Monster Hunter Nation Flash Mob or How to get an MHI hat at DragonCon

We will be giving out these hats:

At every event and panel I’m on, I will have hats with me. All you have to do is come up and ask to get one. Or from 2-3:30 on Friday go to the DeepSouthCon 50 Table in the Sheraton Hotel among the fan tables in the exhibit area. (look for the people wearing the hat above).

And then be a part of the first ever, Monster Hunter Nation Flash Mob! Details will be distributed with each hat. (but let us just say that you should be around the Marriott lobby at 1:30 on Saturday)

And here is the nifty flyer about me.

Correia half page DragonCon[1]

How to get autographed Dead Six (by both of us!) and Spellbound

http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-correia-larry.php 

Knowing that Mike would be in Afghanistan during the release of Dead Six made having copies autographed by both of us really hard. But we thought ahead. Using the awesome Kurt Miller D6 logo artwork as the background, we both signed a few hundred Dead Six bookplates. So if you want a copy of D6 autographed by both of us, this is really about the only way that is going to happen before Mike comes home. (unless you are planning on taking a trip to beautiful southern Afghanistan sometime soon).  :)

Also, I did 300 tip in sheets for hard covers of Spellbound through Uncle Hugos. A tip in sheet is when I actually signed a page, before it was bound into the book! So when you open to the title page, my signature was there before the printing. (which I still think is totally awesome). So, even though Spellbound won’t ship until October, if you want to preorder one of the limited signed tip-in hard covers, this is it.

And tell your friends! I really want to get a non-MH book onto a bestseller list. Preorders are a great way to accomplish that.

Look what I got

The first copies of Dead Six! Yay!

Monster Hunter International Patch Contest II: The Patchening!

It is that time again! Two years ago I held a create your own Monster Hunter International team patch contest, and the winning teams got official cameos in Monster Hunter Vendetta, and became official parts of the MH universe.

The fan winner from last time was Utah County, and the author’s pick was the Atomic Nerds.

Check out the awesomeness from the first Monster Hunter International Patch Contest here:  http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/monster-hunter-international-patch-contest/

I didn’t do one last year, because if you’ve read Monster Hunter Alpha, then you know that it was more limited in scope, and there weren’t any other teams introduced. However, right now I’m working on Monster Hunter Legion, where once again there will be many MHI teams present, but there will also be rival companies from around the world.

The CONTEST:  Create your own MHI or rival Monster Hunting company patch, using whatever yoru creative abilities are, and then send it to me at monsterhunter45@hotmail.com .  The contest will run for the entire month of September.

The RULES: Unlike last time, the patch doesn’t have to be in subdued colors (since most of you ignored that anyway). If it is an MHI team, then it needs to say MHI or Monster Hunter International somewhere on it and 1895 for the founding year.  These do not need to be in English if you are taking it out of the country. 

If your unit is non-MHI, then feel free to do whatever you want.  MHL opens at an international conference of monster hunting professionals, and there are representatives from all over the world, governmental or private. Have fun with it.

I don’t care if you do it with fancy computer programs or color it in crayon, but for me to post it, it will need to be a Jpeg.

Make sure you include what town/region your patch represents in the title, because that’s what they will be known as in the voting.

Once the contest is over, we will be holding a vote here on Monster Hunter Nation to find the fan favorite. The winner (s)* will appear in Monster Hunter Legion. There will be as many winners as I personally feel like.

*since I’m doing this for fun, and I’m the author, I can basically do whatever I want. So if ya’ll pick something horrible, that there is simply no way I can fit it into the book, I retain veto power. But I trust you guys… Mostly…  Usually… If for example, you put your team in a region that already has an established team, then I may need to tweak your location.

Entries are due the last day of September.

The PRIZE:  The winner’s team will get a mention in MHL, and I will send you an autographed copy of MHL when it comes out.  

Last time I made up a batch of Utah County patches. I made way too many of them, and ended up giving most away at book signings, so I can’t promise that I will manufacture the winning patch this time.

