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Sunday, June 11, 2017

"The Doctor and I" in Invisibles 3

A shorter, revised version of "The Doctor and I" will appear in Invisible 3, edited by Jim Hines & Mary Anne Mohanraj, available for preorder at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and Google Play.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Work In Progress

Part of my day job as a software guy involves consulting on process, and while I'm pretty situational and eclectic and mix-and-match in my approach, among the various agile methodologies, I'm quite fond of Kanban approaches. And a common tenet of Kanban approaches is "limit work in progress".

So it's kind of ironic, if not problematic, that in my artistic life I live in a sea of unfinished, un-abandoned things, particularly at the moment. I'm not totally convinced that this is necessarily a bad thing -- software development and in art are somewhat incommensurate magisteria -- but on the other hand, enough is enough already. Since the novel is done, here's what I've been working on:

First draft not done Collecting feedback
& revising
Stuck, after getting feedback Basically done, unsure how to ship
Fiction
Sargasso,YA nanotech SF romp, with Paul Melko
"Birdsense", a tale of evolutionary alternate history
"The Trouble With Danny", a down & out ex-lavanaut in 2150s Malmö
"Motherless Men", a sex-positive matriarchal sword & sorcery story of intrigue; Annalee Newitz thinks it's structurally a Western
"Ever Since", absurdist undergraduate post-apocalypse
Reef Six, a novella about the ageless and durable wanderer Siob,salvaged from the excised parts of Resilience
"Adaptation", a post-bodyswap/soul-displacement-portal-fantasy story of reintegration
"The Tree of Life", more on Talmudic scholarship and zombies, but with serious downbeat contemporary psychological realism
Games
Elul in the Shtetl, a Zorklike text adventure set in the fantastic shtetl
Shtetl World, a grandly complex tabletop RPG, radical dreidel-based Apocalypse World hack with dreidels, set in the fantastic shtetl
Tohu vaBohu (a.k.a. Formless and Void), a Fluxxlike competitive card-based tabletop RPG in a Calvino mood
Matchmakers, a card game of shtetl matchmaking, which I am helping Ethan Ham with
Sing Your Heart Out, a karaoke freeform LARP/tabletop hybrid in a Glee or Pitch Perfect setting, which I am at this point mostly turning over to Jamey Harvey
Dream Apart, a rules-light GM-less tabletop RPG, reskinning Dream Askew, and set in the fantastic shtetl
U.G.R.R., a collaborative strategic board game centered on the abolitionist activists of the Underground Railroad
Also, Mary Anne wants me to write a parenting book. It's sort of nice to be able to switch projects when your brain gets full. Still, this is clearly too many things, right? Feel free to vote in the comments. Comments (6)   permalink