November writing wrap-up.

And here we are: December 2018.

I honestly don’t know where the rest of the year went. The first half was a blur, and the next few months after that also moved pretty fast, but now we’re here and while there are still some things going on, they’re proceeding at something resembling a sane pace for the first time all year. Weird.

While there’s (unfortunately) not very many changes to report on the writing front, I may have some interesting news to share as we get closer to the new year. Right now, it’s a case of my shuffling pieces around the game board and waiting for the okay to talk about certain things. All I can do until some of that shakes loose is just keep on keepin’ on. So, here’s the November rundown:

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Available Light  Picking up the action in the aftermath of David Mack’s novel Control and my own TNG tale from year, Hearts and Minds. I received the copyedited manuscript from my editor on November 26th and I’m currently in the midst of reviewing and addressing those notes. I’ll have an updated manuscript back to Pocket Books on or before next Monday, December 10th. The book is currently schedule for publication in April 2019. Pre-order links and official back cover copy are inbound, and hey! Did you see the cover?

Article for StarTrek.com – The next installment of my irregularly recurring “Ten for Ward” column. I sent in the piece just last night, in fact, and I expect it will be posted sometime in the middle of the month if not closer to Christmas. What’s it about? Well, why ruin the surprise?

Unidentified Tie-In Project – Yep. I still can’t say much about this one just yet. After receiving licensor feedback on my manuscript back on September 4th, I made the necessary corrections and returned an updated version on September 7th. Now I’m awaiting further instructions. At present, the publication date is still aiming 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! I’d already responded to licensor notes for this one back in August, so I’m now I’m just in a holding pattern while waiting for further direction. As with its companion, this one also is slated for publication in May 2019.

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, just as I originally intended. I got to see a tentative cover for this one last month, it’s gloriously hysterical, and I can’t wait to show it off. Unfortunately and for reasons I still haven’t been given, the book’s publication date has apparently been pushed back to March 2020. I’ve inquired about this to see if it’s an error or something else.

And Another Tie-In Project – I can’t really describe anything about this one without giving away hints as to what it might be. It’s definitely an interesting endeavor – one I’m pursuing with a friend and fellow writer. Between us we’ve written a couple of short “proof of concept” manuscripts. We’ve gotten some new direction after a meeting held back in November, so I may be turning some attention to this as we get closer to the holidays. There may be an announcement coming about this very soon, but until that happens the only thing I can say is that this is a slice of pure fanboy fun. Stay tuned!

Short Story for a Science Fiction Anthology – Writer/Editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has invited me to participate in a new collection she’s curating, Footprints In the Stars, for her own publishing outfit, eSpec Books. As she describes it, all of the stories will revolve around the central theme of humanity discovering evidence that we are not alone in the universe. She’s stressed that she’s not looking for “first contact stories,” so we have to dig a little deeper and come up with something else. I’ve already got an idea whirling around in my head, even though we haven’t even been given a due date for submitting manuscripts, just yet. Yeah, I’m raring to go with this one!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

A Not At All Tie-In Project – See what I did there, sneaking this one in between all the others? I was contacted a couple of months 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 still 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.

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 – This one is now officially listed as “in limbo” until further notice. I can’t say it’s canceled because there’s a contract involved and I’ve already been paid a portion of the money, but it’s been all quiet on every front so far as trying to get this thing to move forward. After submitting a revised outline to my editor over a year ago, I’ve been stuck since then while we await a response from the licensor. I’ve attempted to follow up a few times in the intervening months, but so far I’ve had no luck. I guess they’ll find me when they’re ready. It’s not 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!).

Onward, December!

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