Wow, not just any monthly update, it’s also a year-end wrap-up. Obviously, 2020 was a brutal year on several levels, but I was productive. Over the year I submitted three short stories—”The Ghosts of Glenmirror,” “The Day It Came from Beyond Outer Space,” and “In the Time of the Martians”—and two essays (still secret), all of which were accepted, and “The Ghosts of Glenmirror” has already been published in Castle of Horror 4: Women Running from Houses. And the Star Trek Adventures Klingon Empire Core Rulebook, including five sidebars I wrote in 2019, was also published.
Tales of the Weird World War. Unfortunately, there were some projects that languished while I pursued the above-mentioned successes. Still struggling on the cover for this. And by struggling, I mean, trying to find the right photography and the time to do anything with that photography.
In the Time of the Martians. I submitted this to the editors of the anthology, and it was accepted. Boom. I ended up creating two versions due to the word-count limit; the one for the anthology and a longer version that includes two additional scenes. I’ll self-publish the long version a year after the anthology is out.
Untitled Sci-Fi Short Stories 2 and 3 (and maybe 4). I could have tried to crank out one of these in a week after I finally finished “In the Time of the Martians,” but that would just be stressful. Instead, I took a full week off! I haven’t had a vacation in over a year.
Untitled Horror Story. I was invited to pitch to the next Castle of Horror anthology. My pitch was accepted by the editor. I haven’t written anything beyond the pitch yet, but the story isn’t due until March.
The Zanclean Conspiracy. I can repeat last month’s update: 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. I got another handful of my pieces back from the line editor which I reviewed and revised as necessary. My excitement for the eventual release of this book continues to grow!
Ko-Fi. Two more free-to-read book minireviews from my archives are up: Tied In: The Business, History, and Craft of Media Tie-in Writing edited by Lee Goldberg on my site and Darwin’s Bastards edited by Zsuzsi Gartner on the Generations Geek page.
Editing/Work for Hire. I turned in three copyedits for repeat clients: the fun Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Curse of Pharaoh by Christopher D. Abbott and two sci-fi adventures by Donald B. McFarlane, Murder on Valtameri and Escape from Jarosis. The Star Trek manuscript I anticipated arrived, but with a long enough deadline I was able to put off work until January to get my week off for the holidays.
*Photo caption: An uneasy truce between my daughter’s cat, Indy (at left), and our cat, Ripley. You just can’t cross two franchises like this.
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