All the Writing Projects

As my month-long hiatus from writing comes to a close, I thought it might be a good idea to talk a little bit about what’s on the horizon in terms of where my writing is headed next. (Many thanks to Deborah @ Road of a Writer for the inspiration). What’s on my plate, what am I planning to write next, and what stages are each of these projects in? Kind of an Ishness post… but just about writing.

Minstrel’s Call

The fourth and final book in the Minstrel’s Song series. I’ve completed the first round of edits and it is currently in the hands of my line-editor and four marvelous (and courageous) beta readers. I know it still is going to need some work, but the biggest and most daunting pass of editing is always that first one. Everything from there is (usually) tweaking and polishing as opposed to re-writing… unless I get some horrible, awful, no good, very bad news from this round of editors/beta readers… let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Genre: Fantasy

When can we expect a release date?

It is far too soon to tell. This time last year I already had most of my line editing/beta-notes for Yorien’s Hand back already… so if we were to extrapolate from where Yorien’s Hand was then… I’d say… May 2017. But don’t quote me on that!


But that leads me to…

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The Turrim Archive

Yep! This is the title reveal for my next series after Minstrel’s Song. The first book is The Orb and the Airship and will be a five-book series (at least, that is the plan currently, though it could change).

The first book has been drafted and is complete. With this project, I am hoping to have all five books drafted in rapid succession and before I publish book 1.. but that means I’m going to have to do some heavy-duty writing in the coming months (taking time off to finish edits on Minstrel’s Call and get that polished, of course).

Book 2 – which is currently lacking a title – has a complete and pretty detailed outline, and has 20,000 words to its name already. These books are going to be a bit on the shorter side, probably between 100,000 and 120,000 words each.

Books 3-5 have been outlined to some extent.

I’ve talked a little bit about this series, but haven’t gone into a lot of detail. I hope to reveal more about this new series to you in the coming months.

Currently it follows two young men as they travel away from their small, farming community to go train at the Academy (this world’s version of something like Annapolis or Westpoint). Along the way, their journey takes them to some unexpected places, and they fall afoul of air pirates… and learn that the world is a far bigger place than they realized… and that their country teeters closer to the brink of war than anyone is aware.

Genre: Um… Fantasy with a hint of steampunk and a dash of sci fi. There is some limited magic in the world, and technology (airships and trains) but the tech is all magic-powered. The era is sort of Victorian Era/American Frontier – but without the invention of guns yet, if that makes sense.


Project Oriole: A Mystery of Mars

This project is still on the back-burner, despite having a pretty extensive outline and the fact that I’ve written the opening scenes. I’m not sure where this story is going… whether it will be a stand-alone, or a series. The characters and ideas seem too big and fun and exciting to be a stand-alone… but I’m not sure what the next story will be… if there is one.

Main character is Logan Welles, a private detective and very good at his job. The story starts when a prominent scientist for the large and respected company Aditus mysteriously goes missing, and his wife hires Logan to find out what happened to him…

Genre: Mystery/Sci-fi. Think 1920s detective story… set on Mars… 500 – 1000 years in the future.


The Prince and the Willow

I hate that title. But I can’t think of a better one at the moment… so it stands as the working title. The story is complete, but needs some editing. This is a short-story/novella… probably will end up being somewhere between 20,000-50,000 words when all is said and done. It is a Cinderella retelling, mostly based on the question of “What if Cinderella met the Prince when they were both children, and became good friends years before the events that turned her into ‘Cinderella’?”

Genre: Fairy tale retelling


“World Three”

This story doesn’t have much more than a map – and the affectionate nickname of “World Three.” We’ve talked about it and tossed it around… but all I really know for sure is what the map looks like. I know it’s going be a 3-race story with humans, elves, and dwarves… and that there will be fire-drakes… but that’s all I know right now.

Genre: High Fantasy


Second Picture Stories

This is my collection of short stories about the imaginative world of children. It’s kind of always there in the back of my mind, but hasn’t been a priority in years. Still working on it, though. Lots of the stories are written, but I feel like they need serious re-writing/editing.

Genre: Children’s


My Pet Apostrophe

That’s a working title… but I had this weird daydream a while back in which a little boy finds a very sad apostrophe who is distressed about not having a home (he’s on like a yard-sale sign but in the wrong place)… so the little boy sets out to help the apostrophe find a home… somewhere he truly BELONGS. This would be, obviously, a children’s book. I haven’t written any more for it than what you just read… but it’s there in the back of my mind. Children’s book ideas overwhelm me, though… I feel like writing them is just really, really difficult. Give me 140,000-word challenge any day of the week! I prefer it.

