Monday, March 14, 2011

Time to Move to a Different Project

Documenting America, Volume 1, is finished, all but the Introduction, which I started last night and should finish tonight. My attention will now turn in three directions.

One is to proofread Documenting America and get it ready for self-publishing. I intend to go through it slowly, both my text and the text I'm quoting, looking both for typos and better ways to say things. I'll also hope my beta readers give me some comments.

Second is income taxes. I need one evening to file trading papers for the year (those not yet done; I have some filed), one to assemble all my documentation, and a third to actually begin. I think all my spreadsheets are built, so I'm ready to go.

Third will be to turn to another writing project. Unfortunately I don't have time to rest on my success of completing Documenting America. Gotta keep writing, keep researching, keep pressing on. I will call the editor this week about my next batch of assignments, and I may write one or two articles for Those are on-going freelance work and I don't count them as projects. I also have a prospect to write for a legal website, concerning construction law. Don't know if that will come through or not.

I have to decide on my next writing project I could divide my available hours between two project for a while, but one must eventually have supremacy. The projects I have going, in various degrees of completion, are the following.
  • In Front of Fifty Thousand Screaming People, my baseball novel. I've written around 15,000 words on the way to about 85,000 words. Haven't looked at this for at least two months.
  • Screwtape's Good Advice, a small group study. I have the introduction and four chapters done, on the way to 32 chapters. Given that the Narnia movies are being rolled out, which gives a little increase in the interest of all things C.S. Lewis, maybe I should finish this and self-publish.
  • A Harmony of the Gospels, a non-commercial project. Last week I gave a copy of this to our new pastor, which has renewed my interest. The harmony is done. I have about 40 pages (estimated) to write to complete the appendixes and passage notes. It's tempting to plow ahead with this, even though it's not for profit.
  • Essential John Wesley, a small group study. I've done some of the research, and would love to get this done and teach it next time my turn to teach our Life Group comes around. We have about twenty-two weeks of lessons lined up, so that's the time frame for completing this. This would be partly a labor of love and partly a ministry/commercial project.
  • To Exile and Back, a small group study. I've done "all" the research on this, and outlined the project. Time to start writing. I put "all" in quotes because I'm sure as I write it I'll find holes in the research.
So, what say you, faithful readers of this blog, and drop by readers? Does any of these look like a good direction for me to go next? Anything that sticks out, positively or negatively?


Anonymous said...

The title "In Front of Fifty Thousand Screaming People" would catch my attention if I saw it on the shelf. What's it supposed to be about?

I enjoy a lot of C.S. Lewis' work so I'd be interested in reading more about that.

I'm not saying to work on those two and nothing else, but you asked for opinions, and so I guess mine is as stated above, but also, don't listen to me and work on whichever books/stories you feel most drawn toward. I'm a writer too and I know these things can't be forced, they come to you how and when they're ready. Good luck.

Gary said...

Ever consider targeting "50,000" as juvenile fiction? Mike Lupica, sportswriter, has found a good market with this audience. Granted he's famous, but why not think about it?

David A. Todd said...


So the title intriques you? It's about a Kansas farm boy who breaks into the Major Leagues as a phenom pitcher. He can pitch the Cubs to a World Series victory. But a New York mobster will lose an $80 million bet if the Cubs win, so the NY Mafia Don tries to do things to keep the kid pitcher and the Cubs from winning, which a Chicago Mafia Don becomes the kids' protector.

The C.S. Lewis study guide is something I would love to jump on next, and may do that.


David A. Todd said...


It would be a major change to make it appropriate for a juvenile audience. Plus, I know nothing about it, not having read any juvenile fiction for 20 or more years. I'll need to keep that an adult book.