The past few days I've been working on Blood and Blazes in Upamona, which is a sequel to The Upamona Gold Claim Wrangle, and writing short stories.
In Blood and Blazes in Upamona, Slim Sanglant, the sheepherder, gets out of jail and comes back to Upamona to seek revenge against those who helped put him away, and Red Skene, now the County Sheriff, is on the case. It begins with Slom assaulting Mr. Heacock and pummeling him, and Tim Ryan is sent to fetch the sheriff. Red and his wife and kids, go to Upamona, and Red is confronted with the shooting of Dix Krantz, houses and barns burning down, and disappearing characters. Everyone thinks that Slim is behind all the terror, but is he? Skene's brother-in-law, Tim Ryan, and his cousins, Jed and Fred Cadwell assist Red as he tries to solve the crimes, as does Bushy Carlsen, Red's deputy.
The novel is finished in the second or third draft, and I just have to polish it up, check for typos, misspellings, continuity, etc.
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