However,  if you are particularly proud of your patch, and want to make one for yourself, I’ll gladly point you toward my friend Hopie, who specializes in doing small runs of custom patches. She’s done a few for other members of the Monster Hunter Nation that look awesome.  Her contact info is below.

Crooked Stitch Creations, Custom Embroidery
Hopie Lopez-Boyett, Head Thread Pusher
You can find my fan page on Facebook listed as Crooked Stitch Creations
<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crooked-Stitch-Creations/141978565824728>
or go directly to my ETSY shop <http://www.etsy.com/shop/DancingBearUS> .
Email any questions to DancingBearUS@gmail.com

If you do have Hopie make a patch for you, I want pictures!

I will post the entries here into this blog post as often as possible.

And please, spread the word! Tell your friends, post this to your blog, bathroom graffiti, whatever. We had around 50 entries last time, and that was with only one book out.  I want this to be an awesome patch contest.

Finger Lakes

In God we trust, all others we nuke

Supernatural Animal Control - British ColombiaDC Metro Maniacs

South Florida Gator Baiters

DC Metro Maniacs

Omaha Stakes

MHI Coastal Rangers 1

MHI Coastal Rangers 2

Team Two Rivers, from Supernatural Defense Inc.

7 Sea Solutions

MHI Bayonne Brawlers

MHI Harlem NY

Piasa Pest Extermination

MHI Carolinas

MHI R&D Labrats

MHI Texas

New Delhi India

GKET: Genyusha Kaiju Elimination Technologies

S3: Sinistral Security Solutions

Texas Bullmen

MHI Wyoming

Deep Run, North Carolina, Destroyers

Hudson Valley River Monsters (independant)

Hudson Valley River Monsters (after joining MHI)

Tombaugh Station

MHI CenTex

Oregon BAMF

STFU subdued

d

AG Munitions

Angels of Undeath

Arch and Dragon, St.Louis

Australia Terror

Celt Hunters

Clan Glassman

Grimm, Berlin

Hyena Bomb

MHI Idaho

Lady Hunters

L.A.M.E.

Livingstone Institute

Maryland Zombie Response Team

MHI St Louis

Moosebme1

Moosebme 2

NMK

Royal Australian Anti Supernatural Creature Force

SCI

Tampa Florida

Team Jabberwocky

Team Stonewall

Team Morituri

Texas Unnatural Guard

Zomie Awareness International

Zombie Emergency Response Team

Zombie Awareness International 2

b

Angels of Undeath

b

Brains

b

DERP

b

Dixie Choppers

b

Though by far the prettiest, this one is ineligible to win, because I can't put that in the book. :)

b

Arizona Air Wing

b

Vatican, Omega Legion

b

Briarwood Eradication Services

b

RF1

b

Montana, Faith in Big Guns

b

b

Poland: White Eagle Contracting

b

Sammiel Corp

b

Spork!

b

Tombstone Gravediggers

Turkey Point Submarine Corps

b

3Cs patch

b

3rd Shift

b

Aces 2

b

Agents of Ra

b

Alaska Last Frontier

b

Aussie Rocket Wombats

b

Beaver

b

Bootheel Swampers

b

Cerberus

b

CMH

b

Columbia River Gorge

b

Team DbD

b

Excaliber Customs International

b

Full Moon Exterminators

b

Kalamazoo County Crypt Kickers

b

Library

b

Memphis Belles

b

Merry Damned

b

MH Iowa

b

South Puget Sound

b

MHI Medical Corp

b

Midnight Minutemen

b

Ohio Valley

b

MHI OTS

b

Archangles Inc.

b

LA Avengers

b

Miskatonic University

b

Team Frostbite

b

Aristillus

b

Cazador

b

Chesapeake

b

Korea

b

Las Vegas, for the beer

b

Massachusetts

b

MHI NE

b

Team Dakota

b

Porchupine!

b

Monster Slayers

b

Montana Head Hunters

b

Nassau County

b

Northern Sierras

b

New York - Cookie Monster

b

NYPD monster task force

b

Ohio Team Patch

b

Ohio Valley

b

Providence

b

PRZE

b

RCMP: Project Yard Moose

b

Big Sky Bounty Hunters

b

SBMH

b

Union Thugs

b

Sesame Street Sweepers

b

Seychellian

b

Shoggoth Slayers

b

Slide

b

STARS of Texas

b

 

