December writing wrap-up.

all-the-wordsSo, that 2017 was a bit of a dumpster fire, huh?

Yeah.

It was a bit of an odd year for me, as well. The rather volatile nature of freelance writing in general and writing for licensed properties in particular saw that much of my 2017 was cloaked in “secrecy” as I worked on various projects…most of which still have yet to be formally announced. A couple are (mostly) completed, one hangs in limbo, and another? Well….we’ll get to that.

In related news, much of my December writing efforts were directed toward the full-time position I started at the tail end of November. That’s right, I’m having to “re-learn” the art of balancing my freelance writing with a “regular” job. I’m in the process of easing back into the thick of things, and I expect I’ll be firing on all thrusters again here, fairly soon.

In the meantime? Let’s take a peek at my December rundown:

Drastic Measures – My upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel. Hey, did you see the cover, which was unveiled back on November 17th? In early December I got to help the fine people at Simon & Schuster Audio as they finalized a “pronunciation guide” for the book’s accompanying audiobook adaptation, read for you by actor Robert Petkoff. The recording was completed a week or so before Christmas, and the audiobook is slated to be available on February 6th along with the trade paperback and e-Book editions of the novel.

Unidentified Tie-In Project – After lingering in suspended animation for many months, things got serious for this one in early December. I submitted a formal outline, and a contract quickly followed. I’ve been given a due date of February 22nd for delivering my manuscript, which is very doable. This one is going to be insanely fun. Trust me. 🙂

Another Unidentified Tie-In Project  After having my manuscript for this approved back in early August, I’ve been waiting patiently as the graphic design/art portions of the project are developed. I saw a rough layout of the entire book last month and was able to suggest some tweaks, and now I’m back to waiting. It’s been fun watching this one come together. At last report, this one was scheduled to be published in June, along with….

And Another Unidentified Tie-In Project The manuscript for this one was approved in early October, and I saw its rough layout last month and was able to suggest some changes to it, as well. As with its companion, I’m currently awaiting further instructions along with info on cover, packaging and so forth. It’s also slated for publication in June.

What’s This? Yes, Another Unidentified Tie-In Project 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 now have a contract to review and sign, after which I’ll likely be getting going on fleshing out the first story. 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:

Hey! It’s Another Unidentified Tie-In Project After spending a week back in October at the IP owner’s headquarters, during which I and other writers brainstormed story ideas with the property’s creative team, the first outline has been readied by its author and is being reviewed. As I’ve mentioned before, 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. Due to other stuff, I’ve not yet had the chance to really dive into my outline, and the new paradigm will take some time for me to reacquire that balance between day work and writing, but I’ll get there.

Holy Crap! It’s Another Unidentified Tie-In Project  My draft for this project was approved on September 5th. However, things have changed in drastic fashion for everything associated with this particular project. As I said in my “Looking Back at My 2017” post, it’s looking increasingly as though this one will never see the light of day. I was paid in full for my work, but the point of writing for publication is that your writing is…you know…published, so that people can experience it and (hopefully) enjoy it. At last report, there’s a slight glimmer of hope that the project will go forward, but the issues standing in its way are way above me and affect a number of people, and I feel more sorry for them than the fate of my little contribution. Unless something changes, this will be the last time I include this one in these little wrap-up postings.

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 August 13th, and I’ve been in limbo since then while we await a response from the licensor. No worries…I’ve still got enough to keep me occupied………

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. I’ve been giving this one some thought lately, as it’s the sort of thing I can scribble about during lunch breaks and such at work. I’d like to get it to a point that I feel comfortable approaching at least one editor with it. I guess we’ll see.

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!).

Okay, 2018. Bring it on.

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About Dayton Ward

New York Times bestselling word pusher. Husband. Dad. Trekkie. Rush fan (the band). Tampa Bay Bucs fan. Observer/derider of human behavior. Immortal for a limited time.
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