December writing wrap-up.

Our journey into the future continues as we welcome 2022! Let’s take a look at the future history calendar to see what milestones we might expect from this new year.

Oh.

Well, damn. I wonder if we taste like chicken.

(If you’re one of the few people left who doesn’t get the reference, go here.)

The last month of 2021 was…active? Yeah, that’s a word. There was writing, of course, along with a lot of reading, reviewing, commenting, and discussing all sorts of other things. Since this is my monthly writing wrap-up blog, I should probably just stick to talking about that here.

So, with that in mind, what went down in December? Let’s have a look-see….

Unidentified Tie-In Project – After delivering an outline back on September 27th and incorporating feedback from my editor and the licensor, I’ve been working on this slowly yet steadily. This has been “The Big Thing” that’s been keeping me busy and will continue to do so for a while yet. 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.

Space Western Story – Kevin and I collaborated on this story for a new anthology coming next summer. We delivered what we believe to be our final edits on the revised manuscript and delivered it back to our editor on December 8th. We’ve already signed the contracts so now we’re just waiting to hear about an announcement, author line-up, cover art, and various other details. 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.

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.

Short Story for another anthology – There’s really not much to say about this one at this point, other than it will be another collaboration with Kevin. We’re basically throwing ideas around at this point while waiting for the editor to announce they’re ready to take submissions. Yeah, that’s all sorts of vague. All I can say at this point is that – assuming the editor likes our idea enough to offer us a slot in the book, we’re going to have some serious fun.

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.

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 and now 2022, I’m still pondering something I might work on later this year for possible 2023 publication. At this point, I have a basic premise for a story that fits the theme, and after informing Madam Editor of my interest in playing within this particular sandbox, I quickly scribbled some notes and then set them aside, which is where they’ve been as I tend to other, more pressing matters. Once I’m done with The Big Thing, I’ll see where I’m at with respect to other possible Big Things, and go from there.

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.

Aloha, 2022!

Lay it on me.

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