Southern Vermont Stump Jumpers

 

b

Tead Dread

b

Team Unifour

b

Team Apex

b

Team Kansas

b

Tueurs de Monstre

b

Van Helsing Institute - Amsterdam

b

My DragonCon Schedule

Event Location / Guest Hotel The event is spread across 5 hotels

The Marriott Marquis 404-521-0000
265 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hyatt Regency Hotel 404-577-1234
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hilton Atlanta – Downtown 404-659-2000
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel 404-659-6500
165 Courtland Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel 404-659-1400
210 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Walk of Fame and Comic and Pop Artist Alley Hours Walk of Fame and Comic and Pop Artist Alley
Friday 1pm – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm
Monday 10am – 5pm
Panel Info Title: Spotlight: Darkside Detectives
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description:Occult detective fiction for a new millennium.Title: Fightin’ and Writing’
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description:Need an expert at sword fighting, martial arts, cutting edge munitions? You need to be here. These experts can help you develop your fight scenes.Title: Hunting Monsters for Fun and Profit
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Centennial II – III – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: A roundtable discussion by some of dark and urban fantasy’s biggest names.

EDIT: UPDATE, I will also be doing a book signing at the Missing Volumes booth at 2:00 on Saturday.  (thanks Glennis)

Title: 101 Fascinating/Gruesome Ways to Kill a Character
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: What’s the most fascinating way to kill a character? The most gruesome? Can you do both? Learn from the pros what makes it work.

Title: Reading: Larry Correia
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1)

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

WorldCon Report

WorldCon bounces all over the place. Last year it was held in exotic Melbourne, Australia, in the land of wombats and the Crocodile Hunter. Of course, the year that I got nominated for a prestigious award, it was held in Reno, Nevada.  Reno is a place that I drive through to go to other places. There are no wombats or other marsupials in Reno, but since this year I was one of the five worldwide finalists for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer, I went to Reno.

In all seriousness, I was planning on going to WorldCon way before I got nominated for anything. Reno is only about an eight hour drive from where I live, and it is always nice to go to a big con without having to fly. As a large man, I hate trying to fit into tiny airplane seats. I’m flying to DragonCon next month, but on the flight out I’m sitting next to Howard Tayler (who is conveniently travel sized) so I’ll just smoosh over into his chair for all that extra room. Sweet!

My trip was all planned. Once a month I participate in what my wife lovingly refers to as Writer Nerd Game Night, where we play Letters and Numbers. (because she was one of the cool kids growing up, it is too difficult for her to remember nerdy abbreviations like L5R, which is short for Legend of the 5 Rings). My game group consists of 4 published novelists, 2 professional book reviewers, and a video game designer, so it is a pretty literate bunch. Many of us had already decided to ride down together in Dan Well’s party van, so we could play during the trip. So this was to be Writer Nerd Game Night: World Tour.

Dan Wells was also one of my competitors for the Campbell award, because of the awesomeness of his I Am Not a Serial Killer series. I’m sure it is purely coincidental that the guy that writes serial killer novels drives a van. However, I can’t explain why Dan has such an extensive shovel and trash bag collection.

I was rooming at the Marriot with Analog writer, Brad Torgersen, who flew in. According to the internet, our hotel was supposed to be less than a mile from the convention center… Perhaps the internet assumed I had a jet pack, because, no. It was a bit more on foot. And it was hot. And I was going to have to wear a suit, tie, and dress shoes for part of it, so I had Dan drop me off at the airport so I could rent a car. (which due to only getting 3 hours of sleep, I forget to put gas in on turn-in day, so I had to pay my Stupid Tax at $8 a gallon).

