April writing wrap-up.

Well, 2010 continues to scream merrily along. Slow down, dammit!

Counterstrike: The Last World War, Book II – The book’s “official” release date was April 27th, and various people have been letting me know that they’re seeing it in stores. I also had a box of copies with me at the recent Starfest convention in Denver a couple of weekends ago. It sold pretty well, if I do say so, myself. Some folks have even reported starting to read it, and yet I’ve received no death threats or bags of burning dog shit on my porch. Still, it’s early yet.

“Texas Pride: The Chapbook Edition” – Having successfully constructed my first-evah chapbook, I printed up a batch and took them with me to the Starfest con, where it was a modest seller throughout the weekend. I still have (I think) about half of the copies I printed, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. I haven’t declared the experiment a “failure” by any means, and I’m still considering doing up something different for the Shore Leave convention in July. Stay tuned, and all that.

Paths of Disharmony – The fourth of the 4-book Star Trek: Typhon Pact mini-series, which will begin publication in November. My book focuses on Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E on a mission to Andor, which has had the crap kicked out of it due to the events of the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy. The Tholians are also rumored to have involvement in the story. Hmm…. I turned in the manuscript on April 9th, but also provided a quick tweaking the following week, right before I left for Denver. I’m currently waiting on feedback from editor Jaime Costas.

Articles for Star Trek Magazine – The week of April 19th, Kevin and I turned in two pieces for a forthcoming issue, and early word from editor Paul Simpson was that they didn’t suck. Since then, we’ve been given an assignment and a due date for another article for an issue further up in the pipeline, and there’s also been discussion about stuff beyond that. It’s certainly nice to be loved! More info when I’m given the go-ahead to share.

“One Small Step for Bubba” – A new short story which will appear in A Bubba In Time Saves None, the fifth anthology set in editor Selina Rosen’s Bubbas of the Apocalypse series. I reviewed the galley pages for my story and returned my corrections to Selina on April 18th. At last word she was pushing for the book to be available in time for a convention in June. It’s a pretty aggressive schedule, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Selina.

Distant Early Warning – Our Star Trek: S.C.E. novella, originally published in 2006 and due to be collected into the What’s Past omnibus. We reviewed the galley pages for the new print edition and returned our corrections to editor Jaime Costas on April 12th. The book’s slated for an August 2010 release.

Star Trek: Vanguard – Declassified – I spilled the beans about this back on April 14th. This will be a collection of four novellas, intended for publication as a regular mass-market paperback. Whether this will count as “Book 6” in the ongoing series or not is actually still in flux (but since the other books aren’t numbered, I suppose it really doesn’t matter). Anyway, each novella will feature one or more of the series’ rather large cast, with tales spanning the length of Operation Vanguard from inception right up to and perhaps even past the events of the fifth book, Precipice. Further, these aren’t intended to be throwaway tales, but will be considered integral parts of the storyline and may also even set up situations for the series’ next novel-length installments. As always, more info will be shared once it’s appropriate to do so. I’ve already signed contracts for my novella, and the outline for my story is due to editor Jaime Costas next week. The book itself currently holds the tentative publication date of late June 2011.

Star Trek: Vanguard, Book 6 (or, The Taurus Key: A Crystalline Fairy Tale, Founded Upon The Mysteries of the Shedai and the Oppression of Their Servants. It Was Written for Kollotuul, But Others Should Read It) – I’m putting this up here since I don’t think there’s anyone who reads the Trek fiction who hasn’t figured out Kevin and I will be writing this book, to be followed by David Mack writing Book 7. A general direction for various character and plot arcs has been laid out for the next couple of books, and Kevin and I have already signed contracts for this book. However, with the inclusion of Vanguard – Declassified, our dates for turning in outlines and manuscripts have been adjusted accordingly.

Short story for an invite-only SF anthology – I wrote a story during late Feb/early March and sent it to the editor, and right now I’m waiting to hear whether it made the cut. To be honest, I don’t know that I did all that great a job with it. While it’s SF, it’s a “variety” of SF that’s a bit outside my wheelhouse, and I don’t know that I captured the tone the editor was looking for. I’m obviously hoping for the best, but regardless of what happens, it was fun to give it a go.

Audio Drama script – Back in March, I was approached by Jay Smith (aka dr_p_venkman), the creator and driving force behind the kick-ass audio drama series HG World, about contributing a script for the series’ new season. In addition to myself, Jay has also recruited Keith DeCandido (kradical), who currently provides for the series the voice of “Todd Rage,” a radio host broadcasting from some cabin in the middle of Bumfuck, Nowhere. Joining in on the fun is author Elizabeth Donald, who lists among her healthy list of writing credits The Cold Ones, a zombie novel. Awwwwww, yeah. I’m still trying to figure out what my story’s gonna be, but ideas are starting to gel. I guess we’ll see what we see, eh?

Vampire novel(?) – I started screwing around with this idea a while back, as I wrote about here. It remains tabled as I work on the stuff with actual deadlines, but it’s still lurking in the back of my mind. I may mess with it later in May, as I’d like to have it and some sample chapters ready when I go hunting for a new agent this summer.

There are also a few things on the table or in early talks that I can’t discuss. More on those if/when it’s appropriate.

Lay it on me.

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