TITLE: To be decided. (In my head I refer to it as ‘Remember The Evil’)
STATUS: Oh my god this story will not end already… 150,000 words and counting. Draft will be done by mid-February. Then I get to cut out ~40,000 words. Help.
Who are we but the sum of all our memories?
TITLE: Beacon Island.
STATUS: First draft completed on December 21, 2016 – 119,000 words. In editing mode.
I bounced between a couple of projects before landing on this one, which I’m really excited about. The story follows Ben Bishop, recently ousted CEO of Bishop Entertainment Group, on his trip to a remote and luxurious vacation island in the Caribbean. As he gets drawn into the island’s mysterious and crime-ridden underground the question becomes, is he there for a much-needed getaway, or was he drawn to the island on purpose?
STATUS: Completed on April 23, 2016 – 5,572 words
A short story about morality and the questionable decisions we must make when forced to weigh the value of certain lives against others. Would you make the right choice?
TITLE: Embracing Ghosts
STATUS: Completed on June 9, 2014 – 89,824 words. Put away for now.
How many times can you run from your troubles? After seven years away, Jim Price returns to his hometown of Frost, Indiana. He believes he’s coming home to take care of his estranged and dying mother, but on the inside he knows he might just be running away from something worse than his old family problems. Taking a job as a regular police officer, Jim throws away the title of detective to try and be a part of Frost’s police force. But in the small and sleepy city a kidnapping and a vicious string of seemingly unrelated murders start tearing through the streets. And Jim feels a ghost from his recent past lurking in his shadow.
(Doubtless you’ve heard the plot before, but everyone has to write a detective thriller at some point in their career. What matters is how you make it your own)
TITLE: The Man in the Black BMW
STATUS: Completed on June 16, 2014 – 9,685 words.
My absolute favorite out of anything I’ve ever written.
Bernard is an elderly man who spends his time in the same traffic circle day in and day out, enjoying the day and writing about the people around him. Just like any author, Bernard likes some characters more than others, and the Man in the Black BMW is his favorite. Elizabeth is 8 months pregnant and her husband is dying. She struggles to be strong, but doesn’t know if she can raise a child on her own. Bernard and Elizabeth never meet, but their lives are more connected than they could ever fathom, because sometimes even the most senseless events have more consequences than anyone realizes.
TITLE: Living in Memory
STATUS: Completed – 3,000 words. You can find it on the blog here!
An uplifting, but realistically tragic short story about Frank, a man with Alzheimers living in an old age home. Struggling with lucidity, Frank has difficulty differentiating between the past, the present, and the life he wished he had lived.
TITLE: The Academy
STATUS: Completed – 96,000 words. Put away for good.
The first thing I ever wrote, and for whatever reason I decided to dive straight into a novel. It’s a mess, it’s a knock off of Harry Potter, and it’s been shelved for good. If I ever make it as a writer I may release it one day so that people who are discouraged by their first attempts at writing can see just how much progress practice can help you achieve.