The Con itself was pretty interesting. This was my first WorldCon. There was a ton of fan stuff on the many panels, but not a real strong writing track. Sure, there were plenty of panels about writing, but it seemed like most of that time was spent on defining terms and genre “rules” as opposed to anything useful to the aspiring writers in the audience, like business or creative advice. There was a very distinct divide between what I’ll call the academic writers and the commercial writers. (yeah, you get one guess where I fall in that continuum). I participated in a few panels and observed a bunch of others, but that topic needs its own blog post.

I did a reading to a pretty full room, which was extra nice considering that it was at 10:00am on the second day and I was directly across the hallway from where Lois McMaster Bujold was reading at the same time. I even went in and told everyone that Lois was across the way, and I wouldn’t be offended if half the room suddenly got up and left, (hell, I’d much rather listen to Lois than me!) but nobody did, and we had fun. I did a kaffeklatsch, which I didn’t even know what that word meant, but basically was a bunch of fans of mine signing up to sit at a table with me while I drank soda and pontificated about stuff.

The Baen author’s dinner was excellent and my lovely publisher, Toni Weisskopf, fed her writers much steak, scallops, and the king of all key lime-gelato-coconut-balls. I was able to visit with Sarah and Dan Hoyt, Chuck Gannon, Robert Beutner, master artist Bob Eggleton and his awesome wife Marianne, Eric Flint, Lois Bujold, and crud, I know I’m probably forgetting somebody. As usual, the Baen authors were great company.

WorldCon has lots of parties. I’m not a party guy. First off, I don’t drink alcohol. Second off, I’ve got low level hearing damage. Third, at anything over 70 degrees I start to sweat. So standing in a hotel room packed with the bodies of drunken aspiring writers who are trying to suck up to drunken editors, while I’m sweating profusely and all I can hear is a terrible buzzing noise and saying “What? What? Huh?” over and over again is simply a terrific time. The exception to this was the Baen party, but I’ll get to that.

The Night Shade party was good though, because warrior-poet Pat Tracy was there performing feats of strength. Like bending gigantic cold-rolled carpentry nails in half with his bare hands or ripping phone books apart. I’m a pretty strong guy, but all I succeeded in doing with the big nails was slightly unstraightening one a bit, but then I managed to bend one of his practice nails, which made me look all sorts of tough to the other writers there (Is there anything Larry Correia can’t do?!?) until I showed them that it was one of the smaller ones. When I need Owen Pitt to do something requiring a great deal of physical strength, my litmus test is to ask myself if it is something Pat could do.

Saladin Ahmed was one of the other finalists for the Campbell Award. I had friended him on FaceBook, and we had joked around a bit about the nominees trying to assassinate each other beforehand… (Lauren Beukes had already threatened me with ninjas) So it was pretty ironic when my group was leaving the Tor party on Friday night, and the elevator door opened and I recognized the lone passenger as Saladin. I stepped in, said “Saladin? I’m Larry Correia.” Then I shook his hand. (It helps that I’m about a foot taller than he is). Then Dan Wells gets in the elevator. “And I’m Dan Wells.” Then three other tough guys that are obviously with us get into the elevator as well (Skinny, Scruffy, and 6’8” Dave)  and then the door closes ominously behind us with perfect timing. I pointed out that this was just like Facebook. Then Dan invited him to come play board games with us… in the desert… where there are no security cameras…

But it turned out that Saladin is a super nice guy, which kind of sucked, because all of the nominees were like that. It would have been so much easier if they had all been big mean jerks because then I could have just hated them, but they had to go and be all friendly and stuff. Photo taken from Lou Anders’ FB page.

I am the entire back row

Notice anything?

I'm just sayin' is all...

Saturday was nuts. After a relatively early start, (and the best omelet I’ve ever had, which we have christened the Nick) I was on three consecutive panels and then it was off to the Hugo party, then the Hugo ceremony, and then the (spoiler alert!) Hugo Loser’s party, and then the Baen party. When all was said and done, I was up until 4:00 AM Sunday morning.

The Hugo ceremony is actually sort of formal. Keep in mind that to a lot of sci-fi authors, formal dress means wearing a t-shirt that has a pocket on it. I wore my best black suit, and despite the fact that I think I clean up well in a suit, most people think I either look like an undertaker, high end security, or that I’m Agent Franks come to murder witnesses.

