March writing wrap-up.

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2018: 25% in the books. Already.

I mean…..the hell?

At least March brought with it my ability to announce some of what I’ve been working on, with a couple of projects being revealed just as the month rang out. Let this be fair warning: you leave me without much or even anything to talk about, and I’m just going to start making up things. Know what I’m sayin’?

As has been the case since late November, my daytime hours are devoted to writing for my regular day job, leaving me with evenings and weekends – and not even all of those – for my other writing. That said, we did have a few things move around during March. Let’s have a look:

Mission to Gamma VI* – A Star Trek original series novel, and mine and Kevin’s first collaboration in quite some time! We hunkered down and came up with a story that evokes our love for a bit of old school classic Star Trek lore; something which – believe it not – has managed to go more than 40 years without being referenced in any other novel, comic, or game. How did we manage that? You’ll just have to click here and see……

IncrediBuilds – Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise  This was one of the projects officially announced this past weekend. Basically, it’s a wooden model you get to assemble, and I wrote the accompanying “book o’ info” about this, the Enterprise from the original Star Trek series. Expect the book to be stuffed with little trivia tidbits about both the ship from the show as well as the filming model’s creation and contribution to the series and pop culture. Everything’s been approved and the book has been handed over to the printer. This is slated for publication on Tuesday, June 12th, along with….

IncrediBuilds – Star Trek: The Next Generation: U.S.S. Enterprise  Pretty much the same as everything with its original series companion…just add a little “-D” after the word “Enterprise” and you’re good to go. This will be published alongside the other book on June 12th.

Unidentified Tie-In Project – I delivered the manuscript for this on February 21st, and I’ve since received and responded to notes from my editor. I’m currently waiting for copyedits and other next steps. At present, this is slated for publication early in 2019. This one’s been a lot of fun, so far, and you all are never going to believe that they let me do this, not even when the proof rests in your hands. Here’s hoping I can talk about it soon!

Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – Yep, it’s another fun thing I can’t yet formally announce. This one is of the “burn hot/burn fast” variety, requiring quick turnaround on my end with respect to pretty much everything. How fast? I was asked about my interest in doing this on March 6th, delivered an outline on March 18th, got editor’s notes back on the 21st and returned a revised outline that same evening. As of now, I’m waiting for licensor approval so I can get going on the manuscript. As of now, this one is being slotted for publication in May of 2019. Yep, we’re working that far out.

And Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – A companion to the previous entry. I know what you’re thinking, and neither of these are Star Trek titles. Sorry! As with the previous project, there’s a need for me to be quick with my deliverables. I delivered an outline for this one on April 1st (no foolin’!)  and I’m currently awaiting editor feedback. Once I get licensor approval, the manuscript will also be on the fast track. As with its companion, this one also is slated for publication in May 2019. Wheeeeeeeee!

And Still 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 sent an outline along with the first three installments of the actual story to its editor back on February 12th, and I’m presently awaiting feedback and direction on how to proceed. More details soon!

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.

Yet Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – After submitting a revised outline to my editor last August, I’ve been in limbo since then while we await a response from the licensor. No worries…I mean, it’s like I’m drowning in free time or anything, but I’d really like to get on with this one. Here’s hoping.

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!).

April, huh? You don’t look so tough.
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* Yeah. Sorry about that.

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