June writing wrap-up.

BOOM! Just like that, 2019 is half over.

June continued the trend of the past few months, with a whole lot of stuff going on, writing-wise. Some of it I can talk about, but there’s a bunch more about which I’m not yet cleared to discuss. Such is life, I suppose. Once that happens, I’ll be free to share some insight into the busy yet oh-so-fun chaos that’s been my life for a bit.

The biggest thing on my plate at the moment is the current novel-in-progress, but various other smaller, faster-burn projects have come and gone or are still active, as well. Plans and schemes are in the works.

With more redactions than the Mueller Report, here’s the June rundown:

Unidentified Tie-In Project – I started work on this on April 1st. As I said above, it’s the main thing in my writing plate at the moment (and will continue to be so until I deliver the manuscript in late July). Can’t say much about it at the moment except that it’s…you know…a novel, and it’s due at the end of this month. 

“Lost and Found,” a Short Story for a Science Fiction Anthology – Writer/Editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail invited me to participate in a new collection she’s curating, Footprints In the Stars, for her own publishing outfit, eSpec Books. Danielle returned my edited manuscript on May 30th and after a quick bout of back-and-forth, I delivered an updated version around mid-June. eSpec moves at light speed, though, which means the completed book will premiere next weekend at the Shore Leave convention where I and many of the anthology’s authors will be guests. Pretty snazzy, eh?

Unidentified “Quick-Burn” Projects – Early June saw to it I was doing a couple of smaller projects with short turnaround times to support various things happening here and there. However, my particular combination of subject matter expertise and fast fingers came in handy and I was able to deliver these without (I hope) too much editorial fuss. Maybe one day I’ll be able to talk more about stuff like this. LOL.

And Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – So, here’s something new for me: I’m writing the copy for a new set of trading cards! After signing a contract with this client on June 17th, I set to work on it…working around the novel, of course. I’m delivering copy in chunks, so I sent in the first batch of 25 cards last Friday. Only 75 more to go, with the whole package due around the first of August. More on this as I’m allowed to share.

More Fun with Star Trek Adventures – Some of you may recall that I pitched in rather early on with some background material for this role-playing game produced by game developer Modiphius. The game is truly firing on all cylinders now, and its content line editor and fellow word pusher Jim Johnson asked me if I was interested in working with him creating material for a new supplemental sourcebook. Sounds like fun, right? So, on June 21st I signed a contract to do just that. I won’t be getting started on it until after the novel’s done, after which I’m sure I’ll be able to turn and burn on this pretty quickly. It’s possible there may be additional work after this project, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, all right?

Short Story for an Upcoming Horror Anthology – Last month, Kevin and I were approached about contributing a story for a collection that’ll be published next summer. The anthology’s concept is so insane and such a departure from what we normally right and yet just so totally us that we really had no choice but to accept the invitation. We’ve already batted around story ideas even though there’s been no official launch date for getting going on stories and landed on an idea that makes us both laugh so hard our sides hurt. This one’s going to be too much fun. When the group putting it together makes a formal announcement, I’ll have more to share!

Short Story for an Upcoming Science Fiction Anthology – So, yeah…looks like Kevin and I will be working on a couple of things in the coming months. We were approached about this one last month, as well, and received a lot of background info all of the stories will use to fuel their various tales. As of now, we have no real hard start or delivery dates, but I suspect things will be set up to allow for publication early next summer. More on this when I get it. Stay tuned!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Still Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – Something else I did alongside the new novel. I was contacted by the publisher on February 26th to gauge my interest, and of course I was like, “Oh, hell yeah I’m in!” After delivering a manuscript on April 23rd, I received editorial feedback on May 2nd and returned an updated manuscript on May 7th. I’m currently awaiting further instructions.

Superhero Novella Project – As announced back on February 21st, I’m teaming up with friends and fellow word pushers Russ Colchamiro, Mary Fan, and Aaron Rosenberg–they of Crazy 8 Press–to make with some superhero shenanigans. We’re still a ways out on this one, with a projected publication sometime in 2021, but hey! It’s something new for the project board, so into the list it goes. Obviously we’re only in the very earliest stages of this thing’s gestation, and more details will be forthcoming as appropriate.

Oh, Hey! Yet 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 handful of short “proof of concept” manuscripts, and we worked with the client throughout February as we continued to fine tune what they want. 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!

Wealth, Wayward Teens, and Wards: A Life of Crime Brings No Rewards!” – An essay Kevin and I concocted for Zlonk! Zok! Zowie! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 Season One, a new collection of essays focusing on the first season of the 1966 Batman TV series. Edited by Jim Beard, each essay/writer takes a look at a different story from the show’s first year, which mostly means each of us taking a 2-part episode. Kevin and I drew “The Joker Goes to School” and “He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul,” which features Caesar Romero’s second appearance as the Clown Prince of Crime. We delivered our contribution on December 31st, and our editor told us a couple of weeks later that aside from one little easily addressed tweak, we passed muster. At last report, Jim was eyeing early summer for releasing the collection. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available!

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, 2018, 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. When I get more details, I’ll be sure to share them.

Still 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 still 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!).

And now off we go to the second half of 2019. Aloha, July!

Lay it on me.

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