Current projects

This was a tag game going around on Tumblr with the instruction "list all the things you’re currently working on in as much or little detail as you’d like."

Warning: dorks ahead. Most of what I’ve been working on are books (and ideas for books) in my lgbt+ comedic fantasy series Unexpected Inspiration, so this is going to get a bit long. I didn't include the possible-future books that are even more vague ideas, so that's a help, right? (Why do I have so many dorks, I'm overrun with them, why do they all want stories??)

Colorweaver (Book 1, current trilogy)
Status: rewriting 2nd draft
Blurb: Adair Cerulean is an amateur cartographer with the ability to make his drawings have the semblance of life. Like the other creators who possess magic and channel this through art, Adair is a Weaver. Adair is in the process of working on the project that, once complete, would advance him in rank when disaster strikes! The map is stolen and’ as its new owner seeks out more Weavers, Adair feels a tug from his creation to follow. This pull leads him to a carnival where he meets a healer standing guard over a stricken performer. It turns out that his thief is more than a mere robber and there’s more at stake then just a stolen map. Wacky antics ensue as Adair attempts to get his art back and stop the thief before he hurts anyone else.

(OneTwo sentence summary: A young artist with magic bumbles his way into a carnival, befriends a few carnies who are as dorky as he is, and the group bumbles their way to a sort-of-victory while wondering where all these antagonists came from. Lots of dorks, lots of bumbling, not nearly enough pies.)

Sentinel (Book 2) 
Status: brainstorming 3rd draft (aka why won’t this story find the right plot??)
Blurb: Adair has recovered his stolen map and acquired a loyal bodyguard who will - with luck and a lack of imps - protect him in the future. Adair’s elation is short-lived when the other artists refuse to accept his choice of sentinel. Conflict with his peers and a realization of magic gone awry lead Adair to restore a fractured friendship. Caught between past and present, Adair must decide how far he’s willing to bend the rules of his class. No one ever actually decreed that carnival performers couldn’t be sentinels, did they?

(One sentence summary: “One True Threesome” trope crosses “Mindlink Mates” trope, partially distracting the dorks who are trying to investigate why magic is glitching across the city and why one of their friends suddenly grew a tail.)

Iconoclasm (Book 3)
Status: brainstorming 1st draft
Blurb: When Adair and his companions find themselves summoned by the Artisans’ guild, they are given a specific assignment. They are to travel north to Montglace, the former home of the twins, under cover of their fledgling carnival troupe. Their true task is to investigate the source of the frequent earthquakes and a possible corruption of magic. There’s only one problem: Etri and Sol are fugitives. Can this group of inexperienced carnies-turned-envoys find the source of the elemental corruption before their presence is detected?

(OneTwo sentence summary: The dorks, who have no idea what they’re going to face, are sent by people who have even less idea to spy on a situation that really should be Someone Else’s Problem. Unsurprisingly, “spying” becomes “neck deep in trouble and also elementals help where did all these come from and how do we make them go away???”)

Then I have two more books that are even less planned out that take place later in the series and are about different characters.

Shadowweaver (tentative title - book 1 in this duology? Trilogy?)
Status: brainstorming ideas
Blurb: Gilly is a girl who cannot speak except to ghosts. She has the ability to make things vanish- or appear out of thin air- and works as a carnival performer and thief. While she’s hunting down art that was illegally gained by a dishonest art dealer, the dealer’s teenage sister catches her in the act. Gilly gets away, but is intrigued by this girl whose weak voice is oddly captivating. She soon learns that while Chantrell is confined in her own home, she isn’t as sick as she appears. Gilly is determined to find out the truth and set her new friend free.

(One sentence summary: Teenage girl falls madly in love and decides that she needs to create an heroic rescue with the help of her long-suffering roommate.)

Sciamachy (book 2 in this trilogy or whatever it is)
Status: brainstorming ideas
Blurb: Chantrell has become Gilly’s thieving partner; with her magical ability to produce any sound, Chell is the perfect distraction for Gilly’s silent heists. It’s during one of these encounters that Gilly notices a shadow that shouldn’t be there. Meanwhile Astra, a few miles away and sixteen years in the future, notices the same thing. Someone or something is trying to reach out to both her and Gilly using the shadow magic that the two young women share. Astra, however, has been secretly using light magic without the knowledge of her father/teacher- could this be what the mystery shadow senses?

(One sentence summary: Somehow the author figures out how to make 3 POV characters work when one lives in the present, one in the future, and one in another world that connects to both timelines.)

This was fun to do, so if you catch this post and have a writing blog of your own, I encourage you to do this for your own writing. :)




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