Works in Progress Update
Brain’s been on fire for months. Poetry. Podcasts. Short Stories. Short Novels. Long Novels. Epic Novels. And fortunately the Focus has been there to pull it off.
The Second Edition of Middle Class American White Boy was published in 2021 in hardcover, softcover, e-book, and audio book, narrated by the author.
Last year I also finished The Colored Kid, a psycho romp wherein the author, yours truly, is locked in a closet by an old classmate with a twenty-five-year grudge to bear. Twenty-five years since I did Danny wrong, but still he wants that wrong righted. This one will likely be released later this year.
The Capricious Rhythms of Love hangs in the balance. I have completed another draft of my post World War II love story, but questions remain. A 2022 release is possible but first I need some separation prior to a final edit.
Back in November, during a quiet retreat to Captiva Island, I wrote a short story. A very short short story. And then another. And another. Most of them between 1000 and 1500 words. I found I had something sharp to say in this, for me, abbreviated space. I’m up to thirty of these short short stories now and rapidly headed for fifty. Next year I expect to release them as a collection. In the meantime, I’m recording one story every Monday and releasing them as a podcast. I’m acting as writer, editor, narrator, sound engineer, mixer, and gofer.
Undaunted, my biography of the famed flyer, Jimmie Mattern, will be released next month.
I have completed the first draft of Summer of Love: A Day in the Life of Henry Goodfellow. It’s on simmer now and will likely see the light of day in a year or two.
I am about to go back to work on Mary’s War, the second book in my trilogy that spans the history of America from the War for Independence through the Covid pandemic. Annie’s War was the first novel in the trilogy. Mary’s War covers much of the 20th century and the first decades of the 21st century. I have no date yet on when it will be completed. Mary has so far been through The Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Sixties, but she still has a long way to go.
Lastly, I have recently started a murder mystery involving six brothers and a 25-million-dollar inheritance. We’ll see if I live long enough to finish that one.