… and all that.
Finished the first draft of an outline for the next Jao novel and sent it to senior author Eric Flint. We don't have a contract for it yet, so this is all preliminary and "on spec" so to speak, but I believe when the sales figures for The Span of Empire are available for review, Baen will give Eric a contract for a sequel. And if we have the outline done by then, the writing will commence immediately, which will mean it will be done quicker.
Have first drafts of a couple of new 1632 stories done, entitled Requiem for the Future and Lex Talionis. Both of them feature Marla Linder and Franz Sylwester–the first new stories I've written with them as the protagonists in a lot of years. They will probably land in The Grantville Gazette, but they need some work still, so they haven't been bought yet.
My current new project is a sequel to my story The Quiet Man, which is a non-1632 story that was published in Jim Baen's Universe magazine back in 2007. The working title is The Wrench in the Monkeyworks. My goal is that it be a bit of a puzzle story, but also be well-laced with humor.
I'm told that my 1632 book Essen Defiant, a short novel collaboration with Kim Mackey which is a direct sequel to his book Essen Steel, will be published by Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press in the very near future. I haven't seen the cover yet. I'm looking forward to it.
And there are a few things still under development that I can't talk about yet, but I will reveal as soon as I can.