June writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsAnd just like that? BAM! 2014. Half over.

Wow.

Things are moving merrily along with the new novel-in-progress, while other projects are simmering at various temperatures on other burners. As I indicated last month, the latter portion of the year is starting to look pretty darned interesting, and I expect some details to begin falling into place starting this month. Hopefully that’s the case, because I really, really want to share some of the news with (both of) you.

Meanwhile? Here’s the June rundown:

Armageddon’s Arrow – A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, set after the events of The Fall. Things are chugging along, not quite as fast as I’d like due to other things happening here and there, but I’m still happy with the progress I’ve made to this point. My delivery date for a completed manuscript is just after Labor Day, and I learned yesterday that Pocket Books has set the publication date for May 26th, 2015. I imagine pre-order links and whatnot will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Tell Us What You Want…What You Really, Really Want” – My latest contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on June 15th. As we do every summer, the crew over there takes stock of the current situation and throws out some ideas for how to keep things fresh. One of the suggestions was to solicit ideas from the blog’s readers, and I volunteered to do the soliciting.

Star Trek: Seekers #2 – It’s all just a countdown, now! Our co-conspirator, David Mack, has already received copies of the first book, Second Nature, and we’re just waiting for the calendar to work its way to us. For those of you attending next month’s Shore Leave convention, expect to see copies of that book, and our editor is moving Heaven and Earth in a bid to have our book right there with it. Plus, there may be some other fun surprises. We shall see.

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: I’ve been invited to contribute to the site on a more or less regular basis, so 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. As I write this, I have no idea what that article will be about.

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. Mister Mack, our partner in crime, is set to start working on Book #3 once he finishes his current work in-progress, 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.

Tie-in novel – Back in May, 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 we’re working through all the little contract details and so on and so forth. 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 due to deliver an outline/proposal on August 1st, with a manuscript to be delivered in early April. It’s just a matter of getting all the pieces to their proper positions on the game board.

Tie-in project – For who knows? Believe it or not, I actually got this thing to a point where I was comfortable handing it off to another party for review. Why? Because this project, assuming it goes forward, will entail collaborating with an artist. The person I hope will be that artist is currently looking over the material, and if he decides he wants to play, then we’ll get going on finalizing the pitch and putting it in front of the “right people.” 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 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.

“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 most of the way through June, 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. I ended up goofing and missing this past Sunday, but I’m back on track for this coming weekend.

Possible future projects:

Another tie-in project – Earlier in June, I was recommended to an editor who’s just getting going on ramping up several tie-in efforts, all for properties that would be new to me, writing-wise. After a couple of brief e-Mails, he hit me late one Saturday evening with a request for a couple of “quick” one-paragraph pitches for one of the properties we discussed. I fired something off the cuff, and he was happy enough with that response that I prettied up my rambling thoughts into actual paragraph synopses that he could include in a “pitch packet” for the licensors. I have no idea if anything will come of it, but if it happens then it represents an opportunity to get my foot jammed in yet another door. More info as it becomes available.

And 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.

So, everybody say “Howdy!” to 2014’s back half.

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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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4 Responses to June writing wrap-up.

  1. Jeremy Woolward says:

    I SERIOUSLY hope that the new tie-in of which you speak that you’re currently jazzed about involves a friendly neighbourhood ex-CTU agent with in uncanny ability to kill on demand, has serious family issues and love to say, “Damnit!” But because I know you can’t spill anything, I’ll just hope and wait, but whatever it is, it’ll more than likely end up on my bookshelf.

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    • Dayton Ward says:

      There are several properties that are active right now, a few which are dormant but show signs of life, and some in the early ramp-up stages, that I’d be all over if opportunity presented itself.

      That’s all I’m saying. 🙂

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  2. archersangel says:

    And just like that? BAM! 2014. Half over.

    WTF?! it was january just last week.

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