December 2021 Update
The site is properly live now. Most places redirect here and there are notifications on the old WordPress sites directing new readers over here. A few readers have already been going through the stories on this site, even posting a few typo reports. Quite significant reports in the case of Vacant Throne. I’ll probably be uploading a new version of the epub to Patreon once that is all up to date. Of course, it remains free to read here for anyone else.
Very soon, I hope to put up not one but two stories. More details are down below, but I think they need just a little more time for me to work through some issues. I’ve rewritten a bunch of stuff for one of them that never made it to Patreon, so that was fun. There are more details on upcoming projects down below.
Overall, I’ve been writing most every day. December is always one of those months. Especially for me. My father’s birthday, my mother’s birthday, and Christmas all fall into this month. In addition to that, I got the booster early on, which had me in no good mood to write for about two days. Then I got a little sick (haven’t been COVID tested as of writing this) and am still sick at the moment.
Between all that, I did lose nearly two weeks of writing. In some ways, I’m a bit disappointed in how much I got done this month, but at the same time, I’m not sure how much better I could really have done.
Here’s to a nice and distraction-free January.
I am working on three separate things concurrently, though one (Eternal Engines) is nearly finished. That one is probably not going to be seen for some time as I want to get some major feedback.
I hope to start posting one, maybe both, of the others as a proper series. Probably in early February. Both Cocoon and Thinking are the top contenders for becoming a proper story. I really wanted to start posting something with the new year, but December being December (see the first section) put a hamper on that idea.
Below, you can find a brief synopsis of all my current projects.
A Cocoon of Flesh and Steel
Vi, one of a select few human biosculptors, has been sentenced to prison. Installation Eleven. A maximum-security prison built into the hollowed out internals of an asteroid where every inmate serves a life sentence.
Because of its open nature, Vi is initially optimistic that she will be able to do as she has always done when in a new environment: Open a clinic and fix people up while attempting to seek person perfection.
Her hopes turn sour when she realizes just what the limited confines of the prison mean for most of its inhabitants. Despite its open nature, despair reigns supreme.
Dyna Graves always wanted to be special. Who doesn’t want to be special? However, toward the end of her high school life, she started to realize that nobody was really special. At least not in any fantastical way.
Just as she started trying to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life, she got an invitation. A psychic institute scoped her out, realized her psychic potential, and asked if she would undergo psionic training at the Carroll Institute.
Almost immediately, Dyna realizes that she isn’t quite up to the same level as many of her peers. Surrounded by clairvoyants and mind readers displaying obvious abilities makes her own lack of ability all the more apparent.
Up until the researchers and scientists of the facility realize that there is a bit more to her than meets the eye. Dyna quickly finds herself wrapped up in a world of cutthroat espionage.
The Ruins of Opes Isle
Telestia Sinn knows without a shadow of a doubt that she is the best engineer the Mechanized City has ever seen. But no matter where she turns, she can’t catch a break. The Bistonic Empire stymies every opportunity she gets to show off and her father’s company isn’t interested in most of her more extravagant (and expensive) designs.
When a rare crystal is discovered on an island her father has been put in charge of, Tela is sent there as the chief engineer to best determine how to mine and extract the material. But once there, she discovers far more than a crystal. Something that will shake the very foundations of the Bistonic Empire.
Anyway, that’s it for this month. I do wish I had just a little more to post, but things happen. Hopefully I’ll be over this illness soon and February will be the month I’ll launch some of these projects.
So I’ll sign off here, leaving that logo from above behind except this time with a darker background. Just for the contrast.