November writing wrap-up.

And just like that, here we are: The final month of 2021.

Time keeps in slippin’ slippin’ slippin’…etc. Meanwhile….

November was “active” on multiple fronts. On the consulting side of things, there was the usual assortment of reading, reviewing, writing and meeting about various things. There’s a lot of Star Trek moving around out there, on numerous fronts and across multiple platforms. Overwhelming? I don’t know if that’s the right word, but I get to work on Star Trek stuff, so I ain’t complainin’.

On top of that, I’m still tending to various writing things of my own, along with home and family stuff. Both kids are active in afterschool/extracurricular activities, which is of course awesome because they both have found things they’re passionate about. But it does add a number of items to the family calendar. And I’m still volunteering a few times a month at the museum, which is a nice change of pace from my work routine.

Still got those deadlines, though. Speaking of writing, here’s the November 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 months 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.

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 – Kevin and I collaborated on this story for a new anthology coming next summer. We delivered a revised manuscript to our editor on November 23rd, and now we await next steps. There’s been no formal announcement about the book or its author line-up, so stay tuned for more info!

Other stuff in the pipeline:

Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook – I was finally able to tease a bit about this a week or so ago, and you can read all about how I came to be involved my clicking here. This originally was supposed to come out this past summer, timed to the release of Jurassic World: Dominion, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench into the movie’s production schedule. It’s now aiming for next summer, and this book has been repositioned accordingly. You can expect to see it popping up in stores in April. It was definitely a different sort of thing for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed working with food stylist Elena Craig and my awesome editor at Insight Editions. More info on this as it becomes available to share.

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. Unfortunately, this one’s going on the back burner, as The Big Thing must take precedence, but I’m still hoping to pick at it here and there as time allows. Yes, I totally typed the previous sentence with a straight face.

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.

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 a novel I was writing at that time. My plan to move into working on this one following that book 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.

Onward to 2021’s final lap.

Lay it on me.

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