I relaunched this blog a few months ago with the idea I would focus on my writing craft. The aim was to drum up some freelancing gigs and perhaps get to work on finishing one of my book projects.
I've got three unfinished books I have been writing on and off for a few years (I am too embarrassed to admit how long) now. I am counting on the increased traffic prompted by the Blogathon to solicit some input on which of the three I should set out to finish by the summer. Below, I will set out the working titles and a brief summary of the book. I am asking for you to vote on the one you think I should work on finishing now.
Adventures in Orguland
This started as a bed time story I told my little brother Matthew. The story follows the adventures of twelve children who have been drawn into the secret world of Orguland where they must help its residents fight off the evil witch Rodama. The witch has recently turned most of the children into crickets and set her Tyrannosaurus Turkey to eat them. Each of the children is led by a guide called the Gribber who must help them learn to use their special ability.
Letters from the Dead
This story began as a joke when I was writing letters back and forth with my girl friend when I was serving in the Army. The story is told through a series of (electronic) letters sent by a man serving in a special Army Unit - Z Force - and his pregnant wife who he has left behind in New Dallas under the protected environment. The main character, Captain Mike Hernandez leads a special unit sent to eradicate zombies in the outskirts of the city and to find a lost Z-Force unit led by Captain Moons. Hernandez and his team discover that there are humans still living in the Outer Zone and that there may be something worse than the zombies to deal with.
I got this idea from my brother Tony. When he was little boy he somehow got the idea in his head that when a street light went out someone died. The story is primarily about Tony Salinas, a recent Harvard law school graduate who has landed a job in one of Dallas' top law firms. The partners have assigned him to research a key procedural issue in a case in which the firm represents a lead smelting plant accused of causing all sorts of health issues in Tony's old neighborhood. Based on Tony's research, the firm is able to have the class action lawsuit dismissed. As Tony and the team of attorney's are leaving the courthouse, an old curandera grabs his arm and curses at him and yells, paga la luz! (lights out!) Tony's meteorite rise in the law firm is about to be short circuited as he begins to discover that he is prematurely aging.
Which book should I finish?