I have a variety of writing projects that I am working on at the same time. Like when I read, I can never have just one - I have to have multiple books and projects at a time. I don't know why, I just seem to work better that way. You'll notice very quickly that the children's books have recurring character!
Children's Book Projects
The Adventures of Elfanor and Barnabas - This is a children's book I am working on inspired by, of course, my little monkey Eleanor. It is about a little girl and her teddy bear and some of the 'adventures' they go on. Various toys and such 'come to life' on these adventures.
Eleanor, in Edinburgh - Naturally I would combine two things I love very much - my daughter, and Scotland. I came up with this idea when thinking about the ridiculous ways parents spell their baby names these days. I am marginally guilty of this, as I spelled Eleanor's middle name 'Edin' instead of 'Eden', because I thought it might border on child abuse to name her 'Eleanor Edinburgh'. Anyway, without giving away too many details, it is about a little girl and her mom seeing the sites of this beautiful city that the little girl is named for.
Eleanor, in Europe - See - a recurring character! My idea for this one revolves around Eleanor (and her mom, again) venturing to all the places that still exist that are connected to Eleanor of Aquitaine, who the little girl is also named for.
Young Adult Book projects
The Basketball Murders (working title) - This is a monstrosity I started writing in HIGH SCHOOL. I was super into Fear Street and the Scream movies and all that, so I wrote my own murder mystery. This thing went everywhere with me, I have tons of notes and such related to it, and to this day I am still working on making it an actual working book. With the Fear Street books, you have to have a certain amount of suspended belief to keep reading - kids die at school, and life goes on as normal? Check! Seemingly supernatural killer(s)? Check! As much as I loved those books, I am looking to make this one a little more believable. That's why I have been writing and editing and rewriting for 17 years now. Of course, I have not worked on it continuously, but I have a great love for this one and would someday at least like one published copy for myself. Currently, it revolves around a high school basketball team and their group of friends, who mysteriously start dropping like flies and the only clue at each scene is a deflated basketball with a knife through it. It is full of twists and turns and half the time I forget who the killer(s) is/are because I have rewritten and worked on it for so long.