Well, finished first draft of Black Robes that needs a new title because the old one is taken. Black Robes, a name given to the American Indians has been taken by someone else. The book, as usually happens, focuses on more than the Society of Jesus, which is not unexpected. Creating a fictional narration is challenging because of the factual foundation, which is complicated, involving multiple major actors, notably the religious, the Indian tribes, the US civilian and military actors, settlers and miners. A little overwhelming. Most challenging are the religious and their rites.
Also started to write my Christmas story, again built around Blue Mountain. The theme about speculators aiming to develop Blue Mountain and the resistance to their efforts looks like a rich story. Look forward t having a first draft no later than end of June.