The ceremony took FOREVER… The presenters were Ken Scholes and Jay Lake. I don’t know Jay, but I really like Ken. Yes, there were funny bits, but Oh My Gosh, it got so very hot in that front section. There was zero airflow, and it just kept getting stuffier and hotter. There was 2,500 people in the room and all of the hot, moist, hotness of them all floated down in a gigantic muggy death sauna cloud onto all of us poor people trapped in hot jackets and neck strangling ties of hotness. Did I mention that it was hot? We just wanted it to end.

Howard and Sandra Tayler were behind me and I found out later that Sandra had passed out. By the time I had sweated completely through my shirt and through my suit coat, I didn’t really give a damn who won. Give the Hugo for best novel to the guy up there getting his award for best fanzine and let’s get the hell out of here.  

But anyway, Lev Grossman won the Campbell. Looking at the results afterward, I got my ass handed to me. It wasn’t really a surprise, since I knew going in that my odds of winning were really low. (I’m not exactly the sort of writer most of the WorldCon voters root for, but more on that in the next blog post). Just getting nominated to begin with was a huge surprise. But anyways, congrats to Lev.

This is the man that totally kicked my ass

I took this picture of Lev right after the ceremony. Yes. There is a Campbell tiara… No… I don’t get why either. Though I am going to vote for Brad Torgersen to win next year, just so that when he accepts the award he can say thanks, but then say that he is a Warrant Officer in the United States Army, and Warrant Officers don’t wear tiaras.  

It was a bad night for all of my Utah friends too. There were more Utahns nominated this year than ever before, but we got our clocks cleaned across the board. Dan lost in the Campbell with me and also for Writing Excuses, along with Brandon and Jordo Sanderson, and Howard Tayler, who also lost his nomination for best graphic work. Eric James Stone also got beat in novellas, for his story that had just won the Nebula. So despite the plethora of Utahns in the mix, we didn’t take any awards home. (except for our super gigantic royalty checks because we are all popular and successful but that is a totally different sort of award!)

After going over the stats at the Loser’s Party (did I mention that I got my ass handed to me? Yeah? Well, to reiterate, I REALLY got my ass handed to me) I went over to the Baen party. I gave Howard a ride back to his hotel, and since Howard was in a very spiffy tux, and carries himself in the a manner that suggests he is the master of all he surveys, and I was the giant in a black suit cutting a path ahead of him through the casino, he probably looked like a VIP. I’m surprised management didn’t come out and comp us some free drinks and some strippers. (I really need to wear my radio earpiece next time I dress up). Just kidding on the strippers. (in case the lovely Mrs. Correia is reading this)

At the Baen party, Toni surprised me with a gigantic birthday cake. (yes, Saturday was my birthday). And then all of the BarFlys sang Happy Birthday for me. It was pretty awesome.

Because my publisher loves me, I get cake.

Let me just say that I love my publishing house. Nobody in the business has more loyal fans, and no publisher is more loyal to their fans than Baen. Loyalty works both ways, and I wouldn’t trade them for anybody.

Lois told me not to worry about losing the Campbell. She lost the year she was nominated, and she’s doing just fine. (fine is a bit of an understatement when you are the person that writes Miles Vorksogian!) Lois is way cool. 

I’m no longer eligible for the Campbell. (since I have officially moved from New Writer to Medium Writer this year) I did ask everyone present to remember to nominate for the Hugos next year, and to check out Hard Magic, because it really is still the best thing I’ve ever written, and it is eligible best novel for next year. (though despite the exhaustive research, much darker tone, and even the fact I wrote poetry for the damn thing, I’ll still be dismissed by the literati as that pulp-monster-explosions guy) Then I had a great time hanging out with the Baen folks, and drank about 8 Cokes, which was another reason I managed to stay awake until 4:00.

Well, that and my roommate was very excited. Brad Torgersen had the best WorldCon EVAR! Not that I can say what all happened to him, but his star is certainly on the rise. It must be pretty cool to have David Brin single you out in an auditorium and introduce you as the FUTURE OF SCIENCE FICTION, and how that in a few years you will bury everyone. So, for 2012, I’m nominating Brad for the Campbell, not just because he is a kick ass new writer, but mostly for the Warrant Officer thing about not wearing tiaras.

