January writing wrap-up.

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And just like that, we’re 1/12th of the way done with 2015.

Is this what it’s like to live life in the fast lane? They didn’t mention this in the song.

Anyway…..

All sorts of writer-y things happened in January, and February’s already off on a sprint. Lots of balls to keep in the air, but I’m having fun doing it. So, I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

With all that said, here’s a look at the January rundown:

Armageddon’s Arrow – A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel set after the events of The Fall. I received the proof pages on January 15th and returned my tweaks and fixes to my editor on January 29th. Next up? I expect to see the *final* proof pages on or about February 18th, with any changes I might have due back a week or so later. The book’s official publication date has been announced as Tuesday, May 26th, 2015.

Star Trek: Seekers #4 – I’m still wrapping up my portions of this, and Kevin is feeding me pages, as well.  Our manuscript is due in early March, and unlike the first two books which launched the series, David Mack’s Book 3, Long Shot, and our Book 4 will each be standalone tales “starring,” respectively, the crews of the U.S.S. Sagittarius and Endeavour. We’ve also got a few surprise guests lined up for our tale……

24 novel – I started writing this last month, and I’m about a third of the way done, give or take. My pace on this will increase once Seekers 4 is out of the way. As of now, my manuscript is still due in early spring, but it’s possible that date may shift. I’m waiting to hear details from my editor. In the meantime? I keep typing.

Tie-in project – Also for a new editor and publisher. I was approached back in mid-December about doing this, and I had a phone conversation with the editor right before Christmas. I’ve signed contracts and offered up an informal outline of what I plan to do, and I’m due to deliver a finalized version of that outline later this week. I’m very excited about this opportunity, as it represents a type of writing I’ve not really done before. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more soon. Stay tuned!

Ten Favorite Childhood Star Trek Toys” – The latest installment of my irregularly recurring blog series for StarTrek.com, Ten for Ward. This time around, I reminisce about some of the awesome Trek toys that helped fuel my oh-so budding imagination. This article went live on January 6th.

Write More Than One Story at A Time? That’s Crazy!” – My monthly contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on January 16th. For this latest entry, I attempt to discuss how being able to concentrate on a single thing at any one time is a luxury for a working writer. Case in point? This list.

Sequel to From History’s Shadow – I submitted my outline for this on January 22nd, and it passed muster with my editor, who in turn sent it on to CBS for review. Unless something totally weird happens, this will be the novel I work on after I finish the 24 book and Seekers #4. As things stand now, I suspect this will be slated for publication in mid-late 2016.

Short Story – For a tie-in anthology that I’m not yet allowed to name, published by a publisher I’m not yet allowed to name, and edited by an editor I’m not yet allowed to name. What I can say is that it’s for a property for which I’ve not previously written, working for a publisher and editor with whom I have no prior experience, and it was a total blast. I also can tell you that I delivered a completed story on December 15th, and at present I’m just waiting for said unnamed editor to get back to me with his notes, feedback, requests, and so on and so forth.

“Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, and Again, and Again, and….” – My essay for The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, to be published by Sequart.org. As the title implies, I focused on the use of time travel across the different Apes comics over the decades. I delivered a finished piece back on November 3rd, and after receiving some notes back from my editor I returned a revised version at the end of November. I went back in and added a bit of new material now that we’ve seen the first two issues of IDW and BOOM!’s Star Trek/Planet of the Apes miniseries The Primate Directive. The Sacred Scrolls is currently slated for publication late next spring or early next summer.

Short Story for 2113: Stories Inspired By the Music of Rush – For editors John McFetridge and Kevin J. Anderson and publisher ECW. As the anthology title implies, each of the stories it contains will be inspired in some way by one of the songs in Rush’s extensive catalog. For example, I’ve selected “Red Sector A” from the band’s Grace Under Pressure album to fuel my tale. Stories are due on or before April 15th, and I’m hoping to have it done and gone well before I hit the road with Kevin to head for Denver and the annual Starfest convention.

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Unnamed Star Trek novel – Along with From 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 or perhaps even 2017, here). But, contracts he been signed, with an outline due some time in the late spring.

Tie-in novel – We’re still in the early discussions about this one, and I suspect things will begin heating up in the next few weeks. Kevin and I have had a couple of brainstorming sessions, and there’s been discussion with other involved parties. An actual outline likely will be in the offing sooner rather than later. How’s that for vague?

Two more essays for Sequart – That’s right, they didn’t learn their lessons after the Trek and Apes essays, and they invited me back to cause more damage. At this point, neither project has been formally announced, but I’ve already had to figure out when I’ll write the first one, and I suspect the other one will be due a few months after that. More info on these as details firm up.

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.”

Possible future projects:

Short film script: Kevin and I hatched this notion a while were talking about some other things we plan to be doing at next year’s Starfest convention in Denver. 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.

Another tie-in project – Last summer, 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!” Well, Volume 3 has come and gone, but I still really want to write something for this series. Maybe once I get past some of this other stuff….

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.

On to February!

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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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