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Current Projects—the Long, the Short, and the Ridiculous

August 25, 2011

Since I’ll probably be talking about them here from time to time, I thought I’d do a quick run-down/synopsis of my current writing works-in-progress. I usually have more than one ongoing project, but I switch between them to work on each for a week or more at a time so I’m not trying to juggle them all at once.

For fiction, I primarily write in the fantasy genre, and all of the projects listed below are fantasy, but they’re not all the same flavor, and a few contain strong elements of other genres as well.


My focus is on long fiction, so novels are what get most of my attention.

  • The Threads That Bind—Esa Kabre is a weaver who just wants to take care of her little sister and advance her career as an enchanter, but when she starts seeing ghosts and stumbles upon the scene of a crime, she gets caught up in the investigation into a string of disappearances that threatens far more than her livelihood. This is my only project that I’ve mentioned on the blog yet, in my two part series about characters. I’m working on my second draft, which is almost a complete rewrite that I hope to have finished by the end of the year.
  • Fragments—When three worlds die, one is born, and the survivors must find a way to prevent their new home from suffering the same fate as the old. This project is still early in the planning/outlining stage, but I intend to begin the first draft for National Novel Writing Month this November. It will be my 9th year participating in NaNoWriMo.

Short Stories

I love to read short stories, but I’ve always had trouble with writing them, especially in fantasy. I recently decided to put some real effort into learning the form.

  • “Dry Bones”—A young boy in a drought-ridden world returns to the abandoned home of his ancestors and discovers a secret hidden for generations. This was originally intended for the Dead Robots’ Society Explorers: Beyond the Horizon anthology, but I am so unused to writing short fiction that it got unwieldy very fast and did not get finished by the submission deadline. I’ve gone back to the beginning and am trying to restart it with more appropriate pacing for the intended length.
  • “On the Balance of a Feather”—A hero returns to save her home once again, but faces opposition when the threat that her people face is not what any of them expected. At the time I’m writing this post, this story is my primary focus. At the rate I’m going, I expect to finish the first draft within a few days.

On Hold

Both of these are stories that I’ve worked on recently and intend to keep working on, but they aren’t my priority. Both have a lot of history behind them compared to the others above, so they’re very important to me even though I have less hope for them. Especially with HoWaF, I had to make a decision to put these on the back burner instead of waiting to finish them before working on more promising ideas.

  • HoWaF—When her fiance commits treason, Krysein fal Airas sets out to prove her own loyalty and rid herself of guilt by association, but finds she may have to give up more than just her reputation in order to bring peace to her country. This is my oldest story, known by an abbreviation because the working title is too hideous to spell out but I haven’t thought of better yet. My original concept for the story began in seventh grade, but has changed a great deal since—from picnics with dragons and princesses, to a multi-layered conspiracy in the midst of war. Maybe I should have given up on this one a long time ago, but I think the current draft has potential, so I keep plugging away. This is sometimes also known as The Story That Refused to Die.
  • Lift: Book One of the Sky Wardens—Two girls, best friends since childhood, seek to join a new airborne branch of their country’s law enforcement, but their motivations and their friendship to each other are put to the test as they enter a very different life than either of them are used to. This is the first book of an intended young adult series set in the same universe as HoWaF. A few of the HoWaF characters are mentioned or make brief appearances, but the focus is on an entirely different set of characters. I started the first draft for the inaugural session of Camp NaNoWriMo, but got stuck when I realized I had not outlined far enough ahead, so I’m letting it simmer a while.

I have other stories that I’ve started but don’t consider works in progress because I’m not sure whether or not I’ll ever return to them. Most of these are set in the HoWaF universe, but one is set in the same world as TTTB, and another is a standalone. I keep a journal of other story ideas as they come to me, but I want to finish a few things before I start any new projects or I’ll never get anything done!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2011 2:00 am

    Are any of these the WORLD END! one?

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      August 25, 2011 1:42 pm

      Yes! As a matter of fact, “World End!” and the Atorinth language comes from the HoWaF universe.

  2. August 25, 2011 2:04 am

    You sound like an amazing writer. Just sayin’.


    I followed you, because of how amazing you are. Keep it up! 🙂


    • Anita M. King permalink*
      August 25, 2011 1:44 pm

      Thanks! Glad to have you here.

  3. August 25, 2011 8:40 am

    A reminder to me about what I should be doing, rather than just thinking about it. Thanks!

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      August 25, 2011 1:45 pm

      One of the nice things about writing is that daydreaming, within reason, can be considered part of the work. 😉

  4. August 25, 2011 9:22 am

    Damn. You’ll totally be a way better creative writing major than I am.

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      August 25, 2011 1:46 pm

      I have to actually become a creative writing major before that can happen!

  5. August 25, 2011 5:01 pm

    So excited to hear snippets from ANY of those every three weeks 🙂

    • Anita M. King permalink*
      August 25, 2011 6:42 pm

      I likely won’t be finished with “On the Balance of a Feather” in time to bring it to this meeting, but I plan to bring it next time. This week, I’ll probably bring in some brainstorming stuff to prepare for starting Fragments. After that, it’s back to TTTB!


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