There are a lot of writing things I want to do this year. At one point, I started making a list of all I wanted to work on, but I stopped when I hit thirty. Many of those projects are short stories I want to finish or polish up and submit, but here is a list of some of the bigger projects I want to work on this year.
Finish None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky. This is a novel I’ve been working on for several years now. It’s set a few centuries after a nuclear war, and some time ago I came up with this one sentence description of it: “Will a treasure from the past be enough to unite the survivors of a nuclear war; or, are arrogance, mistrust, and hatred too akin to cockroaches?” The book contains four parts, and I had finished the first two a couple of years ago. Last year, I set out to write a chapter a week to finish it. I had to set that aside after eight chapters to work on the two short story anthologies I self-published last year, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet and Political Pies. This year, I have again set out to write a chapter a week with the hope of finally finishing it.
Self-publish The Uncapped Pen. This will be my fourth short story anthology and will contain stories about writing. Basically, all my stories about writers with too many ideas and unhelpful muses will be in it.
Self-publish “Amongst Us and other stories.” Late last year I put out a five, scifi story minianthology on Kindle, “Brain for Rent and other stories.” This will be the same idea and the stories will all have the theme of aliens on Earth.
Self-publish “The Future is Coming.” A couple of years ago, I started writing a blog series about science fiction elements I believe will – in the not too distant future – become science fact. The goal was to write up these blogs because I found them interesting, but also to get people to start thinking about the future. I only wrote one blog, but I had ideas for others. I’ve revised that one and am working on writing nine more short essays on how these “scifi” things will effect the world. I’m thinking of then putting the book out for free to hopefully get some traffic to my other books.
Self-publish one, or both of my haiku projects. I’m working on two collections of haiku. The first one is Stephen L. Thompson/A collection of haiku/One hundred total. My plan is to put out 100 haiku for $0.99. The other haiku project started with the realization that there was a guy named Nostradamus who wrote bad poetry and people are still talking about him centuries after his death. I figured, I can write bad poetry, and so I’m working a collection tentatively titled Dubiously Prophetic Haiku. I’m thinking of putting that one out for free as well to hopefully get some attention, and for fun.