G & T Show SL – Ward Dilmore Update
Welcome to the Ward Dilmore Update!
G & T Show SL – Ward Dilmore Update is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, and Janet are joined live for a very special Supplemental Log with Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. They discuss everything they have been working on respectively and together. Plus, they make a very special announcement on the show that absolutely shocked and amazed them when they heard it. Be sure not to miss out on this big big announcement.
After the usual round of introductions, they jump right into the interview. It has been a while since they had Dayton and Kevin on the show. They talk about the 24 Hours of G & T Show event, when Dayton joined us. They discuss some of the highlights of the event that came about at the end. Dayton pokes them for their idea to do a 24 hour show on the one day that had 25 hours in it. Nick praises Steve for his efforts and was amazed that Mike had rented a hotel room for the event. They talk about overnight oats and eating raw cookie dough.
Nick begins by asking if they have been working on anything together. Some things they can discuss, but their most recent collaborative project is for the Star Trek: Legacies triology. Greg Cox wrote Captain to Captain. Dave Mack contributed Best Defense for the series. While Dayton and Kevin cleaned it all up in the third book of the series Purgatory’s Key. Their manuscript was turned in late around the first of the year, but they just turned in revisions not too long ago.
They discuss how they collaborate on the copyediting portion of their work together. They discuss what that process is like for them. They have five sets of eyes on their respective manuscripts between Pocket, CBS, the copyeditor, proofreader, and each of them. Nick asks if they have ever had a disagreement. Kevin explains that they enjoy the same type of stories and they rarely disagree. Dayton offers an example of how they rarely zig or zag respectively and how they bring things back together. As an example they talk about McCoy’s role in their recent story.
Nick praises Cox for his take on the TOS crew. Dayton talks about some of the highlights of the series. The story revolves around a thing that gets passed down from Enterprise Captain to Enterprise Captain and everything goes to hell when it’s in Kirk’s hands. They also tried to be true and not contradict anything that had been written before it when it comes to April and Pike, especially since Cox had just come off of writing a story about Pike’s Enterprise (Star Trek: TOS: Child Of Two Worlds). He goes on to say that this trilogy is also a set of self-contained stories that doesn’t need a reader to pick up any of the other novels in order to get into it.
Nick talks about his current reading of the Harry Potter book series. Kevin drops a hint that he’s been working on something with Harry Potter for Hallmark this week, but is unable to discuss it at this time. He does mention that it has to do with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The publication dates for the Legacies trilogy should be late June, July, and August. Their book will be out for the month of the 50th Anniversary. They are excited and terrified about the opportunity. Kevin talks about their work for the 40th Anniversary on the Constellations Anthology. They wanted to be part of it but were worried that they would not be selected. To date, it’s Kevin’s favorite story that they have worked on. Nick calls them proven clutch hitters. Dayton talks about the Strange New Worlds contest. It has been 18 years since he submitted his first story to that contest and is honored that he’s been able to do it this long and hopes to continuing doing for some time yet to come.
Nick changes the subject to Dayton’s new Mars Attacks book (Mars Attacks: The Armageddon Directive). The book has only been out for a couple of weeks so far. He wrote it last fall. It came out of the blue and had a short turn around time. Bob Greenberger recommended him for the job. He had fun writing it. Dayton admits to writing it as a “bastard cousin” to From History’s Shadow. Nick mentions that he will be interviewing Bob Greenberger for an upcoming Gettysburg’s Address. They talk about Bob for a few minutes as well as other members of the “old guard”. They send some shout outs to Howard Weinstein, Bob Greenberger, and Kevin J. Anderson. Nick mentions our booth from STLV last year and all of our guests that hung out with us, including: Robert J. Sawyer, Kipleigh Brown, Vic Mignogna, Al Rivera, and Emo Philips. They discuss other highlights from STLV 2015 including Nick’s photobomb face and Doug Drexler.
Nick asks Kevin what is going on over at Hallmark. He mentions that members of the Keepsake Ornaments Club should be receiving their 2016 catalog in the next week or two. He had interviewed one of the sculptures and received an early copy of it. Dayton mentions a Firefly ornament, which leads to some Wash jokes. Kevin talks about the Justice League itty bitty’s Justice League – Mayhem at the Museum Personalized book Hallmark currently has available. The text and art can be customized and the customizeable character looks like one of the Wonder Twins. He talks about some of the requirements he had to adhere when he wrote it. He’s been hearing some great things about the book. There are other DC Comics books coming out from Hallmark in the near future.
Nick asks about 2113. It’s an anthology of short stories inspired by the music of Rush. The book was released on Amazon on April 1st, which also marks the 40th Anniversary of Rush’s album 2112. It’s scheduled release date was going to be on April 14th, but plans had changed. The stories are mostly new, but there are a couple of stories that have been reprinted. Dayton wrote a story about Red Sector A. Dave Mack also has a story in the anthology. They hope that it does well. Nick talks about the comic book that came out with the Clockwork Angels album. Dayton has read it, but has not read its sequel yet.
