With 2013 on closing in on final approach in my part of the world, I figured I’d take a few moments and reflect on the 2012 that was….for me, at least. All in all, it was a very good year on a number of fronts.
First and foremost, my family and I are healthy. My wife and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary, and our daughters continue to amaze and amuse me, and to say that they are our proudest accomplishment is an understatement. The oldest turned 6 (and is ready to be 15), and her sister turned 4 (and is ready to be 6).
We welcomed a new member into the family this past year, Snickers, and my wife has spent the better part of the year training her as a search and rescue dog. Snickers was certified “operational” after she and the Mrs. passed all their individual and joint tests, well ahead of the average training window.
I managed to stay pretty busy on the writing front, despite the usual demands of dayjob, family, etc.:
- My Star Trek original series novel That Which Divides was published in February. I’d always wanted to do an old-fashioned “five year mission” tale and sort of salute the TOS books I read in the 1970s-90s, and this was my attempt.
- I rewrote and expanded a story, “Absent Friends,” so that I could donate it to a fundraising effort back in April. It was for a worthy cause, and I hope the efforts of everyone involved proved helpful.
- “Conscript” was my short story contribution to the ReDeus: Divine Tales anthology, edited by friends Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg, based on a concept they co-created with Paul Kupperberg. I was honored to be invited to write for the anthology, and I’m rather taken with the potential of more stories with the character I created for the story. I’m hoping I get a chance to revisit the ReDeus world sometime soon.
- In Tempest’s Wake, a novella intended as a coda/bonus story for fans of the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series, was published in October. I will definitely miss working on this series, as it was some of the most fun I’ve had writing Star Trek fiction. I don’t know if anything like it will come along, but one never knows.
- Purely for the mischievous fun of it, I participated in a faux “interview,” series, in which I adopted one of several “personas” from history or fiction. The result of that exercise was Iconic Interviews, the brainchild of H.E. Ellis, released in December. Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to Wrists Around the World, so I hope you’ll check it out if you’re of a mind to do something nice.
On the non-fiction side of things, I wrote what likely were my last articles for Star Trek Magazine, at least for the forseeable future. I also contributed a one-page piece to Robert Greenberger’s rather sweet tribute tome, Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History. Elsewhere, I stayed busy on the web, with monthly visits to the Novel Spaces writers blog as well as the occasional sojourns over at StarTrek.com and my irregularly-recurring series, “Ten for Ward.” A couple of my blog pieces even ended up at such places as Tor.com and TrekMovie.com. And if that wasn’t enough, I continued my near-weekly polluting of the Sunday G and T Show with its “Ask Dayton” segment.
(You might want to ease into those. Explicit Lyrics, yo.)
On the non-writing front, I got to have a bunch of fun as an occasional guest host for Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast with friends John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson, where we waxed all geekery over episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man. There will be more of that in the coming year, and I can’t wait to get my bionic nerd-on going all over again.
For 2013, I’m finishing up the novel which will be published in August, From History’s Shadow. I’m also finalizing an outline for another novel which will ring in 2014. In between all of that, I’ve got a couple of short stories to write for different people/projects. Also, I recently retooled a short story from my archives in order to create something approximating a 40s-style pulp science fiction serial, which will be adapted in the coming year as an audio program. That deserves its own bit of bloggery, so stay tuned for updates on The Adventures of Space Marshal Dylan McCade and what I hope will be his first tale of derring-do, “The Terror of Entropia’s Ice Cannon!”
That should be a whole buncha fun.
Thanks to everyone who played a part in my 2012, be you family, friend, and/or reader/fan. I couldn’t have done it without you. From where I sit, 2013 looks to be a fun but busy year for me, and I hope all of you will continue to be a part of it.
Happy New Year, yo!