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I apologize for the scarcity of new content.

Work is, once again, kicking my hind parts with a vengeance.

I will briefly inform you that I am world building for a new project, a fantasy novel without dragons, or elves or dwarves, or a great prophecy. It’s going to be a standalone novel, not part of a trilogy or series, and it’s going to be my first fantasy work not based in Sortha, the world of Jarus, Torell, Marana, and Lomerell with white and black magic.

In this new world, humans live side by side with the Drim, a race of elemental giants who wield great power, and are considered gods. The Drim are rare; seeing one is considered good luck, and most commoners live and die without ever meeting one. There are priests of the Drim who understand the mysteries of their power, and to whom a few Drim serve as patrons.

The Drim stay out of human affairs. They occasionally grant boons or requests made by their priests, but they do not interfere in matters of love, power, or politics. They avoid human settlements for fear of even accidently destroying something by their great size and power. And the Drim have never been known to cause any harm to a human being.

Until now.

Let the readers choose.

What to do now with "Woman's Best Friend"?

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Perfect Justice: In the future, a device now allows you to experience someone’s memories as if they were happening to you. This has a special application in the criminal justice system, where convicts are now forced to relieve their worst atrocities, but this time as the victim. But what happens when an innocent man is convicted?

Second Chances: Bad luck seems to have a vendetta against Brian; he breaks his arm, then loses his job and then his girlfriend in quick succession, and eviction won’t be far behind. But a mysterious peddler on the streets of Chicago offers to sell Brian “souls”, and with them, the chance to revisit missed opportunities, giving Brian a strange new lease on life. (And of course the first few are free.)

The Dragon Thief: In a world where dragonriders make an elite air force, an enterprising thrillseeker astonishes his companions with a plan to steal the greatest of these beasts from under his government’s nose. “Gone in 60 Seconds” on the backs of dragons, but this time the vehicle itself can turn you in — or kill you.

Manifest Destiny: Two men and two women awake in a cell, wearing only numbered jumpsuits and lacking any memories of themselves or each other. It quickly becomes evident they are products of some experiment, but were they willing subjects or unwitting captives? Is it to their advantage or detriment? And once they find their patrons, how will they react?

Echoes of Prophecy: Marana, mysteriously pregnant after the death of Torell in a world now robbed of magic, must face the implications that come with her baby boy, an inevitable target for problematic hero worship and likewise assasination.

Which project should Jason tackle next?

  • Rewrite "Perfect Justice" (44%, 4 Votes)
  • Write "The Dragon Thief" (22%, 2 Votes)
  • Write "Second Chances" (11%, 1 Votes)
  • Write "Manifest Destiny" (11%, 1 Votes)
  • Write Chapter 2 of "Echoes of Prophecy" (11%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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What to write first?

decisionI may (or may not) be a skilled writer. But I’m an expert procrastinator, there’s no doubt about it.

As a result, it’s been a couple of months since I last devoted significant time to the four projects whose progress we shall track here. And I’m not quite sure which one I want to dive into first.

Actually the fourth is exempt from this decision; it’s the priority project at all times. And since you don’t know what it is yet, you can’t vote for it anyhow.

But which of the other three projects tickles your interest?

  • Woman’s Best Friend
    • Alone in the Colorado countryside while her husband is away on business, Naomi becomes perplexed and concerned when her dog Jessie seems increasingly convinced of some imminent threat behind the house, particularly in the coldest hours of the night.
  • Manifest Destiny
    • Two men and two women awaken in a small room with no memories, and no clues to their identities or purposes. Their only possessions are numbered jumpsuits.
  • Echoes of Prophesy
    • This is the sequel to Shadows of Prophesy. It begins after Torell’s death, whereupon Marana finds herself pregnant without explanation, the use of magic has been stripped from all who practice it, and the Empire of Tartania is in chaos after the war.

These synopses are very brief, but if one of them prompts a question, that’s a good sign that something about it is interesting enough to make you want to know a little more. And if you want to know more…that’s going to make me want to tell you. Savvy?