And just like that, 2019 is in the books. No more “Year of Blade Runner.” No more “Year of Akira.” We’re on to 2020, fellow cyberpunks!
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As with previous months, I’m happy to report that my consulting duties with CBS continue to occupy a sizable chunk of my time. December’s reviews of “things in gestation” included material from both Simon & Schuster and IDW Publishing, as well as a few things outside these realms which are currently being considered by the Star Trek Brand Development arm of CBS Global Franchise Management. Lots of neat stuff in the offing, y’all.
In and around all of that, I still managed to tend to a few writing-related chores. Here’s the December rundown:
“Simon & Schuster and 40 Years of Star Trek Publishing” – this piece examines the beginnings of S&S Star Trek publishing program with several tie-ins to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which also celebrated its 40th anniversary in December. The article went live December 6th over at StarTrek.com.
“Publishing Highlights: December 2019” – a companion piece to the above article, featuring a rundown of December’s offerings from various licensing partners involved with Star Trek publishing. This article was published on December 10th.
Star Trek Inflexions Trading Cards Project – After signing a contract with Rittenhouse back in June, I delivered a draft of copy for this new card set back in August. My material was for the set’s base of 100 cards, which are accompanied by all sorts of cool extras and chase cards. Click the link to check out all the details. The cards went on sale back on December 18th. Cool, amirite?
Short Story for Upcoming Horror Anthology – A story Kevin and I wrote 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. We delivered a draft manuscript on December 9th, received editor’s notes on the 11th. After returning a revised version on the 23rd, we got back a couple of smaller items to address and I delivered that earlier this afternoon. Once the publisher is ready to roll out a table of contents and other info, I’ll be sure to spill all of that here.
Agents of Influence – A new Star Trek original series novel. I delivered an updated version of the copyedited manuscript to my editor back on December 15th. 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 Adventures – Back in October, I turned in a few revisions for the material I wrote for the first of two upcoming reference books. I’m finishing edits on content for the first book in and around stuff like writing this blog post, and once we get past the holidays I’m set to get serious about writing material 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 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 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. Kevin’s taking point on this one, and I expect we’ll be meeting in the coming days to hash out a few things. More details to come!
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.
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!
Oh, Hey! Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – Something else I did alongside the new novel. I was contacted by the publisher last February 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 now I’m not sure what’s up with it. 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!).
Okay, 2020. Let’s do this.