March writing wrap-up.

All right, March. You were at least a little better behaved than you were last year.

Compared to February, March was a cake walk. I spent a bit of time decompressing after delivering the manuscript for the new novel. A few other housekeeping items also needed some love and attention, and now I’m starting to get the itch to work on the next thing. What will that be? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading, I suppose.

So, what was up, writing-wise, during March? Let’s have a look….

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Moments Asunder – The first book in the Star Trek: Coda trilogy, on which I’m collaborating with fellow Star Trek wordsmiths James Swallow and David Mack. Word about this started leaking around the middle of February, prompting the Dave, Jim, and me to comment on it via our respective social media platforms. This is the project that’s been in the works for over two years, and so far we’ve managed to keep it under wraps. I delivered my manuscript back on February 24th. My editor returned it to me on March 2nd, and I made the necessary updates and revisions before returning it back to her on the 12th. I’m currently awaiting a copyedited version of the manuscript, which I expect to get within the next week or so. Don’t expect much in the way of juicy details from any of us as we push on toward September when the first book is due to hit stores, because where’s the fun in that?

“Protocol 23”, a short story for Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 – This new anthology from Crazy 8 Press was made available in digital format exclusively for the Amazon Kindle beginning Tuesday, March 16th. A trade paperback as well as a hardcover edition are inbound as I type this, but (so far as I know) the publication dates for those have not yet been set. Having seen a soft copy of the final anthology, this is a fun one, y’all.

Unidentified Tie-in Project – Although I’m not yet allowed to share any info about this one, I was notified by my editor back on March 12th that the licensor/studio had approved the manuscript! It’s now in the hands of the publisher’s graphic design department. I probably won’t see anything until we have a preliminary layout, at which point another round of reviews will take place. I don’t know when I’ll be able to offer much in the way of information or details, but I suspect it won’t be until we’re much closer to the release of the property’s latest installment, which has officially been pushed back thanks to COVID-related issues. I’ll let you know. 🙂

Article for StarTrek.com – As part of the website’s observance of “First Contact Day,” I was asked to write an article tying into the theme from a novels and comics perspective. I submitted the article to the editorial team on March 9th, and it’s currently slated to go live on Monday, April 5th, which we know from the film Star Trek: First Contact is the day in 2063 when humans meet extraterrestrials for the first time (officially, at least).

Space Western Story – This came about last summer after I was invited to submit a story for an anthology that’s due out later this year. Once I got the idea in my head, I invited Kevin to collaborate on the story with me, but time and other work demands forced me to withdraw from attempting to meet that project’s deadline. Although Kevin and I were so taken with the idea that we didn’t want to just shelve it, and we’d talked about tackling it at some point this year and then figuring out what to do with it. Then, the editor of said anthology reached out and asked if we were up for contributing to a follow-up volume slated for 2022. Um, yeah? So, this is something Kevin and I will be working on together in the coming months. More info as I’m allowed to share!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Short Story for Yet Another Anthology Project – Another chance for me and Kevin to team up! The theme for this book is even more lighthearted in tone than the one we pitched to Bob for Thrilling Adventure Yarns, giving us wide latitude for how just much crazy shit we can jam into our concept. As with the previous entry, we made each other laugh pretty hard as we developed our pitch, and I suspect we’ll have a bit more fun with this one than might be healthy. This antho is tentatively scheduled to be published in the summer, but I don’t have any solid info on that front just yet, or even when Kevin and I are supposed to start writing our story. More later as details firm up.

Science Fiction Novella Concept – Last summer, I was invited to participate in what is to be a series of novellas all revolving around a Theme I Cannot Yet Publicly Identify. Though the editor already had a slate of entries for 2021, she invited me to pitch something for 2022. Over the holidays, an odd confluence of inspiration and idea fodder saw to it I came up with a basic premise for a story, and after informing Madam Editor of my interest in playing within this particular sandbox, I quickly scribbled some notes and then set them aside in order to finish the Trek novel. Now that I’m over the initial hump in that operation, it’s time to revisit this idea as I think it’ll provide a fun change of pace for me. After I have a discussion with the editor and assuming nothing more pressing comes along between now and then, this may well end up being my summer writing thing.

More Tales from the Vogue Theater – One of the other things Kevin and I decided while writing “Helluoid” for last year’s It Came from the Multiplex was that the Vogue Theater, the setting for our 1980s horror tale, could also be the backdrop for other such stories set in different eras. We quickly came up with springboard ideas for stories set in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, including a prequel of sorts for the original tale. Well, we entertained ourselves, at any rate. At this point, we have no idea what we might do with such a project, but for now just the idea of collaborating on a regular basis has taken hold after last year’s efforts, and we’re both eager to keep the ball rolling. Let’s see what happens!

More fun with Star Trek Adventures – Back in December, editor Jim Johnson returned to me those portions of the new sourcebook to which I contributed, working in concert with friend and fellow word pusher Scott Pearson. This material is for a volume devoted to the “Shackleton Expanse,” a region of space we created for the game. Some of you may recall that back in 2016. I returned my revisions to Jim back on December 15th. At present there’s been no scheduled publication date, but I’m guessing sometime in the late spring at the earliest. Hopefully we’ll have more details soon.

Possible future projects:

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!).

Original SF novel concept – No, this is not the thing mentioned earlier that I played with last month. Instead, this is something I’ve been thinking about — off and on — for a loooooooooooooong time, but it always kept getting back-burnered because of everything else. I haven’t given up on it, but at the moment the other thing has fresh fire and I want to see where it goes. So, this one stays on the warmer for a while longer…..

And so that brings us to April, which was more than enough reason for me to roll this out on the 1st:

You know you’d read it.

Hey! It’s April, fools!

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