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Works in Progress (WIP)

My WordPress is not working properly. I had a page identified as Works in Progress (WIP). It has disappeared along with another page. Here is a reproduction of the original post with a few additions.

Posted about June 6th:

I took a vacation last week and thought about new projects as well as contemplated some old ones. I decided to create a new category on my blog and call it Works in Progress (WIPs). As usual I generated more ideas for projects than I can do in a year, so my WIPs will be full for the next twelve months. Sometimes I work on several stories at once, so the numbers indicate nothing other that that’s the order I listed them in my idea book.

One of the issues I’m considering is doing the NaNoWriMo competition again. For the non-cognoscenti, that’s the competition to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I’m also adding to my WIPs three books on that I have at various stages of completion. For each project I mention, I will have a percent beside it indicating how complete it is. If it is completely new, I will have a N by it. So, here goes.

  1. 1.       Anthem III, 95%. This is the third book in my Anthem series. I hope to have it completed this month though I am scheduled for three trips out of town.
  2. 2.       Red Maslem and the Pilots of Anzu, 50%. I wrote this book last November for NaNoWriMo. It was written quickly, so it needs heavy editing and completion in parts of the story.
  3. 3.       Viney Woods, 40%. This is the first novel I wrote. It needs heavy editing. At this point, it is a candidate for staying on the back burner. I don’t know if the problems it has are insurmountable.
  4. 4.       Crystal Cave, 10%. This book is in outline form for three chapters and chapter titles for the next ten chapters or so. The outline is rough. I think this may be my candidate for NaNoWriMo. I will complete the outline for all the chapters by November.

What’s it about? It is about a young man discovering Shamen entombed in crystals in a cave. The cave is the universal burying ground of Shamen.

  1. 5.        Something Weird, N. Will be a story about an abandoned space colony. The only building remaining standing and complete is a strange building where noises can be heard at night.
  2. 6.       Rupture, N. Travelers going through a wormhole are thrown far off their course by a rupture in the WH. They land in a world filled with horrors, especially one…
  3. 7.       Secrets of Loma Prieta, N. A New York writer goes to a conference in Albuquerque, NM and falls in love with it. He brings his family there to a ranch he bought. Strange happenings occur and his daughter is drawn into enchantment by Spanish mythical creatures.
  4. 8.       Beyond Rescue, N. A space ship is passing an alien planet and is suddenly pulled inextricably to the planet’s surface. Everything happened so quickly, no emergency beacons were deployed. The survivors are at the mercy of the adventure that awaits them.
  5. 9.       The Ace of Spades, N. A drug dealer builds a house on a medicine mound. All of his excesses and abuses haunt him through the spirit of the medicine man who lived there. It’s been done.
  6. 10.   Navigation Room, N. A descendant of Salem witches and his wife, a descendant of American Indians who massacred at Jamestown, build a new house far in the western U.S. A mysterious young woman shows up at the home. The housekeeper’s curiosity…
  7. 11.   Calypso, N. A young man meets a woman he falls deeply in love with. When he brings her home, his father tells him that she is his sister. His mother has a different story.

(I was copying from Word and WordPress added the extra numbers. Go figure.

WIP: Finished Anthem III/Status of Anthem II

I went to visit my copy editor this weekend. When I arrived at her house, it was filled with moving boxes and stacked furniture. My reason for going there in part was to urge her to go a little quicker. I didn’t have the heart to do it. So, my plan to have it on CreateSpace by the end of this month is out the window.

Likewise, Anthem III will be delayed. I finished it tonight. I will delay sending it to her until she moves into her new place and is settled.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. That’s why this post is in categories ‘my experiences’ and ‘works in progress.’ I thought all weekend about how to end my last short story on Anthem. I had it planned out, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked my ending.

I met with one of my readers last Thursday. We had lunch and talked about a different story, Heddalig’s Break: The Making of Sgian Dubh, that’s found in Anthem II. He didn’t like the ending. He has told me several times he didn’t like the ending of some of my short stories. I finally understood what he was talking about. He has a Ph.D. in English (a good reader to have if you can find one). He explained the difference he expects in a short story and in a chapter in a novel. For a short story, he expects the story to be neatly tied up and completely ended. For a chapter in a novel, he thinks it’s okay to leave things open.

