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!

irons in the fire update

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!

Tuesday’s dead

Last night, I finished my second Zorro story. My first one, “Letter from Guadalajara,” was published in 2011 in More Tales of Zorro, edited by the late great Richard Dean Starr, and is one of my favorite works in my entire bibliography.

This second one is “A Lovely View,” and — assuming Zorro Productions approves what I wrote over the last few days — it will be published in Bold Venture Press‘s anthology of Zorro stories, tentatively titled Zorro’s Exploits, which will be out in June of this year. BVP has done a whole mess of Zorro stuff, and I hope this story will lead to more, as both the Fox and his foe Capitán Monastario are tremendous fun to write.

Finishing the story is the start of a very busy week for me. Shuseki Shihan is taking a one-week vacation, so teaching karate this week is primarily falling to Sensei Charles and I, as well as Kyoshi Gustavo. I’ll be assisting Sensei Charles tonight, tomorrow night, and Thursday night, and I’m on my own Monday. (Sensei Charles is on his own Saturday, as I’ll be at HELIOsphere…) This is on top of my afterschool program on Wednesday afternoon, not to mention three private lessons I’m teaching this week.

On the writing front, there’s my review of this week’s Picard, my overview of the fourth season of Discovery, I’ve gotta write some stuff for my Patreon, I have to revise a proposal, and I’ve got a bunch more short stories to write, and I need to pick one to start this week. Bleeeeeeeeeeeee….

Plus I’m doing a panel on Thursday — the next Quarantine Panel on Dragon Con’s American Sci-Fi Classics Track is about Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a movie that is thirty years old, believe it or not. Check it out live on the Tube of You or the Book of Face Thursday at 9pm Eastern time.

On the personal front, there’s been some medical craziness with my parents (they’re in their 70s, this happens), but so far it’s been in the not-as-bad-as-we-feared category. And Wrenn’s job has been absolutely bonkers, but there’s an endpoint to it — it’s a January-April gig — and she has had some really good interviews for a full-time position that would be amazing if it happens. She’s got a followup interview tomorrow, so please keep those fingers crossed, those prayer hamsters spinning, or whatever.

How’s your Tuesday?

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.

first lines of all my novels

Back in early 2013, I did a thing on my LiveJournal where I listed all the first lines of all my novels. I thought I’d update that and present it here….

“C’mon, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is the best rock and roll song ever.”
Gargantua

The night before the kidnappings, Betty Brant dreamt of Ned Leeds, her husband, lying next to her in bed, asleep and alive.
Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath (full disclosure: that line was written by my collaborator on that novel, José R. Nieto)

The argument started when Cordelia saw what Xander was wearing.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Xander Years Volume 1

Iolaus never saw the staff coming.
Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors

“So where are you guys going for spring break?”
Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance

Captain Klag’s right arm itched.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Diplomatic Implausibility

Rygel flipped his cards over. “Four priestesses. I win again.”
Farscape: House of Cards

“Shields 1 and 2 are now down, Shield 3 is buckling, and warp drive is down!”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Demons of Air and Darkness

“Captain, I believe you should come down to see this.”
Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold Book 1

Tharia didn’t cry when his three mates died.
Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold Book 2

Matilda Dixon had been baking a lemon cake when she was told that her husband was dead.
Darkness Falls

Everyone I know is dead.
Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions

The boy could taste the scent of the lIngta’ on the wind.
Star Trek: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible

The faces of the greatest warriors of the past ten centuries stared down at Klag, son of M’Raq.
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 1: A Good Day to Die

“I am Klag, son of M’Raq, captain of the I.K.S. Gorkon—and I summon you, my fellow members of the Order of the Bat’leth, in a call to honor.”
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 2: Honor Bound

Gan Brightblade’s last thoughts before his neck was broken were about how happy he was.
Dragon Precinct

Aaron Vricella regarded the younger man sitting opposite him with a combination of awe and outrage.
Resident Evil: Genesis

Major Timothy Cain didn’t take any shit.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Sunrise on Qo’noS had lost its appeal for Ambassador Worf.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Time for War, a Time for Peace

“Dabo!”
Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed

Before the alarm sounded, Shipmaster Vor Ellis had thought it was a good day.
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 3: Enemy Territory

Ele’er sat impatiently on her stool in the learning room. Mother was late, of course—she always was late for their learning sessions, which meant they ended later, which meant that Ele’er was always late for sky-singing.
Star Trek: Articles of the Federation

Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds’s life had reduced itself to the critical imperative of running as fast as he could.
Serenity

Peter Parker looked at the clock on the wall, smiled, and said, “We’ve got a few minutes, so let’s go to the next chapter: the Periodic Table of Elements.”
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets

Erik had been cleaning ale off the demon skull mounted behind the bar when the stranger walked in.
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred

Spike was looking forward to a pleasant evening. The grocery store had restocked the Weetabix shelf, giving Spike the opportunity to clean it out again, the butcher had plenty of blood, and the little trick with the tree branch in the Blockbuster returns bin had nabbed him a videotape of Henry V—Branagh’s version, thankfully, not Olivier’s.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout

As soon as she felt Cliff Nadaner’s mind, Nova knew that she could destroy her family’s murderer with but a thought.
StarCraft: Ghost: Nova

Kes tried to screen out the voices in her head.
Star Trek: Mirror Universe: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent

“Do we really need to be just hangin’ here, B?”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless

The tank screamed over the ridge, crushing the grass and bamboo under its treads, guns blazing as it spit bullets and shells into the large temple and its occupants.
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars

Dr. Jim Knable stood on the Ravens’ Gate Bridge, a seething tide of humanity heading straight for him.
Resident Evil: Extinction

A chill November breeze blew John Soeder’s hair into his face, Mother Nature’s reminder to get a haircut in the absence of his actual mother being around to nag him about it.
Supernatural: Nevermore

They held off on letting this universe die in the hopes that it would provide something interesting.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A

The bat’leth sliced through the air, heading straight for Captain Klag’s neck.
Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House

Detective Don Flack stared at the one pill that rattled around the bottom of the prescription bottle.
CSI: NY: Four Walls

The chief priest sat in the canoe as the boy rowed to the sacred island.
Supernatural: Bone Key

“I can assure you, Dalin, that I am but a plain, simple clothier. I’ve no idea where the shapeshifter might be.”
Star Trek: Myriad Universes: A Gutted World

The Zirkiv only looks like a three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old Earth Cargo Service vessel.
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny

The rain had not let up for the better part of an hour.
Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon

Vaspar had been thinking about how much he’d been enjoying the calm and quiet of the past five weeks when he found the dead body.
Unicorn Precinct

The Eso swung its deadly claw at Folami’s head.
Guilt in Innocence

When you’re immortal, you literally have all the time in the world to craft and implement plans. If one plan fails, it matters little, for there is plenty of time to try another.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun

A yellow streak flew overhead, stirring up the litter on 20th Street.
SCPD: The Case of the Claw

Oddly, given how miserable he’d been the past few years, Elthor lothSerra was happier than he’d ever been in his century-plus of life when he died.
Goblin Precinct

Zoë Kerrigan held up her cell phone, currently in picture-taking mode, finger poised over the camera icon, waiting for the red panda to wake up.
Leverage: The Zoo Job

Lord Albin was late.
Gryphon Precinct

The great contradiction of Ichabod Crane’s life was that he was constantly surrounded by people, yet had never been more alone.
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution

The skies are sometimes blue, sometimes black, sometimes gray.
Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants

The great world tree Yggdrasil sits at the center of the Nine Worlds, linking each world to the other eight.
Marvel’s Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings

Captain Kirti Patel had thought it to be a good day up until the blast came out of nowhere and made a smoking hole in Sergeant Castro’s chest.
Stargate SG-1: Kali’s Wrath

At the center of the Nine Worlds is Yggdrasil, the world tree, linking them all via its mighty roots and powerful branches.
Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End

I would like to state for the record that starting Shabbos with a crazed unicorn charging at you horn-first kinda sucks.
A Furnace Sealed

Henry Marlow sat in the cramped mess hall of the salvage vessel Anesidora and tried to come to grips with his seventeenth straight meal of slop.
Alien: Isolation

An early morning breeze tickled Lieutenant Danthres Tresyllione’s blonde hair as she stood impatiently on Albin Way wishing Lord Doval would hurry up and finish his speech.
Mermaid Precinct

Doctor Julia Gaujot sat, waiting and nervous, outside the office of the North American Union President.
To Hell and Regroup

Detective Michelle Halls stared at the monitor on her desk, wondering why she had thought it would be easier to deal with the paperwork first thing Monday morning than last thing Friday afternoon.
Animal

“Why are we even coming to the office? It’s freezing!”
Systema Paradoxa: All-the-Way House

It all started twelve years ago when my parents were killed.
Feat of Clay (still in progress)

WordCrafter’s New Beginnings Writer Conference next week, featuring me (and others)

Next week, WordCrafter is holding a virtual conference, the “New Beginnings Writer Conference.” The event will open on Monday the 3rd of May with a free virtual cocktail party from 10am-5pm Eastern time on the event’s Facebook page.

