irons in the fire update

While putting this together, I realized I’m approaching two writing milestones…

When Feat of Clay and Phoenix Precinct are finished, I’ll have written 60 novels (or novelizations) for publication. That’s pretty fabulous. (I’m not counting my second collaboration with Munish K. Batra until it’s sold, nor am I counting two movie novelizations I wrote that were cancelled and will likely never be published.)

I have six short stories in the queue to be written, and once they’re done, I’ll have written 100 short stories for publication.

That’s pretty cool……..

Anywho, here’s what I’m working on:

Precinct series. The plan is for eSpec Books to do a three-way Kickstarter for Phoenix Precinct and novels by Ef Deal and Aaron Rosenberg this fall. This means I have a 1 October deadline for Phoenix Precinct. It’s pretty much plotted, so I just have to, y’know, sit down and write it. It should be out either by the end of 2022 or in early 2023, depending on how eSpec wants to handle the release. In addition, I need to start thinking about assembling More Tales from Dragon Precinct.

Bram Gold Adventures. I’m still halfway through Feat of Clay. Sigh. Really will finish it one of these decades. Hoping to have the book out this year, but 2023 is looking more realistic. In addition, I’m going to be doing another Systema Paradoxa novella that will take place in this setting.

Science fiction novellas. I’ve written five of the novellas in this series, and just starting on Book 6 now. I promise to say more about this as soon as the guy who hired me to write them says it’s okay…..

Phenomenons. With the successful crowdfund of the second volume, Season of Darkness, I’ve started brainstorming my second Luminosity story with editor Michael Jan Friedman and a few of the other writers. This is gonna be fun….

Anthology editing. Wrenn and I have been struggling to get moving on The Four ???? of the Apocalypse, but it’s gonna happen in July, dagnabbit. If all goes well, we’ll have copies of the book ready to go in time for Dragon Con. In addition, I’ve somehow been talked into co-editing two more anthologies, one of which will be announced soon, the other of which is being shopped around to publishers. I will also have stories in both of those (which will be edited by my co-editor in each case).

Medical thriller. This collaboration with Dr. Munish K. Batra is being shopped around by our agent. Cross fingers, please! Also, Munish and I are going to be doing more collaborations…

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning. I’ve written all my scripts for this one. The art is coming along nicely. Looking forward to seeing this in print….

Star Trek Adventures: Incident at Kraav III. I’ve done what should be all my work for this. Just waiting for CBS to approve it and Modiphius to publish it. I also have some mission briefs to write for them…

Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I still have to write this collection’s one original story, “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” but once that’s done, it will go off to Plus One Press for publication. The rest of the collection is reprints.

Short stories. I’m doing a story for another Crazy 8 Press anthology, which will be announced (and set up for crowdfunding) soon. That’s due at the end of July, and I’ve already outlined it. I’ve written my story for The Eye of Argon and the Further Adventures of Grignr the Barbarian, edited by Michael A. Ventrella, which Fantastic Books should have out in time for Philcon in November. I’m slated to write a tie-in short story for an anthology, assuming the publisher is able to work out the contract with the rights-holder. I’ve also sent several short-story pitches to a magazine that is publishing tie-in work, and waiting to hear back from the licensor.

Nonfiction. Currently have three weekly things going on Tor.com: the Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch, reviews of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and the summer revival of “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch.” I’m in early season 2 of Enterprise, there’s just one episode to go of SNW and then the first-season overview, and I’ve still got five movies to cover for 4CT35MM: Spider-Man: No Way Home, The King’s Man, The Batman, Morbius, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I also have a piece to write for another of the Outside In anthologies, and my usual monthly TV and movie reviews for my Patreon.

There’s other stuff that’s way in the background, as it were. This is what’s in the foreground. Wheeeeee!

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Working on all the things…….

Medical thriller. My second collaboration with Dr. Munish K. Batra is in the midst of revisions requested by our agent. I’m hoping to have those revisions done in the next week or so said agent — who absolutely loves the book, but says it’s too short to be saleable, which has been an issue throughout my career — can start shopping the book around.

Space opera novella series. I’ve completed the first four of these novellas. Not ready to announce what it is yet in any detail. The current plan has Books 5 and 6 done by mid-June.

