I keep folders and scribbles tucked in one of those drawers...and I actually counted up the number of different stories and/or scripts I have "in the works" (which doesn't necessarily mean that I work on them at all regularly, but that they are 'there' in the back of my mind and I fully intend on finishing them at some point). There are ten of them. Just to give you a little taste of Racheal's flair for story-telling and what interests me, here's an insider's peek into my desk drawer.
In the purple folder on the bottom: Two stories. One by some friends which I really don't know if it will go anywhere further. The other, my novel set in "Reconstruction" South Carolina. That one is going to take a lot of research...I haven't worked on it in ages, but it's one that I want to write.
Next up, a cheerfully hued red folder which also holds two stories:"Mr. O'Brian" and "Bedford". "Mr. O'Brian"s initial script draft has actually been written--it would fall into the 'mystery/thriller' category--if I could just get it a little 'thriller-ier' I would be tickled.
"Bedford" is supposed to be a biographical film on none other than General Nathan Bedford Forrest. I even know how it starts. :) Much more research is needed though before that gets really underway.
Next is a shooting script for the first of Katherine's "Francis Justice, P.I." series.
Following that is a yellow folder with "Mr. Dobbs" scrawled across the front. "Mr. Dobbs" is a western that really should probably have a different name than it does. Mr. Dobbs is an important character, but not the protagonist. This is one of those stories that I told myself while working on the Colt's Foot...and actually remembered huge chunks of it. I still do, and the rough outline I scrawled out helps me to remember. I like this story and will eventually get it written I suppose. This folder also holds the beginnings of a romance that probably will go nowhere else.
Oh, and then there is "James and Burke". I'm afraid those engaging families have seen little of their authoress of late....
I find myself faced with yet another yellow folder. This one holds the initial notes and scribbles for Freedom's Light Films' next project(s). I suppose I really ought to be working on that rather than musing aloud here. (I'm still not officially announcing it, but I will tell you that it's also about the WBtS in one fashion or another.)
Next in line is a green folder that is just beginning to get a little ratty around the edges. It contains something that I never thought I would write: a dystopia. You read that right--dystopia. This non-fan of dystopian fantasy is writing a dystopia. I got to thinking one day, not long after hearing something about Divergent (supposedly written by a Christian girl). I confess that I have neither read the books nor watched the films (nor do I plan to), but from the things that I heard/saw I didn't see how it was much different than The Hunger Games (likewise I haven't read the books or seen the movies; however, my younger sister did read the first book and she informed us that they were most certainly not from a biblical perspective). Like I said, I got to thinking...and the outcome of my thinking along the lines of "why can't/won't somebody write a self-consciously biblical and reformed worldview dystopia?" That accusing finger I was pointing at no one in particular turned around and jabbed itself at me. "Who me?? But I don't even like that kind of stuff." "Yeah...as far as you know. What if you're just being self-righteous and stuck up over it?"
Okay, that may not be exactly how it went, but the end result was that I, Racheal, who has never read a dystopian novel or watched a dystopian film decided to counter attack the popular stories with a story that is self-consciously from a biblical worldview. I'm a little stuck on some dialogue at the moment and I am still not completely sure how I am going to end the story, but I am actually surprised at the stick-to-it-ness I have shown on this project. I rather figured when I started it that I would lose interest and fizzle out on it. I haven't. I don't work on it ever day, or even every week, but it is getting written--which is, I admit, kind of a neat feeling. (By the way, this one is not intended as a screenplay.)
Last, but not least, is a stack of "stuff"around an inch thick. This is, of course, as you might be able to guess, my Cow Cavalry stuff. It certainly isn't all my research scribbles and printed pages, but it is all that I need for finishing my project. Speaking of which, I still am waiting on a voice over...then...oh then! I can be done! Lord willing and I don't decide to pull my hair out over of the quality of the audio. *sheepish grin* I fear that I am most disappointed with that, but also that I am quite ready to say it's "good enough" (even if it's not) because I do not like audio editing and I happen to know that I will probably just booger it up worse than ever if I keep at it.
Anyway, there you have the contents of my 'currently in-progress somehow or another' drawer. I could list you off even more ideas if I dropped down into the next drawer and pulled out my fat "idea book". ;) However, I will spare you the pain and now go and do a few little things that I really must do before my bees arrive (probably tomorrow?)...