Even with all the craziness in the world, I’m trying to make this year a return to publishing for myself, working on three pieces for anthologies and on three more things for self-publishing. Part of the original inspiration for the PODs was to have new print books for convention appearances . . . of course, this year’s cons all disappeared. Hopefully next summer I’ll be back meeting my fellow geeks in person with a small stack of new books to sign.
Steampunk Novel. As I concentrate on writing some new stories under deadline, this has been moved from the back burner into some Tupperware and put in the fridge. Thinking I’ll get back to it this winter.
Shared-World Novella. Awaiting my focus after I finish take care of deadlines. But soonish I will start making the files for both the e-book and print-on-demand versions.
Happiness Through Philosophy. This collection of published and previously unpublished absurd stories and ludicrous vignettes will probably be my second POD book this year, waiting in line behind the shared-world novella. You can read about it on my website.
Untitled Short Story. Actually, I now have a title, but I’m not announcing it yet. I’m 62.8% done going by word count; I have a 5,000 word limit and I’ll be using every last word. I hope that translates into finishing in the next few days. It’s not due to the editor until August 15, but I’ve got other things to get started on.
Untitled Short Story 2. I really don’t have a title in mind for this one yet. As soon as I finish the previous short story, I’ll get cracking on this one, due September 1. It’s got a 3,000 to 10,000 word limit. I’ll probably come in around 8,000, but we’ll see.
Untitled Essay. This piece for [title redacted] is due August 31, but is only 800 to 1,000 words. I might just knock this short essay down before I start “Untitled Short Story 2.”
The Article Formerly Known as Untitled Blog Post. My article “Don’t Know Where to Start with the Novels? How to Warp Into Star Trek Fiction” was published on Continuing Mission, a fan site for the Star Trek Adventures role-playing game. I provide some strategies for new fans on how to break down 800+ novels into manageable chunks targeted at their interests. I was previously interviewed by the site about my work as the canon editor on Star Trek Adventures. I also recently blogged about some writing I’ve done for upcoming STA supplements.
The Zanclean Conspiracy. I’m thinking this could be my third POD offering this year, but I’ll have to see how work goes on the first two—and what beta readers think of its substantial new draft. Certainly this wouldn’t be until late fall or early winter.
Ko-Fi. Two more free-to-read book minireviews from my archives are up: The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller on my site and The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd on the Generations Geek page.
Editing/Work for Hire. I completed copyediting Serpent Daughter for Baen as well as a forthcoming Star Trek novel I’m not at liberty to name for Simon & Schuster. I also finished proofing a novelette from an indie author. There are some other indie irons in the fire, but I am currently between editing gigs, which has been good timing considering the writing deadlines I have.
*Photo caption: Indy keeping an eye on the neighborhood while Ripley keeps an eye on me.
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