How many WIPs (Works in Progress) do you have?
Too many – fifteen, to be exact.
Here they are in the order I expect them to be finished by (all titles and wording subject to change):
Only The Dead Go Free – Horror Short – A woman confronts the horror that has tormented her most of her life for one last time. Again.
The hiss of the shower behind me competes with the roar of the fire raging down the hall. Breathless and without thought, I stare with lifeless eyes into the bathroom mirror. This gore-drenched nightmare of a witch is no longer recognizable as me. What have I done? What was the lesson here? I never wanted this. The questions bubble up like water-borne carcasses until I hear his final words thunder in my head. “Only the dead go free” he had said, right before he –
The Snow Bride – Fantasy Short – Ajir was only looking for creature comforts when he stopped by the Tsas Ber Tavern after months of working in the mines. He found much more than that.
The icy wind outside screeched and wailed like a banshee seeking to devour children’s souls. Frosted windows rattled in their frames so hard the glass threatened to shatter. The camels and horses tied to the posts in front of the Tsas Ber Tavern whickered and spit their displeasure at being left exposed in such inhospitable weather.
Waves – Historical Military Short – A young woman witnesses a major tragedy first hand and eventually helps return the favor.
Marcia was walking to McKinley High School, lost in thoughts of boys when the planes roared overhead. At first, they barely registered. Her father Jack was an Aviation Mechanic at the nearby Naval Base, and there always seemed to be planes around. Something was different this time, though, these engines sounded off somehow. She shaded her eyes from the morning sun and squinted up at the planes flying towards the base. Textbooks tumbled from her hand and into the dirt when she recognized the large red dots encircled by white on the green wings and fuselage.
Thankful – Dramedy Short – A young man experiences a string of unfortunate events while working at a retail establishment late on Thanksgiving night.
I’m thankful that I haven’t lost my mind. This obese woman with the fatally aromatic halitosis is screeching in my face about the price being off by a bank-breaking fifty cents. Her vile spittle mists my glasses. The vapid lady behind her is chattering away in some foreign language at a thousand miles an hour on her smart phone. Her snot-nosed brat pilfers candy from the shelf, putting half-eaten chocolates back before grabbing more. The snakish line of mindless sheeple is reminiscent of the cars in line for gas back in the seventies. This, on the day we are to express thanks for our loved ones and the possessions we already have, these lobotomized lemmings practically eviscerate each other to get the latest, shiniest must-have at a reduced price. It isn’t Friday quite yet, but the Blackness is already here.
The Letter – Historical Military Romance Short – After purchasing a file cabinet at an estate sale, a man finds a letter the previous (and deceased) owner had written but never sent to his estranged lover, and discovers his most sinister secret as well.
I’ve written you more times than I can count, every letter crumpled and tossed in the general direction of the wastebasket in the corner. There’s no point in sending them when they all boil down to “I’m sorry, I miss you.” If reading those words gouged holes in your heart anywhere near as deep as the wounds writing them ripped into mine, sending these letters would be just another selfish act on my part. I think you’ve had enough of those.
Phil – Low Fantasy Novella – Melissa Brown’s struggling beauty salon has a string of unusual incidents after acquiring a new plant from a mysterious stranger.
The seagulls were too busy squabbling with each other over the dead and dying caterpillars that littered the parking lot to notice the coppery eyes in the bushes watching them. As silent as a shadow, the red fox took slow, slinky steps out of the shrubbery and towards the feasting birds, ears forward, tail straight out, eyes never leaving his prey.
The Cleansing – Horror Short – Sometimes the worst monsters are human.
Technically speaking, the first time I took someone’s life I was eleven. I don’t count that as part of my Cleansing, though, as it wasn’t intentional, not really. Sure I pushed her on the tracks, but if she hadn’t gone back for her bag, the train wouldn’t have gotten her. Still, I’m glad that it did. That bitch had it coming. She was mine. All that talk about not liking me that way was just her fear of being different. She sure didn’t stop me the first time I kissed her.
Piecing Myself Together – Nonfiction Biography Short (cowriter)- After a devastating accident which cost his friend his life and almost took away his own, a man must figure out how to put all the pieces back together again, in almost every sense of the phrase.
Awakenings – YA Low Fantasy Novella – Middle-school children in a small town begin to develop unusual abilities – but not the ones they want, and at a cost. Developing with my eldest daughter.
Delectable – Horror Novella – Nobody noticed when the homeless began to disappear off of the Las Vegas streets. They did notice the new celebrity chef in town, serving up his Michelin-rated dishes with flare.
The River Sticks – Paranormal Drama Short – An elderly man awakens in the middle of the night to find his long-dead poker buddies have returned to play one last high-stakes game.
Roar – Historical Horror Novella – When the Carnival comes to town in 1920’s New Orleans, a dancer sees her chance to leave the Carnival for something better. Unfortunately, Peanut – the oversized and long-abused lion that is one of the Carnival’s main attractions also breaks free and seeks his revenge on the puny humans that have tormented him for so long
Pillbug! – Horror Comedy Novella – After an evening of unspeakable debauchery, the aged plumbing of a frat house breaks, leaking unspeakable things onto an innocent pillbug. When the insect grows to gigantic proportions, the entire world quakes in fear!
Ursa Major – Science Fiction Novel – A middle-aged man searches for answers to a mystery from his childhood, and uncovers much more than he ever bargained for.
Destiny Reborn – Fantasy Adventure Novel Series – A small band of villagers sets off on a global journey to find the answer to what ends up being the biggest question of all time.