December writing wrap-up.

And so, we say goodbye to 2010, and welcome 2011 with open arms and a new set of pending deadlines. W00t!

My weekly yammerings with David Mack (infinitydog) once again were blog fodder for and their regular feature, Star Trek Re-Watch. We will continue our observations of the original Star Trek‘s third season throughout January, with new installments of the blog available every Thursday around noonish. Next up? “Whom Gods Destroy.”


I’m also working on a couple of new guest-blogging features, though I have no idea when either of them will actually be posted to their respective sites. As for the rest of it? Well, take a gander:

Articles for Star Trek Magazine, issues 31, 32, and 33…and beyond – Issue #31 is starting to show up wherever cool magazines are sold, and I expect that when I receive all the mail I had held at the post office while I was on vacation, my subscriber and/or contributor copies will be in the pile. Our contribution to the new issue is a companion feature to an article we did for issue #30, with the them being “Smart/Strong Ladies of Star Trek.” For the forthcoming #32, I turned in a solo piece for that back on November 1st. We also delivered two pieces for the same issue on December 10th, after being asked to provide some additional material to support the theme du jour. We’re also just getting started on a feature piece for issue #33, and there’s been some discussion about other notions which could end up being a lot of fun.

Guest blogging for – As part of site owner Joel Robertson’s celebration of Christmas, he asked me to pen a guest blog about “atypical” Christmas movies. The result? “Ten Christmas Flix for People Who Don’t Like Christmas Flix.” Joel split the article in half, and you can read Part 1 and Part 2 by clicking on their respective links. Writing the piece was a lot of fun, and I hope schedules and whatnot align somewhere down the road so that I can do something else for Forgotten Flix at some point.

Paths of Disharmony – The fourth of the 4-book Star Trek: Typhon Pact mini-series, which will begin publication in November. The book’s still slated to start showing up in stores toward the end of this month. For all I know, there may even be an advance copy or two waiting for me in the held mail pile (he says hopefully).

Almost Tomorrow – One of four novellas for the Star Trek: Vanguard – Declassified anthology, which will present stories in and around the existing and ever-evolving Star Trek: Vanguard storylines. The tales will cover events from before the first book, Harbinger, to after the most recent book, Precipice, and will explore aspects of the series which until now have only been hinted at as well as setting up a plot thread or two for the next books in the pipeline. I received editor notes and requests for tweaks on November 11th, and they were such that I was able to turn them around the same day. At present, I’m waiting for copyeditor and licensor feedback. Declassified is still slated for a late June 2011 publication.

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) – IN PROCESS. Kevin and I are flinging words at warp speed, with an eye toward delivering the manuscript in early February. Yes, the goofy title will remain until the book’s formally announced as part of the publication schedule.

“Going My Own Way” – A “superhero” story I submitted for consideration as an entry in Gods of Justice, a superhero-themed anthology set to be published by Cliffhanger Books. Their submission period for this book just ended, so I don’t expect I’ll hear anything before March, as stated by the editors at the site.

“And Then One Night…All Hell Broke Loose” – My contribution to a series of “special stories” set in the universe of HG World, the kick-ass zombie apocalypse audio drama series which is the brainchild of Jay Smith (aka dr_p_venkman). Other installments are being written are authors Keith DeCandido (kradical), Terri Osborne (terri_osborne), and Elizabeth Donald (reannon). I returned a tweaked version of the script to Jay on November 3rd, and now I wait to see how it gets cast with voice actors, and to hear it come to life (or, “undeath,” if you prefer)!

Guest blog for Novel Spaces – Over the holidays, I along with other past “guest bloggers” to Novel Spaces received an invitation to contribute something to the site in 2011. Last year, I wrote a piece about collaboration, and got some nice e-Mail feedback about it. I have no idea what I might write about this time around, but that didn’t stop me from accepting the invitation. My entry won’t go up until June, so I have plenty of time to come up with something. Suggestions as to possible topics are always welcome, of course. Otherwise, well…you’ve been warned.

Tie-in Project with Kevin – We were approached about this early last month, but Vanguard has been front and center since then, so I don’t expect we’ll get to prepping a formal outline before next month. That said, Kevin and I have already started slinging ideas for what we want to do with this particular project, which is something we’ve been wanting to do for years. We’re finally getting our wish, and we want to do it right. I expect we’ll meet about it again at least once or twice this month.

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. It likely will sit and idle for a little while, as I work on projects that have paychecks attached.

And there you go. Happy 2011, everybody!

Lay it on me.

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