Hmmmmm ... I have written three (really bad) manuscripts that need to be drastically rewritten.
One is non-fiction "Have Teaching Certificate, Will Travel, the ABC's to Teaching Overseas." I have largely discontinued work on this because the audience market is so narrow.
The other two are part of a children's fantasy triology. The first one is "The Dream Gatherers." The second is the "Dream Harvesters," and the third (unwritten as yet) is the "Dream Chasers."
Of the three manuscripts I have written, the "Dream Gatherers" is closest to being ready for publication. It was originally a mammoth work of some 40 chapters. I've whittled it down to 20 chapters during my first revision. I whittled it down further during my second revision. I am now in the process or revising it a third time - and am consolidating individual chapters since they were too "wordy."
I'd give you an example of how my writing has evolved - but it's my conference time at school and I'm at work. My manuscripts are all on my zip drive and hard drive and diskettes back home.
In terms of story line .... hmmmmm ... sorry. Until I finish my final revision and find a publisher, my lips are sealed.
In addition to my manuscripts I have published two anecdotes in The International Educator.
I have also written several short stories for children's magazines. One of them is probably ready for publication - but I'd have to find a publisher.
I also have various projects underway.
One is a story about my family's immigration to the United States. It's called, "To Ride the Wind and Break the Waves" which is a Chinese proverb that speaks of someone who achieved great success.
The story begins in 1125 ... since my family genalogy dates back to the founding of Fou Shek, (Floating Stone), which is my family's clan village.
I am also working on a piece of Chinese military fiction about the legendary Yue Fei, a General in the Imperial Chinese Army during the time of the Northern Sung. General Yue fought the Jurchen invaders ... and was one of the few Chinese generals to be successful ... but he was ultimately betrayed by members of the Imperial Court and was sentenced to death for something he didn't do. Northern China was subsequently over run by the barbarians and the Imperial Court fled south.
To a certain extent I feel a bit like Beverly Cleary's character, "Ramona." In one of the stories about Ramona, the little girl said that she saw many beginnings but few endings - in reference to having to go to bed before the t.v. programs ended.
I have many (story) beginnings but few endings. I also don't have a publisher and feel someone intimidated by the entire process of trying to find one.
In any event, I write and revise and write and revise and write and revise ... and one day ... when I'm perfectly happy with my work, I'll try to publish something more than a couple of amusing anecdotes.
P.S. You can't kick my soapbox. I crushed it with my mature weight in another post. (Stupid soapbox ...)