I am currently working on three projects–all three are short-stories. I’m not big on “talking out” my projects–the last time I did that, the person I told the story about didn’t “get” it and I lost confidence in my story. It took me sometime (8 years!) before I moved from rough draft on that story. I have three other projects that have not progressed past the outline stage because I shared them with people too early. However, I do want to talk a little about them in this post, so I’ll just give the tentative title, genre, and a brief sentence about what I expect them to be when I’m done writing them.
1) Citizen X – This one is an alternate history Sci-Fi story that has been kicking around in my head for a couple of years. It features (currently) Langston Hughes as the main protagonist and an “action hero”–’nuff said!
Started: February 2014
Progress: Working on the 1st scene.
2) Lost in Translation – This is a Sci-Fi story based around traveling through a different dimension. I got stuck on this one after I finished the first scene because the second scene wasn’t going the way that I envisioned it. My subconscious has kicked in and I now have a new 2nd scene in mind. I plan to switch and write the 2nd scene after I complete the 1st scene for Citizen X.
Started: October/November 2013
Progress: Completed 1st scene, working on 2nd scene.
3) Skin Deep – This is a Sci-Fi story based on the idea that “beauty is skin deep, but ugly is to the bone.” This story has psionics and cybernetics mixed together. This one is finished, but I’ve learned to recognize that it is not “ready” yet for submission. It is in a state that I’ve come to regard as “indeterminate.” It isn’t still a rough draft, but it isn’t yet the story that I envision in my mind. When this happens, I need to do another draft of the story. I need to keep the story, plot, and character elements, but add in details, be they sensory details, physical details, emotions, etc. in order to strengthen the narrative. If I don’t do this, the story will just collect rejection after rejection until I do, so I can either send it out early, knowing it needs more work, or I can just hold on to it until I have enough time to make it as good as I see it in my head. I used to just send it out, but I’ve learned better in the past years. There’s really nothing to be gained by sending a story out until you’re happy with it (or mostly happy with it for you perfectionists out there!) 🙂
Finished: June/July 2013 (Working Draft), Need a new draft, however.
Progress: Rewriting the 1st scene.
These are the major projects that I’m working on right now–I’ll post updates on these projects as they become available (when I finish a scene or better yet, when I finish them altogether!) 🙂