August writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsFor crying out loud. 2014? FIND THE BRAKE PEDAL, whydontcha?

Anyway, remember last month when I said August was going to be crazy busy? Yeah. I underestimated the crazy factor, by a factor of 10 plus or minus a bazillion. Not so much the writing front, but everything else, all of which seems hell-bent to converge on the same handful of days in mid-September. A lot of this will become clear to you all as we move farther into the new month, and things will calm down on several fronts after the midpoint, but for now? Suffice it to say that September will continue the crazy busy. Muchly.

And with the preamble out of the way, here’s the August rundown:

Armageddon’s Arrow – A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, set after the events of The Fall. This continues to be the main focus of most of the brain cells I’ve set aside for writing, even as other things move across my desk from all directions. I’m still plugging along, a little behind where I’d like to be at this point, but there’s not much I can do except knuckle down, suck it up, and deal. My delivery date for a completed manuscript is September 15th, and the book’s publication date is set for Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. With any luck, pre-order links and related whatevers should be popping up soon.

When Is the Write Time?” – My latest contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on August 16th. This time, I use by space to talk finding the time to write in and around all the other demands on my life–day job, kids and school and activities, travel, tending to home and such, yadda yadda yadda, how sleep is overrated, how I’ll probably start taking my energy drinks intravenously, and so on.

Star Trek: Seekers #2 – Point of Divergence – FINALLY! After the first book in this all-new series, Second Nature by our friend and co-conspirator, David Mack, hit stores the last week in July, we followed on with the second book, which officially was released on August 26th. So far, response to the new series has largely been positive. Will there be more books? Why, keep reading…..

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 on August 1st I delivered an outline to my new editor, who has since told me that she’s cool with it and would be forwarding it on to the licensor for review. I’ve signed contracts, but I’m not authorized to release any details about this project yet, except to say that it’s a property for which I’ve never written, but about which I’m totally, totally, totally jazzed. As things stand now, my manuscript will be due in early April. More on this as details firm up.

Star Trek: Seekers #4 – Kevin and I have received, signed, and returned our contracts and even been paid the first portion of our advance, so this definitely will be our next project, once I’ve completed 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 month and into early October. Our outline is due to our editor on or about October 15th, with a manuscript due in the 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.

And another tie-in project – I actually need to get my butt in gear and get a pitch to the editor for this, as he already accepted my brief, couple-sentence elevator pitch for a story to be included in his forthcoming anthology. I’ve been swamped with…well…everything, but I’m reviewing some relevant material for the property before I send in what I’ve got cooking. This will be another one of those, “More details to come” updates, for now.

In and around those things, I also helped out a couple of teams for this year’s GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen). You can read about that bit of quirkiness here.

Other stuff in the pipeline:

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.

Sequel to From History’s Shadow – I’ve had preliminary discussions with my editor about this, and I think we’re going to be a go. As things stand now, this could be the novel I work on after I finish the as yet unnamed tie-in novel and Seekers #4. I’ve got a slew of notes, I’ve ordered a couple of new books to use for research, and so on. I still need to flesh things out and get everything ordered the way I want it for the outline, of course, which likely won’t be until later this fall.

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.

Possible future projects:

Another tie-in project – Earlier in June, I was recommended to an editor who was just getting going on ramping up several tie-in efforts, all for properties that would be new to me, writing-wise. I was told earlier in August that the property for which I’d submitted a couple of short pitches has been “put on hold,” so I won’t be doing anything with those, at least for a while. I have no idea if anything will come of this, but the exercise has at least brought me to the attention of another editor who seems keen on putting me to work. So, I guess we’ll see.

And yet 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 back in early summer 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.

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 there we go. Howdy, September.

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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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2 Responses to August writing wrap-up.

  1. John O. Edgeworth says:

    Wow, You sure had a busy month, I do have a few question on the Star Trek Seekers series but before I get to the question, do you have a FAQ section. This is so I don’t ask stuff like, where do you get your idea’s from.. no no only joking but I do not want to waste your time.

    Thanks

    John E

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