End O’ Month Update

Another month, another bit of so-so progress.

Corps of Engineers #1: Turn the Page – Handed over our final galley corrections to editor Keith DeCandido on November 14th. Not much else to do now but wait. If all goes according to plan, it’ll be available from the various e-Book retailers in early to mid December. 

 Age of the Empress: The Rise of Sato I – for Star Trek: Mirror Universe – Glass Empires. A novel of approximately 50,000 words, with Kevin and I assisting former Enterprise staff writer/producer Mike Sussman with the writing. Returned our final galley corrections to editor Margaret Clark on October 27th. The novel will share space with a TOS story by Dave Mack and a TNG tale by Greg Cox. 

 “Jack and the Weird-Ass Box” – for the Yard Dog Press anthology Houston, We’ve Got Bubbas. I returned an updated manuscript along with signed contracts to the editor on September 21st. The anthology is currently slated for a June 2007 publication date. Woo Hoo! 

Original SF short story – I wrote this originally for an open-call anthology, but I’ve since given it another once-over and dispatched it to another market just today. Now I’m waiting to see if it’s accepted or rejected.

Original short story – For an open-call anthology/writing contest. Received word back around November 5th or so that the editors had passed on this one. Need to print a fresh copy and put it in the mail to another market.

Original short story – finished revising this one last weekend. To be honest, it was a goofy idea to begin with, and I have no idea where to even send it, but it was fun to write. At least it’s out of my system and I can move on to other things.

“Texas Pride” – The first short story based in the “universe” of The Last World War. I’m about halfway through the first draft, but I set it aside when I caught wind of another market looking for specific types of stories, such as….

Original short story – for the above mentioned “other market.” The submission deadline is December 15th, and I’ve already got the basic idea scribbled out. I think I can knock this one out over the coming weekend if the time management gods are kind.

Counterstrike: The Last World War, Book II – Proposal is still in limbo.

Trek novel project with Kevin – We’ve started to hammer out the proposal, and we’re supposed to have a lengthy phone conversation with the editor about this one in the coming weeks. Can’t even give a hint about it for now….sorry 😀

Tie-in project with Kevin – We’ve completed our first pass at a proposal, but we’re waiting for the editor to actually say they’re ready to see it (they’re waiting on some behind-the-scenes issues to be resolved). Tentative due date for turning in a manuscript originally was around February 1, 2007, but that’ll almost certainly change. More on this as it’s appropriate to divulge details.

Trek novel project with Kevin – Awaiting editor feedback on proposal, though I’m pretty sure this is dead in the water. 

Tie-in project with Kevin – After four attempts at writing a proposal, Kevin and I finally decided our basic approach sucked. We’re going back to the drawing board and starting over from scratch, but it’s going to have to wait as we turn our attention to the Trek project we’re now outlining. The only time table on this one (at present) is us getting our heads and butts correctly wired before wasting an editor’s time with it.

Trek tie-in project – Nothing much more than a hare-brained idea at this point, I’ve nevertheless written a five-page proposal for it. Not sure if it ever will see the light of day, but I figure it’s good for giving the editor a laugh.

Two articles for Star Trek Communicator magazine with Kevin – These are still on hold pending word on direction of the magazine. Last word I got was that it would be late 2006 or early 2007 before anything would happen.

Non-fiction/non-genre article (or series of articles) for local/regional magazine or newspaper – Still hanging in limbo. No market for it, so the fire’s not really there to write it at the moment.

And there you have it, for better or worse.

Lay it on me.

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