Hey, I am Nicholas McConnaughay

Have you ever been at a job interview and been asked what your biggest strength and your biggest weakness is? Not to be that putz that says “I’m too darn ambitious,” but I believe it is an accurate way to describe my best and worst trait. I always feel a sense of urgency and I always plan far, far ahead. I have to reel myself back every now and again so’s not to jump the gun on anything, but I embrace it as well. After all, it’s my best trait too. On this page, I will share information on my current six projects and their development. Make sure to check back because I will update often. (Last update: – 8/05/2020)


Lunacy’s Dance

   Lunacy’s Dance is now officially completed! Readers can find Lunacy’s Dance on Amazon for Kindle and Paperback.


The Canes Perception (Release Imminent)

   The Canes Perception releases September 13th of this year.


The Heir’s Brother (release imminent)

   The Heir’s Brother releases October 13th of this year.


The One-Two Punchline (Backburner)

   The One Two Punchline is a horror-of-personality novelette that I am writing for the Readers Digested anthology aptly named “Rabies & Germs“. Thus far, I have written 13,000 words and could foresee it wrapping up at under 20,000 altogether. However, I have since become preoccupied with other projects that have taken priority. I hope to return to it soon.

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The Black Sands Saga (back Burner)

   The Black Sands Saga is comprised of four key stories: Marx, Spade, Salutations, and The City of Vultures. As of this moment, I envision each novel as about 100,000 words apiece and I have about 25,000 words written on Spade and Marx, respectively. I want to publish Marx, Spade, and Salutations the same day with The City of Vultures coming out later on. Currently, The Black Sands Saga is on the back-burner but I will return to it shortly.


The Red Flux & the King’s Crown (Back Burner)

   I have been excited to write a sequel to The Red Flux & the Wunderkind Thief for a while now and I am hopeful I will begin work on it shortly. Before that, not only do I need to finish Roxwale, but I need to do outlines for The Red Flux and where I would like the sequel to head. I have never outlined prior, but now that The Aeonian Fantasy has become more complex, I feel it would be beneficial. 


Syd Altayo (Back Burner) 

   Syd Altayo is a serial adventure series based in the same world as The Canes series. I have begun gentle-mapping for it, but it is on the back-burner at the moment. However, the episodic format entails I can jump on and off the series liberally.


Cotton: The Spinster’s Daughter (Currently Working On…)

   Cotton: The Spinster’s Daughter is an experiment. I am writing the novel but my wife Beccah Grace is dictating much of the outline and is a heavy consultant chapter-to-chapter. I am hopeful I will be able to write the novel and it not divert me from other projects. As of now, I have written about 5,000 words of Cotton. I intend to make Cotton available free-of-charge in some form in the near future.


Rabies & Germs / Anthology Series (Ongoing…)

   Rabies and Germs: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are hands-on-hands-off projects for my involvement in my Readers Digested horror brand. I will write a couple of novellas for the occasion (The One Two Punchline is one of them) and the rest will be fellow contributors of the brand. I am hopeful to have both Anthology installments available by Halloween this year, but we’ll see if that pans out. I have a third Anthology in mind as well, but that will be a ways off.


Black & Yellow (Back burner)

   This is a rewrite of my first novel Blind Salvation. I have edited the first 9,000 words of the novel and have about 54,000 words left. This is a passion project above all else and thereby I don’t have a time-table I am married to for it. I will work on it when I can. Best case, probably August or October of this year.

   I have about 15,000 words written for the sequel. I don’t know how much of that will be usable and how much won’t (it has been half a decade since I looked at it), but I think it’d be cool to have an episodic series for the character. Maybe I’ll have him as a reoccurring character on the Anthology series.