Genre: Children’s


Portal Fantasy

I also have a simmering idea of a portal fantasy story that involves the Bermuda Triangle and what happens to the lost ships and people who disappear inside the Bermuda Triangle… but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Not sure it’s going anywhere…

Genre: Fantasy


I’m not even sure….

But the premise has something to do with science fiction and a character who is a military doctor in a sort of Russia-during-the-Cold-War kind of culture… nothing for this story has been fleshed out except the main character, and he’s still in the beginning-development stages. But I’m excited about it!

Genre: Sci-fi

So that’s my list of projects right now. It makes me tired just thinking about them all…


~ jenelle



Oh, goodness, I know that overwhelmed feeling of “TOO MANY GOOD IDEAS!” I’ve had sooo many ideas in the past few months and some have so much promise… but I just don’t have time.
Your children’s book ideas sound wonderful, though! As do your other projects. I can’t wait to hear more about the Turrim Archive. It sounds like the kind of series that I would enjoy a lot!
Also, what is the difference between dragons and fire drakes? I tried looking it up, but it seems to vary from source to source.


Dragons vs. fire drakes. I’m not sure what the technical difference is, but for the purposes of what I mean here… fire drakes are animals… non-sentient, whereas “dragons” indicates the ability for speech and reasoning – whether good or evil.

Claire B.

These projects all sound awesome! I’m really intrigued by the possibilities that steampunk presents, and it’s starting to get featured in a few story ideas that I’ve got running around.
Also looking forward to Minstrel’s Call!

J. L. Mbewe

Wow! It is great to see all the creative story ideas you have going on! I have so many too. Can’t wait to get them written. (Although, some are in varying degrees of being written, outlined, mapped, etc.)

Happy writing! And editing! :-)

Deborah O'Carroll

I LOVE this post! :D Seeing all your story ideas all laid out is so cool and fun! :)

Yussss Minstrel’s Call… >:D

Okay, so I LOVE the name of The Turrim Archive! It also super intrigues me… five-book series, fantasy-powered steampunk-ish. I. LOVE. THIS. I can’t wait to hear more about this project! That is so cool you’ve finished the first one! :) How’s Camp NaNo going, by the way? I hope it’s going good!

I’ve gotta say, I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, but your Mars dectetive story sounds really cool. o.o

THE PRINCE AND THE WILLOW SOUNDS AMAZING!!! :D Given how much I loved your B&B retelling, the idea of a Cinderella novella by you really gets me interested… ;) I actually like the title, FYI. But I do know the feeling of disliking a title, so I hope you’ll find a new one if you need it.

ELVES DWARVES FIREDRAKES. I like the idea of this World Three. :D High fantasy is always awesome. *nods*

Sort stories about the imaginative world of children? That sounds really cool! ALL OF YOUR IDEAS ARE AWESOME AAHH YOU NEED TO WRITE THEM ALL! :D

The apostrophe one sound PERFECT. XD I love it to bits. <333 I think it would make a cute picture book. :) I agree though, I come up with children's book ideas sometimes but I have no idea how to go about them. :P

A Bermuda Triangle portal fantasy. That… that is EPIC. O_O

And another sci-fi too!

Just… wow, I love all these ideas. This was soooo interesting to read! :) I know the feeling about being tired just thinking about them. XD I have like dozens of stories I want to write (my recent post like this was only my top-layer ones…) so… yeah. SO MUCH TO WRITE.

Anyway, thanks for sharing! I'm super intrigued! :D Best of luck on your writing!!! (Because obviously I need to read all of these someday. ;))


Awww, your comment made my day! Thanks for your enthusiasm. :)

Camp is… um… well, I’m just sort of starting today because we had family in town for the first few days of July. But I’ve set a fairly reasonable word-count goal, so I think it’ll be fine.

Deborah O'Carroll

Yay! :) You’re welcome. ^_^ *anticipates all the books and their awesomeness*

Aha. Well that’s totally understandable… Best of luck on your writing from here out! :) I’m rooting you on behind the scenes!! :D

E. E. Rawls

Ohmygoodness, these stories sound AWESOME! Steampunk, Scifi, High Fantasy, so much story-goodness here! The Turrim Archive sounds so cool, I’m very intrigued to learn more. The Prince in the Willow, love the premise, and I couldn’t help but chuckle at the title, me being a Wind in the Willows fan since childhood. :)


Thanks so much! Hmm, The Prince In the Willow… I had it the Prince And the Willow… but I really like changing that “AND” to “IN”… bears thinking about. (I love Wind in the Willows, as well!) I could tweak/adjust a few things to make it more apropos. Thank you for the idea!

E. E. Rawls

Oh that’s funny, I was so thinking about “Wind In The Willows” that I didn’t realize you had it “Prince AND the Willow!” I do like IN though; that could work for a book title. It brings up a nice image, I like it. Your welcome for the accidental idea! :D


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