October writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsOctober come. October go.

It was something of an “admin and logistics” month, in preparation for what is shaping up to be a delightfully busy November. I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo this year, so hopefully that will translate into a productive month as we scream along toward the holidays.

So, here’s the October rundown:

Armageddon’s Arrow – A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, set after the events of The Fall. I returned a revised manuscript to my editor on October 7th. I’m presently waiting on copyedits and I may also have to do some additional tweaking to account for “things” happening in other books. Yeah, that’s pretty vague and mysterious, isn’t it? It actually sounds more exciting than it really is, and is really just part of the game we like to play here in the wild and crazy world of tie-in writing. 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. I’ve seen cover art and the copy for the back cover, so hopefully that will be showing up somewhere soon, as well.

Star Trek: Seekers #4 – Kevin and I sent our outline for this novel to our editor on October 13th, and we received word earlier this week that we are greenlit and good to go! Our manuscript is due in the spring. Unlike the first two books which launched the series, David Mack’s Book 3 and our Book 4 will each be standalone tales “starring,” respectively, the crews of the U.S.S. Sagittarius and Endeavour.

Finding the Happy Medium with Social Media” – My monthly contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on October 16th. For this go-around, my article was part of a month-long theme about social media, so I pulled an article I wrote a few years ago and freshened up for re-sharing. Long story short? All things in moderation.

Transcript” – a short story I wrote for Halloween. For a few years, I’d posted a story on Halloween, and though I missed 2013’s I was able to get one put together for this year.

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’m aiming to be done with this by the end of the weekend or maybe early next week, so I can get on with writing the new novel!

Article for StarTrek.com – The latest installment for my irregularly recurring series for them, “Ten for Ward.” I actually sent this to my editor on October 1st, but at this point I have no idea when it might be posted to the site. What’s it about, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. 🙂

24 novel – Back in May, I was approached by Tor/Forge Books to write a novel for them to follow Deadline, written by my pal James Swallow and published back in August, and Rogue, written by my other pal David Mack and slated for publication next year. I happily accepted that offer, and on August 1st I delivered an outline to my new editor. I had a conversation with her earlier this week in which we discussed a few things that have come from the licensor (Fox) and ultimately impact my novel. This is actually great news, and after a brief discussion I’ll be revising my outline to reflect what’s been requested. How’s that for vague and mysterious? I’m supposed to take a couple of weeks to make the revisions, and then hopefully we can kick this thing into high gear, because Jack Bauer, bitches!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Sequel to From History’s Shadow – I’ve had preliminary discussions with my editor about this, and we are a go. Contracts are on the way and as things stand now, this likely will 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.

Unnamed Star Trek novel – Along with History’s Shadow II, I also was asked about writing something after that. At this point, I don’t even know what it will be…that’s how nebulous things are this far out (we’re talking publication well into 2016, here). But, contracts are coming for that, too, so there obviously will be some serious thinking about it at some point soon.

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 so with all that: Howdy, November.

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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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