brni (brni) wrote,

Works in Progress

I've been working on two novels.

One is a post-apocalyptic pirate novel, currently lovingly referred to as Untitled Pirate Dreck. I may at some point write something intended for that title, but this one will probably not be it.

UPD is currently hovering in that annoying between 35k and 40k wordcount, and must needs become a bit more than double that before I can say that the crappy first draft is finished. I'm encouraged by the comments from a workshop a few days ago, though.

There are two short stories currently out in this same world, with many of the same characters. The first written, Facing the Wind, takes place a decade after the events in UPD, and can be found in Spells and Swashbucklers, edited by Valerie Griswold-Ford. The second takes place about six months before UPD. It's called On Arid Seas, and is available in Circlet Press's Like a Treasure Found: Erotic Tales of Pirates, and subsequently podcast by Nobilis Reed.


The other novel is something that I'd originally envisioned as a web comic, but never managed to get the art lined up properly, so instead it's going up as an online serial novel. I'm posting one chapter a week, every Sunday - aiming for about a thousand words per chapter, and Linda Saboe is providing art to go with it.

Kudzu, a Novel is a story about the survivors of a tragic accident while in orbit around Neptune's moon, Triton, who limp back to Earth, only to find their home utterly and irreversibly changed. It's a story about invasive species, genetic modification, and unintended consequences. Also, satellite graveyards, time-hopping erotica writers, intelligent raccoons, and quite a lot of kudzu. Kudzu is up to chapter 15 as of last Sunday.

I hope you'll take a few moments to check it out, and further, that you tell me what you think.

(A prequel to this novel, cleverly entitled Kudzu: A Prologue, appears in the anthology Galactic Creatures)

I've rambled on long enough for today - must get some housework done, and then get to writing and editing. And then Dorians Parlor, hopefully.
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