October writing wrap-up.

Yo, 2021. Wanna pump the brakes a bit?

If 2020 felt like time slowing to a crawl, 2021 has been like the deal in Interstellar where spending an hour on that one planet makes seven years pass out here on Earth. Where the hell has this year gone?

In addition to reading, reviewing, and writing about various things for the consulting gig, there’s still freelance writing on my plate. October was probably the last “quiet month” I’ll have for a while, with things now kicking into gear on a couple of fronts. Sleep is overrated, amirite?

With that in mind, here’s the October rundown:

Unidentified Tie-In Project – After delivering an outline back on September 27th and incorporating feedback from my editor and the licensor, I’ve set to work on this. I’m really only just getting started, but will be “The Big Thing” that keeps me busy through the rest of the year and into the first month or so of 2022. Obviously this is all very vague at this point, but hopefully I’ll be able to drop some less-vague hints about this sooner rather than later.

Star Trek: Lower Decks articles for StarTrek.com – With the release of each new second-season Lower Decks episode, I was asked to write a short article highlighting one of the funnier Easter eggs/in-jokes laid into each week’s installment. For October, that included three “Below Deck with Lower Decks” features, one each for the season’s eighth, ninth, and tenth episodes. And just like that, Season Two is over!

Medusans article for StarTrek.comBack in July, I was asked about contributing a piece for the site offering a sort of “introduction” to the Medusans, a non-corporeal race first seen in the original Star Trek series episode “Is There In Truth No Beauty?” With the premiere of Star Trek: Prodigy and Zero, a Medusan, as part of its core cast, the time seemed right to catch up folks on this little-known species. The article went live on November 2nd.

Space Western Story – A long while back, I was invited to participate in a new anthology coming yext year. Once I got an initial idea in my head, I invited Kevin to collaborate on the story with me. We delivered our manuscript back on September 13th and our editor has provided us with some great feedback on October 10th. I had to set it aside for a bit, but Kevin and I have discussed the notes and we’ll be getting the story whipped into revised shape over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more info!

More fun with Star Trek Adventures After himming and hawing with STA project manager Jim Johnson off and on for several months leading into the fall, I’ve been working on some new material for the game. Things have gotten busy now that The Big Thing is a factor, but I’m still hoping I can knock this out before the end of the month. Keep those fingers crossed!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Yet Another 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. A few weeks back I got to see some preliminary page layouts and answered some additional questions that have popped up during the proofing stages. 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. 🙂

Short Story for The Four ???? of the Apocalypse – Despite a couple of bumps in the road, Kevin and I were successful in teaming up to spin our own take on The End of the World for an anthology to be published by editors Keith R.A. DeCandido and Wrenn Sims and their new small-press publishing company, Whysper Wude. We delivered our story to said editors on July 22nd and while we made each other laugh pretty hard, it remains to be seen whether anyone else – beginning with our editors and going from there – shares our enthusiasm. More on this as we’re given the thumbs-up to share.

Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – This is very much something of unexpected thing that came across my radar last month. I’ll admit I was caught a bit off-guard by the invitation, but it’s one of those things you go, “Oh, HELL yeah,” when they ask you, so that’s kinda-sorta what I said…and then pulled Kevin along with me for the ride, because – I say again – “Oh, HELL yeah.” There’s no guarantee of anything moving forward at this point, but they at least want to hear ideas. More info if and as this moves along…or maybe not if I end up not doing anything and I quietly delete this from my list of projects.

Possible future projects:

Science Fiction Novella Concept – Back in the summer of 2020, I was invited to participate in what has become 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. During the 2020 holidays, an odd confluence of inspiration and idea fodder allowed me to come 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 Moments Asunder. My plan to move into working on this one following that novel went sideways, thanks to consulting work and other projects which took precedence, so I’ve pushed it to the back burner until The Big Thing is finished in early 2022.

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!

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 other things are demanding attention so this one stays on the warmer for a while longer.

And with that, onward to November, 2021’s penultimate month. Should be done in :: checks watch :: ten minutes or so.

Lay it on me.

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