This is minstrel's progress journal. Right now I have reduced the number of projects I have to three - the rest are short stories and very back burner stuff. I don't want to give out the actual titles of these works, partly because I haven't decided on them all yet. So I've assigned them working titles: 1) The Search for Steel. This is a terrible title, but I have a great one for the finished book. It's a kind of alternate-history fantasy. No magic, no strange races, just humans in a normal version of North America about four hundred years ago or so. Lots of different cultures scattered across the continent, but no European influence. Low technology (no guns - pretty much the highest tech is a horse-drawn cart). This is my primary work and I cherish it, but while NaNoWriMo is on, I won't be working on it. 2) Moon Boy. Another lousy title. A moon base has been established for research. Owing to a complicated set of circumstances, one of the researchers gives birth to a boy on the moon - VERY much against regulations - and he's the first and only kid ever born there. Very complicated issues arise as he grows. Legal issues, political issues, scientific issues, and most of all, deeply personal and somewhat terrifying issues. This project is also on hold until NaNoWriMo is done. 3) The Winds. Another terrible title, but I have a better one. Researchers on a distant planet are preparing the world for the first shipload of actual colonists, but they are also concealing a deadly secret. This is my NaNoWriMo project for 2015.