May writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsMay come. May go.

We were back on the clock beginning last month, with a new novel to be completed some time between now and Labor Day. A few other things came and went, too, and the latter portion of my year is looking pretty interesting.

Here’s the May rundown:

Armageddon’s Arrow – A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, set after the events of The Fall. As someone noticed when I first posted about it, 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, things are proceeding more or less apace, and my delivery date for a completed manuscript is just after Labor Day. Publication currently is slated for mid 2015 or so. More info as it becomes available.

Biting the Hand You Hope Will Feed You” – My latest contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on May 15th. This time, muse a bit about the “entitlement syndrome” that seems to plague so many writers trying to get their foot in a door somewhere, and how their resulting behavior tends to shoot them in their foot (or their ass).

Ten Insane Star Trek Crossovers That Would Still Be Awesome” – Yet another in my irregular recurring blog series for StarTrek.com, “Ten for Ward.” This time around, I posit ten suggestions for crossing Star Trek with other science fiction/comics properties that I think would be fun. A few are obvious, others less so, and at least one or two that are totally nuts but which I’d still totally write if given the chance.

Star Trek: Seekers #2 – We’re all done with our final edits and whatnot, and now we’re just waiting for July 29th to get here and bring with it the publication of the first Seekers book, Second Nature by our co-conspirator, David Mack. Ours will follow a month later, 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!

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. 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: Oh, hey! Did I mention that the “Ten for Ward” gig now will occur on a somewhat more regular basis? Yep! Expect to see a new installment every six to eight weeks or so, based on editorial whim. My next article is due to my editor on or around July 7th, and should go live later that week.

Essay – I was approached back in April 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 new book will be titled The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes. I’ll leave it to you to figure out its topic. Anyway, my essay isn’t due until the fall, so I plan to hold this in the queue until after I finish Armageddon’s Arrow.

Star Trek: Seekers #4 – For late 2015. Kevin and I are still waiting to see contracts, but we have the verbal acknowledgement that this will be our next Trek project, once I’m done with Armageddon’s Arrow. 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 summer. 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 novel – A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by the editor of another tie-in line and offered an opportunity to write for them. I happily accepted that offer, and at the moment I’m just fidgeting as I wait for contracts to arrive and for the publisher to announce the project. All I can say at this point is that it’s a property for which I’ve never written, but about which I’m totally, totally, totally jazzed. As things stand now, I’m pondering story ideas to pitch to the editor and I suspect a proper outline/proposal will be due sometime in late summer and early fall. I’ve already got a rough idea of when the manuscript will be due, so it’s just a matter of getting all the pieces to their proper positions on the game board. Stay tuned!

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.

Tie-in project – For who knows? This one got set aside while I tended to other things, but I’m almost ready to send my finalized proposal to the other party with whom I hope to collaborate. Once he weighs in, I’ll have a better idea of how long it’ll be before I can submit it to a publisher for consideration. 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 all through May, I continued to answer 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. This past Sunday, June 1st, marked the 100th question answered this way. Derp.

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 back in December. I thought the thing had gone dormant or died on the vine, but I was informed a couple of weeks ago that it has been passed up the ladder to the next party who needs to weigh in and either approve or reject it. So, who knows? We might have ourselves a ballgame, here.

Sequel to From History’s Shadow – Yes, I’m really starting to get serious about this idea. I’ve been jotting down random thoughts and other notes as they come to me, and the other day while I was mowing the lawn the seeds of an actual plot line began to take shape in my little monkey brain. I still need to flesh things out and get everything ordered the way I want it, but I think I’m going to submit this notion to my editors and see what they say. At first I thought I might simply pitch any follow-ups as e-Book novellas, but I’ve since come to the conclusion that I have enough meat for a full novel. I guess we’ll see what happens.

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.

Original SF novel – Another idea that’s been picking up steam in recent weeks. I’ve revisited a file I had started a while back, refreshed some older notes and added some new ones. I think I may be onto something, and I plan to approach at least one editor with it later this summer, once I get a synopsis/proposal roughed out.

And with all that? Howdy, June.

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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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