So it seems only fitting, following last week’s concluding chapter of the Monster in the Second Reel serial. to take an intermission break before starting the next serial.
Partly because I’ve been rather tied up this month with Tuscany Bay Books’ getting out the first two books of the Planetary Anthology Series – Pluto and Luna – as well as Miranda Oh’s latest book. I’ve been trying to decide what should be next up in the series here.
A mystery/thriller? Another western? Sci-Fi? Horror? Stashed away in my story ideas folder are dozens of story ideas across these genres and a few others.
But one thing I’ve always wanted to do was write a Star Trek novel. I’ve got it all laid out already. The problem is, the only way I could get it published is to get an agent and submit it to the Big 5 publisher. Given my previous interaction with agents and Big 5 publishing, I’d rather have my wisdom teeth pulled out – without any painkillers.
I went Indie for a reason after all.
But, there is a way for me to write my Star Trek story and share it with everyone. Star Trek, for now, allows fan fiction to be published as long as the writer does not charge for readers to read it in any way. It means I won’t be able to mention my PayPalMe account, as I do below, but that is a price I am more than happy to pay.
So, starting on Feb. 8th, the Weekly 1K Serial series will boldly go… hmm, better not push that copyright envelope too far, eh?
The series will be called: The Calling. It will be set in the real Star Trek universe (no JJ Abrams’ Kelvin Timeline abomination here) and will adhere to Star Trek Canon. It follows one Bari Forelni, Crown Prince of Etalya, who encounters Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise (NX-01) just as the Klingon Empire makes a run at conquering the Etalyians. As the series progresses, thanks to the extended lifespan of the Etalyian people, Forelni will serve with Captain James T. Kirk and before all is said and done will actually interact with Jean-Luc Picard of the ST:TNG Enterprise-D era.
This will be a lengthy series, encompassing over one century of the Star Trek universe. I am eager to get started on it and I hope you all enjoy reading it as the series plays out.
Oh, one more thing. Unlike the previous serials, which were all written and completed before the first chapter ran, I’ll be writing each chapter in the days leading up to each Saturday’s release. So while I have the basic outline set, I have no idea exactly how Forelni’s journey is going to play out yet.
It may sound a little crazy, but to me it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Live Long, and Prosper!
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