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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.

The line-up of books I was working on has shifted somewhat with the cold weather and other inspiring factors. I am nearly finished the annotated version of The Island of Doctor Moreau which is thrd book in the series of research aids that I call Scholarly Editions. They are meant to assist the scholar who wants a more in-depth understanding of the primary texts. I have begun the series with three H. G. Wells books, to start. Each book will have a general introduction as well as a more in-depth evaluation of the text which will include its publishing history and historical antecedents, depending on the book. The original text will also be heavily annotated, and will point the scholar to research in the field that is relevant to the particular text as well as current scientific research which can inform their reading of the text. I began with Wells' World Brain, and just completed The Time Machine.

A draft of first book in the series using Tom Waits songs as an inspiration is nearly done. In the meantime I will continue 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. This latest project is going well and I can see the narrative that is struggling to emerge from it.

I like the thousand words a day format, since it gives me time to work on other projects. That is how I wrote Programming for Life. I have begun another project which is quite different than either a novel or an academic critical work. I have begun a book which allows me to describe the pedagogical insight I have learned working with foreign students. I have tentatively titled it The Challenges and Delights of Teaching English Literature to Foreign Students, and I'll keep you posted on the project.

I have returned to an older project, which is a novel about the First Colonist on Mars. I had initially written that as a fictional journal some ten years ago, but I am now rewriting the book and expect a draft should be done in a few months.

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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