Project Updates - May 15, 2019

The past month has been especially productive as far as inspiration goes, even if my word count hasn’t really kept up. I’ve had a couple articles to write for TargetCrazy as well as some other freelance work.

Engine of Ruin

As always I’m chugging on with my novel.

Engine of Ruin (working title) is a space opera/western set a few hundred years in the future after two interplanetary wars have left the Sol system too economically bankrupt to afford interstellar travel. The protagonist, Eloy, is a clone originally produced to combat population collapse after the wars, but his escape from growing anti-clone sentiment gets him recruited onto the crew of a new interstellar ship built by a wealthy terraforming engineer setting out to visit a previously colonized star system no one has been in contact with for over 100 years.

Over the past month I finished detailing the characters and their backstory and created the timeline of the world. Now I’m working on the plot summary, after which I’ll start rewriting the first three chapters.

Short Stories

I have a couple of short stories in the pipeline. Although, I don’t know when I’ll get around to them.

Cajun Run

Cajun Run (working title) is a short story based on a dream I had. Johnnie is the newest member of an interstellar crew running narcotics from a backwater planet to Earth. When he discovers a police tracker has been placed on the ship, he gets caught in a political web that extends far beyond simple drug smuggling.

Don’t Feed the Animals

Don’t feed the animals (working title) is another short story based on a dream I had. Tell is a crew member of an interstellar carnival ship that finds itself stranded without supplies when they visit several planets whose inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared during their near-lightspeed journey. When it comes to deciding whether to eat the animals, Tell finds himself caught between the security officer Lucas and his good friend Olalla.

Forthcoming Stories


Shut-Ins is the story of the last two surviving children of a colonization mission populated entirely by frozen embryos grown on-planet. I’ve just finished the galleys, and it will be coming out in Analog Science Fiction & Fact later this year.


Immeasurable is the story of a brilliant physics graduate from BYU in Provo, Utah, coping with her recent miscarriage. It comes out in Weber State’s literary journal The Contemporary West spring 2020.

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