Precinct series. Phoenix Precinct now has an actual deadline from my publisher: 1 October! So I damn well will write it by then….

Cassie Zukav. I still have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which will be the final story to go into Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. It’ll be the only wholly original story in the collection, which will otherwise include all the stories that were published in magazines and/or anthologies and/or collections since 2013, as well as all the Cassie vignettes I posted to Patreon.

Bram Gold. I’m still halfway through Feat of Clay. Sigh. Hoping to get this done before summer is over. Blorfle. Meantime, I’m also scheduled to write another Systema Paradoxa novella in this universe.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. One of the two stories we were waiting for has been turned in. Hoping to finally make progress on this…..

Various bits of short fiction for anthologies. Waiting for the go-ahead on one tie-in anthology that I’m really looking forward to. The stories for Zorro’s Exploits and Three Time Travelers Walk Into… are done and awaiting, respectively, proofreading and publication. My stories for the upcoming Tales of Grignr and Ludlow Charingtons charity anthologies are both turned in. I have forthcoming stories to write for Phenomenons: Season of Darkness (which is crowdfunding right now!) and Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022. And finally, I’m co-editing and writing a story for a tie-in anthology that’s going to be incredibly cool. It’s being shopped around to publishers right now.

Nonfiction. I’m still doing the weekly Enterprise Rewatch for Tor.com, as well as reviews of each new episode of Trek (currently Strange New Worlds) as they air also. On top of that, I’ll be reviving “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” in June and July with eight new movies (well, five new movies and three older ones), and I’ll be reviewing The Umbrella Academy season three when it drops near the end of June. I’ll also be doing a piece for Outside In Regenerates on “The Curse of the Fatal Death.”

Star Trek Adventures. Still waiting for the final approval on Incident at Kraav III. Meantime, I have ten mission briefs to write for this…

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning. I’ve done all my script work for this, and I think it’s all been approved. At the very least issue #1 is approved. I’ve seen some of the artwork for #1 and it looks fantastic. The series should start being published this summer.

There’s other stuff, too, but it’s all back-burnered while I get the above stuff done. Wheeeee!

irons in the fire update

Lotta stuff on the ol’ plate…

Resident Evil. I’ve written all my scripts for Infinite Darkness: The Beginning. The script for #1 is approved, and we’re waiting on approval of the art and of the next four scripts. Barring major revisions requests, my work is pretty much done on that. Not sure what the target pub date is…..

Phenomenons. Editor/creator Michael Jan Friedman is gearing up for the second volume in this shared-world superhero anthology series, and I will be doing another Luminosity story for it, as I did for the first anthology, Every Human Creature, which is on sale now from the cool cats at Crazy 8 Press.

Dragon Precinct. Phoenix Precinct is on the list of things to be written, hopefully before 2022 is done. Also, I’ve changed my mind, and I will be doing something other than a Flingaria story for Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022.

The Bram Gold Adventures. March’s goal is to get back to Feat of Clay (only a year late!). I want this book to be published this year, dadgummit! In addition, I’m cogitating on another Systema Paradoxa book that will be set in Bram’s world, though I’m not sure yet if it will feature Valentina Perrone or another Courser.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. We’ve been slow to move on this, but both Wrenn and I are determined to get the stories edited in March (and also get our two stories written).

Tie-in anthologies. In the last week, I was invited to two different tie-in anthologies, one for a milieu I’ve written in before, one for a milieu I’ve always wanted to write in. I’ve written pitches for both. For the former, I have to write the story, for the latter I have to wait for some paperwork stuff to happen.

Star Trek. Nothing currently happening on the fiction or comics front, though there are potential conversations. I emphasize “potential” here — it’s 90% likely that this will come to nothing, but there’s always that other 10%. Meantime, I have to do some revisions on my Star Trek Adventures RPG Incident at Kraav III, and I also am doing a package of mission briefs for STA. I’m still awaiting editorial notes on my Gold Archive: Birthright monograph (my editor has had major health problems, and he’s focused right now on getting better, which I’m totally on board with, as he’s also a dear friend and I want him to be healthy, please). Meantime, the Enterprise Rewatch will continue on Tor.com every Monday and Paramount+ will have at least one (and sometimes two) new episodes of Trek every Thursday between now and the beginning of July at the very least, and I’ll be reviewing every one of them…

Science fiction novellas. This series of novellas is going well so far. I’ve written the first three, and will get back to them after I get Feat of Clay done.

