July writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsHard to believe we’re already on the downhill slide portion of 2015, right?

July, compared to June, was unsurprisingly less hectic, but that’s okay. I know it won’t last. Things are already throttling up to full power so that it looks like I’ll be decently busy for the next few months. After that? We’ll have to see what we’ll see, but a few things are starting to take shape which could be fun.

Meanwhile, here’s the July rundown:

Star Trek: Seekers #4All That’s Left – After returning our corrections to the typeset manuscript back on June 29th, a revised version has appeared. It’s basically our last, LAST shot to make sure nothing boneheaded remains in the book. Our final correction (if any) are due back to our editor on August 5th. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that David Mack’s Book 3, Long Shot, officially hit stands earlier this week, and ours will be 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 after making a few tweaks based on my editor’s feedback, I’m currently awaiting a copyedited version as well as in-house editorial and licensor approval. I recently was able to share the book’s back cover copy, and I’ve seen a rough for the cover. As From History’s Shadow‘s cover evoked 1950s UFO conspiracy vibes, this one also evokes the era in which much of the story takes place. I’m hoping I’ll be able to share that, soon.

24 novel – I delivered my completed manuscript on July 1st, and I’m currently 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. The writing and editing is done, and the anthology is still slated to premiere next weekend at the Shore Leave convention. That’s hard core, right there.

Star Wars essay for Sequart – Editors Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato have taken on the challenge of producing not one and not two but three collections of essays focusing on different aspects of the Star Wars franchise. Whereas my essay was originally slated for the third volume, it got moved to the first book, which only served to make life more difficult for said editors when I ran late turning in my contribution. After delivering my essay on July 12th, I received feedback earlier this week, which I quickly addressed before returning the manuscript. And now we wait…..

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 received some great feedback. I’m finalizing my revisions to it so that he can have it next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk a bit about this one soon. More info later.

Writing for Exposure? We’re Still On That?” – My monthly contribution to the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on July 17th. This time, I talk a bit about that ever-present bane of every writer’s existence: the constant offers to write for someone else “for the exposure,” or as I like to call it “free.”

Star Trek: The Next Generation novel – Set after the events of Armageddon’s Arrow, this new tale is intended to be another largely “standalone” story with an emphasis on exploring. I delivered an outline to my editor on July 27th, and made a few tweaks in response to her feedback. Now we’re just waiting to hear back from in-house editorial and CBS Licensing. 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, and I should be getting started on it after the Shore Leave convention.

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 for 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 an April 2016 publication date.

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 to premiere at next weekend’s Shore Leave convention!

“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.

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.

Howdy, August.

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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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4 Responses to July writing wrap-up.

  1. BrainRants says:

    If I attempted a blog series like this, all of them would read, “Uhm, doing words, and shit.”

    You’re a busy muh’fucka. Rock straight the hell on.

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