Several things going on!
To recap where my writing's been going over the last year or so.
I'm in the process of formatting my novel, "Hidden Talents", for submission as an ebook/epub format. I want to make some detail changes, such as switching the instant messaging used from older programs to either Google Hangouts or a combination of Kik and Twitter DMs. As I'm doing that, I'm putting the chapters into the Scrivener authoring package. I like Scrivener, and it'll make it easy to format a file ready for submission to either Amazon or Smashwords. Then I need cover art, and I've got the right artist for that. She just needs to dig herself out of snow in metro Boston. :-)
In the summer of 2013, I was wrestling with this decision of where to submit Hidden Talents. I got the idea to write a novella of about 50K words, submit that on Smashwords, and see how the process went. I got about 10K words into that project (a story about a female FBI agent set in New Orleans) when I was talking to LTJG Firstborn. He's up in New Hampshire, with his submarine, while it's in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Since he's single and a geek, he bought the "dragon egg" set frrom Game of Thrones. It's three replica eggs in the presentation box, just like on the show. As we discussed this purchase (which I heartily approve, by the way), Mr. Branley made a snarky remark about how, if the set hadn't cost $80, he'd consider throwing one in a fire to see if it would hatch.
That got me started. I'd been thinking about Hayford Pierce's old "Chap Foey Rider" stories and the Galactic Postal Service. I kept thinking, what if some entity you wouldn't expect decided to use Google to expand it's markets? Dragon eggs sold via Google...I've never tried my hand at writing "young adult" stories, and this was shaping up to be one. I wrote a 5K word story about three kids from Metairie who hatch a dragon egg. When I circulated the story to a few moms of teens/tweens, the response I got was, "what happens next"? Well, that meant I had to write what happened! That turned into "Dragon's Danger", a 50K middle-grade/YA novel. Dara Rochlin did a great job of editing it, and I'm now working with Lisa Graves to finalize the cover art. That'll all get assembled into Scrivener, and submitted to Smashwords.
I'll evaluate how sales of "Dragon's Danger" go while finalizing "Hidden Talents".
Current writing: I've returned to "FBI gal" - her name is Estelle. She's a dysfunctional cop, but not a classical one, with a drinking problem. Still, she's got issues. That's doing OK, and I'm pulling up notes for the follow-up story to Hidden Talents. I also write a 6K-word short story for an Elemental (air/fire/water/earth) anthology that's set in the dragon universe. Hopefully it will get accepted. I also learned of an anthology of medieval fantasy stories looking for stories of women who wear/use "real" armor, so the dragons now contemporary, in the 1890s (elemental story), and now also Middle Ages (armor story).