You’d think if you get an extra day during a month you could accomplish more.
Turns out? Not so much.
My consulting duties with CBS continue to keep me busy. Lots of review and commenting on various projects in their pipeline, including comics material from IDW Publishing, novels and such from Simon & Schuster, and a few very cool things beyond those platforms lurk on the horizon. There’s a lot of Star Trek storytelling going on (or it wants to be going on) out there. Pretty dang cool, if you ask me. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I still have illusions of being some kind of freelance writer, which means fussing about with this and that throughout the month. Here’s what happened in February:
A new tie-in project! I signed the contract for this just last week, actually. An outline is due to my editor on or before May 1st. This is a a pretty big one, requiring collaboration not just with my editors but also other writers with whom I’ll be working in tandem. This likely will be the thing that keeps me busy throughout the latter months of the year, as I don’t anticipate starting in on the actual manuscript until after the summer. More info as I’m allowed to share.
Star Trek: Kirk Fu – A Guide to Starfleet’s Most Feared Martial Art. All through February, advance reviews of this thing started dropping, and early buzz seemed to be very favorable ahead of the book’s March 3rd publication date. Hey! That was last week! I didn’t do anything except pimp this thing in anticipation of its release. It took a while to get here, but it was totally worth the wait. You’ve already bought copies for you and all your friends, right?
Agents of Influence – A new Star Trek original series novel. At different points during the month, I reviewed and responded to a list of proofreader’s queries from the first set of galley pages (basically, a digital version of what the book’s going to look like when it’s printed and bound), which begat a second set of galleys that I subsequently reviewed. Then there was a second set of proofreader’s queries to address, which I delivered back to my editor just a couple of days ago. Despite all of this, I’m sure one of you will find a big honking error on page 3 when the book goes on sale on or about June 9th. We have the book’s description, and a cover is forthcoming. Stay tuned!
“Be Our Valentine: Romance In Star Trek Comics” – A piece I did for StarTrek.com tying in not just to Valentine’s Day but also the release of IDW’s special Star Trek: Year Five Valentine’s Day one-shot comic. It was posted to the site on February 11th.
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 finished edits on content for the first book early last month, and I’m presently working to finish material for the second book. Both of these are tentatively scheduled for publication at different points in late 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. I helped a bit earlier in the month with our portions, but Kevin’s the one who’s been taking point on this one. More details to come!
“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 just this week received a galley of the book with instructions on editing our essay. It’s coming together, citizens!
Other stuff in the pipeline:
IncrediBuilds – Star Trek: Klingon Bird-of-Prey – Another wooden model/book set from Insight Editions’ IncrediBuilds imprint. This is my fifth project for this series and it was as much fun as the previous entries. As before, I wrote the book that gets packaged with the neat little eco-friendly wooden model that you assemble without needing glue or tape or anything else. In addition to presenting info on the BoP, from “inside the universe” as well as real-world look, the book will also include tips on painting and customizing the assembled model. It’s due out on March 23rd.
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, which we ended up calling, “Helluloid,” sounded so insanely fun Kevin and I could not say no when we were invited to contribute. Didja see it? The book is scheduled for publication in September.
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!
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:
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, March. Bring on those Ides.