Progress is being made, slowly but surely, on Project: Scenic Route, which is nice, because it's already on Wikipedia, as well as Amazon. If I were of a philosophical frame of mind, I could make the case that because the book is twice-over listed, it is, in a sense, completed and not merely two-thirds of the way to completion. But I'm not, so I won't.
Speaking of Wikipedia, I find it sort of life-affirming that every so often someone drops a line to let me know that the Wiki-editors will occasionally get confused and attribute all of the various books and anthologies and such of mine that are listed on the site to that other Josh Reynolds. Granted, Amazon does the same thing. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. Momma always said I should have been an artist. Imagine the hilarity that would have resulted.
Anyway, Project: Scenic Route has scooted well-past the half-way mark and now trundles merrily towards Completionville, Population: this book. I've also managed to nudge "Nestor Burma Goes West" towards its conclusion. I hope to finish that by this weekend, at latest, and get it into the editor's hands. After that, the short story front is quiet save for "The Gotterdammerung Gavotte", which is the submission I'm working on for something really neat. It's got a whole bucket-load of public domain occult detective types in it, including Sar Dubnotal and John Silence. Writing it has, in fact, made me want to write at least one more 'Justice League of Occult Detectives' type story, and I think I found the seeds of a second story in this first one.
And on the subject of occult detectives, Friday will see the next instalment of SHAKING THE SIX DEMON BAG, featuring Jim Beard, author of the utterly awesome Sgt.Janus, Spirit-Breaker, which, btw, has its own blog.
Too, remember that there's a contest. And, if you haven't already, there's only ONE MORE DAY to download "The Matryoshka Affair" (look to your right, see it there? Click the link.) before it goes back in the bag. So if you want to read about an Meso-American ambassador and amateur sleuth investigating a locked room murder while encountering robotic chimney-sweeps and murderous dwarfs, this is your warning bell.
And that's that for today.