It's hard to complain when one's muse seems to be taking generous quantities of amphetamines. Maybe it's her taking medical-quality drugs that I've been rolling out, and will continue to roll out, mostly humorous and sexy medical tales. I have enough longer stories in progress that I thought it useful to put a status report here, which I will periodically update.
The medical tales are getting lots of readers, and generally good reviews. I'm afraid that I was irritable with one reader who complained that the medical jargon was boring. If there's no jargon, it wouldn't be realistic in a research or teaching hospital, and these are largely true stories. The jargon issue, however, brings up a constant challenge that applies to science fiction as well: how much should be explained? In the most recent, "In Dubious Battle", I was explicit about explaining in the main story, not putting the explanation into a character speech. Still, the medical tales are, more than anything else, fun for me.
A much longer, science-fictionish work in progress is "Wounded Warriors of the Sexual Revolution", in my "Le Marquis" series of the "Sexual Revolutionaries" universe. I could finish it with three or four chapters, but am debating whether to roll a new version. Some of this comes from things I learned in searching the medical literature, and finding some personally challenging medical/plot elements.
"Loving the Pyramid" also draws on some complex science, this one in psychology and psychiatry as well as sexual social science. It is based on true events, and has some role in my personal psychotherapy. I'm personally very proud of it. There are 4-6 chapters to go. For whatever reason, it has been getting low scores. Maybe I will do better with a sequel once this has set the context.
"The Godgranddaughter's Lover" is rolling along and doing much better. I should observe that this is something of a parallel track to "Loving the Pyramid". It deals with building a society based on [responsible] power, with some leadership from organized crime. In contrast, "Loving the Pyramid" has leadership with much more altruism.
My alternate history, "Ask Not..." has to go on for quite a number of chapters, simply due to the complexity. It will deal with an alternate 1963. I may need to go back and do some edits to the completed "Tomorrow is Another Day", an alternate 1962, simply to clean up some needed background for the 1963 story.
I'll be completing "Road Warrior..." soon. Frankly, I haven't touched it for a while because it needs to end with a personal do-over that has some tear-jerker properties.
While one of my stories doesn't yet have enough votes to show, I'm greatly amused with a score of 6.66.