Windhorses: This is a young adult fantasy set on a continent called Melior. Our heroine is Riannoch, Rayne for short, who lives on a horse farm with her four brothers, all older and her father. She has a gift for communicating with animals, horses especially, and finds herself on a quest to discover what has happened to her favorite mare, stolen in the night. It’s more than a simple tale of lost and found and Rayne comes against forces she has never imagined, and she can imagine quite a lot.
Rayne’s story: As yet untitled, this takes place starting after Rayne leaves home to go to the city of Crowsport. Much darker and more adult than Windhorses, Rayne’s adult story follows her over many years, from callow girl to an outlaw on the run. In all honesty, this behemoth will probably never see the light of day outside my hard drive, but I love the setting, characters and story. It just won’t leave me alone.
The Lucky Cat Shop: My latest toe-in-the-water of the paranormal takes an ordinary woman and plunges her into the world of ghosts and spirits, whether she wants to be or not.
A Single Self: An idea I have that I may rattle out some material for NaNoWriMo. Let’s just say it involves a world where identical twins with deep psychic bonds are the norm.
Old Dogs: A contemporary story, it borders on *gulp* romance territory. A story of a woman who comes home to her family after a nasty divorce. She meets her brother-in-law’s friend, a widower who lives next door. It’s better than it sounds, I swear. No magic, no dragons, nothing paranormal… what’s wrong with me?!
New Tricks: The sequel to Old Dogs. There’s a lot of story there. They won’t shut up.
Guarding Sheep: I’m beginning to explore the urban fantasy genre with having just finished reading AnyGiven Doomsday by Lori Handeland and I must say I really like it. But werewolves are getting a bum rap, in my opinion. If there can be good and bad vampires, then surely there can be decent werewolves and only the bad ones are the ones causing the trouble and getting themselves destroyed by silver bullets. I have some ideas for a setting and story involving an entire werewolf society, existing alongside ours but mostly unnoticed.
I won NaNoWriMo for 2008 with this, though there is much to be done on it yet to make it anything approaching an intelligible piece of fiction.Given the current glut in the market of paranormal/vampire/werewolf/urban fantasy stories, this one will probably rot on the shelf.
Downtown Babylon: This may be my NaNoWriMo project for 2009. The title is from a Paul Thorn song that tells a story about a young man working in Los Angeles at a church. This along with the ideas generated by a few other Paul Thorn songs (he’s really great, you should listen!) got me started with an idea for a story, not told from the young man’s point of view, but about a woman that runs a bar across the street from the church. I’ll set it in Florida, probably in a Navy town, to get the young and disillusioned all into the bar. The young man is sure the bar and it’s owner are the work of the Devil, but appearances can be deceiving. Another story that has not asked to have any supernatural or paranormal elements. Yet.
NaNoWriMo 2009 was won with this story. I was sure I wasn’t going to make it, but writing nearly 15,000 words in three days did the trick. And amazingly, most of it is decent stuff.
Dreamweaver: The idea that grew from an interesting dream. A young woman’s dreams have always been vivid but meeting an old woman who has similar dreams makes her wonder which world is the real one; her waking life or the one she visits in her sleep. Another strong contender for NaNoWriMo 2009.