Here is a list of various things that I should be working on, but am not:
—Project Supervillain. Status: In production. This novel is stalled at almost 40,000 words. I still work on it a couple of days a week, making a little headway against the rushing waters of doubt. I still think this is my strongest novel-in-progress. I think if I can work through the section I’m in and get to the next part of the story, the pace should pick up and the writing should get easier. It’s a rough thing when you’re writing and you know in the back of your mind that everything you put down is going to have to be redone. Still, you have to get through the night to get to the dawn. I’m hoping dawn comes quickly, because I’m sure as hell tired of writing in the dark.
—Project Steampunk. Status: In production. This short story is nearing completion and I’ve found a few markets I would like to submit it to once I have it done and polished. I need to go back and particularly work on trimming up the end, which I let drag out a bit too long. I’m guessing that the first draft will come in at about 6000 words, with about 1000 words of fat to be cut away from that. I like the story and I like the characters, now I just have to give them the end they deserve.
—Salvation. Status: On submission. I’ve sent this out to a couple of places over the past week and already had one rejection. On the positive side, that rejection told me a few of the issues with the story, issues that I have corrected, and now it’s back out there and will hopefully find a good home.
—The Interview of Harper Milton Todd. Status: On submission. This short story received very good feedback from John Joseph Adams when I submitted it for an anthology he was putting together, but didn’t quite make it, so I have a reasonable amount of hope that I will find another suitable home for it.
—The Pilot. Status: On submission. Considering all the science fiction markets out there, I shouldn’t be having as much trouble find a place to submit this story as I am, but I think I need to go back and revise it a bit. I haven’t looked over it in a while, so I’m sure that in the cool aftermath of my last failed submission, I need to regain that familiarity again. It’s hard to feel confident about submitting a story when you don’t remember much about it.
—Christmas 2010 #1. Status: In production. The first of this year’s Christmas short stories for my blog is off to a good start. I have the story in mind and am seeing it more clearly than just about anything else I’m working on right now. I’m also working on ideas for the other two (for those of you new here, I’m trying to do three Christmas short stories a year on my blog) , although I need to get a move on if I’m going to have them written, edited, and polished by December. Maybe some day I’ll be able to yank them off my blog, do a print anthology, and have people do productions of my off-color holiday tales on stage years after my death.
For the most part, I plan on finishing all of these "In production" pieces before I move on to something else. My goal is to have them all completed and ready for submission by the end of the year, which seems like a long time for those of you who don’t have four children and a fifty-hour-a-week job. I’ll probably write again soon on here about that very topic–how jealous I am over my lack of writing time. Alas, that will have to wait for another time.
And, if any of you have found your way here from my short story, "The Hunt", appearing on Flashes in the Dark, I welcome you and hope you’ll stop by occasionally to say hello and let me know what you think about whatever it is I’m rambling about. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .