November writing wrap-up.

Anybody seen November? I could’ve sworn it was here a minute ago.

So, what’s been going on? As has been the case these past several months, a good portion of my time continues to be devoted to my various consulting duties with CBS. November included reviewing and weighing in on projects in various stages of gestation at Simon & Schuster and IDW Publishing, as well as helping with a few things currently underway at CBS Global Franchise Management. I even managed to write another couple of articles for which will be posted in the coming weeks (see below).

And of course there are always a few other balls in the air. You know…the usual sorts of chaos.

So, here’s what was what during November:

Simon & Schuster and 40 Years of Star Trek Publishing” – a new piece for, examining the beginnings of S&S Star Trek publishing program with several (no, I mean it…a lot) tie-ins to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which also celebrates its 40th anniversary here in just a few days. I’m not exactly sure when it’ll post to the site, but you know I’ll yammer about it there when it goes live.

Publishing Highlights: December 2019” – a companion piece to the above article, featuring a rundown of this month’s offerings from various licensing partners involved with Star Trek publishing. Hardcore followers of such things already know what’s coming (you know who you are), but this is part of a larger effort to spread some love and attention to Trek on the printed and digital page…novels, comics, reference works, and whatever other bits of coolness are coming our way from different corners of the Final Frontier.

Agents of Influence – A new Star Trek original series novel. I’m currently in the midst of running through the copyedited manuscript with an eye toward returning it to my editor in a week or so. 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.

More Fun with Star Trek AdventuresBack in October, I turned in a few revisions for the material I wrote for the first of two upcoming reference books. I’ve got some revisions to finish up and return to editor Jim Johnson, after which I need to get serious about writing content for the second book. Both of these are tentatively scheduled for publication at different points in 2020, but I don’t have any firm dates just yet. Neither book has been formally announced yet, either, so don’t tell anyone I mentioned this to you, okay?

Short Story for Upcoming Horror Anthology – A story Kevin and I are writing for It Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight Chillers. To be published by Hex Publishers, this will be a celebration of ghost and horror stories as inspired by 1980s cheezy, low-budget B-movie awesomeness. The concept sounded so insanely fun Kevin and I could not say no when we were invited to contribute. Kevin has taken point on this and I’m expecting his portions of the story any time now, after which I’ll add my scenes and then we’ll give it a polish before sending it to the editor. The poor thing keeps getting batted around as both Kevin and I deal with work scheduled and other fires that need attention. Once our story is accepted and the publisher is ready to roll out a table of contents, I’ll spill a few more details.

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). The Kickstarter campaign to fund the new collection was successful, and editor Michael Jan Friedman is beginning to organize all into something less than an unruly mob as we prepare to write our various contributions. The formula’s a bit different this time, as instead of us all writing separate tales we all will be feeding a larger narrative in something resembling a round-robin format…but with extra chaos sprinkled in for flavor. More details to come!

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. We’ve been told the project’s official start date has been pushed to the spring, which gives us plenty of time to start locking things down and work with the client to fine-tune what they want. Until a formal announcement is made the only thing I can say is that this is a slice of pure fanboy fun. Stay tuned!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Star Trek: Kirk Fu – A Guide to Starfleet’s Most Feared Martial Art. I received word back from my editor at Insight Editions 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. In addition to the cover, you can also check out some preview pages. Start stretching, yo.

Star Trek Inflexions Trading Cards 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 Rittenhouse back in June, I set to work on it…fitting it in around the novel, of course. I delivered my draft of the copy for the basic card set back on August 9th. The basic set will be accompanied by all sorts of cool extras and chase cards. Click the link to check out all the details. There may be some revision work at some point, but so far I’m in a bit of “wait mode” for the time being.

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 and publication was originally set for January 2020, but it’s looking as though it’ll be pushed back for reasons to which I’m not yet privy. More info as I found out what’s up.

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.

Possible future projects:

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.

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’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 we have a December. Ho-Ho-Ho.

Lay it on me.

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