Then on the 4th and 5th, there will be a whole bunch of panels and workshops and things. You can either get a $50 all-events pass that gets you into everything, or you can pick and choose which events you want to go to for $5 per event.

The ones I’ll be doing include a Business of Writing workshop on Tuesday the 4th of May at 4pm Eastern, a Writing in Licensed Universes workshop on Wednesday the 5th of May at 1pm Eastern, and a panel on the Importance of Setting on Wednesday the 5th of May at 4pm Eastern alongside Mario Acevedo, Dan Alatorre, Russell Davis, and Jim Nesbitt.

Besides me, Mario, Dan, Russ, and Jim, the guests include Kevin J. Anderson, Chris Barili, Jeff Bowles, Anthony Dobranski, Paul Kane, Kevin Killiany, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Geoff LePard, Radha Marcum, Ellie Raine, Erin Robertson, and Rick Wilber.

Come join us!

SHE RIDES!

It took a week longer than anticipated, but I have finally finished the first draft of All-the-Way House, the fourth volume in the Systema Paradoxa series of novellas about cryptids that’s being released by the NeoParadoxa imprint of eSpec Books, in association with Cryptid Crate.

I’m gonna let it sit for a day while I write Monday’s Voyager Rewatch and an article on WandaVision, both for Tor.com, and then and then look it over tomorrow before sending it to my editorial goddesses, GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido (a.k.a. The Mom) and Wrenn Simms (a.k.a. The Wife), both professional editors, and both invaluable helpmeets in my writing.

All-the-Way House is, as you might gather from the cover, about the Jersey Devil, and it was a lot of fun to dig into the various legends about the creature also known as the Leeds Devil in general, and the mass hysteria regarding the Devil during a weird winter week in January 1909. The novella takes place in three different time periods — the origin of the Leeds Devil in 1735, the aforementioned week in 1909, and in the present day. It takes place in central New Jersey (Camden, the Pine Barrens, Atlantic City, etc.) and eastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Chester). It takes place in the same milieu as the Adventures of Bram Gold (A Furnace Sealed, the upcoming Feat of Clay, “Under the King’s Bridge”) and the Yolanda Rodriguez short stories (“Materfamilias” in Bad Ass Moms and “Unguarded” in the upcoming Devilish and Divine).

It’s not up for preorder yet, but hopefully soon…..

Systema Paradoxa cover gallery

The fine folks at eSpec Books, in association with Cryptid Crate, have created the NeoParadoxa imprint, which will be publishing novellas that focus on various cryptids. The first one, When the Moon Shines by John L. French, is on sale now, and there are at least a dozen or so planned, including one by me! I’ll be doing Volume 4, which is entitled All-the-Way House, and which will feature several cryptids, but mainly the Jersey Devil. The novella will take place in the same universe as the Adventures of Bram Gold (the novels A Furnace Sealed and the forthcoming Feat of Clay, as well as the short stories “Under the King’s Bridge” in Liar Liar, “Materfamilias” in Bad Ass Moms, and “Unguarded” in the upcoming Horns and Halos), but feature new characters.

The books can be ordered directly from eSpec, or from your favorite online dealer….

Here are the absolutely stupendous covers that have been released so far:

Turning the Tied blog tour commences!

We’re doing a big-ass blog tour to promote Turning the Tied, the charity anthology being published next month by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers to benefit the World Literacy Foundation.

It actually started last month, so I’m catching up a bit, but we’ve got:

Here’s an excerpt from Jean’s interview with me:

What is the most difficult aspect of tie-in writing?

Being the first (or one of the first) projects in a new license when everyone’s trying to figure out what they can and can’t do and what works and what doesn’t. The first several projects in a tie-in license are always the most fraught as you go through the growing pains of working together.

There will be plenty more to come in our blog tour as we barrel toward the 13 March pub date, so keep an eye on this here blog…..

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).