Bible Tales – Work in Progress

We keep writing books, and often run eBook or audio serials. Here is a summary of Bible Tales – work in progress.

Last updated Jan 1, 2024 @ 2:28 pm.

This page includes a progress bar for each of our current projects with some expected milestone dates.  These dates are given in the knowledge that God is in control of our lives and everything else – things do not always work out as we expect.  As far as it is up to us, these dates are important targets.

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NaNoWriMo 2021…

Beyond the Western Margin

A post-pandemic adventure
105% Complete
68,000 of 65,000 words

Weekly eBook serial
50% Complete
15 of 30 chapters

 

 

Front Cover of Beyond the Western Margin

Beyond the Western Margin
Project for NaNoWriMo 2021: Title: “Beyond the Western Margin”

COVID pandemics have ravaged Australia, leaving the country fractured and society in retreat. In Melbourne, economic troubles and an ongoing fear of even more dangerous strains of the virus lead to an increasing desire for isolation and tighter control.

When new movement restrictions are announced by the government, Dan and his family seize what might be their last chance to escape the city and the shrinking territory of Victoria that surrounds it.

Many warn them about the “dangerous” country beyond the Western Margin, but for the family, the attractions overcome their doubts.

They make for the Grampians – a former National Park – where the family has spent many happy holidays in pre-pandemic times. But times have changed, and some people are doing their best to exploit a lack of governmental control.

There’s no shortage of work to be done, including tracking down some mysterious robbers.

Will they regret their choice to go Beyond the Western Margin?

 

 

Front Cover of Beyond the Western Margin

The words written in November 2021 were just the start of the process. Extra content was required as well as thorough editing. Target length is about 65,000 words, so now the task is to cut the manuscript down to the target!

Daniel, Man of Light

 

A NaNoWriMo novel

Book cover: Daniel, Man of Light

Synopsis

A youth with royal blood in his veins, growing up in Jerusalem during the religious revivals of King Josiah.

The hopes of a nation crumble as Josiah dies in battle and his revival dies with him.

Daniel continues to follow Josiah’s ways until his ability is recognised by the attacking king, Nebuchadnezzar, and he is taken away to Babylon.

As exiles in a land of strange customs, Daniel and his friends are to be educated in all the wisdom of Babylon. But first, they must decide whose rules come first: God’s or Nebuchadnezzar’s.

Which will Daniel choose? And what will the king do if Daniel rejects his laws?

It doesn’t take long before Daniel establishes himself as a man the king can’t do without, but jealous rivals ensure that danger is never far away.

NaNoWriMo content (50,000 words)

NaNoWriMo began on 1 November at 00:00:01 and finished on 30 November at midnight.

When the clock reached midnight on 30 November 2018, I had already validated my novel earlier in the evening, so it was not quite as close to the deadline as last year. This time, large amounts of time spent travelling at the end of November fueled a frenzied rush of story-writing, with 35,000 words being written in the last week!

 

Progress

The story has only progressed to quite an early stage in the life of Daniel. He has spent only 8 years in Babylon. Not only so, but some parts of the section of story that has been attempted are still unfinished. An estimated 35,000 extra words were required to tie up those loose ends.

With a view to overcoming unreasonable delays, the book was released as an eBook serial.  This serial finished on 20 December 2022.

A second volume began during NaNoWriMo 2022. However, it didn’t get as far as I wanted. Nevertheless, a serial of Book 2 began on 14 February 2023 and is progressing.

Further content (35,000 words)

Publication

The manuscript is now complete (about 85,000 words), I am trying to publish the story through a traditional publisher.

Fiction Favours the Facts – Book 4

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Fiction Favours the Facts – Book 4

22 more Bible-based micro-tales
36% Complete
8 of 22 chapters

Notes:
1. The cover displayed may not be the cover used in any future publication.
2. These micro-tales are included in the Bible Tales weekly newsletter and the progress bar above shows how many have currently been published in this way.
Sign up now to read them one by one as they are written/published.
In most cases the stories in the newsletter and the book are just the same, except that corrections are sometimes made.

Stories so far…

Fiction Favours the Facts – Book 4

Old Testament

  1. Zipporah
  2. Between the living and the dead
  3. A snowy day
  4. That Wicked Woman (Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

New Testament

  1. We’ve lost him! (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)
  2. Nicodemus (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
  3. Son of Encouragement (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
  4. Behind the speech of Stephen (Parts 1 & 2)

Stories in progress…

Old Testament

  1. ?