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Our agent has asked us to add to Pigman‘s word count, so that’s also on March’s (very crowded) docket. Meantime, Munish and I are batting ideas around for our next book. While Animal was set up for a sequel, WordFire Press has declined the option to do one. Munish is working on getting an Animal film made, so that may change the calculus, but we’re not there yet.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I still have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which will be the one story in Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet that won’t be a reprint. Once that’s written, Plus One Press will publish the collection.

Super City Cops. Still waiting on editorial notes on “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” my story for the Tales of Capes and Cowls anthology. Meantime, I’m still under contract to write four SCC novellas. Maybe I’ll even write them some day!

Other short stories. I’ve been invited to an anthology being edited by Michael A. Ventrella to be published by Fantastic Books that looks to be an absolute blast. I’ve done final edits and proofreading on my story for Three Time Travelers Walk Into…, ditto my story in The Fans are Buried Tales (which has been successfully crowdfunded). I’m going to be doing either a mystery story, a detective story, or a Western story for Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022.

Nonfiction. I’ve done final edits on my essay for Unauthorized Offworld Activation, which is about how Stargate Atlantis didn’t do right by its three leader characters (Weir, Carter, Woolsey). Over on Patreon, I’m continuing to do TV and movie reviews. On Tor.com, besides the Trek stuff, I’ll have a lot to talk about in June’s revival of “4-Color to 35-Millimeter,” as not only will there be a bunch of new movies to discuss (Spider-Man: No Way Home, The King’s Man, The Batman, Morbius, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), but some older movies I missed the first time around (I’m saving the titles for the summer, though, evil grin).

Tie-in anthology. I’m editing a tie-in anthology, for which I’m also writing a story. This is still in the proposal stage, but it promises to be an absolute thrill to work on. It’s a world I’ve never written in before, but am a huge fan of.

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Here’s where I am, writing-wise, just at the moment.

Serialized novellas. I’m working on Book 3 of this science fiction series, which I’ll talk more about soon, I hope. The first 12 of them are planned out, and there will likely be more besides. I’m having a blast with this.

Bram Gold/Yolanda Rodriguez/Valentina Perrone. Once I’m done with Book 3 of the novella series, the plan is to dive back into Feat of Clay, which has somehow managed to lay fallow for an entire year. Sigh. The goal is to get it done by the end of February. In addition, I’m talking with NeoParadoxa about doing another Systema Paradoxa book, this one focusing on a different cryptid, but also taking place in the world of Coursers. Haven’t decided if it’ll feature Valentina or one of the other Coursers, or even a brand-new one….

Precinct series. The plan is to write Phoenix Precinct this year. Not sure when it’ll be published, as it depends on a) when I finish it and b) what the rest of eSpec’s schedule looks like. Meantime, I’m also going to be doing a short story set in Flingaria for Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022, though it won’t be a Cliff’s End Castle Guard story, but more likely involve Gan Brightblade and his friends.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. Gotta write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which is the final story for Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. Will probably do that after I’m done with Feat of Clay. Hoping to have the collection out by the fall.

Super City Cops. Still have a contract to write four novellas in this setting with Falstaff Books. Really should do that some time. Meanwhile, I’ve written a Super City story for Tales of Capes and Cowls. Waiting for editorial notes on that one, which should be out from Crossroad Press this year.

Resident Evil. I’ve written all five scripts for the Infinite Darkness: The Beginning miniseries/graphic novel, but I’ve only got licensor approval on #1 so far. The art for #1 is in progress. Not sure what the target pub date is for this…

Star Trek. I’m waiting for final approval on Incident at Kraav III, the Star Trek Adventures RPG module that I co-wrote with Fred Love. I also have some other things to be doing for STA. Sadly, a bunch of pitches I sent to IDW didn’t go anywhere, but those lines of communication are still open. Meantime, I’m continuing to review the new Secret Hideout shows as they’re released, either on Tor.com (everything but Prodigy) or Patreon (Prodigy, which I’m only doing occasional pieces on for Tor), and the Enterprise Rewatch will continue every Monday. And, finally, my Gold Archive monograph on TNG‘s “Birthright” two-parter should be out some time this year from Obverse Books.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. Four stories still need to be submitted, plus we’ve got a bunch of paperwork thingies that need to get done, but we’re going to have this anthology out this year, dadgummit……

