The sorta late September writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsWow, but I’ve been something of a lazy blogger, of late.

The thing about working on projects about which you can say little to nothing is that there’s…uh…nothing to talk about on those fronts. I’m rarely given to long diatribes about a topic du jour, so that leaves funny pictures and dick and fart jokes, and that’s what Facebook is for, amirite?

While I may not have been slinging hash into this space with too great a frequency, I have been busy elsewhere. Unfortunately, a few of those things remain “unannounced” and I’m therefore unable to share anything about…you know…what they are.

But, I can least tell you where I am with some of them. So, here’s the September rundown:

Star Trek: Discovery Tie-in Novel – This was formally announced back in August at the ginormous Star Trek convention shin-dig thing in Vegas. At this point, I still can’t say much more than what’s already been revealed, which is precious little. What I can tell you is that it’s the second DSC novel, following David Mack’s Desperate Hours, which was published on September 26th. My book is currently slated for “early 2018” publication, and as was revealed in Vegas, the story is set somewhere around ten years before the first episode of the series proper. I took care of revisions last month, and heard just a couple of days ago that my manuscript has been approved by my editors, CBS, and the Discovery writer’s room. I’m expecting to see a copyedited version of the manuscript next week, and there may be some marketing copy made available soon. Stay tuned!

Unidentified Tie-In Project  After a whirlwind courtship during which I very quickly signed on to write this book in early June, I delivered a finished manuscript on July 28th, and was notified on August 10th that it had been approved both by my editor and the licensor. I got a copyedited manuscript back on August 24th, and returned it with my corrections the next day. Now I’m waiting to hear about layout and design, packaging, and other very cool things. Stay tuned! This will likely be published next summer, along with….

Another Unidentified Tie-In Project No sooner did I get a good head of steam going on the above Unidentified Thing, than the same publisher gauged my interest about a Follow-Up Thing. Um, yeah? So in. I delivered a manuscript for this on August 29th, received editorial feedback on September 13th, and returned an edited version on the 18th. I’m currently waiting on notes and/or approval from the licensor. As with its companion, it’s also likely slated for next summer.

An Another Unidentified Tie-In Project  I submitted a draft for this on August 21st, and received feedback from my team lead and the licensor on the 31st. I returned an updated version on September 2nd and got the official thumbs-up from my project leader and the licensor on the 5th. I’m presently awaiting further instructions. This one was a lot of fun working with a new client, and there’s potential for additional work in this arena, so I’m naturally excited. Deets to follow!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Recon” – Short story for If It Bleeds, an anthology tying into the Predator franchise. Writer/Editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt has commissioned 16 all-new tales featuring everybody’s favorite race of intergalactic big game hunters. The stories in this new collection will show Predators on Earth at different points in history, as well as taking their hunts to far-flung worlds. If It Bleeds is currently slated for publication on October 17th.

Still Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – After submitting an outline to my editor on April 28th, we finally received some great feedback from the licensor on August 4th. I returned my revised outline on the 13th, and I’m back in a holding pattern while we await a response from the licensor. No worries…I’ve still got enough to keep me occupied………

Holy Crap Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – After hearing lots of good things about this in late July from my editor that this one would be going forward, I haven’t heard much new on this front. I do know that both editor and licensor are big on my doing this particular book, so it’s basically just a matter of waiting for all the paperwork to get straightened out. This one is going to be insanely fun. Trust me. 🙂

Possible future projects:

Original SF novel concept – Something I’d started a while back, refreshed some older notes and added some new ones. Once I knock out the other outlines that are ahead of it in the queue, I’ll be continuing to work on fleshing out this concept so that I can approach at least one editor with it.

Original e-Book concept – I’ve been pondering an idea for a new series – something akin to the “men’s adventure” style books I loved back in the 80s and 90s. It would be a setting for which I could write shorter tales – novellas, likely – for e-Book distribution. It would be something of an SF-ish/action bent, with (I hope) lots of humor. Not quite campy, but definitely lighter in tone. This is still very rough at the moment, but it’s something I’d really like to get into once I get some free time (HAH! HAH AGAIN!).

Onward, October!

 

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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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