New Testament

  1. ?

Fiction Favours the Facts – Book 4: Daily audiobook serial

Writing and editing
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of 32 episodes

Production/recording
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of 32 episodes

Audio post-production
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Distribution
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Publication History

  • BibleTales.online website – began June 2016.
  • Weekly newsletter – first issue 28 July, 2016.
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 1 – Early Days: released as eBook serial (18 July, 2016) and audiobook serial (5 September 2016).
  • Paul in Snippets: released as PDF eBook (19 September 2016).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 1 – Early Days: released as eBook (December 2016), paperback (December 2016) and audiobook (January 2017).
  • They Lived! – 11 Bible-based micro-tales: released as audiobook (25 January 2017).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 2 – As Good As It Gets: released as eBook serial (30 January 2017), audiobook serial (20 March 2017), eBook (June 2017), paperback (June 2017) and audiobook (11 May 2018).
  • Fiction Favours the Facts – 22 Bible-based micro-tales: released in paperback (6 September 2017), eBook (6 September 2017), audiobook (28 December 2017).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 3 – Darkness Falling: released as eBook serial (4 September 2017), audiobook serial (23 October 2017), eBook (11 May 2018), paperback (11 May 2018).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 4 – The Darkness Deepens: released as eBook serial (23 April 2018), audiobook serial (11 June 2018), eBook (7 December 2018), paperback (7 December 2018).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 5 – No Remedy: released as eBook serial (3 December 2018) and audiobook serial (21 January 2019).
  • Joseph, Rachel’s son: released in paperback (4 December 2018), eBook (4 December 2018).
  • Fiction Favours the Facts – Book 2, Another 22 Bible-based micro-tales: released in paperback and eBook (10 April 2019) and in audiobook (26 May 2019).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 5 – No Remedy: released in eBook, paperback and audiobook on 19 July 2019.
  • Joseph, Rachel’s son: released as a 25-part audiobook serial (14 October 2019 – 30 March 2020).
  • Paul in Snippets: PDF updated and eBook also released in EPUB and MOBI formats (4 December 2019).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 5 – No Remedy: released in hardcover on 12 December 2019.
  • Fiction Favours the Facts – Book 3, Yet another 22 Bible-based micro-tales: released as a daily audiobook serial in 32 episodes (30 March – 20 May 2020).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 1 – Early Days: Supplement: released in printable format and in eBook format on 24 April 2020.
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 1 – Early Days: Second edition with extra resources, released as eBook and paperback (28 June 2020).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 1 – Early Days: Equivalent of second edition released in hardcover on 20 July 2020.
  • Fiction Favours the Facts – Book 3, Yet another 22 Bible-based micro-tales: released in paperback, eBook and audiobook (20 October 2020).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 2 – As Good As It Gets: released in hardcover on 25 October 2020.
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 3 – Darkness Falling: released in hardcover on 25 October 2020.
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 4 – The Darkness Deepens: released in hardcover on 25 October 2020.
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 3 – Darkness Falling: released as an audiobook on 3 December 2020.
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 4 – The Darkness Deepens: released as an audiobook on 3 December 2020.
  • The King’s Armour-bearer: released as eBook serial (18 January – 30 August 2021).
  • Joseph, Rachel’s son: released as audiobook (20 May 2021).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 6 – That Broken Reed: released as an eBook serial (21 September 2021 – 11 October 2022).
  • The King’s Armour-bearer: released in eBook, paperback and hardcover (14 December 2021).
  • Daniel, Man of Light: eBook serial (17 May – 20 December 2022).
  • Daniel, Man of Light, Book 2: released as eBook serial (14 February – 31 October 2023).
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 6 – That Broken Reed: released as an eBook, paperback and hardcover on 28 February 2023.
  • Terror on Every Side! Volume 6 – That Broken Reed: audiobook serial (18 April – 17 October 2023).
  • Beyond the Western Margin released as eBook serial (31 October 2023 (to 19 March 2024, DV)).

Publications coming soon (God willing)...

  • Beyond the Western Margin: to be released in eBook and paperback in Q2 2024.
  • Daniel, Man of Light Book 1: seeking a traditional publisher.
  • Daniel, Man of Light Book 2: seeking a traditional publisher.

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