Phenomenons. The first book in this shared-world superhero milieu created by Michael Jan Friedman, subtitled Every Human Creature, is out now, and I’m hoping it does well so MJF decides to do more, as I really want to write more of Luminosity…

Short stories. I’ve turned in short stories to Three Time Travelers Walk Into… (just waiting on editorial notes), The Fans are Buried Tales (already proofread, now waiting for either publication or perhaps a Kickstarter first…), and Life is the Pits (Pit Bulls, That Is) (also waiting on editorial notes). I’m also going to be doing a story for a humorous fantasy anthology that Fantastic Books will be publishing and Michael A. Ventrella will be editing. Should be a blast….

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Our agent is shopping around Pigman, and we’ve got some other notions we want to work on….

Nonfiction. Besides the aforementioned Trek pieces, I’m still doing other stuff for Tor.com, including the twice-yearly revival of the great superhero movie rewatch and other reviews and think-pieces here and there. In addition, I’m continuing to do movie and TV reviews on Patreon. I’ve also got essays coming out in OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three and Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise this year.

irons in the fire update

Got lots of stuff in the works!

Science fiction novellas project. Not quite ready to talk about this publicly yet, but this series of serialized SF novellas is proceeding apace. I’ve written the first two novellas of a thirteen-installment “season,” with more likely to come after that.

The Bram Gold Adventures. Still need to get back to Feat of Clay, which remains halfway done. I’m hoping that this is the month when that finally happens. We’ll see. I’ve also been cogitating on doing another Systema Paradoxa novella, featuring either Bram or Valentina Perrone (or maybe Yolanda Rodriguez).

The Precinct books. After Feat of Clay is done, I need to write Phoenix Precinct.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I still owe Indie GoGo supporters an audio of “Ragnarok and a Hard Place,” which is on this week’s to-do list. I have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which will be the only never-before-published-in-any-way story in Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which will also include the aforementioned title story, as well as “Down to the Waterline,” “William Did It,” “Rán for Your Life,” “Fish Out of Water,” “Seven-Mile Race,” “Behind the Wheel,” and all the Cassie vignettes I’ve written for Patreon. Once the dragon story’s done, I’ll turn the manuscript in to Plus One Press.

Super City Cops. I still have four novellas under contract with Falstaff Books. I should probably write them at some point. Meantime, I’ve written “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for Capes and Cowls, which will be out soon from Crossroad Press.

Short stories. One of this week’s goals is to finish my story for Three Time Travelers Walk Into…, which will feature Mary Shelley, Josh Gibson, and Katherine Johnson. I’ve turned in two stories for a couple of Crazy 8 Press anthologies that will be out this year: “The Light Shines in the Darkness,” which I hope is the first of many stories for the superhero shared universe created by Michael Jan Friedman that will start in Phenomenons: Every Human Creature; and “Carpet Bomb” for Peter David’s The Fans are Buried Tales.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness — The Beginning. I’ve written four of the five scripts for this — hoping to get #5 done this week. The art on #1 is being worked on, and we’re still waiting for final approval of the scripts for #2-4.

OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three. Also on this week’s agenda is to finish my writeup of the final episode of Adam West’s Batman, “Minerva, Mayhem, and Millionaires” for this essay collection.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. Wrenn and I have fumbled the ball a bit on this one, and we’re also waiting on four of the authors (two of whom are, um, me and Wrenn) to write their stories, but this will be out this spring. We hope.

Stargate essay anthology. I’m writing a piece for Sequart’s upcoming collection of essays about the Stargate franchise, specifically on how Atlantis failed all three of its commanding officers. This is due at the end of January.

