Wow. I totally spaced on this. So, you know...hello, March. You came screamin' in a few days ago, and you haven't let off the gas since you got here. Nice to see you, too. Prick.
So, a few things happening here and there. Let's see what's what:
Articles for Star Trek Magazine issue #39 - My feature piece ties into the issue's larger "Secrets/Spies/Undercover Missions/etc." theme. A second article is one of several smaller pieces tying into a larger theme about the final/finale episodes of the various Star Trek series. Specifically, I wrote about "Turnabout Intruder," the last episode of the original series, and how it does or doesn't function as a proper "finale." The issue went on sale on February 14th.
That Which Divides - Star Trek original series novel for 2012. The book was "officially" published on February 28th, so run on out and get your copies! Also, you can read Chapter 1 at the Simon and Schuster website.
The Sooper Seekrit Project - Still not allowed to say anything about this one, as I'm still waiting on contracts. That said, I'm slinging words at it, and I have a due date of on or about April 30th.
"Absent Friends" - I short story I originally wrote for a local small-press magazine way back in 2004. I decided earlier in February that I was going to add some new material and expand the story somewhat. I ended up doubling the thing's length, and I was just starting to figure out where I might send it when something else came along, and I decided this story might make a good fit. You can read about that right here. As I write this, I'm still waiting to hear whether the story made the cut for entering into the subscription rotation, or when it might be sent out to subscribers. Stay tuned!
Short Story - I finished a revised draft of this tale on January 30th, all 13,000+ words of it. After receiving feedback from a couple of beta readers I trusted to give me some straight dope, I'm now exploring options for making this available as an e-Book via one or more of the more popular venues. It's the sort of story I don't think will really "fit" anywhere, but I think is fun enough that I want to share.
"Another Word for 'Freelance' Is...?" - My latest column for the Novel Spaces blog, which was posted on February 16th. This time around, I consider the very wacky, unpredictable world of the freelance writer, and how one can go from famine to feast and back again with just a couple of phone calls.
"Ten Star Trek Historical Events Which Should’ve Happened By Now" - My latest "Ten for Ward" column for StarTrek.com. The title pretty much gives away the topic, eh?
Other stuff in the pipeline:
Essay for Bob Greenberger's Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History - Friend Bob asked me to contribute a piece highlighting Star Trek fans who, due to one reason or another, have found a way to contribute professionally to some aspect of the franchise. How could I say no? The piece will be one of many sidebars Bob is including in the book, which is scheduled for publication in October 2012. I sent my contribution to him on November 12th, did some quick editing to it on the 13th and got that back to Bob the same day. I've not heard anything more about this, but I know Bob has since turned in the entire manuscript. Yay!
Kid's story book - After getting some good feedback from Kevin on this, I went back and tweaked my manuscript here and there. The idea behind this is to create one of those illustrated books for very young kids (like, say...my 5 and 3-year old). I have an artist in mind, particularly since it was work he did for similar books which inspired me to do this in the first place. At present, we're waiting on him to get some time in his schedule so we can talk about it. There also are a few other obstacles to navigate before I can approach the appropriate parties about possible publication. For now, this remains a "passion project."
"And Then One Night...All Hell Broke Loose" - My contribution to a series of "special stories" set in the universe of HG World, the kick-ass zombie apocalypse audio drama series which is the brainchild of Jay Smith (aka dr_p_venkman). Other installments are being written are authors Keith DeCandido (kradical), Terri Osborne (terri_osborne), and Elizabeth Donald (reannon). The script remains in pre-production limbo as the crew works on other episodes of the show, so stay tuned for exciting updates!
Also, I've continued to answer the call of friends Nick Minecci and Terry Lynn Shull, they off the weekly Sunday G&T Show, responding to queries submitted to them via their show's "Ask Dayton" feature. What can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment.
Possible future projects:
Tie-in novel: Based on an e-Mail update from an editor just today, I'm supposed to be figuring out a story idea, to be followed by writing an outline. I should probably turn some brain cells in that direction, and quickly.
Steampunk short story: I was invited to submit a story to be considered for a forthcoming steampunk anthology due out in the fall. I’ve never written anything in this genre, so the challenge intrigues me. I’ve got plenty of time, but the more I think about this the more intrigued I get, so this may well be the next thing I work on.
Shared-world story – I was approached earlier in February about perhaps contributing something to an author-created “shared-world” series. At this point, our discussions have been very, very preliminary, and I’m still wrapping my head around the series concept and the possibilities it presents. I already have a notion for a story, but it naturally needs refinement to fit the series’ framework. I’m not even sure yet whether we’re talking novel-length, or something shorter. Stay tuned for any updates on this front.
Can you believe it's March already?
(Originally published at The Fog of Ward and cross-posted to LiveJournal.)
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