(I was thinking of titling it something witty like Pulmonary Junction or PJ's, but I don't want to shoo away the humans.) I have quite a few projects on my plate, some I have actually put into motion, while others, just ideas. I think I'll put up here all my projects (written or not) but talk only really about a select few, the ones which I am working on or will work on in the very near future. I have listed these projects in order of precedence, from my current projects, to my pending ones. Also, while I primarily work on novels, I also write song lyrics. But I don't really think I have much to say in way of song lyrics, so if something comes up I'll just post it here as an update. For now, I would LOVE comments on which of my current works seems to hold more promise. Hell, any tips, advice, snippets, whatever, would do at this point. --------Currently Working On-------- Antebellum City Themes | Mystery Suspense Thriller Identity Psychology Spirituality Setting | New York, USA; Lahore, Pakistan Premise | After the New York Police and FBI are unable to find an explanation for a string of murders in New York, they turn to a forgotten archive of a serial killer who operated on the same modus operandi nearly fifteen years ago--except seven seas over. Officer Hackett, together with the FBI and the immigrant rights activist Rayed, go back to the scene of crime to investigate sleeping murders. Start Date | May 2014 Current Word Count | 19,254 Progress | (30%) Comments | I got inspiration for this murderous mayhem partly due to my obsession with Criminal Minds and Hannibal, my Forensic Psychology class, topped off with a burglary and a break-up. The story closely mirrors a homicidal fantasy I crafted on a bad day. XD Anyhow. I haven't really gotten to it after the first spurt of writing, even though I have it all figured out. I think this should be a priority item on my list, though. I'm currently working on this project, and plan to wrap it up by the end of the year. Someone to Die For Themes | Depression Loneliness Death Family Love Friendship Supernatural Setting | UK (several cities) Premise | Having just arrived in the UK, Tehseen runs into a peculiar young girl who goes by the name 'Nova', and finds herself traveling around the country reconnecting with loved ones, just before they die. Start Date | August 2011 Current Word Count | 7,400 Progress | (5%) Comments | I pieced it together during a severe depressive episode (can't say if it was a major depressive episode, or simply the byproduct of infernally long summer vacations and family drama). I put together some of my dreams and came up with a plot that I am actually quite proud of. Other than being an exciting plot, it's tone is very non-literary (borders on YA I suppose) and that was something new for me. Since I've been out of the depressive episode, I've unsurprisingly not really had a lot of motivation to work on it, though I am planning to put more into it alongside with Antebellum City. Love and its Story Themes | Romance Religion Spirituality Culture Taboos Redemption Setting | Goa, India Premise | A young Arab business tycoon falls in love with an Indian priestess, and in trying to finding each other they find themselves. Start Date | June 2008 Current Word Count | 97,000 Progress | (50%) Comments | I started working on this sometime in the summer of 2008 (can't believe it when I say it!). I wrote about 30% of it during that summer. However, once my third year of high school started, I haven't had time for any long writing project, and this one has been in limbo since. I got in about 10% more in the summer break after high school, and ever since have been chipping in a chapter or two during college. I still have muse for this one, but I'm at a point where I need to do some extensive literature review. And for that, I need to set some dedicated time out. So I don't think I can work on this with true commitment until winter break. The Cause Themes | Science Fiction Action Thriller Noir Romance Drama Setting | For the most part, US Premise | When scientists create an improved derivative of humans, humagens, they unleash upon the world an apocalyptic battle which The Mother, the first humagen, and her followers strive to bring to an end. Start Date | December 2013 Current Word Count | 800 Progress | (1%) Comments | It was originally conceived as screenplay, and has been one of my most interesting daydreams, but I think now that it would do well as a novel too, told from the perspective of two major characters. So I'm thinking of trying to bring that nearly 6-month long daydream into a novel. Gorgeous Themes | Feminism Religion Spirituality Redemption Identity Family Sisterhood Setting | US (several cities) Premise | Raven returns to her foster home in Torrey after nearly twenty years, to invite her staunch Catholic foster mother, and her foster sisters, to her wedding. However, things have changed considerably since she left, and she is unwillingly drawn into a cascade of events that will consume her life. Start Date | August 2012 Current Word Count | 1,800 Progress | (1%) Comments | I thought of the idea in around 2007, but I only really started working on it recently. I wouldn't even have typed it, but I had muse so I thought to just wing it. The story is powerful but it's a lot of drama and I don't want to work on this just yet. Still, it's one of my priority items as soon as I'm done through with any one of the above. --------Pending-------- My Dear Progeny Themes | Mystery Suspense Thriller Religion Patriotism Drama Family Setting | Phoenix, US; Lahore, Pakistan Premise | A son who loathes his father goes through several horrifying events in his life after his death and slowly starts to see what he could never see during his father’s life. Comments | Like Gorgeous, I have had the idea for many years now, but I haven't actually started work on it. I would like to work on it as soon as I'm done with my current works. I Control You Themes | Fantasy Mystery Drama Thriller Religion Setting | Israel Premise | A famous, modest Muslim writer meets the biggest shock of her life when her most successful character becomes real – and she falls in love with him. Comments | Unsurprisingly so, based on a hypothetical situation I once thought of. I like the storyline, it's very chilling, so I would want to explore it more once I can. Want a Ride Themes | Rape Incest Redemption Love Family Setting | US (several cities) Premise | After tricking his sister into his car, a