Star Trek. I’ve been talking with IDW about some projects, but right now it’s just talk with nothing concrete anywhere even near the horizon. Still, we’re talking, which is something. I’ve done my work for the RPG module Incident at Kraav III for Star Trek Adventures, which I’ve written in collaboration with Fred Love, and we’re just waiting for the final approval from Modiphius and CBS/Paramount. I’ve got another STA project to do for Modiphius, also. Meantime, I’m continuing the Enterprise Rewatch every Monday and reviewing each episode of most of the Paramount+ shows as they come out (I’m not doing every episode of Prodigy, but I am doing weekly takes on the others, at least so far). In addition, I’ve turned in my manuscript for my monograph on The Next Generation‘s “Birthright” two-parter, and await editorial feedback.

Tor.com. Besides the above-mentioned Trek work, I’ve got two more installments in “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” to do the next two weeks in Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Eternals. And I will likely continue to do reviews and think-pieces for Tor going forward.

Patreon. The usual craziness on Patreon will continue: monthly movie reviews, semi-regular TV reviews, weekly excerpts from works-in-progress, monthly vignettes featuring my original characters, first looks at first drafts, and TONS AND TONS OF CAT PICTURES. If you’re not supporting my Patreon, why the heck not????????

Yeah, 2022’s gonna be busy…….

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Here’s what I’m working on….

The Bram Gold Adventures. I’m still halfway through Feat of Clay. It is my hope to finally get back to it in November and finish it by the end of the year so it can, y’know, be published.

Dragon Precinct. Phoenix Precinct has been plotted, though I still need to write a more detailed outline. That’s the next novel to do after Feat of Clay is done.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I still have to record the audio of “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” for the story’s Indie GoGo supporters. I also have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which will be the last story I need to assemble Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which will be published by Plus One Press in 2022. That collection will include all the Cassie stories I’ve written since the 2013 publication of Ragnarok and Roll.

Science fiction novellas project. This hasn’t been announced yet, and I’m also not sure how, exactly, this thing is going to be published, but it’s a series of science fiction novellas I’m writing. This has been a fun project, one that scratches a space-opera itch I haven’t been able to scratch for quite some time (pretty much since I stopped writing Star Trek and Farscape regularly). I just finished the first draft of Book 1 of the series.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness: The Beginning. Now that this has been announced, I can finally talk in detail. The script for issue #1 is done and approved, and we’re waiting on art. Issue #2 is scripted and awaiting approval. Issue #3 is next on the docket now that Book 1 of the novella series is done.

Phenomenons: Every Human Creature. I’ve written my story for this shared-world superhero anthology edited by Michael Jan Friedman, and am waiting for MJF’s feedback on same. It’s called “The Light Shines in the Darkness,” and it’s about a hero named Luminosity who can control the light spectrum.

The Four ??? of the Apocalypse. Still waiting on four stories for this. To be fair, two of them are mine and Wrenn’s. (Oops.) We’ve edited some of the stories, and we’ve gotten the cover art from JK Woodward. Hoping to have this out for Farpoint.

Three Time Travelers Walk Into… I’ll be doing a story for this recently Kickstarted anthology, where my three time travelers will be Mary Shelley, Josh Gibson, and Katherine Johnson.

Super City Cops. At some point, I really need to write the four SCPD novellas I have under contract…

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Our first book, Animal, was published earlier this year, and our agent is shopping around our second, which has the working title of Pigman. Munish has a few ideas for what our third collaboration will be, and I’m waiting on him to send me the proposals for each.

Mystery. I’m really hoping that 2022 will be the year I sit down and write this. I’ve also been saying that for about a decade now. Sigh.

Tie-in novels and comics. I have a proposal in with a publisher for a tie-in novel and I have some pitches in with another publisher for tie-in comics, and I’m talking with another publisher about pitching tie-in novels, though the latter has been slow to respond. All three are licenses I’ve worked in before.

Gold Archive: Birthright. I’ve turned in my first draft of this monograph about the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter, and am awaiting editorial feedback.

Tor.com. I’m finishing up my Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch, and November will see the launch of the only-once-a-week Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch. I will be continuing to review new Paramount+ shows, as well — next week, I’ll kick off Star Trek: Prodigy, and I’ll be doing the new seasons of Discovery and Picard when they launch, as well as the inaugural season of Strange New Worlds. I’m also planning to do my usual every-six-months revival of “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” in December and January, covering Black Widow, The Suicide Squad, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and The Eternals. (I’m going to hold the December releases, Spider-Man: No Way Home and The King’s Man, for June 2022.)

