Work in Progress: Scattered Sparks

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 2/19/16

Last actual wordage added: 2/19/16

Pages added 2/19/16: 2

Current page count: 26

Estimated final page count: About 300-400

Deadline: None. Purely speculative

Comments: Tav has stopped in to check on Uncle Potch, and has just been informed that there’s a danger he had heretofore been completely unaware of.

Word-count: 6,448

Work in Progress: The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 1/17/16

Last actual wordage added: 1/17/16

Pages added 1/17/16: 3

Current page count: 50

Estimated final page count: About 300-400

Deadline: None. Purely speculative. It started out as just a whim.

Comments: The page count incremented by four because I didn’t report a previous one-page effort.

In Pulder, Marga and Aloran are talking while Dremm and Faldren are running an errand; Marga is trying to get a better handle on Aloran’s motives.

Word-count: 11,798

Work in Progress: Veran the Fair and the Thieves of Borgran

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 10/29/15

Last actual wordage added: 10/29/15

Pages added 10/29/15: 4

Current page count: 49

Estimated final page count: About 300-400

Deadline: None. Purely speculative. Started it on a whim.

Comments: Okay, it’s really only three and a half pages, because I finished Chapter Four and started Chapter Five and Chapter Four didn’t end at the bottom of a page.

Veran is following Shalar and Dhalar out of Oak-Alder toward Borgran; they’ve spotted her, but she hasn’t realized it.

Once upon a time, this story was called “Bait.” It mutated.

Work in Progress: The Multidimensional Adventures of Victoria Jane Nesbitt

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 9/3/15

Last actual wordage added: 9/3/15

Pages added, 9/3/15: 1

Current page count: 4

Estimated final page count: I’m not sure it’s ever going to end; it may be an ongoing serial.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Comments: Vicky’s trying to get everyone organized, even though she has no idea what’s going on. The cast has added Tanner, Shelly, and Aidan J.

Work in Progress: The Siege of Vair (title may change)

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 9/2/15

Last actual wordage added: 9/2/15

Pages added 9/2/15: 1

Current page count: 7

Estimated final page count: 400?

Deadline: None.

Comments: I missed a progress report on this one somewhere.

Mirit got renamed Virit. The two Surushalla elders are bickering; the mountain elder, Turunis, thinks the whole concept of a siege is just stupid and wants to go home, while everyone else recognizes the seriousness of the situation.

Work in Progress: Three Days Late for the Hanging

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 7/11/15

Last actual wordage added: 7/11/15

Pages added 7/11/15: 3

Current page count: 14

Estimated final page count: No idea at all; don’t know if it’s a short story or a novel.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative. Started it on a whim.

Comments: Julie and I got talking about this story, and wound up completely changing where the story was going; I like the new version much better.

So much so that I’ve stayed up much too late working on it. Finished the first chapter/section/whatever, though. Nick and Dan are on their way to Rawlinsburg, leaving Tom and Al in Osborne.

Excerpt:

“Deputy, do you really think the Devil would come riding in here on a mule, wearing a dirty old Stetson and boots with the heels worn down? I’d heard Old Scratch was a snappy dresser.”

Dan gave me a dirty look and made a sort of whinny; he never cared to be called a mule, and never mind that to all accounts and purposes he happened to be one just then.

Work in Progress: Swordsmen of the Fallen Empire

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 9/6/14

Last significant wordage added: 9/6/14

Pages added 9/6/14: 1

Current page count: 8 at the start of the main narrative, and 1 from the end.

Estimated final page count: Maybe 300-400.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Comments: I presented Second and Sixth with a bit of a puzzle. Which will also teach the reader something about the magic these people employ.

Work in Progress: Fetch

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 8/7/14

Last actual wordage added: 8/7/14

Pages added 8/7/14: 0

Current page count: 15

Estimated final page count: About 350

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Comments: Apparently switching this from WordPerfect to Neo Office did something — it was 14 pages instead of 15 — so I added six lines to get it onto page 15 again.

Besides, I finally figured out what happens next. Donnie is not happy, and Rudy’s trying to convince him everything’s okay.

Work in Progress: One Hundred Suns

Progress Report:

Last time looked at: 8/4/14

Last actual wordage added: 6/23/08

Pages added, 6/23/08: 1

Current page count: 26. (Was 23, but I added headers.)

Estimated final page count: 350-400.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative. Not yet submitted anywhere in any form, let alone contracted.

Comments: I didn’t actually add anything new to this, as you’ll see from the entries above, but I did haul it out, look it over, put it in a modern format, etc.

I had originally intended to post the opening scene to my blog, along with the twenty-three others I’ve put there so far, but I realized that it’s out of date. I wrote that scene in… 1987, maybe? A long time ago, anyway. And some of the tech on my starship’s bridge is already becoming obsolete, so I’ll need to rewrite that scene.

For that matter, I had to do some research on just how wrong the tech was, and what would happen to more modern tech in the situation I described. So I did the research, which I think justifies a progress report even if I didn’t do any actual writing yet.

Work in Progress: Yard Sale Mystic

Progress report:

Last time looked at: 8/4/14

Last actual wordage added: 8/4/14

Pages added 8/4/14: See below

Current page count: 4

Estimated final page count: No idea.

Deadline: None. Purely speculative.

Comments: This was originally meant to be a comic book, where I would script it and Kiri would draw it. I sent Kiri the first four script pages, and then nothing happened.

So in my current obsessive digging through unfinished projects, I dug it up, and decided to see whether I could rewrite it as prose.

I now have four pages of a prose version. This covers about a page and a half of the comic book version. And I gotta say, I think it works better as comics — but I don’t have an artist. Kiri keeps quite busy with her own projects. Sigh.

I’m really not sure what I’m going to do with it. If anything.