April writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsBye, April. You were a nice break from the madness.

I downshifted a bit during the month, giving myself some time to recharge while tending to a few things around the new house. But with a new month comes a new novel project (see below), and an irregular gig now becoming a regular gig (see further below). Plus, I’ve still got a few projects in various states of gestation, which I need to give helpful nudges to get them back in gear.

So, here’s the rundown:

Star Trek: Seekers #2 – As I write this, the first-pass page proofs of Point of Divergence are awaiting my eyeballs so that I (along with Kevin, of course) can review them and get any corrections/etc. back to our editor by May 9th. The first two Seekers novels will be published in August and September, and we’re trying to see if both books can be available at this year’s Shore Leave convention. Keep those fingers and toes crossed!

Armageddon’s Arrow – (formerly Pale Blue Dot). This will be a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, set after the events of The Fall. As someone noticed on Twitter when we were gabbing yesterday, the title has a bit of an original series feel to it, which is intentional. I’ve been wanting to do something with Picard and the gang that has an old-school Trek flavor to it. Why? BECAUSE REASONS. Anyway, I received word on April 29th that CBS had approved my outline, and I’m just now getting started on the manuscript. My delivery date is just after Labor Day, with publication currently slated for mid 2015 or so. More info as it becomes available.

Essay – my contribution to New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, which will be published by the Sequart Organization. As the title implies, this collection of essays will take a look at all the various Star Trek comics which have been published over the years, from Gold Key’s original run in the 1960s all the way up to and including IDW’s current line of monthly and special event titles. For those wondering, my piece will revisit Marvel’s second run of Trek comics from the late 1990s. I received word on December 23rd that with the exception of a few line edit tweaks, my editor was pleased with what I’d delivered. Editor Joe has already said he’s busting various body parts in an effort to have copies on hand for the aforementioned Shore Leave convention. Can’t wait to see this one!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Article for StarTrek.com: My irregularly recurring “Ten for Ward” gig has now become something of a regular thing. I’ll be dropping an article on them every other month or so, starting with a new piece which should go live on or about May 20th. I guess I should probably think up something to write about.

The Adventures of Space Marshal Dylan McCade: There has been some preliminary talk about a follow-up to “The Terror of Entropia’s Ice Cannon!” That first story ended on something of a cliffhanger, setting up something I was calling “The Rampage of the Runaway Moon!” and even though that originally was meant as a tongue-in-cheek salute to Space: 1999, it’s looking like we may well go for developing this notion. The current plan is to collaborate on a story outline, and from there decide how best to proceed. In the meantime, the first adventure is still available for listening and reading at the Dylan McCade’s page on the SciFi Commons website, and it’s all free for your ears and eyes alike. So, if you haven’t yet sampled it, you need to be setting course thataway. I’ll wait.

Essay – I was approached a few weeks back about contributing another essay for another collection of such pieces by the good folks at Sequart, who are publishing the aforementioned New Life and New Civilizations this summer. The book’s topic hasn’t yet been announced, but let’s just say it’s a pop culture icon that’s near and dear to my heart. As of now, my essay is due in the fall, after I finish up Armageddon’s Arrow. I imagine I’ll have more info to share here soon.

Star Trek: Seekers #4 – For late 2015. I was told last month that contracts were being processed for this, our second contribution to the still-forthcoming Seekers series. Our co-conspirator, David Mack, has already drafted an outline for Book #3, and Kevin and I will begin figuring out what our book will be about later this spring. Unlike the first two books which will launch the series, books 3 and 4 will each be standalone tales “starring,” respectively, the crews of the U.S.S. Sagittarius and Endeavour. Will the two ships team up again? Probably, but we’re in no rush to do that. 🙂

Tie-in project – For who knows? This one got set aside while I tended to other things, but I’m re-energized to get it going again. Once I’ve finalized my proposal, I plan to send it to a small group of trusted folks to get their feedback, after which I will be sending it to someone at a publisher who hopefully won’t toss it in the recycle bin. This would be for someone with whom I’ve not worked before, so I’m not sure at this point what to expect, but, I’m definitely jazzed to get this in front of someone, because FUN.

“The Enterprise Job” – As 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the original Enterprise model, and with recent news that it will soon be moved to a more prominent location within the Air & Space Museum as well as possibly receiving a new restoration effort, I told myself that I have to get off my ass and get this finished, formatted, and made available for public consumption and ridicule. This means figuring out how best to get it set up for one of the e-Book venues like Smashwords or whatever, as well as making it available for print-on-demand. I know, I know…”it’s coming.”

Short film script: Kevin and I hatched this notion back in December, as a matter of fact. 2014 also marks another milestone year in the annals of Star Trek history, and as we were talking about some other things we plan to be doing at the forthcoming Starfest convention in Denver, this other idea presented itself. Now that Kevin has experience writing scripts and access to people and resources looking and willing to film such things, we decided we may have the makings of a fun little project. I also have the idea pretty much written out, already, so it’ll largely be a matter of going in and rewriting/freshening up some bits, formatting a 10-15 minute screenplay from that, and then seeing what the next steps are. Mwuah-ah-hah.

And while there was something of a hiatus during April, I’m once again set to begin answering the call of friends Nick Minecci, Terry Lynn Shull, and Mike Medeiros for the G&T Show, responding to queries submitted to them via their show’s “Ask Dayton” feature. What can I say? I’m an attention-whore. Besides, we’re almost at 100 of these frappin’ things, so I can’t stop now.

Possible future projects:

Another tie-in project – For who knows? Kevin and I originally cooked up this notion while we were in Vegas last year. After some himming and hawing, we finally put together a pitch/outline and delivered it for review earlier in December. The feedback we’ve gotten so far is that it’s an idea they want to pursue, but not just yet. We may hear something more in the next couple of months, but the beauty of what we pitched is that it’s not time-sensitive, so it can sit and percolate while we tend to other things. Stay tuned.

Military SF story – A while back, I received a copy of a military SF short fiction anthology – the first in what is to be a recurring series of such books – along with a  handwritten note from its editor that read, “Volume 2 is done. Now send me something for Volume 3!” So, you know…I should probably do something about that. I’ve got a couple of ideas percolating; it’s just a matter of putting nose to the grindstone, etc.

Kid’s story book – Though my original idea (an illustrated story book for younger kids…5-8 range, etc.) might not end up going anywhere, a recent discussion has opened a door to possibly getting this going as part of another, larger project. This would be a licensed product, and things are still very nebulous at the moment as different parties weigh in on this or that, but you can be sure that if anything breaks, I’ll be one jazzed geek.

Steampunk short story – I plan to get back to this one and finish a draft, but I don’t expect it will be happening until after the first of the year. It’s a new genre for me, so it’s proving a bit of a challenge, but I really like the idea I’ve come up with. I’m even thinking I can expand the general premise–if not this particular tale–to novel length, and really go crazy. I guess we’ll see.

Okay, May: Let’s do this.

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About Dayton Ward

Freelance word pusher. Husband. Dad. Trekkie. Rush fan (the band). Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Observer/derider of human behavior. I know where my towel is.
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