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[writing] Current and future projects

State of the writing life, reduced chemo edition:

Just sold, and got paid for, a Cthulhu short for a forthcoming anthology. “Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World”, set in Samarkand ca. 2nd century A.D. at a historic meeting of the Roman and Chinese empires.

Just finished a first draft spec novella, “Hook Agonistes”, which I will shelve until April then rewrite before market shopping with it.

Currently working on a collaboration with [info]the_child, working title “In the Land of Glass”. I expect this to be a short, or possibly a novelette, when finished.

Currently working on a requested short for a charity anthology edited by [info]takelyn. No title yet.

Next project is an 8,000 word nonfiction commission from a prestigious publisher. I’ll say more when I’ve been cleared to do so, but I’m pretty excited about that. This is due in late March.

At the end of March, I’ll be writing two requested short stories for two fiction markets.

The stories for METAtropolis 3: Green Space are due at the end of March. I am editing this volume along with [info]kenscholes.

In April, barring someone else throwing money at me for something, I’ll be working on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, my magical Old West novel that I stopped writing some years ago because it got too complex for me at that stage of my craft development. This one has always deserved my very best attention. If I only have time to write one more book, this is the one I want to write. Note that I’ve published a handful of short stories in this continuity, including “The Dying Dream of Water”, “Jefferson’s West” and “The Hangman Isn’t Hanging”.

And so I will go until my disease sucks me back into full treatment, probably some time later this year.

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