April writing wrap-up.

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Hey, this just in: 2015 is one third of the way done.

Already.

It was another active month, writing-wise, and that’s without counting this bit of tom-foolery I posted on April 1st. Even with time taken out for our annual jaunt to Denver, I was still able to keep most of the trains on their respective tracks.

I could get used to this writing thing.

Anyway, here’s a peek at what I was doing during April:

Star Trek: Seekers #4All That’s Left – Kevin and I received the copyedited manuscript on April 28th, and our changes, fixes, notes, and so on and so forth are due back to our editor on May 13th. Unlike the first two books which launched the series, David Mack’s Book 3, Long Shot, and ours will each be standalone tales “starring,” respectively, the crews of the U.S.S. Sagittarius and Endeavour. Did you see the covers?

Tie-in project – For a new editor and publisher. I delivered my manuscript to my editor for this still sooper sekrit project on May 1st. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk a bit about this one soon. At the moment, I’m awaiting feedback from my editor, which he’s already said might not be for a couple of weeks as he tends to hotter fires. More info later as I’m given a green light.

“Day to Day” – Short Story for 2113: Stories Inspired By the Music of Rush, edited by 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. My story draws inspiration from the song “Red Sector A” from the band’s Grace Under Pressure. After delivering the manuscript on March 31st, I received notes back from KJA last week, and I told him I’d get my changes/etc. back to  him by the end of the coming week.

From History’s Shadow II: Temporal Boogaloo – More UFOs! More aliens! More time travel shenanigans! I had to set this one aside while working on the sooper sekrit project, but I’m back at it, now. I’m due to deliver my manuscript toward the end of June. 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. 😀

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! I’ve delivered a revised outline and I’m back to full speed on the manuscript, which is due in July. I suspect publication is being eyed for spring/summer of next year.

That ’10 Things People Say to Writers’ List Thing” – My monthly contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on April 16th. For this latest go-round, I took a popular writing meme that’s I’d seen making the rounds on Facebook and provided commentary for each of the items on the list. We all now how that always works out so well.

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Armageddon’s Arrow – A Star Trek: The Next Generation novel set after the events of The Fall. My work on this is pretty much done, as evidenced by the fact that I actually received my author copies on April 30th. In case you’ve somehow missed it,  here’s the book’s cover, as rendered by the ever-talented Doug Drexler and Ali Ries. The book’s official publication date is still on track for Tuesday, May 26th, 2015.

Article for StarTrek.com: I was asked by the good folk over there to provide another in my irregularly recurring series for the site, “Ten for Ward.” I’ve got the basic idea and the ten items that will populate the list, so I just need to…you know…write the thing and deliver it at some point this week.

Short story for Pangaea – You may have seen me babbling about this here and there during February and March. Friend Michael Jan Friedman’s “shared world” concept was successful in reaching its crowdfunding goal, so Kevin and I will soon be writing a story. All we’re waiting for at this point is some further direction from editor Mike.

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. My work for this essay is done, and the book is currently slated for publication in late spring or early summer.

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 delivered our outline on April 6th. 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.

“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:

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.

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.

So, May! How you doin’?

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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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3 Responses to April writing wrap-up.

  1. Scott Jensen says:

    Dear Mr. ward: Now that Leonard Nimoy is gone, are there any plans for anyone to write a book of Ambassador Spock’s retirement from Starfleet and his death some years later ? I imagine 2 or 3 authors would collaborate, using Star Trek ‘Vulcan’ books as guides. Such a book would be monumental and probably a Best seller. Just a thought. Sincerely, Scott Date: Sun, 3 May 2015 19:52:33 +0000 To: sejspok924@hotmail.com

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    • Dayton Ward says:

      There’s been no talk of retiring Spock, or killing him off. I’m not really keen on that sort of thing unless there’s a compelling story reason to do it. And with Nimoy being gone just a couple of months it seems a bit ghoulish to try and a way to capitalize on his death by somehow channeling that into a “Death of Spock” story.

      (Note: This is my personal view, and does not represent anyone’s opinion besides my own.)

      I still think Spock has things to offer, particularly at this point in the 24th century storytelling timeline, which is still before the events of the 2009 Star Trek film where he disappears into the wormhole and into the “alternate reality” created by the newer movies. Likewise, we still have the occasional stories with Admiral McCoy and Scotty in the 24th century, even though De Kelley and James Doohan passed years ago.

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  2. Pingback: April and May 2015 Project Lists and April Bait, Fish, and Reel Report … COMBINED! | J. R. FRONTERA

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