This month's shared topic is about current projects and thoughts on future books. At this point, I think my ideas list is longer than my own future, but goals are good. However...I have several unfinished manuscripts and I keep beginning others which often makes for frustration.
When I suggested this topic a year ago, I had no idea that this August Constantine's Legacy would be published. It is a story set at the beginning of the Carolingian dynasty in Europe. I know the next four stories and what needs to happen. More research on the era needs completion, but I know the character arcs, so these books just need the writing-editing part of the production; hard enough.
I am about halfway through Angel's Tread, the fourth and final book in the Black Angel series. While I know where I want to take it, the story's trajectory has slowed and needs more thought. Plus unexpected characters and situations keep occurring.
Since Angel's Tread has frustrated me, I began another story I've been thinking about: Arcane Revenge. It is a scifi-mystery story set about two centuries from now where a successful shipping-lines owner is attacked, his face destroyed, and for seven years he works as part of a prison crew on a starship delivering mined minerals from an asteroid. Once freed he plays one person for his family, and another while planning the downfall of his nemesis. Needless to say, its development has a long way to go. If I get this done, I hope it will also expand into a series.
I have ideas for a second generation of the Magic Aegis series outlined, too.
I've also been working on two different romance series. One, Call to Duty, is set in Michigan during WWII where a woman working in the local sheriff's office becomes the de-facto county sheriff because all the men, including her husband, the sheriff, are now soldiers. The romance is carried out through letters while the wife solves a mystery.
The second romance series may never see publication, but is a contemporary set of romances in various Michigan settings. The characters and basic plots are written down, but bringing the stories to life remains.
So I have a lot planned and I love my story ideas, but have a long, long way to go for completion. I've also decided to shorten the length of my stories. With Arcane Revenge and the romance stories, I'm aiming at between 55-75K word stories rather than the 90K+ stories I usually write. Still, so much to do...
Please visit these authors blogs to see what they plan and are working on:
Dr. Bob Rich