I'm about 3/4 of the way to the finish line on this large (14"x20") cross stitch WIP: poppies. I love it, even after all these months (I started this one in August 2017), and look forward to spending an hour or two with it every evening. I like big projects, because I can assemble all the working elements, keep them in one place (trying to be tidy), and don't have to start all over again every couple of months. Can't wait to see this one matted and framed and hung in the bedroom! But I already have the next project in mind. I plan to create the pattern from a favorite artwork (with the artist's permission), using some online software. I've never done that before, so it'll be interesting to see how that part of the process works out.
I'm also working on the Ruby novella trilogy. The titles: NoBODY; SomeBODY Else; and Not Just AnyBODY. (Looking forward to some interesting cover designs with these titles!) As you know, Ruby is psychic, so these short books (about 35-40,000 words, half the length of the usual mysteries) are about the development of her psychic skills and her work with the Paranormal Psychology Lab at the university in Pecan Springs. It's been fun to do the research (itself a work-in-progress) and to read other paranormal novels. I tend to write long and to let the story find itself, within a certain structure, but the shorter length imposes a more deliberate story-structure discipline on the work--an interesting challenge. Since the trilogy will be published in ebook-only, I don't have to worry about print distribution, which requires a lot of management. If the trilogy is successful (that is, if readers like these shorter books), there will be more spinoffs from the Pecan Springs mysteries.
Some nice publishing news for another WIP. As you know, I'm publishing my first indie mystery next month: The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover. The book just got a strong review from Publishers Weekly, It's hard for indie books to get reviewed by the Big Guys, so this one made me dance a little happy dance. More nice news: The ebook edition will be available to your libraries through Overdrive. There'll be an audiobook, too. I planned a modest first printing of the hardcover--turns out that I should probably have been a bit more ambitious. Looks like Clover will have to go into a second printing. Always something new to learn!
Reading note. When I was a kid, I thought I had my life figured out. I knew where I was going. I was sure of who I was and what I was. I was wrong. . . I am a perpetual work-in-progress. And you know what? I am quite all right with that.― Cristina Marrero