irons in the fire update

Star Trek. My story “You Can’t Buy Fate” is set issue #7 of Star Trek Explorer — I’ve been paid and everything! Not sure if I’m gonna see a proof of it before publication or not. I’ve got a second story pitch approved, and that’s due on the 30th of June. I’ve sent in another pitch that I’m waiting to hear back on. On the nonfiction side, I’m still rewatching Enterprise every Monday and reviewing Picard every Thursday for

Precinct series. Phoenix Precinct is now officially published. I still have to write a short story for Kickstarter supporters of that novel, and then after that, I’ve got Manticore Precinct to write and More Tales from Dragon Precinct to put together. No real timetable for either as of yet. I’m also in very preliminary talks with a gaming company about doing a game based on the series. More on that if it actually happens. For that matter, I’m in massively preliminary talks with a production company about the screen rights to it, but that’s just in the “oh, this might be cool” stage.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness: The Beginning. Issue #1 is out, issue #2 is currently scheduled for April release, and the remaining three issues should be more or less monthly after that. Cross fingers. The graphic novel collecting all five issues will come out not long after #5’s release. My scripts are all done, so I’m just waiting with the rest of y’all.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet. I need to finish writing “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” at which point Ragnarok and a Hard Place will be ready to go.

Bram Gold Adventures. Waiting for editorial feedback on Feat of Clay, and once that feedback is incorporated, it’ll go off to WordFire. Also waiting for time to write another Systema Paradoxa novella featuring Valentina Perrone.

Sherlock Holmes: Cases by Candlelight Volume 2. I have written “The Thick Blue Line,” and it has been deemed satisfactory by series guru Christopher D. Abbott and editor Aaron Rosenberg. Aaron has also written his story (which I provided some editorial notes on), and we’re just waiting for Chris and Michael Jan Friedman to finish theirs. We’re hoping to have this book out in time for Shore Leave in July.

“Prezzo.” This is a story I’ve been asked to write for a market that is on my writerly bucket list. It’s due tomorrow, and I’m most of the way through it. It takes place in the 1930s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The title is Italian for “the price.” More on this when I’m allowed to talk about it.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. Wrenn and I have been awfully dilatory in putting this together, but we’re finally starting to hammer away at it. This is another one I hope to have out for Shore Leave.

Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups. The stories for this are due on the 1st of April, and four of the authors have already turned theirs in. I am not one of those four, so I should get a move on to write “Know Thyself Deathless” at some point soon…

Other short fiction. I’ve turned in my story and approved the edits on both “Another Dead Body on the Corner” for Joe Ledger: Unbreakable and “The Legend of Long-Ears” for The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny. The former should be published in the fall, the latter will be crowdfunded starting some time next month, from what I understand. I also have a tie-in short story that’s due at the end of June, which is for a property I’ve never written for before, and which I’m very much looking forward to writing.

Other novel-length fiction. Munish Batra and I have our second collaboration (a medical thriller) being shopped around by our agent, and we’re going to be working on our third collaboration this year — he and I have a phone call scheduled for later this week to start hammering that out. I have a goal for this year to write the first book in the mystery series I’ve been wanting to write for over a decade. I have an urban fantasy novel proposal in with a publisher. I also have a notion for a trilogy that mixes fantasy, science fiction, and horror, which was originally solicited as part of a loose shared-world and then they decided not to do it, but I’m free to shop it elsewhere (the shared-world elements are minor and easily shaved off).

Star Hoppers. I still have to finish Book 7 of this, but the project is slow-rolling at the moment as the guy who’s running it has had other stuff going on. Hoping to get back to it at some point….

Patreon. Last month got away from me, so there was no vignette, so there’ll be two this month. I also have to make up for the lack of movie and TV reviews in February. Sigh.

Other nonfiction. My essays in The Man Who Laughs: Exploring the Clown Prince of Crime, D20 or Die!, and Outside In Regenerates should be out at some point soon — they’re all written and edited and suchlike. In addition to the Trek stuff for, I’ll be doing my biannnual revival of the great superhero movie rewatch in June, and I’m in the mix to review other things, too (one upcoming movie is a possibility, and one upcoming TV show is very likely).

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