The Great MHI Patch Contest of 2009 is underway. So far Utah County is in the lead, followed by Los Alamos. Utah County was done by the son of a member of Reader Force Alpha, who used his powers to summon his many minions to vote. (in other words, Bob has an enormous family). The Atomic Nerds supporters have been catching up though. We’ve still got until next Moday, so it is anyone’s game.
I’m currently doing the final editing of MHV now, and the winning patch/team will be cameod (is that a word?) in. I might actually take a few other ones and stick them in too, just because it is my universe so I can do whatever I want. (actually one in particular, won’t say which so as to not skew the results) is going in no matter what, just because it fits into a perfect niche in the MHI universe, both regionally, strategically, and in a great little story element. (and I’ve already talked to the creator, so it isn’t yours!)
Editing has been going well, considering that I’m a fast writer, slow editor. Writing is fun. Editing is work. But I’ll have this bad boy totally cleaned up and ready to go by the end of the month. Monster Hunter Vendetta is shorter than MHI, but MHI had to establish a lot of the world building. The story is just as complicated, if not more so, and delves into some of the old school MHI member’s history.
Plus you get lots of Franks related action. He actually talks, and once it is actually nearly half a paragraph! Mostly he hits stuff, but you do get to learn where he comes from. There are lots of new monsters and assorted explodey goodness.
I’m excited to get Monster Hunter Vendetta done. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 comes out this month on Xbox, and I’m not allowed to buy it until I’m done. See, I played the last one all the way through with my children in multiplayer. I was Deadpool, my oldest was Elektra, my middle one was Storm, and the youngest was usually Thing (but had to switch every time we got to a save point). MUA is a Correia family tradition at this point.
I’ve had a few local signings now, and they’ve all been a ton of fun. I’ve got one in Layton this weekend, and then nothing until October. But in October I’m doing San Diego, LA, San Jose, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Austin, plus I just added another local one. (Sugerhouse B&N, October 10th) I’ll be travelling with Dave Farland (Runelords) and John Brown (Servant of a Dark God) for many of those. It should be a good time.
After that, I’ve got a 3rd MHI book from Owen’s perspective, sometime after that is Monster Hunter Alpha from Earl Harbinger and Monster Hunter Nemesis from Agent Franks. I’ve still got to do a 2nd pass to Grimnoir Chronicles: Hard Magic. Then Mike should be done with Dead Six so we can edit that together, and then I’ve got the plot outlines for Grimnoir 2 and 3. Then there is the sequel to D6, Swords of Exodus, and my half of that is mostly done already, but then we’ve got the 3rd in that series called Project Blue (all plotted/outlined). Then I’ve got a stand alone Sci-Fi (still untitled) that is the story of a reality TV show where the contestants compete to overthrow a government in a violent military coup (started, ploted, needs lots of work), and I’ve got a killer idea for another book set in the Grimnoir universe that takes place in the 1880s in colonial Africa. And I’ve been invited to be in an anthology (theme is still a secret). Whew… That’s a lot of writing!