Next morning it was another Nick the Super Omelet, paid my $8 a gallon Stupid Tax, and then went back to Utah in the Serial Killer Party Van. This post had to wait until today, because I was absolutely incoherent most of yesterday.

Next year, WorldCon is in Chicago. No plans to go to that one yet, but I’ve heard that the year after that might be in San Antonio, and if that is the case, I am so totally there. San Antonio is one of my favorite places, and any excuse to visit Texas is a good excuse.

BOOK BOMB! Night of Blacker Darkness.

 

Night of Blacker Darkness

http://www.amazon.com/Night-Blacker-Darkness-ebook/dp/B005ETBBJ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313510746&sr=8-1

I’ve reviewed Dan Well’s books before. You may know him from his Serial Killer series, or because he’s one of the other 5 finalists for the Campbell Award. (and we will find out who wins on Saturday).  Dan is a great writer, but this was one book that he couldn’t sell. This was a book so strange, so odd, that his regular publisher wouldn’t touch it. (and once you read it, you will have enjoyed it, but you will also understand why a publisher won’t buy this). This book is simply unmarketable in a traditional publishing sense. It is just too absurd, too silly, too odd, but it is also really funny.

Basically, Night of Blacker Darkness is Dan Well’s Tom Stranger.

So Dan has decided to self publish an eBook. This is a bit of an experiment. Can a successful writer of actual serious type books self publish a really weird little eBook, and still manage to make absurd sums of money? For my own personal reasons, I hope that answer is yes, because I too want to make absurd sums of money in the future on some of my weird little ideas. (paying books come first, obviously)

So I want to book bomb him.

If you are interested in this book, I would encourage you to purchase it on Wednesday, August 17th, so that we can see how high we can push the stats on Amazon.  Normally on one of my Book Bombs, throughout the day I would post edits to show how high we had gotten the stats. However, on that day, I will be driving across Nevada in a van full of writers (including Dan), playing L5R, on our way to WorldCon, where hopefully I will beat him and win the Campbell award myself, but he won’t be sad about it on the drive home, because Night of Blacker Darkness will be #1 and raking in bazillions of dollars. See? Everybody wins.

Now, about the actual book:

Night of Blacker Darkness is a farcical vampire novel, set in Victorian times. When a man fakes his death to escape from prison, and is then seen crawling out of a coffin, it is assumed that he is a vampire. And since he is immune to things like crosses, garlic, and sunlight, then obviously he must be the greatest and most powerful master vampire of all time.

Dan’s humor is based on wordplay, and it can get really silly. This book probably isn’t for everyone, but I laughed out loud repeatedly, and by far my favorite character was Mary Shelley, who I think got the best lines.

NoBD reads like a British comedy. If you find BBC comedies funny, you will like this book. I read it over two nights and enjoyed it, and then my 11 year old daughter/administrative assistant read it next. She didn’t get some of the historical references (Wait… John Keats was a real person?) but she loved it too.

The Campbells Award

Today, my coworkers gave me my own personal Campbells Award, in honor of this Saturday’s real Campbell Award.

anybody want soup?

Yard Moose is watching…

There is a room... With a moose...

The Yard Moose are growing more brazen in their tactics. Their scouts peer in my windows, but try as they might, they shall not learn the secrets of CorrieaTech…

This big fellow has been hanging around on the hill behind my house. I’ve only seen his girlfriend once, but I know there are at least a few moose in the neighborhood. There is an elk herd too, but they are a bit further west of us, and they usually don’t come into my area until winter.

Spellbound eARC now available

http://www.webscription.net/p-1489-spellbound-book-ii-of-the-grimnoir-chronicles-arc.aspx

The eARC for the second Grimnoir novel, Spellbound is available now to download from Baen.

And while you are over there, don’t forget to check out my upcoming thriller, Dead Six.

http://www.webscription.net/p-1484-dead-six-arc.aspx

 

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