Patreon. I’m a month behind on vignettes, so I need to catch up there, and I still owe October’s movie review, and I have a bunch of TV shows to talk about: new seasons of What We Do in the Shadows, Lucifer, and Bosch, as well as Only Murders in the Building, and I may want to do a think piece on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which I’ve been rewatching, plus I still haven’t written up Slings and Arrows, The Flash, Giri/Haji, and a bunch of others. The cat pictures, weekly excerpts from works in progress, and first looks at first drafts have been continuing apace.

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Haven’t done one of these in a while, and there’s lots to do….

Nonfiction thingie. This hasn’t been announced yet, but I’m in the midst of writing a monograph of approximately 30,000 words about a specific episode of a TV show. This is a lot of fun, and it should be done in the next week. Not sure when it’ll be available for sale, or even announced, but keep watching this space……

Tie-in comic book. What was supposed to be a bigger project turned into a smaller one, but I’m writing a five-issue miniseries that’s a tie-in to a nifty license. I’ve written the script for #1 and I’m waiting for approval on it now.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. I still have to write my story for this anthology that Wrenn and I are editing, and today is the official due date for the stories. We have 19 of the 28 stories in, four of them I already know will be late (that includes mine), and I’m hoping to see the remaining five by the end of the day. We’re also getting the cover sketch in today. Hoping to have this out in time for Dragon Con. *crosses fingers*

Luminosity story. I’m going to be doing a story for Phenomenons: Every Human Creature, a shared-world superhero anthology that’s in the midst of a crowdfund (check it out! only three days left!), which will feature a Bronx-based hero named Luminosity, a former prosecutor who fights crime with her ability to control the light spectrum.

Tie-in fiction. I have tie-in proposals with two different publishers, both licenses I’ve worked in before. Still waiting to hear back.

Science fiction novellas. I’m working on a series of SF novellas that are sorta-kinda a game tie-in. More on this when it’s announced.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet. Wrenn is currently editing “Ragnarok and a Hard Place.” Once I incorporate her changes, I’ll send it back to her to format and it’ll go to the Indie GoGo supporters. After that, I’m going to put together Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which will include all the Cassie stories that weren’t in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet back in 2013, and which will also likely include one new never-before-seen story, which I still need to write. I’m hoping to have the new collection out in early 2022.

The Bram Gold Adventures. I’m in the midst of Feat of Clay (written the first ten chapters, which is 37,562 words), and I hope to finish it soon and have it out also in early 2022.

Precinct series. After Feat of Clay is done, the next step is Phoenix Precinct.

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Munish and I are currently batting around notions for a sequel to Animal. Our second collaboration, working title Pigman (a medical thriller), is currently making the rounds via our agent. And we have some other ideas we want to work on.

Super City Cops. I’m still under contract to write four novellas in this universe for Falstaff Books. One of these days…..

Time travel story. This will be a nifty story for a fun anthology that I’ll talk about more once the Kickstarter launches……

Nonfiction. Still doing the Voyager Rewatch twice a week for Tor.com. I’ll be reviewing the new Trek shows when their episodes come out, and I have other possible pieces for them. Plus in December, I’ll be reviving the great superhero movie rewatch to cover Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Eternals, The Suicide Squad, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. On Patreon, I plan to review Black Widow as this month’s movie review, and I’ve got a ton of TV to catch up on.

There are other things I’d like to be working on, but this covers the high points, methinks…..

Tuesday’s dead

Busy week. We’re in the home stretch of The Four ???? of the Apocalypse Kickstarter, and we’re 130% funded and hoping to add some nifty stretch goals, not the least of which is a story by Seanan McGuire.

Speaking of crowdfunds, I’m finally working on the second of the two stories I crowdfunded on Indie GoGo ages ago, “Ragnarok and a Hard Place,” which will also be the title of the second collection containing tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet.

Also on the docket this week is to finish a bible for a series of science fiction stories I’ll be doing as a sort-of game tie-in — more on this when it’s announced — and revisions on Pigman, my second collaboration with Dr. Munish K. Batra, which is a medical thriller not related to Animal. Plus there’s the rewatch of Voyager‘s “Spirit Folk,” an episode that is, um, not good.

