Well helllllllllllllllllllo there, 2018.
I see you didn’t waste anytime swerving over into the hammer lane and pounding the gas pedal through the firewall. WHAT IS YOUR DAMNED HURRY? I mean, we’ve got the whole year to spend together, right? Slow down. Take in the view. Enjoy the sights. 2019 will be there, sooner or later.
So, what’ve I been up to? Thanks for asking.
A good portion of my writing in January was for my full-time gig during the day. I’ve completed several pieces and I’m continuing to work on new articles, along with editing a couple of submitted pieces and helping out the other members of my team in various capacities. I’m still re-learning the art of balancing a daytime job, family priorities, and my various freelance ventures. To be honest? It’s been a bit rough. That said, a few things are still getting done, albeit more slowly than I’d prefer. I’m hoping to get back up to full speed sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, on the freelance front, I continue to toil in anonymity, working on various things which haven’t yet been formally announced by their respective publishers. A few of these are looking like that they’ll break out into the open soon…you know…so I CAN MAYBE TALK ABOUT THEM.
So, with that out of the way, here’s the writing rundown for January:
Drastic Measures – My upcoming Star Trek: Discovery novel. We’re almost there! This coming Tuesday, February 6th, it’s officially in stores, although I’m already getting reports from my spies in the field of scattered sightings at this or that bookstore. You’ve seen the cover, right? The book will be available in trade paperback, e-Book, and audiobook formats. You’ve pre-ordered six copies of each, I’m guessing.
Unidentified Tie-In Project – The thing at the center of my freelance writing plate is moving merrily along. I’m due to deliver a completed manuscript on February 22nd. It’s been a ton of fun so far. Just you wait! You’ll see!
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’m finalizing an outline for the first story and even taking a swing at the first few installments. 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 (he says, promisingly).
And 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 in December and a check-in with my editor a couple of weeks ago tells me that we’re getting oh so close to approvals from the licensor and (hopefully!) an announcement of some sort. At last report, this one was scheduled to be published in June, along with….
What’s This? Yes, Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – The manuscript for this one was approved in early October, and I also saw its rough layout back in December. 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.
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.
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!).
Aloha, February. Let’s do this.