Two writing projects and research for future projects.
A historical adventure novel set in 1666.
A business Bio on a Jacksonville, Florida, company that reshaped its industry in 15 months and became the national leader in its field.
I also consult on a continuing basis for the association of bed & breakfast inns in St. Augustine. A nice change of pace.
In addition to Stowaways, I am also working on a children's TV pilot for a major cable network, a couple of interstitial spots and a computer animated series called Aurora, due for release in 2009.
|I have just finished 50,000 words towards the second novel in my Battle Cleric fantasy series. The novels focus on the life of Emerald Verity, a retired battle cleric, and currently the high priestess of the Maker in Shemara, on the world of Athero. In book 1, Em discovers that there is a scroll containing a prayer that will resurrect people who have been dead for a long time, even centuries. You don't even need to have the corpse. She sets out, with a number of friends and colleagues, to find this scroll, meeting many new people along the way. She also nearly succumbs to a curse from her past in a battle where she temporarily lost her eyesight. Now the whole thing is coming back to haunt her. They find the scroll and discover one of the ingredients are petals of the green Sea Rose of Hume and that they must retrieve this rose, which apparently blooms only once every five hundred years, before the enemy does. The enemy is planning to use the prayer to resurrect leaders of old to unite the maligns (bad guys) of the planet and overcome the benigns (good guys).
In book 2, Em and a band of adventurers board a ship to try and locate the Sea Rose. Along the way, she finds a new race of people, is given a puppy that may or may not be a god, battles sharks and defeats them by talking them out of eating her, and ultimately battles a silver dragon, the guardian of the Sea Rose of Hume. It isn't finished yet, so I can't tell you anymore.
There will be a book 3, but I have to figure out where I finish book 2, before I can tell what will be in book 3. That will likely be the last book of the series.
I am also working on an anthology of short stories by the FantasyFic writers. It is awesome, with a stunning cover illustrating the first story in the book, which is my "Birth of a Unicorn." I am very excited about this anthology.
I recently edited an anthology entitled In the Shadow of the Burr Oak, which is a collection of stories by the students in my two writing classes earlier this year. I was blown away by their talent and suggested an anthology. We ordered 100 books printed locally. They were sold out within three weeks (and this is a very small town). We ordered a second edition (perfect bound with revisions) of 100 books. We have about 30 books left. Pretty good for a small local book :)
I have another book Stranger in the Shore stalled at the 3/4 complete mark. Not sure why it's stalled. It will get finished though - it's too good a story not to.
I'm working on a Love story which will hopefully end at 80,000 words and cutting down on fantasy book which has turned into an epic!
Also, I am working on trying to get a short story published in a journal.
Essays for the end of January (two months out).
Today I am working on poems and short stories, mostly revisions on work returned. We usually have five or six stories and about a dozen publishers from whom we are seeking publication. My main forte right now is writing poetry which is where I first began writing. My submissions are sent to paying and non-paying markets. I got over trying to make a fortune writing. If I get paid for some work, great, it helps with the computer costs. I used to send my B material to non-paying markets. Now all my work is A or not sent anywhere, regardless of whether they pay or not. I really enjoy sharing, otherwise hundreds of poems and stories would sit in files for ages, like they used to. There are so many excellent writers out there, and I enjoy reading their work, and getting a new slant on old ideas and themes. There is nothing new under the sun, but a newer way to present is. This is a variation of a theme I read often.
I am working on a mystery.
Working on my photography skills. Visuals and words make a lethal combination. I believe that as much as a photo speaks more than words, they should not be mutually exclusive. The premise moment of capture vs your thoughts at that time can conflict and make an interesting story.
|I am working on a series of 6 novels. These novels are intended to be a series of apparently trivial anecdotes, the anecdotes summing to some complex points. The overall theme is 'Truth Justice and the American Way of Life'.
My first two novels begin with the American Revolution and move to Germany where they cover economic reasons for the Great War, and the Reichsbank's clear and obvious role in the rise of the Nazi party.
My second two novels describe the British Empire 1870 -1940 and the Bank of England's somewhat less clear role in the economic destruction of the empire.
My third pair of novels describe Tammany Hall/Robber Baron dominated America 1870-1940 and the highly ambiguous variety of roles played by the Federal Reserve Board in creating/sustaining the Great Depression.
A fourth pair of novels will describe the early Communist period in Russian hisory, with particular reference to a 'Socialist Reserve Bank' and the resulting proposition that 'bullshit baffles brains - every time.'
People tend to think economics is a complicated boring topic. It can be. No doubt some people have vested interests in making it appear that way. There is certainly no other need for it. I intend to make my books rather simple, direct and entertaining. In economics, this is the highest possible professional standard.
America is the most diverse nation in the world. The American Dream is the broadest, most likely the most powerful dream ever known to man. As a monetary economist, trained in sociology and philosophy, I convey my beliefs - and what is left of my Great Exposee - through monetary economic history.
It is tattered and torn, it has been corrupted and perverted from inside as well as assaulted from outside, but in the early light of the dawning 21st Century, The Dream is still there. And it is still growing. I believe it has or is about to transcend the whole concept of the nation-state itself.
I cannot imagine a more compelling topic.
A historical romance set in the mid-civil war in Tennessee
I am working on another novel, and several articles.
I am working on the BIG one. A novel I first had in concept 15 years ago but didn't think I was ready to write. I have completed the first two drafts, taken on the comments of my readers and I am readying it to go out into the big wide world. I hope I can just get one of the leading publishing houses to read it rather than relegate it to their slush pile. As I said above. This is the BIGGIE for me and it is truly an international book.
I am now freelancing, working on www.gameculture.co.nz, www.popculturereviews.net and writing whenever and wherever I can. I think it's important if you plan to make writing a profession, that you are writing as often as possible. I have often read that it's important to write, especially when you don't want to write.
My plans are to try and make www.gameculture.co.nz more successful. It is going to be a real challenge to do so and to try and continue finding steady work and continue freelancing.
I am also going to try and publish some of my short stories.