Mike asks about the Vulcan Tour Book that is supposed to be due out soon. Insight Editions is publishing the Hidden Universe Travel Guides – Star Trek: Vulcan. It’s a licensed product and features references from multiple sources including books, games, televisions shows, and more. Dayton talks about the process of creating the book and the various art work that was developed to accompany his text. He talks about the signage for a Karaoke club found in the city. He had a lot of fun with it and was recruited to do so. The editor had to reign him back in but JVC kept egging him on. Ultimately, he found a happy medium for it. He shares a few interesting sidebars that he included in the book. It was a different experience, but he had a lot of fun with it. The book won’t be out until July.
Elusive Salvation is the follow up novel for Star Trek: TOS: From History’s Shadow. Mike is pleased to hear it. It’s not a straight sequel. The story is a little more linear this time around. It will be out later this month. It will be during the movie era, but closer to the TWOK than TMP. He provides some information about the set up for the book. The crew goes back to the 80s, which revisits some of the events that Greg Cox had written about in his Eugenics Wars novels. Dayton made sure that he didn’t contradict anything that was established in those books. Mike wonders if there’s any fodder left over for a possible third book in the series. Dayton says that there are some threads that he could explore further and how Majestic 12 evolved into other organizations with numbers in their names. He explains that the first book was written as stand-alone story, but with Elusive Salvation, its final line teases a third book. He’ll be getting his author copies soon and will be posting about it in the near future.
They have some other big things in the works. A magazine feature is in the works but they can’t discuss it yet. There’s another project that is not affiliated with Pocket Books but they can’t talk about that either. They are bucket list items. They are definitely going to have some fun with it. Kevin promises to announce it with a 72-point font when if it happens. They are looking forward to it, but again, they can’t talk about it.
There is one more thing they can talk about and they can only start talking about it today. It took a lot of entities to get involved. Now that they have all of the moving parts in place, they can announce it officially. Star Trek has woven in and out of the collective consciousness and there is one character in particular that stands out the most. It features the history of that character as it has affected our society. It’s about Mr. Spock. The final piece that fell into place was the music. It’s a musical about Mr. Spock. Mike’s brain melts at the thought of it. Kevin talks about his daughter and her involvement in the project. They clarify the idea of a musical. Some of the music will be orchestrated and some will be from pop music bands. Kevin discusses some of the people they had reached out to for help on this project. He had emailed the Dali Lama’s Office. Some of the bands that will be contributing to the project include: Journey, Scorpions, Europe, Boston, The Cult, and Rush. The songs will coincide with moments in Spock’s life. Spock’s a musician and there are moments when his emotions have gotten the best of him, allowing for these moments where the music soothed his soul. Nick reveals the preliminary art work and the title of the project: Spock of Ages. They are still trying to figure out how people will be able to experience it, whether it will be audio only, a stage play, or any number of formats are still in consideration. Kevin had some preliminary lyrics written with them and he shares with them.
They go over how this project came into creation and where some of its ideas came about. The chatroom loved the it.
They talk about STLV 2016. Dayton and Kevin are hoping to attend. They are trying to make it happen. Dayton and Kevin talk about attending Starfest. They are part of the family and help out wherever they are needed and as a result, they get some special perks. They compare it to Shoreleave. The smaller conventions are more intimate. They get treated differently at Starfest than at other cons, but at the same time they do so much more. Kevin pitches Starfest 2017. It’s going to be their 40th Anniversary and they have some big things planned.
People have been pledging their support for Spock of Ages and a Kickstarter may be in the works for the future. They talk about some of the respective songs being used for the project. Mike wonders if Unification and Prime Universe portion of Star Trek 2009 was going to be included.
Terry mentions that Pocket announced this week their entire back catalog of Star Trek novels are now available through a DRM format. Mike tried out the service and talks about how it works. Dayton has questions about ebooks. Mike offers to help him some time at his convenience. They talk about piracy briefly. Books are meant to be read, rather than collected, though some people do collect them. They talk about Kirsten Beyer. They love her and swap Kirsten Beyer stories with each other before ending the interview.
Star Trek: Legacies #1 Captain To Captain – http://amzn.to/1RS8Ydi
Star Trek: Legacies #2 Best Defense – http://amzn.to/237KIcb
Star Trek: Legacies #3 Purgatory’s Key – http://amzn.to/1RTxlub
Star Trek: TOS – Child of Two Worlds – http://amzn.to/1Tr6Mfe
Star Trek: Constellations Anthology – http://amzn.to/1pUsYlO
Mars Attacks: The Armageddon Directive – http://amzn.to/1RTDCWW
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2113: Stories Inspired By The Music of Rush – http://amzn.to/1RFeSMA
Hidden Universe Travel Guides – Star Trek: Vulcan – http://amzn.to/1W1UQBb
Star Trek: TOS: Elusive Salvation – http://amzn.to/230bjet
Star Trek: TOS: From History’s Shadow – http://amzn.to/1ZUERF1
Starfest Denver – http://starfestdenver.com/
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Pocket Offering 700-Plus Trek ebooks – http://www.startrek.com/article/pocket-offering-700-plus-trek-ebooks
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