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Matt and the Thundergods

About

On certain nights, crossing the San Francisco Bay will lead you into a world where the Great Plains tribes resisted European colonization from the east and spread all the way to the Pacific, creating fiefdoms and citadels led by rulers favored by the Thundergods.

Matt, a physics-mad high school student trying to get through junior year, knows nothing of this world until two of his friends disappear into it and his mother reveals that she brought him out of that universe when he was five, right before political rivals assassinated his father. Now his cousin, the insane Lightning Lord, rules in the city across the bay, the city into which Matt must venture to reclaim his friends and his heritage.

Matt and the Thundergods will be a story about parallel universes, alternate history, Amerindian myth and history, hatred, fear, the Bay Area, and electromagnetism.

Status

Pre-developmental idea soup including the bones of a plot and a whisper of a world. Will be up for consideration as the next long-haul project in fall 2016.

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Shadow Fissure

About

Under the wealthy and powerful Idoni family, the principality of Fiorenta has grown to control all of Toscana. But an uprising in the vassal city Ombrone, led by the sons of executed council members, threatens that dominance.

When the crown prince Claudio is slain during initial attempts to subdue the city, the duty of bringing Ombrone back under Fiorentan control falls to the Ruling Prince's second son, Stefano, who is known more for his philanthropic than military leanings. With the help of the second-best troops in Toscana, including his loyal knight Lorenzo, Stefano must recapture Ombrone and prove his value as the future ruler of Fiorenta.

Shadow Fissure will be a story about alternate history, medieval siege warfare, espionage, GrecoRoman and Germanic religions, duty, loyalty, Tuscany, and stress management.

Status

Pre-developmental idea soup which is slightly closer than Matt's story to congealing. Much research left to do. Will be up for consideration as the next long-haul project in fall 2016.

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Taras

About

In tsarist Russia, boys of minority or subversive groups--in particular, boys who display potential for magical talent--are brought to reform schools to become assimilated. When Taras Radev, a half-Kazakh doctor's son long reviled in his village for his ability to speak to ghosts, arrives at one of these hotbeds of bullying and neglect, he befriends two other young magicians, Aleksei and Cezar.

Outsiders in a school of outsiders, the boys develop their magical abilities together and protect one another from their fellow classmates. But one day, Aleksei disappears, and Taras and Cezar must find out where and why he was taken--and how to get him back.

Taras will be a story about alternate history, mountains, Russian myth and legend, oppressive governments and scholastic institutions, friends in need, shamans, the rise of Lenin, and taking inventory.

Status

Outline and synopsis done; research and worldbuilding still left undone.

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Ubermadchen

About

Europe, 1777. Non-noble magicians, known by the pejorative term "witches," are outlawed in most countries and, if found, will be executed. Five girls--Marilla Rieux, Josefina de los Arboles, Terez Steinbrecher, Suzanne Christophers, and Ekaterina Volkov--who have been secretly trained in magic suddenly find their secret compromised and must flee their home in the Dutch Republic.

But they only land in murkier waters, and soon the mysterious and decadent Promethean Society sends the girls back to the Continent to look for the stolen Torch, a powerful magical artifact which, in the absence of protective shields, slowly becomes a locus for international tensions and a weapon for immense changes for magicians across Europe. The girls must find the Torch and, in the process, create their own place in a world that wants them dead.

Ubermadchen will be a story about alchemy, the Enlightenment, scientific inquiry, the myth and reality of Prometheus, friendship, bigotry, independence, the rise of the bourgeoisie, European politics during the American Revolution, and polarization of transverse waves.

Status

Finished March 2016, at 230,000+ words.

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Unwise Ones
Triptych of Doors

About

Unwise Ones is the blanket term for many stories set in a fantasy world which I have not named, a world where the eight gods of the Ogoda grant favors to magicians who serve their needs, where dragons gift magic to the worthiest seekers of knowledge, where sorcerers converse with sea monsters, where palaces are built in the branches of mighty trees or carved into desert hills but the most powerful human in town may be a mild-mannered magician-engineer, where kind-hearted healers befriend maverick pyromaniacs and straight-laced clarinetist military brats and they all bow down to the trombonist barrister, where four-leafed vines grow from streams of lava, where black-eyed berserkers contend in back streets, where secrets slumber in towers that stand by the sea.

Unwise Ones is about magic, gods, complexity theory, toleration, friends and enemies, geography, the mixing of distant cultures, the mind, synesthesia, power&control, the mysteries of the deep ocean, travel, and theoretical physics.

Status

A perpetual WIP. Several finished long stories (Mind Butcher, The Tournament, Ingrid's Quest), short stories (Dominic and the Lake, Sirens [see below], others), and one finished novel (Orsolya). Others in the works.

Main components:
  • Sorceress and the Falcon Knight (medieval setting)
  • Orsolya (finished novel about magic-induced amnesia)
  • Besen storyline (angry teenagers at a school devoted to combat)
  • Mind Butcher (the tale of Vincent Linden, my Doppelganger)
  • Evan Squall (about a knight of the Order of the Dark Storm)
Note: together, Besen and Mind Butcher make up what I consider the "main" storyline.

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Prose arranged in in-story chronological order (see date after title/link).

Utopia Project

Bellum

About

In a post-apocalyptic future, Europe is a carcass over which two coalitions, the Neutsch Confederation and the Sclavon Alliance, fight ceaselessly. War defines life for everyone, from soldiers to schoolchildren to rural farmers to the gangs that wander aimlessly over the countries and cities. But for a handful of people--most of them still children--that difficult, familiar life is about to be overturned.

Across the ocean, on a forgotten continent, in the capital of Appalachia, a dishonored genius named Conflagra has assembled a team of brilliant, immoral disciples who will secretly kidnap individuals from Europe. Their purpose? An illegal experiment that will send its test subjects across the ocean and, ultimately, to a world far from anything they have ever known--a world whose previous exiles are fighting to find a way back to Earth, and where primordial forces are beginning to stir.

The Utopia Project is about combat, dystopias, the importance of education, the distance from human to other animals, civilization, emotional repression, monsters without and within, xenophobia, evolution, and child psychology.

Status

One finished eponymous novel, projected second book (possibly third).

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