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The fall always seems to be a productive time for me, at least in terms of ideas. Accordingly, I have started a few more projects when I should be finishing those that are nearing completion. This list exists partially to motivate me, but is also meant to explain how far I have to go.

Now that my South America book is finished, I am turning back to my series that I call Scholarly Editions. I am writing an introduction as well as annotating some H. G. Wells books, to start, in a series meant for the university student who wants a more in-depth understanding of the primary texts. The first in the series is meant to be Wells' World Brain.

I have started a new project, since it's that time of year. I am writing a short story per day--the restriction I've given myself is around a thousand words--which is meant to loosely capture something about Tom Waits' songs as they were produced. I do not intend Music to Stories, as I am calling it, to retell the songs, but rather use them to riff on a larger story I see as struggling to free itself from the shorter and possibly more limited form. My last project using Tom Waits as an inspiration was Going to Ground where I imagined him, or a character based on his songs, traveling across the Canadian landscape in search of a home.

I am nearly finished a first draft of The Founding of Planeville a magic realist novel which follows the settlers in a small village in New Brunswick after the Miramichi fire of 1825. Work on this has slowed, although I know how to write about the village's demise now.

My science fiction novel Programming for Life, about an Artificial Intelligence tasked with the care of a child light years from assistance and advice, is also in a relatively completed draft form. That book is a bit larger than I thought it would be, but I expect to get to the draft after it sits on the shelf long enough for some fresh perspective.

Historiography and the Corrupted Archive: The Postmodern Text, Fact and Confabulation is more of an academic work based on a talk that I gave, and undertakes to investigate and metaphorically figure how history, or a story, can be told when the archive has been deliberately corrupted or neglected for political purpose. This will likely be a longer project, and I am barely fifty pages into it. You can expect to hear more about it in a year.

I am still working on my book length explication of Jacques Lacan's enigmatic and evocative theory about the writteness of the self in my Jacques Lacan and Subjectivity, although the progress has slowed to a molasses flood in January.

I have stalled since the summer on Marred, my novel set on Mars that details the exploits of colonists who have been abandoned by Earth, but I hope to return to that when I have a moment. Like my work on The Coffin Ships, I plan to get back to the project as soon as some of these other books are finished.

I have also started a guide to designing an off-grid solar power system. That book is research and graphic heavy and will no doubt take longer to put together.

I am hoping to have a decent draft of the final book in the Blind Fish Series soon, but I will have to keep you posted about that.

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