2017 Wrap Up

black_claw_cover_by_rebel_rider-db3mkb2Last year, I finished the second draft of The Black Claw, and it’s now ready for beta readers. It’s a sequel to Hand of Steel, so I can’t say much about it without giving away the ending to HoS. I will say there’s an evil cybernetic pirate Elba though. If you want to read it, (or HoS if you haven’t read that yet) just shoot me your email address

I’ve got The Red Tattoo and Hand of Steel as close to polished as I can, so if no publishers get back to me soon, I’ll likely try to self-publish them this year, or at least self-publish Hand of Steel.

I during NaNo, I wrote a rough draft for a fourth story, Son of Oppression. It’s a short novel about a Torf boy who joins a terrorist group. The secondary character is a Chix sniper who happens to be a pacifist. I need to rewrite it, expand it, and then do edits on that one.

Books I liked:

Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland
It says outline, but I think that it has a lot of good info for any writer, no matter which way one goes about writing. I highly recommend it.

The Destiny Trilogy by A. C. Williams, which I reviewed. It’s good if you can take a heavy R rating.

Some new stuff by Brandon Sanderson

For Us Humans, another one I reviewed

Starfire by Stuart Von Stockton was an interesting one. It’s so rare to see a nonhuman species featured that isn’t in the middle-grade animal fantasy genre.

Republic Commando by Karen Travis, which is partially decanonized now, but still interesting. I need to read the sequel this year.


The Last Jedi and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 were the only two I saw in theaters. I didn’t like The Last Jedi as much as Rogue One. Guardians was funny but isn’t really a film you want to think about a lot.

I’ve still been watching Voltron and Rebels, as well as Deep Space 9. I’m now in the final season of DS9 and things are heating up.
I also watched Extinct, which is free to watch online, and was much cleaner than most of the adult TV shows I’ve seen recently, though it’s rather slow moving.


And I’ll also share a few sketches I did for my spaceverse. Some of these scenes take place in The Red Tattoo, The Black Claw, and Son of Oppression.



About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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2 Responses to 2017 Wrap Up

  1. Keturah Lamb says:

    Looks like it was a good media year 😀 Have a great new year 🙂


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