October writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsWhoa. Whoa. WHOOOOOAH.

November. Already? The hell, 2017? What’s your freakin’ rush, dude?

I honestly have no real idea where this year has gone. A lot of it has been a blur, and I can’t tell if it’s because I’ve actually been getting stuff done, or else I’ve been running around from thing to thing, working on this or that while frantically trying to keep all the balls in the air and maintaining the illusion of getting stuff done.

I’m guessing the latter.

As with last month’s recap, things remain “unannounced” on several fronts, which means I’m not able to shed new light on some of the things I’ve been working on (or will be working on). Yes, I know it can be irking, but trust me! It’ll all come out, sooner or later.

(He says, with the faintest hint of hope lacing his words.)

So, where do things stand as we jump face first into November? For that, we turn to the October rundown:

Recon” – My short story for If It Bleeds, a new anthology tying into the Predator franchise. Writer/Editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt commissioned 16 all-new tales featuring everybody’s favorite race of intergalactic big game hunters, which show them at different points in history, as well as taking their hunts to far-flung worlds. If It Bleeds went on sale in trade paperback and e-Book formats back on October 17th. You’ve purchased your copies, yes?

Drastic Measures – My Star Trek: Discovery novel, which was formally announced back in August at the ginormous Star Trek convention shin-dig thing in Vegas. The title and back cover copy were dropped back on October 13th. After addressing copyeditors notes and suggested changes and returning an updated manuscript to Pocket Books on October 16th, I’m now reviewing the typeset/galley pages for the novel and will return my fixes/suggested changes no later than next Tuesday, November 7th. As things stand now, the publication date has been set for February 6th, 2018. Almost there, folks!

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. Since then, I’ve seen preliminary mockups for cover and packaging design, and I’m just waiting to hear about layout and interior design along with other 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. After returning an updated manuscript to my editor on September 18th, I was informed on October 10th that it had been approved by the licensor. As with its companion, I’m currently awaiting further instructions along with info on cover, interior art, packaging and so forth. This also is likely slated for publication next summer.

Hey! It’s Another Unidentified Tie-In Project This is one that’s been lurking in the shadows under one of the “Maybe it’ll happen” trees, but things shuffled into the fast lane earlier this month. How so? Well, it involved spending a week at the IP owner’s headquarters, brainstorming story ideas with the property’s creative team and other writers who will be involved. This is a new client and new IP for me, and I’m excited not just by working with this property but also with the creative team that’s been put together. I think it’s going to be AmazeBalls, just as soon as I get some of this other stuff off my plate and get going on writing an outline for my part of the project!

What’s This? Yes, Another Unidentified Tie-In Project As with the previous project, this will be for a new client. I’m calling it a “tie-in” not because it’s based on an existing media property, but because it’s a concept they’ve developed and pitched to me to help them flesh out and act as a “lead writer.” I’ve had phone conversations with the company’s CEO and VP of story development – including one just this afternoon – and we all seem to be on the same page so far as where they’d like to see the concept go. I’m as intrigued as much by the storytelling possibilities that come with this premise as I am the delivery method. How vague and mysterious is that? More info soon, I hope!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

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!

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. This one’s been on the back burner for a while, because…well…look up at all that other stuff. Hopefully I can get back to this one day soon, 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!).

Aloha, November. Let’s do this thing.


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