Writing Updates

Visionary TrekSchool can be all-consuming but the writer in me continues to desire time at the keyboard for creative work. Thankfully, there are a few things going on that will scratch that particular itch.

Announced a few weeks back but not mentioned here, I’ve penned an essay for Sequart’s forthcoming New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics. I’ve written a piece on the birth of the Star Trek: The Next Generation title which gave me a fine time reviewing events and boy, am I glad I wrote chatty letter columns allowing me to refresh my aging memory. I’m being joined in this collection, edited by Joseph F. Berenato, by Jim Beard, Joseph F. Berenato, Julian Darius, Keith DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, Rich Handley, Mark Martinez, Tom Mason, David McIntee, Martín A. Pérez, Alan J. Porter, Colin Smith, Scott Tipton, Cody Walker, and Dayton Ward. Given that a number of us will be at Shore Leave, Sequart is working to arrange for the book to debut at the con in August. There’s a lovely piece about the book over at Visionary Trek.

And how will I be spending my summer vacation? Those of you who follow me at Facebook know this already but let me detail it for one and all.

A while back, a publisher asked me to write a Sherlock Holmes eBook. I was excited and daunted by the project. Excited because it’s freaking Sherlock Holmes! Daunted because it would have to be written while teaching and requiring extensive research to bring 19th century London to life and not piss off the Holmes fans around the world. As I was struggling with varying plot lines, I was corresponding with my pal Steven Savile who expressed his jealousy. Well, why make him green with envy? I invited him in as a collaborator and quickly things fell into place.

We sent off the outline and three weeks later, the publisher came back and said they were going with their original writer so the outline would no longer be needed. Since contracts had not yet been signed, no kill fee was involved.

Steve, though, had a Plan B. He used his network and we wound up being introduced to Titan Books’ Holmes editor who just happened to be in the market for some stories. She liked the outline, had us tweak a few things, and now we’re being contracted.

I will spend the spring taking the outline and expanding it into chapters with plot beats for approval then will spend the first half of the summer writing the first draft. We thankfully have a fairly leisurely deadline of February 2015 with a November 2015 publication date. This has me very excited.

Meantime, I am also writing a story for a Crazy 8 Press collection that will be our third anniversary offering, also debuting at Shore Leave. Details on this one to follow.

Art_of_Dejah_ThorisThe publisher who turned down the Holmes pitch asked for a premise for a media tie-in eBook which is now with the licensee for approval.

Finally, a different editor also asked for pitches for a bunch of media tie-ins and I popped one off and we’ll see what becomes of that.

Somewhere in here, I have to actually hatch a plot for my first ReDeus solo novel but that first involves Paul Kupperberg, Aaron Rosenberg and I sitting down and finalizing what we’re doing in the next cycle of books.

And a few weeks ago, Dynamite Comics released The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars where I wrote the 6000 word introduction. A visual treat, just be warned that she is often in her naked glory.

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