February writing wrap-up.

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Or…something.

Lots of moving about of various pieces around the writing board in February. All sorts of interesting games are afoot in one way or another. At this point, I can say that I’m going to be very busy for the next few months, and the rest of the year is taking shape rather nicely. I heard back on a few things that have been in the works for a bit, which I’ll share with you down below.

So, let’s quit stalling and get on with the February rundown:

Armageddon’s Arrow – A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel set after the events of The Fall. I returned by corrections and notes for the first set of proof pages on February 18th. A week or so ago I replied to a short set of proofreader queries, and now I’m awaiting the *final* set of proofs, which I expect to be heading my way anytime within the next week. While all of that was going on, you all got to see the book’s cover, right? The book’s official publication date remains Tuesday, May 26th, 2015.

Star Trek: Seekers #4 – We are closing in on the deadline for delivering our manuscript! A couple of weeks ago, we also saw what is going to be the book’s back cover copy, so hopefully that will be made public at some point in the coming weeks. As for our manuscript, it’s 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 – Wow, just talking about this book’s development is going to end up being a fun discussion, one of these days. I’m not at liberty to discuss details at this point, but the short, spoiler-free version is that I’ve been asked to change direction with my book in response to a request from Fox. I’m actually very jazzed by this, and I’ve had some great e-Mail and phone conversations with my editor at about it. I hope I can get some clearance to talk about it soon, because…well, dammit, Chloe! Once Seekers 4 is out of the way, I’ll be delivering a revised outline, and my manuscript is not due until summer.

Adventures in Editorial Guidance” – My monthly contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on February 16th. For this latest entry, I provide a humorous story from one writing project that took place a while back but which is still one of my favorite tales to recount. The piece was written in order to tie into the Novel Spaces site’s “Author Anecdotes” theme for February.

Sequel to From History’s Shadow – I heard back on February 23rd that my outline for this had been approved by CBS. More UFOs! More aliens! More time travel shenanigans! 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, though that’s certainly subject to change. It’s too early to be offering much in the way of details, but I’ll hint now that this won’t be a direct sequel to the first book, either for Kirk and the gang or anybody in the 20th century….sorta. 😀

Tie-in project – 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 I heard back on February 23rd that my outline for this also had been approved by the license owner and my editor. I have a deadline of May 1st for delivering a manuscript.  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!

Thank You for So Very Many Wonderful Moments & Memories” – A piece I originally wrote here paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy on the day of his passing was picked up and republished on later that day. I’ve received a lot of nice messages in response to that, which I guess serves to show just how much of an impact he had on so many of us, and how deeply he’ll be missed.

Spock & McCoy: Together Again (Just Because.)” – Something did later on evening of the 27th. It had been a long day with the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing, and I was looking for something to maybe make me smile a bit. For better or worse, this was the result. 🙂

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 March 31st, so I’ll be turning up the heat on this in the next week or so, once I get past Seekers 4.

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 in late spring or early summer.

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’ve gotten a tentative green light on this project, and Kevin and I will be delivering a full outline on or about April 5th. Can’t really say much at all about this one just yet, other than there’s a pretty good chance it’ll be published in 2016….

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 marked 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. 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 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.

And with that, everybody say “Howdy!” to March.

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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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