Steampunk Novel. This was supposed to be the year I finished the first draft of my long-suffering novel. After a slow period in late fall, I was starting to worry about making that self-imposed deadline. But with the various obligations thrust upon us after my stepfather’s passing, I decided I had to give myself a pass on that goal, to not feel further stress about the manuscript, and just acknowledge I wasn’t going to make it. At about 45,000 words, I’m about halfway through, and that’ll have to do. In the new year, after things settle into a new routine, I will get back to it.
Shared-World Novella and The Satellite Dish. Nothing new to report.
Ko-Fi and Patreon. I posted another book review from the archives on Ko-fi. Those are free to read. I haven’t yet posted anything new on Patreon, but as I’ve yet to have any patrons, I’m not particularly troubled. I did work on the page though; I simplified it from three tiers to one, at two bucks a month. That will get you anything and everything I post, such as exclusive reviews, annotations of my published work, or excerpts from works in progress.
Editing/Work for Hire. I turned in the copyedit of Star Trek: Agents of Influence by Dayton Ward. I also wrapped up a large canon review on a forthcoming Star Trek Adventures role-playing game supplement. I can’t wait until you Trek gaming geeks—and you know who you are—hear what it is. You’ll be excited. And I started copyediting Dave Mack’s More Beautiful Than Death, another one of the once-shelved Kelvin timeline tie-ins.
Final Thoughts. December is going to be crazy busy again, with Mack’s manuscript, some copyediting for an indie author, and a ton of writing to do for another secret supplement for Star Trek Adventures. Just trying to get through it all one day at a time.
*Photo caption: Looking out the window at my mom’s house in the country.