Writing/Editing Update, November Edition

Well, November was a blur on several levels. It started with the election of a new president and ended with the old president still in denial about losing, while soaring pandemic numbers in Minnesota (and elsewhere) ruined a lot of Thanksgiving plans. In between I was working on a pile of manuscripts, on top of quarantining in preparation for a Thanksgiving visit to my mom—which, in the end, we cancelled. All my work-for-hire projects pushed personal projects aside, as we’ll see . . . so let’s dig in.

Tales of the Weird World War. I can only say again: oof, this cover. Work continues at a snail’s pace on the finishing touches. Now that my work schedule has settled down a bit, I hope to have more time to finally wrap it up. Luckily, it’s a slow time of year WAIT IT’S DECEMBER ALREADY?!

In the Time of the Martians. Previously known as Untitled Short Story 1, this is a story I’ve been working on for an upcoming anthology. I’d hoped to finish it this month, but my copyediting gigs put me behind. Still, I’ve written all but the last couple scenes. I’m not sure what about this anthology has gone public, so that’s all I’m going to say for now.

Untitled Short Stories 2 and 3 (and maybe 4). At this point, with “In the Time of the Martians” running behind schedule, I’ll be lucky to get just one of these done in time for the open-call anthologies.

The Zanclean Conspiracy. Still need to send the text to beta readers. Work on the cover is on hold until I finish the cover for Tales of the Weird World War.

The Shackleton Expanse Sourcebook. This is exciting (although I don’t know if that will be the exact final title). After a long break caused by the pandemic, work has started again on this upcoming Star Trek Adventures release. I got back some of my contributions from project manager and line editor Jim Johnson with notes, which I quickly reviewed and incorporated, including writing an additional sidebar for one of the chapters.

Ko-Fi. Two more free-to-read book minireviews from my archives are up: The Journal Keeper: A Memoir by Phyllis Theroux on my site and Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson on the Generations Geek page.

Editing/Work for Hire. This is where most of my November went. I wrapped up two copyedits and a large proofread for indie authors, one copyedit for a small press, and two Star Trek copyedits. I almost never get two Trek copyedits in a month, so taking on that second one after already having a full schedule proved to be a challenge. Six- or seven-day work weeks became the norm. Happily, December is lightly scheduled so far. I anticipate another Trek book and maybe picking up another indie manuscript, but am trying to take a week off for the holidays. Since I’ve barely had a day off for weeks, and haven’t had a vacation since February 2019, that would be very nice indeed.

*Photo caption: Some of our neighbors have this yard sign with an amusing twist on the Biden ticket.


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