I’m a week or so away from completing the young adult non-fiction book on the Bataan Death March and I’m taking a hard look at my schedule to see what will take its place.Right now, I have several book proposals out and keep hoping one of them gets approved. One, a media tie-in pitch with a collaborator, got turned down finally by the publisher. My partner and I spent a weekend up turning it into something new and now it’s ours to pitch wherever we want. An editor at one house is already looking at it and if he passes, an editor at a second house has expressed interest.A different media tie-in pitch got turned down by one publisher last week so I need to figure out where to try next and fortunately, I have some options with this one.Meantime, I keep lobbying an editor for a project he has to assign and just hasn’t made up his mind. I keep crossing my fingers for this to come through since it’ll be fun but it’s entirely out of my hands.On the other hand, there’s a long-gestating project with two pals that keeps not getting finished. The friend who promised to finish the pitch should be done soon and then we can see who might be interested and fortunately, it’s original so our options are many.Fortunately, while all of this stuff churns about, I have enough to keep busy for now. The daily web comics strip Heroes Happen Here continue at a frenetic pace. The challenge here is the constant need for new artists to satisfy Microsoft’s request that we set the story in different countries using native talent. Know any artists in Russia, China, or India?The web writing also keeps me going including a project I hope to speak about soon. All in all, I am filling my hours with paying work while beating the bushes for the elusive Next Great Assignment.