There’s also medical stuff this week. Yesterday, I had a long overdue appointment with an orthopedist. My knees have sucked since — well, since forever. They were especially bad in my mid-thirties, but then I started doing karate, and they got better, but they were never good, exactly, and lately it’s been worse. X-rays showed no bone damage, so it isn’t that. The ortho told me that the next step would be either physical therapy — which seemed pointless, given that I do karate several times a week, so it probably won’t help much — or an MRI to see what that tells us.

I obviously chose the MRI. It’s my first, and everyone’s telling me that it’s loud and claustrophobic and full of clanking, so there’s that to look forward to……

Friday I get to see a urologist, a direct result of being a male in his 50s. Happy joy.

Wrenn and I have been rewatching Stargate Atlantis, watching a wonderful New Zealand cop show The Brokenwood Mysteries (it’s pretty much a Kiwi Columbo), enjoying the new half-season of Lucifer, and last night we watched the delightful film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play In the Heights. I plan to review Brokenwood, Lucifer, and In the Heights on Patreon this month.

How’s your week going?

irons in the fire update

Buncha things in the creative frying pan, there are…..

The Adventures of Bram Gold. I’m ten chapters and 37,450 words into Feat of Clay, the sequel to A Furnace Sealed. I’m taking a quick pause on it to do some other stuff, but I’m’na dive back in once the calendar flips to March. One of those “other stuffs” is All-the-Way House, a novella for the Systema Paradoxa series about cryptids. ATWH takes place in the same setting as the Bram Gold stories, but will focus on a couple of other Coursers, based in central New Jersey: Valentina Perrone (and her apprentice Sarah el-Guindi) in the present day and Josiah Clevenger in 1909. In addition, another Yolanda Rodriguez story, “Unguarded,” is set to be in the eSpec Books anthology Horns and Halos — just waiting for galleys to proofread on that one.

The “Precinct” series. The next book in the series is Phoenix Precinct. I hope to dive into that in the summer of this year and have it out either by the end of this year or the beginning of next.

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Our first book, Animal, is being marketed quite aggressively, which is fun to watch. We even got an ad in Times Square!

Pretty spiffy, huh? Meantime, I have to revise our second collaboration, a medical thriller tentatively titled Pigman, by the end of the month — gonna work on that this week — and we’re talking about what to do next, which may well be a sequel to Animal. And we’ve got some other notions in the hopper…

Tie-in fiction. These are all things I can’t be specific about: I’m working on three 100-page tie-in graphic novels (which will be released as five-issue miniseries initially). I’ve written the pitches for all three and a detailed outline for Book 1, and they’re with the licensor for approval right now. I’ve submitted a tie-in novel pitch to a publisher, and three pitches for tie-in short stories for an anthology to another publisher. Waiting to hear on all three of these projects. I can say that all three are universes I’ve worked in before.

Star Trek Adventures. I’ve turned in the first draft of a role-playing game adventure “Incident at Kraav III.” Still waiting for feedback from Modiphius.

Ayesha. I’ve written “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be,” my story for Turning the Tied, the charity anthology of public-domain tie-in stories for the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. My story features Ayesha, the titular She in H. Rider Haggard’s 19th-century adventure novel. Waiting for the galleys to come in for proofing.

The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66. I’ve written my essay for the second book in this series, BIFF! BAM! EEE-YOW!, which is on “Hizzoner the Penguin”/”Dizzoner the Penguin.” For this, too, I’m awaiting galleys to proofread. And I’ve been officially invited to participate in the third book. Just gotta figure out which season three episode I want to ask to write about.

Short story. There was an open call for an anthology that I decided to write a story for. I just wrote it yesterday. It’s less than 2500 words, but it was fun to write. It’s with The Mom for her Editorial Red Pen of Doom, and once she’s torn it apart, I’ll submit it.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet. I still have to write “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” for the late 2019 crowdfund I did for it and “The Gorvangin Rampages.” Sigh. Blame the current apocalypse. Anyhow, once that’s done I should have enough material for a second Cassie collection, which will also be called Ragnarok and a Hard Place, and will be published by Plus One Press.

Super City Cops. Still have four novellas under contract with Falstaff Books. Will write them at some point.

