August writing wrap-up.

Holy crap! We’re already into the “–ber” months of 2019? How the HELL did that happen?

That means August’s in the can. Wow.

Looking back at the month’s blog stuff, I realize I’ve been fairly neglectful of this space. The first half of August was devoted to wrapping up the latest novel project as well as few other things (see below), along with my always interesting activities as I continue my consulting work with CBS. Indeed, things associated with that role have dominated my Labor Day weekend. Maybe I can talk about those, one of these days.

Meanwhile, here’s a look at August’s writing run rundown:

Agents of Influence – A new Star Trek original series novel for Simon & Schuster. It’s the first time I’ve played with Captain Kirk and his merry band aboard the Starship Enterprise since Purgatory’s Key, mine and Kevin’s contribution to the Star Trek: Legacies 50th anniversary trilogy with Greg Cox and David Mack back in 2016. I delivered the manuscript on August 12th and subsequently received editorial feedback, which I’ll be addressing in the coming days. What’s it about? Oh, about 100,000 words or so. It’s also slated for publication in June 2020. More info — including, I hope, marketing copy and pre-order links — once I’m allowed to share.

Unidentified Tie-In Project – So, here’s something new for me: I got to write 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…fitting it in around the novel, of course. I delivered my draft of the card copy back on August 9th. There may be some revision work at some point, but so far I’m in a bit of “wait mode.” I’ll post additional details as I’m able.

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. Just this past week, we submitted a new round of “proof of concept” manuscripts, and we worked with the client to fine-tune what they want. It appears an announcement about this is imminent, but until that happens the only thing I can say is that this is a slice of pure fanboy fun. Stay tuned!

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 couple of new supplemental sourcebooks. Sounds like fun, right? So, on June 21st I signed a contract to do just that. My current due date for the first book’s batch of work is October 4th, and I’m set to start working in earnest this coming week.

Short Story for an Upcoming Horror Anthology – Back in May, 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 Pangaea III, an Upcoming Science Fiction Anthology – Regular followers know that Kevin and I contributed a story to the first Pangaea anthology, and Kevin went solo for a story included in its sequel, Pangaea II: SuperContinent Boogalo (I may have that title wrong). Now friend and fellow word pusher Michael Jan Friedman has launched a fundraising campaign to support a third (and perhaps final) trip back to the world established and explored in the first two books. You can learn all about that by clicking right here. If all goes to plan, Kevin and I will pen a new tale featuring the characters we created for the first two stories. Stay tuned!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Star Trek: Kirk Fu – A Guide to Starfleet’s Most Feared Martial Art. I received word back in late July the final layouts and everything else for this bad boy have been approved by CBS! We appear locked in for a publication date of March 3rd, 2020. So far the only thing I have to show is the cover, but previews of pages and interior art should (hopefully) be coming soon.

Oh, Hey! 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 returning an updated manuscript on May 7th, I heard back in late July it had been approved by the licensor. Hopefully that means an announcement of some sort is forthcoming. Yay!

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, we’re still waiting to hear about a publication date. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available!

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.

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 with all of that? Aloha, September.

Lay it on me.

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