I need to post an update about current projects, yes? Yes. Here’s the project update list, in order:
- Hope Blackwell #2
- Josh Glassman #2
- Rachel Peng #5
Hope Blackwell is about 60% done, with estimated Q4 delivery of Thanksgiving or sooner. You’ll have something snarky to read over the holidays.
Josh Glassman has a couple of chapters written. It has dinosaurs! Dead ones, true, but still. Dinosaurs!
Writing Rachel Peng #5 is going to be very difficult. I’ve got the outline done, but…well. The Peng series is fictional political intrigue, and I’m psychologically wrecked by the real thing right now. My brain careens between howling rage and craven terror and that? That is not a healthy place! Also, comic readers already know that a Bad Thing will happen to Those Characters, and this is that book. So I don’t think it’s the kind of book that’s needed. Not now, not at this time.
I might write a happy Rachel novella while I wait for the world to calm down. She’s got to convince Becca to move in with her between Brute Force and the next novel, and that’s going to require Rachel to do a lot of heavy lifting. (They get their puppy in #6.)
Thanks to my Patreon supporters, I’m also working on the Hope & Pat wedding story. I’ve talked about this for several years: Hope and Pat should have eloped but didn’t, and now they have to deal with a wedding attended by their families, the Mafia, a whole horde of ghosts, and a furry best man with an attitude problem. I have no deadline for this; I work on it if I have a few free hours, but it’s a graphic novella so I’m committed to both art and writing.
Other not-exactly AGAHF projects? I’m working on the Helen of Sparta novel, and have already posted the first chapter for my Patreons. This one is fun, and lets me draw heavily on anthropology, history, and mythology; definitely in my wheelhouse. But as I’ve noted before, it’s most likely a sunk-cost project that will never earn out the time I put into it, and therefore not a priority.
And…well…I feel like I’m tempting fate by writing this, but I’ve got a speculative YA scifi novel prepped to send to agents. We had a death in the family in June, and I coped by vanishing into the word processor. I came out with the first book in a new series. It’s not set anywhere near the AGAHF universe, but I hope you get to meet this world and its characters someday.