Patreon. I’ve got 16 TV shows to review for Patreon, still, plus I’m in the midst of watching ten others, so I’ve got my work cut out for me there. And I’ll be reviewing Space Sweepers for February’s review, plus I may throw in a bonus review of Big Night. Plus there will be the usual stuff on Patreon, including this month’s vignette, which I have no idea what it’ll be…..

Tor.com. The Voyager Rewatch will continue for most of this year, after which I will tackle Enterprise. If any Trek TV shows debut this year, I’ll review them as well. I was hoping to review each episode of WandaVision, but behind-the-scenes production issues are limiting me to writing a couple of think-pieces, one of which went up after episode 4, and the second of which will go up once the season is done. (Having said that, Emmett Asher-Perrin is, as always, doing a fantastic job with their reviews of the episodes.) I’m hoping to review each episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but we’ll see. I’m also hoping to review Justice League: The Snyder Cut when it comes out. And come June, I will revive “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” to cover whatever such movies actually get released (at the very least, I will cover Wonder Woman 1984).

irons in the fire update

Here’s what needs doin’…..

The Bram Gold Adventures. Tomorrow I’m going to start writing Feat of Clay, the sequel to 2019’s A Furnace Sealed. I’m hoping to do at least a thousand words a day every day moving forward. We’ll see if that works. In addition, I’ve written a Yolanda Rodriguez story “Unguarded” for Horns and Halos. Waiting for the galleys on that one. I also will be writing a novella that will be set in the same world as this, but I’m not sure if it’ll feature Bram or Yolanda or neither.

Dragon Precinct universe. After I’m done with Feat of Clay, the plan is to dive into Phoenix Precinct.

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Our first collaboration, Animal, is available for preorder, and we just sent our second, Pigman, off to our agent. We’re trying to figure out what our next one will be, either another standalone, or possibly a sequel to Animal.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet. I still have to write “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” at some point, since it’s been crowdfunded (although you can still support it if you want!). Once that’s done, I’ll have enough stories to do a second Cassie collection, which will also be called Ragnarok and a Hard Place, and which will include “Down to the Waterline,” “William Did It,” “Rán for Your Life,” “Fish Out of Water,” “Seven-Mile Race,” “Behind the Wheel,” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place,” plus all the vignettes I’ve written for Patreon, and maybe — maybe — a story that’s original to the collection as well.

Sooper seekrit tie-in project. This is a three-part project, and I’ve written the outline for the first portion and sent it to my editor. We’ll see if she likes it, and if so, if the licensor goes for it.

Turning the Tied. I’ve written my Ayesha story, “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be” for this charity anthology, and am waiting for editorial feedback.

Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66. I’ve written my essay for Volume 2 of this series, which looks at “Hizzoner the Penguin”/”Dizzoner the Penguin.” Specifically, I wrote a transcript of the debate between the two mayoral candidates, Batman and the Penguin. Still waiting for galleys on that one. And then I’m hoping to contribute to Volume 3 — waiting for confirmation from the editor that I will be.

Tie-in projects. I have three possible tie-in projects in the hopper — two that I’ve been tentatively invited to work on, and I’m in the research phase for them (one is a novella, the other a novel), while the third is for a novel, for which I’ve sent in a proposal on spec.

Super City Cops. I’m still under contract to do four SCC novellas for Falstaff Books. Some day, I may even write them!

Star Trek Adventures. I’ve written the first draft of a Klingon-focused STA adventure called “Incident at Kraav III,” and am awaiting editorial feedback.

Mystery novel. My laughable goal for 2021 is to finally write this.

Patreon and Tor.com. For Patreon, I’ve mostly been good about getting up at least two TV reviews per month and have stayed steady with both vignettes and movie reviews the last couple months. We’ll see if I can keep it up. As for Tor.com, the Voyager Rewatches are continuing twice a week (though I’ll be taking the time between Christmas as New Year’s off, as will all of Tor.com save for time-specific reviews), the Discovery reviews will continue when each new episode comes out, and also on the 11th and 18th of December, I’ll be reviving “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” to take a look at The Old Guard and The New Mutants.

Other stuff. I have some other ideas percolating in my brain meats, plus Wrenn and I still want to launch our nifty new thing soon…..