June writing wrap-up.

And just like that? BOOM! 2018, half over.

Where DOES the time go?

Several things shook loose last month, for the better. Projects that had been in limbo – seemingly forever, in a couple of cases – finally broke loose and are moving ahead. The most immediate impact to me was that I went from having little in the way of freelance writing work to almost more than I could handle. Indeed, I had to make a couple of tough choices and pull back from two different projects because I simply don’t/won’t be able to meet their deadlines under my current schedule.

It was a bitter pill to swallow, because while both projects were interesting and promised to be fun, one in particular was exciting just because of who I’d be working with, and what we’d be doing. But, I was worried about not being able to live up to my commitments, and so before anything was cast in stone or money changed hands, I opted to withdraw.


Meanwhile, things are hopping here at Ward Manor. I know you don’t care about what I do when I’m not freelance writing, so I’ll spare you job tales, and get on with the fun stuff; namely, the June rundown:

IncrediBuilds – Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise  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. The book is 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 started hitting shelves on 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. Go and get copies of both sets! They make great craft projects for kids, and those who are still kids at heart.

Star Trek: Kirk Fu – An Introduction to the Final Frontier’s Most Feared Martial Art. YAAASSSSSSS. This is a project I pitched a couple of years ago, and it sat in limbo forever before a new editor at Insight Editions, Paul Ruditis, came aboard, and things started cooking with gas. The book was officially announced on June 14th, including some peeks at concept art, and of course it’s all totally insane, as I originally intended. I delivered the manuscript for this on February 21st, and I’m currently waiting for copyedits and other next steps. At present, this is slated for publication in March 2019, so you should start limbering up now.

Unidentified Tie-In Project – Yep. 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 returned an updated manuscript to my editor back on May 22nd, and I’m currently awaiting further instructions. So far, the only thing I have so far as publication date is that it’s tentatively slated for May 2019, along with….

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 a manuscript on June 7th, and I’m presently awaiting editorial feedback and other instructions. As with its companion, this one also is slated for publication in May 2019.

What’s That? Another Unidentified Tie-In Project  After being in limbo for what seems like ever, I was finally contacted in late May and instructed by my editor to get on with fashioning an outline for this book, which I delivered on June 18th. This has moved to the head of the line so far as Big Things I’ll Be Doing This Summer, and I’m planning to start writing pretty much the day after I get back from this weekend’s Shore Leave convention. More details as they become available.

A Not At All Tie-In Project – See what I did there, sneaking this one in between all the others? I was contacted a month or so ago about doing some writing work for a new endeavor that’s currently in development. It’s work for hire, in the sense that someone else is developing the property rather than this being my own idea, but the person in charge is giving me wide latitude so far as I what I write. We’ve had one conversation and I’ve been sent some reference material, but I’m otherwise on my own…within reason, of course. This is something that’s sort of gestating, so I have no real idea just yet when it might be announced or made available. More info as I get it and am allowed to share.

You Guessed It! Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – Though this was something discussed with other parties back in the early spring, I’d thought it was DOA and promptly moved on to other things. A conversation over this past weekend has come in the wake of “revived interest” on the part of the client, so I fired off a list of potential story ideas to support the original pitch. If this goes forward it’ll be a lot of fun, so keep those digits crossed!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

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!

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!).

All righty, then. Halftime’s over. Back to the action!

Lay it on me.

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