This month was mostly about the novel-in-progress. The highlight, however, was attending Gen Con for the first time in a decade. I met lots of interesting people, touched base with friends old and new, signed some books, played some games, and talked about various Secret Projects.
Projects currently in circulation: 3
Work in progress:
- Writing Draft Zero of a historical fantasy novel
- A Mythos-themed novella, still in brainstorming stage
- Awaiting editor’s notes for a short story solicited for a shared-world anthology
- Winterhexe, a German translation of the Pathfinder Tales novel Winter Witch, was published by Feder & Schwert.
- “Family Matters,” a new flash fiction story, submitted to a webzine
- “The White Tunic,” a story published in 2013, submitted to a reprint anthology
- “The White Tunic” was accepted for publication in a fantasy reprint anthology by Digital Fantasy Press. I’d submitted it last month to their horror anthology; this, apparently, was a better fit.
- A review of A King’s Obsession, a historical novel by Allison Weir, was accepted and scheduled for publication in Renaissance Magazine, issue #112
- “Dead Men Tell No Tales” did not make the final cut for a ghosts & pirates reprint anthology.
Completed in August:
- Wrote and submitted “Family Matters,” a flash fiction story (800 words)
- Wrote “Turning Characters into People,” an article about the writing process, to be published on my Patreon.
- Wrote 7 blog posts for this website, including two longer articles on the topic “Setting as Character.”
- Attended Gen Con 50, participated in 11 panels, the Candlekeep seminar, and the Worldbuilder’s Party charity event organized by Patrick Rothfuss.
- Working on a Patreon account, which is still in the planning stage.
- Focus by Daniel Goleman
- Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D.
- The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax, by Dorothy Gilman
- The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph From the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Dolge
- How the Mind Works, by Stephen Pinker
- The Private Lives of Tudor Women, by Elizabeth Norton