WORKS-IN-PROGRESS

Shown below are works-in-progress that I currently wrestling with. It might be surprising to others that I have produced book covers for works that I have yet to write. Well, for the past five years , my primary role has been that of caring for my grandson and now grandsons. At the same time, I cook for our extended family. And, I have discovered that it is not possible to ‘get in the zone‘ and write while watching children; it is possible hold a sleeping baby in one’s arms, sit at a computer and design book covers.

The first, JOHN COTTON: An Intimate Investigation into his Life and Times, is a narrative biography of my 7th great grandfather that was awarded 1st place for nonfiction in the Writers’ League of Texas annual manuscript competition.

Next, I had planned a book titled: TALES OF TWO BOSTONS: The pivotal role immigrants from Boston, Lincolnshire played in founding the Massachusetts Bay Company and shaping Colonial America, (above) was going to tell the story of families from Boston, Lincolnshire, England that migrated to New-England and governed the Massachusetts Bay Colony for fifty-two of its fifty-six-year existence. However, the scope of this work was so big that I have divided it into two works (above) titled: THE BOSTON MEN and LINCOLNSHIRE EMIGRANTS 1620-1640. THE BOSTON MEN will focus on how nine men from Boston, Lincolnshire played a pivotal role in founding the Massachusetts Bay Company. The second, LINCOLNSHIRE EMIGRANTS 1620-1640, details 255 individuals from Lincolnshire that emigrated to New England from 1620 through 1640.

Next, I have researched the graduates of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University that migrated to New-England in the 17th century and contributed to the founding of what would become the USA. This work is to be titled Come O Come Emmanuel.  I also plan to write a biography of my 5th great grandfather, Josiah Cotton that will be titled Josiah Cotton: A life in Plymouth.

My 6th great grandfather, John Cotton Jr. will the subject of another work I have planned and I also will write narrative biographies regarding the experiences of my great-grandfather in the Civil War, my 2nd great grandfather in the War of 1812 and my 3rd and 4th great grandfathers during the American Revolution.  In addition, I hope to find time to complete the two works shown below.