June writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsAaaaaaaaaaaand BOOM! Just like that, 2015’s half in the books.


June was seriously crazy, with the degree of difficulty raised due to the kids being out of school. But, I knew the job was dangerous when I took it. Now that July is here, I can throttle back a bit, tend to one project that’s almost done, then take a few days to recharge before getting going on The Next Thing.

All righty, then. Here’s the June rundown

Star Trek: Seekers #4All That’s Left – We returned our corrections to the typeset manuscript on June 29th. 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. Dave’s book is due out at the end of July, with ours following in late October. Did you see the covers?

Elusive Salvation – A Star Trek original series novel that’s a sequel to From History’s Shadow. More UFOs! More aliens! More time travel shenanigans! I turned in my completed manuscript on June 22nd, and my editor returned it to me a couple of days ago with some notes/etc. for me to address. I plan to tackle that after I’ve given myself a couple of days to recharge, and get those changes back to her next week. 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 – I delivered my completed manuscript on July 1st, so now I’m waiting for my editor to return some feedback and/or dispatch assassins. I’m not at liberty to discuss details at this point, but I hope I can get some clearance to talk about it soon, because…well, dammit, Chloe! As of now, I suspect publication is being eyed for spring/summer of next year.

“The Ardent” – Our short story for the Pangaea anthology. You may have seen me babbling about this here and there during February and March. Kevin took the lead on writing the story after we figured out what we wanted it to do, and a manuscript was delivered on June 18th. After getting some feedback from editor Mike Friedman, an updated version was sent to him on the 28th. Mr. Friedman is churning ahead with his plans to have the anthology ready for the Shore Leave convention in August. That’s hard core, right there.

Star Wars essay for Sequart – This one took a bit of a backseat with everything else going on, but my editors had mercy on me and gave me a few extra days to put it to bed. I plan to have this done early next week.

The Write Space?” – My monthly contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on June 16th. For this latest go-round, I talk about where I like to do my writing, or where necessity requires that I do my writing.

Unnamed Star Trek novel – I’ve been commissioned to write another Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, which will be another tale that’s largely standalone in scope, similar to what I did with Armageddon’s Arrow. I’m just getting started on writing the outline, so there’s not a lot to talk about yet. The book is scheduled for some time in 2017, which happens to be the same year we’ll be observing the 30th anniversary of the TNG television series’ premiere. Don’t think that’s lost on me…. 🙂

Tie-in novel –  Can’t really say much at all about this one just yet, other than it’s slated for the latter half of 2016. Our outline’s been approved, and this actually will be the next novel project I tackle, but I won’t be starting until after the holiday weekend, at least.

Planet of the Apes essay for Sequart – Those Sequart guys just never learn their lesson. This time, I’ll be writing about the live-action Apes television series. My essay is due in late October, if memory serves.

Other stuff in the pipeline:

“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 album. After receiving some notes on my manuscript back in late April, I returned a revised draft on May 11th, for which I was given his official thumbs up. I’ve even been paid, so it’s all legit, now! At last report, the publisher was eyeing a September publication date, hopefully in time for the annual Rushcon in Toronto.

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, and I’m currently awaiting feedback from my editor. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk a bit about this one soon. More info later as things start to dial in.

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.

“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:

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.

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.

So, hey there, July. How YOU doin’?


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