, I have decided to concentrate on three projects, all novels.
First, of course, is the next Book Of Lost Doors novel, Gingerbread Wolves. I am still excited by James & Catskinner’s world, and I do hope that I won’t make my fans wait any longer than the customary year before releasing the next one. I have a good start on it, the first chapter and a half, and I have a pretty good idea where I am going, although I never seem to end up quite where I intend to go.
Next, Eisenstrasse. My co-author for that project has been away all summer, but she’s back now and ready to get working again. I sat down and read what we have so far and I still think it’s good stuff, so tonight I sat down and wrote the next chunk. For those who don’t recall, it’s a historical thriller about Cold War Era East Berlin, with a shifting POV.
Third, Tsarina. That began as a short story for a Romantic Horror anthology, but once I started it kind of grew. It’s a sort of Magical Realism Erotic Drama. Carl and Ellen are a young married couple, very much in love. When Ellen loses her interest in sex she buys a lifelike sex doll for her husband. The doll, Tsarina, ends up becoming something more than just a toy. I’m still not quite sure what I am doing with this, but I have a feeling that somewhere in there is a story that I really need to tell.
And that’s it! As much as I love starting new things, I have to stop doing that for a while. Until I have one or more of these projects wrapped up I have declared a moratorium on taking on new projects. This has meant that I’ve had to drop out of two different shared universe projects (one of which I started) but there are only so many hours in a day.
Now, back to work.