Anyway, here's a recap of what I accomplished (or didn't) during the last month:
"One Small Step for Bubba" - A new short story which is included in A Bubba In Time Saves None, the fifth anthology set in editor Selina Rosen's Bubbas of the Apocalypse series. I received my contributor's copy a couple of weeks ago, and the book's available for order directly from the Yard Dog Press website just by clicking right here. I think it will also be available at places like Amazon.com in the near future, but don't quote me on that. Git 'er done.
Distant Early Warning - Our Star Trek: S.C.E. novella, originally published in 2006 and due to be collected into the What's Past omnibus. We reviewed the galley pages for the new print edition and returned our corrections to editor Jaime Costas on April 12th. The book's slated for release later this month.
Story for John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton's fan fiction contest. Back on May 30th, writer John Scalzi announced a contest for fans and readers of his blog to submit stories to a fiction contest, using as a springboard the painting depicted here. Yeah, scary, eh? Anyway, I couldn't resist trying my hand at such a thing, and though I doubt my entry will be picked, I still had fun goofing with the story. The contest ended back during the first week of July, and we're all just waiting to hear who won.
More articles for Star Trek Magazine. Kevin and I delivered a piece for issue #28 - the theme of which is "Vulcans" - back on May 24th, and we figured we were done. We then were asked to write another piece with a quick turnaround, and delivered that back around July 5th or so. The magazine has gone to press, and I expect to see a subscriber's copy in the next week or two.
Paths of Disharmony - The fourth of the 4-book Star Trek: Typhon Pact mini-series, which will begin publication in November. I turned in the manuscript the week of April 9th, and heard back on May 7th that it had been approved by CBS Licensing. I heard today that the copyedited manuscript should be on my doorstep tomorrow, and I'll make any necessary changes and have it back on its way to Pocket on or around August 17th. In related news, I've seen the cover art, and once it's approved by CBS, I hope to be able to show it here. The book's still on track for a late-January 2011 release.
Star Trek: Vanguard - Declassified - One of four novellas which will present stories in and around the existing and ever-evolving Star Trek: Vanguard storylines. The tales will cover events from before the first book, Harbinger, to after the most recent book, Precipice, and will explore aspects of the series which until now have only been hinted at as well as setting up a plot thread or two for the next books in the pipeline. The outline for my novella was approved by CBS Licensing on May 26th, and my due date for turning in a manuscript is August 9th. I'm closing in on the finish line even as you read this, yo! The book's currently slated for a June 2011 publication.
More articles for Star Trek Magazine - We were contacted by editor Paul Simpson about pieces for two forthcoming issues, so we're just now starting to put our heads together as to what will go into those. The first article is due toward the end of August, and I expect the second one will follow on sometime mid to late September. More on the topics and other juicy tidbits as we're able to share.
Audio Drama script - Back in March, I was approached by Jay Smith (aka dr_p_venkman), the creator and driving force behind the kick-ass audio drama series HG World, about contributing a script for the series' new season. In addition to myself, Jay has also recruited Keith DeCandido (kradical), who currently provides for the series the voice of "Todd Rage," a radio host broadcasting from some cabin in the middle of Bumfuck, Nowhere. Joining in on the fun is author Elizabeth Donald, who lists among her healthy list of writing credits The Cold Ones, a zombie novel. I delivered a plot synopsis to Jay late in May, and received a hearty thumbs up to get on with writin' and shit. I'm hoping to turn in my script in the coming weeks.
"Into the Abyss" - Short story for Space Horrors, the fourth anthology in the Full-Throttle Space Tales series from Flying Pen Press. I received contracts from editor David Lee Summers on May 26th along with galley pages of my story and bio, and all of that has since been addressed and returned. The book is currently scheduled for publication in October, just in time for Halloween!
Star Trek: Vanguard, Book 6 (or, The Taurus Key: A Crystalline Fairy Tale, Founded Upon The Mysteries of the Shedai and the Oppression of Their Servants. It Was Written for Kollotuul, But Others Should Read It) - I'm putting this up here since I don't think there's anyone who reads the Trek fiction who hasn't figured out Kevin and I will be writing this book, to be followed by David Mack writing Book 7. A general direction for various character and plot arcs has been laid out for the next couple of books, and Kevin and I have already signed contracts for this book. However, with the inclusion of Vanguard - Declassified, our dates for turning in outlines and manuscripts have been adjusted accordingly. We held our annual "Vanguard Summit" at this year's Shore Leave convention, and we're currently in our respective corners developing our outlines (in theory), and Kevin and I are supposed to turn in our outline just before Labor Day. We hope.
Vampire novel(?) - I started screwing around with this idea a while back, as I wrote about here. It remains tabled as I work on the stuff with actual deadlines, but it's still lurking in the back of my mind. I may mess with it later this summer, as I'd like to have it and some sample chapters ready when I go hunting for a new agent.
There may be some other stuff in the offing, but it's nothing I can talk about yet. More on that if/when it's appropriate.