serial rapist takes her on a bittersweet road trip across the country, refusing to stop until she understands why he did what he did, and that he's a changed man. Comments | Don't know how I came up with this one, just that it was long ago and I still think it's a possible short read waiting to happen. As implied, the setting is simply the car in which the brother and sister ride, and something unique for me here is that the characters are African-American. We're All Connected Themes | Immigrants Minority Religion Spirituality Multiculturalism Drama Thriller Setting | Somewhere in the US Premise | Ten teenagers become close-knit friends as they learn more about their religious beliefs and embark on a shared experience of the tabooed minority in the country. Comments | This has been originally conceived as screenplay and I intend to keep it that way. So, while I don't really think I'll be working on it unless I plan to take it to television, I don't want to put this in abandoned works. The Talking Chair Themes | Depression Therapy Psychology Imagination Gender roles Taboos Setting | Somewhere in the US Premise | Miriam finds herself loathing her life as a married housewife with two children, and in the confines of her imaginative mind, imagines herself a series of therapists who help her engage with the various fragments of her personality--a Spanish gigolo, a rebellion leader and a homicidal alien. Comments | Another product of a depressive episode, though not nearly as interesting or motivating, imo. I don't know if I will continue this to fruition, but I still want it on the board in case I want to. --------Finished-------- You Are Loved Themes | Mystery Suspense Politics Family Religion Setting | New York City, USA Premise | Five siblings, who were orphaned with the assassination of their father, an Egyptian diplomat try to find their paths in the country and to feel loved again. Start Date | May 2005 Finish Date | September 2005 Word Count | 95,000 Comments | My first, completed novel. I was quite proud at that time, but this baby is so riddled with loopholes I wouldn't want to publish if I could. Still, a grand achievement for me. Monster in My Mirror Themes | Mystery Suspense Abuse Family Religion Spirituality Redemption Setting | Abu Dhabi; London, UK Premise | Aman, a vehement atheist who was estranged from his family years ago because of his father's divorce, returns home to introduce his family to his fiancee. However, the turn of events that ensue change everything for better and worse. Start Date | May 2006 Finish Date | June 2007 Word Count | 121,600 Comments | While some of my beta readers commented it was too dramatic, I find it to be a fine read with a few errors, nothing that cannot be fixed. Colors Themes | Mystery Suspense Drama Moral dilemmas Setting | Temburong, Brunei; Nanjing, China Premise | A blind girl, blocked off from the world by her father, is sent away to China for protection, stuck with making the choice of right, and intelligent. Start Date | June 2007 Finish Date | August 2007 Word Count | 78,000 Comments | I wrote this in a bit of hurry (not a good strategy, I know) and though it's an enjoyable read, I'm not too proud of this one. --------Abandoned-------- Rain Themes | Mystery Suspense Action Politics Drama Religion Setting | Somewhere in the US Premise | Rain, a sixteen-year-old tomboy, takes up the challenge to find the truth about her parents' assassination and ends up in a political, religious and economical plot with her friends Eve and Kai. Comments | Eh. It's adorable and all but I started writing it as a 14-year-old kid and now it just seems silly. So it sits here, dead just like the MC's parents. (Cold. I know.) I'm Johanna Juliet Addison Themes | Childhood Psychology Neglect Friendship Setting | Somewhere in the US Premise | About an unwanted tween who makes sure she makes a place in this world in her own twisted way. Comments | I might have actually gotten this somewhere, but almost ten chapters into the novel, my sister blew our hard drive, and in those days once your data was gone, it was gone. So I lost all motivation and now I'm too old. Little Lady Themes | Historical Fiction Religion Politics Feminism World War II Setting | UK; India Premise | A story of a mistreated British woman who escapes to occupied India and forms her own identity. Comments | I don't even remember this one. The Four Friends Eternal Themes | Historical Fiction Childhood Friendship Love Gender roles Setting | Somewhere in the US Premise | About four friends in a small town of 1950s USA with ordinary backgrounds but extraordinary lives. Comments | I started developing the story when I was about 6, and I think I had it all by age 10. I lost its first few chapters in the same hard drive crash, but I don't think this little fella could've gotten anywhere anyway. Though some plot details, I still can't believe I thought of them as a child (ex-husband kidnapping his newborn child?! Whoa.) The Backdoor Themes | Fantasy Science fiction Drama Action Setting | Probably the US Premise | A family of people with extraordinary powers living together. Comments | It was a really jarring daydream for me, lasting over several years, but now that I'm older I've forgotten much of it (I didn't write down any of it), except a few memorable characters or plot details. Not only was it long and convoluted, it was pretty ridiculous at points, so I guess there's no point in penning it down now. Orn Themes | Fantasy Science fiction Drama Action Setting | No idea Premise | The life of man who is prophesied to destroy the universe and goes through several stages of his life, including evil and good, until he decides to take matters into his own hands. Comments | A spin-off of "The Backdoor". Not particularly hopeless, but I'm yet to write any long piece on fantasy or science fiction, so it's unlikely to amount to anything. Cherished Themes | Mystery Suspense Drama Thriller Setting | No idea Premise | An amnesic man, who is desperate to know of his past, slowly begins to unravel a very dark back story of who he was. Comments | After writing a brief part, I found out it was pretty much the story behind Bourne, with more drama. The Golden Lies Themes | Mystery Suspense Drama Thriller Setting | No idea Premise | A French man who has a lot to tell his current family – of his other, ‘current’ family. Comments | Blegh. Could never really figure out what I wanted from this one. Thank you for acting as if I wasn't just talking to myself.