Here’s a list of some of the projects I’m currently either working on or hoping to begin working on soon. Ranked in no particular order.
- The Rule of Iron: This is the novel I started during National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) in November 2016. I finished my first draft of this on 12/14/16, so now it’s time for editing. Lots and lots of editing. I’ve completed a first pass over the manuscript while trying to get an idea of the structure of the novel and how to improve it, and I’m currently in the middle of a second, closer edit mucking with sentences, adding scenes, and actually changing things. I’ve got the first 5 chapters complete (about 12k words) and sent out to beta readers.
- Weekly Updates: I try to update something on here each week. Usually, this will discuss what I’ve been writing/revising or reading. I used to write a weekly review or article, but that took up more writing time than I liked. Writing those reviews was fun, though, so expect them to show back up once in a while.
- Tales of the Shining Knights: I’ve got a couple ideas for short stories or possibly novellas set within the same setting as The Rule of Iron, which I’d like to write. I don’t know how or where they’d be published, but I think they could be useful for helping me learn more about my setting, and maybe be entertaining. Two of them are The Legend of Brian Yarla-son and The Battle of Rusted Gap. No clue when, or if, they’ll ever see the light of day.
- The Defense Speech of Socrates: A Translation for Students: I’m a lover and reader of Plato’s works, and think it would be enjoyable to complete a polished translation of the Defense Speech (commonly called the Apology) written as closer to a modern narrative – intended for ease of access, not literal precision and accuracy – in combination with notes and perhaps an essay or two discussing the historical period and the Socratic Question. I don’t think that many translations exist of ancient works which are really intended for easy access for students, and which contain truly useful resources for the purposes of those students. I have no clue when this project may get worked on or accomplished; it’s mostly a pleasant dream.
- The Age of Heroes: This is probably my largest idea/work-in-progress in terms of scope. I’d like to attempt a retelling of the myths of the Greek heroes, starting from Perseus and ending with the aftermath of the Trojan War. In particular, I want to set this as closely as I can to the historical Bronze Age of ancient Mycenae/Mukenai. I’ve engaged in some decent research so far, but this is going to require an ENORMOUS amount of structural work. I don’t know if this would be a book or a series; one curious idea I’ve had was to plot and design it as a superbook – since, in the world of eBooks, we are no longer by the physical limits of binding.
- Jiharel: You can find the first chapter of this novel here (or, more accurately, the prologue). This is my favorite story idea, and the one which is closest to my heart. I don’t know when I’ll actually feel ready to try telling it.