Harnack and Lancaster have embarked on numerous literary and film projects. In 2011 Michael chose to write a family story which he had researched for over 30 years. "Ringling - The Last Laugh" is a novel which tells the story of the betrayal of John Ringling, the great Circus King. John's brother Charles Ringling was Michael's great-grandfather. The novel was published in 2012 by Ballyhoo Publishing. For the next two years the couple would collaborate on a children's book "The Boys From Baraboo - The Story of The Ringling Brothers." This historical picture book was created by Barbara hand sculpting over 65 characters and then Michael built scenes in light boxes to tell the story in 28 scenes. It was awarded a Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention by Five Star Book Awards.

 

In 2014 and 15 Michael worked tirelessly adapting his novel for the screen as Ringling. Logline - Beginning as children the Ringling Brothers build their circus empire into The Greatest Show on Earth only to have their dream smashed when the best friend of the youngest brother conspires to steal it all. During this same period Michael also wrote INK - a horror story and a tale of a young girl's test of her commitment to her dream -Logline - One day in Nogales a young TV intern goes on the most violent adventure of her life when mutant flesh eating bugs attack tattooed people.