There’s a copy of MHI Edition Zero on Ebay for a measly $100.

That’s a bargin!  The last one I saw online went for $250. I don’t know if that $800 German one ever sold or not.

And just a reminder, if anybody wants to preorder a copy of the Baen edition of Monster Hunter International, it is available on Amazon now. And it is only $7.99.

Sea gulls on welfare

I found this in the LDS magazine, the Ensign today. It is from a talk given by Marion G. Romney in 1982. He was quoting a story from Reader’s Digest.

“In our friendly neighbor city of St. Augustine great flocks of sea gulls are starving amid pleanty. Fishing is still good, but the gulls don’t know how to fish. For generations they have depended on the shrimp fleet to toss them scraps from the nets. Now the fleet has moved…”

“The shrimpers had created a Welfare State for the sea gulls. The big birds never bothered to learn how to fish for themselves and they never taught their children to fish. Instead they led their little ones to the shrimp nets.”

“Now the sea gulls, the fine free birds that almost symbolize liberty itself, are starving to death because they gave in to the ‘something for nothing’ lure. The sacrificed their independence for a handout.”

“A lot of people are like that, too. They see nothing wrong in picking delectable scraps from the tax nets of the U.S. Government’s ‘shrimp fleet’. But what will happen when the government runs out of goods? What about our children of generations to come?”

“Let’s not be gullible gulls. We must preserve our talents of self-suffciency, our genius for creating things for ourselves, our sense of thrift and our true love of independence.”

Writing Update

I’ve been writing a ton.

I’ve now got my rough draft for my half of the first Mr. Nightcrawler novel done. The tentative title for this book is Dead Six. Mike is writing as fast as he can, and we’ll have the whole thing done before he ships out. I think you guys are going to be really pleased with this one. It is an awesome story.

To be kind of silly, I can say that this story was RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES! Well, not really, but it is a great story.

I’m currently revamping MHI:2 the 2nd draft. I’m making a lot of changes, tweaking a bunch of scenes. I should have it wrapped up soon.

I got an e-mail the other day. A fan of MHI had written a short story set in the MHI universe, and wanted to know if I wanted to read it. I was a little nervous, as most FanFic absolutely sucks. You’ve all heard the horror stories. So with some trepidation, I sat down to read it, and surprisingly enough it was really good. Well written, creative, and overall I really enjoyed reading it.

Caught Mojo Philter’s first gig last night

They were really good, and I’m not just saying that because I’m friends with the guitarist. They rocked. It was an awesome show.

The best way I’ve heard them described has been big 70s cop show music but with guitars instead of horns. I’ve got to say that they’re a good band, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do.

They played at the Urban Lounge, which is kind of a dive bar, but they gave me a free Coke since I was a designated driver. So all is forgiven.


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