He feels like too many of my short stories are open ended. I see what he means now.

So, I changed my ending to Anthem’s Defense. I don’t think I can claim it is entirely closed as he would like, but it is more closed.

I had thought about killing the character. The last time I did that, I had a reader hit me in the parking lot at a college where I teach. She liked the character and didn’t want him killed off.

I though her critique of my work was one of my best compliments.

Works in Progress (NIPs)

I took a vacation last week and thought about new projects as well as contemplated some old ones. I decided to create a new category on my blog and call it Works in Progress (WIPs). As usual I generated more ideas for projects than I can do in a year, so my WIPs will be full for the next twelve months. Sometimes I work on several stories at once, so the numbers indicate nothing other that that’s the order I listed them in my idea book.

One of the issues I’m considering is doing the NaNoWriMo competition again. For the non-cognoscenti, that’s the competition to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I’m also adding to my WIPs three books on that I have at various stages of completion. For each project I mention, I will have a percent beside it indicating how complete it is. If it is completely new, I will have a N by it. So, here goes.

  1. 1.       Anthem III, 95%. This is the third book in my Anthem series. I hope to have it completed this month though I am scheduled for three trips out of town.
  2. 2.       Red Maslem and the Pilots of Anzu, 50%. I wrote this book last November for NaNoWriMo. It was written quickly, so it needs heavy editing and completion in parts of the story.
  3. 3.       Viney Woods, 40%. This is the first novel I wrote. It needs heavy editing. At this point, it is a candidate for staying on the back burner. I don’t know if the problems it has are insurmountable.
  4. 4.       Crystal Cave, 10%. This book is in outline form for three chapters and chapter titles for the next ten chapters or so. The outline is rough. I think this may be my candidate for NaNoWriMo. I will complete the outline for all the chapters by November.

What’s it about? It is about a young man discovering Shamen entombed in crystals in a cave. The cave is the universal burying ground of Shamen.

  1. 5.        Something Weird, N. Will be a story about an abandoned space colony. The only building remaining standing and complete is a strange building where noises can be heard at night.
  2. 6.       Rupture, N. Travelers going through a wormhole are thrown far off their course by a rupture in the WH. They land in a world filled with horrors, especially one…
  3. 7.       Secrets of Loma Prieta, N. A New York writer goes to a conference in Albuquerque, NM and falls in love with it. He brings his family there to a ranch he bought. Strange happenings occur and his daughter is drawn into enchantment by Spanish mythical creatures.
  4. 8.       Beyond Rescue, N. A space ship is passing an alien planet and is suddenly pulled inextricably to the planet’s surface. Everything happened so quickly, no emergency beacons were deployed. The survivors are at the mercy of the adventure that awaits them.
  5. 9.       The Ace of Spades, N. A drug dealer builds a house on a medicine mound. All of his excesses and abuses haunt him through the spirit of the medicine man who lived there.
  6. 10.   Navigation Room, N. A descendant of Salem witches and his wife, a descendant of American Indians who massacred at Jamestown, build a new house far in the western U.S. A mysterious young woman shows up at the home. The housekeeper’s curiosity…
  7. 11.   Calypso, N. A young man meets a woman he falls deeply in love with. When he brings her home, his father tells him that she is his sister. His mother has a different story.
  8. 12.   Generation Ship, N. A ship is sent to an earth like planet at less than light speed. It will take a thousand years to get there. This story reports the changes aboard ship at 100 year intervals.
  9. 13.   Can’t We Agree? N. A man and his wife, who he calls the Dragon Lady go on a cruise in space. He meticulously leaves lasting impressions on the people around him so they will testify for him when he is tried for her murder. Problem is, she doesn’t die.

That’s more than enough, I had a few more ideas, but I think I’ll let them lie fallow. If you find one that you think will be compelling, let me know. I may move it up to the top of the list.