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I got the gig!

I can’t publicly announce what it is yet, but I can say I heard back today about the writing sample I submitted last week. The powers that be were “really impressed” with it and have offered me the gig I was trying out for — and it turns out to be a bigger gig than I thought.  W00T!

Of course, I now have to figure out how to do the new gig (which will keep me very busy) and keep up on my novel-writing deadlines, but this is, as they say, a good problem to have. 🙂

A very good Friday

I had a pleasant day yesterday.

I got up early, saw my wife off to work, then made pancakes for my breakfast. After running some simple errands, I did a bit of work reviewing the copy edit on my upcoming expanded edition of Star Trek Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire, and I received an e-mail from an editor about a possible new writing gig (we’ll have to see if it works out; I need to submit some writing samples to earn the job).

Around 3pm I met with Keith R.A. DeCandido and Marco Palmieri for lunch at an Irish place in midtown Manhattan. It was just a friendly get-together, though we talked shop because we couldn’t help ourselves.

After lunch, I walked up to the Barnes and Noble store on Fifth Avenue at 45th Street. I was pleased to find that they had several copies of my novel The Calling on the new fiction table at the front of the store. I asked a manager if it would be okay for me to sign copies of the book, and she graciously allowed me to do so. Then she put snazzy “autographed copy” stickers on the covers and moved them out to the front edge of the table, where they’d be more visible. So anyone in the New York area who wants a signed copy of The Calling, hurry on over to B&N on Fifth & 45th!

My next stop was Midtown Comics at 45th Street and Lexington, where I met my friend Alan Kistler to record a segment for an upcoming episode of his new web video series, Crazy Sexy Geeks, the first installment of which features Amber Benson and premieres Wednesday, August 5.

Today I’m celebrating three friends’ birthdays —the first with a brunch, the latter two belatedly with dinner and wine. And at some point I need to get back to work: I have an audition piece to write, a magazine article to draft, a copy edited ms. to finish vetting, and a new novel to start writing. August, it seems, is going to be crazy busy here at Casa Mack…

Manuscript Completed…

It’s 3:15am and I have just finished the manuscript for the expanded edition of my previously published short novel Star Trek Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire.

As TV producer Hans Beimler once said to me upon my delivery of a first-draft teleplay for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “Great! Now the writing can begin!”

Tomorrow I shall write the acknowledgments, paste in text for “About the Author,” and begin my polishing draft and revisions. Woo, and might I add for emphasis, hoo.