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Updates on various projects and things

It has been really busy around here. Here are some quick updates.

First off, the epic fantasy novel is back from the Reader Force Alpha. They were extremely helpful as usual. I’ve been doing edits on that and will be sending it off to Baen by the end of this week. It is pretty awesome.

But today I’ve got to go be interviewed for a documentary about Bigfoot… Yes, I lead an interesting life. No. Despite the 56 inch chest and size 15 feet, I’m not related to Bigfoot. Because I write monster books I’m the guy to talk about the influences of cryptids on pop culture, which if you think about it, is sort of what I do for a living.

I’ve got to hit the post office on the way to send some thank you packages. One of them is for this.

Don Williams is a fan who reads this blog and has seen my many pictures of painted Warmachine minis. He had an army gathering dust, so he sent it to me. Yes, on the side I run Correia’s Home For Orphaned Miniatures and Teddy Bear Hospital.

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So thank you, Don. They will get a nice paint job and a loving home.

But first, I’ve got to go vote. My one disappointment this election is that I don’t live in Mia Love’s district, so I can’t help make it so that Utah has zero democrats in our congressional delegation.

Other than that, slow week. Only one death threat on Facebook yesterday, but for some reason I doubt I’m going to get invited to go on Colbert to field some softball questions.

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Austin
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You really ought to do a monthly thing where you share the best death threats you’ve gotten recently.

LZisICE
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Aw man, if Bigfoot makes an appearance in the next Monster Hunter that would be awesome. Maybe there can be a scene where he punches Melvin in the face for eating all of his reserve stolen snacky-cakes. Bigfoots gotta eat too.

Shawna
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Bigfoot could join MHI so Owen’s no longer the biggest, ugliest guy on the team.

Pugmak
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Ohhh!

A Bigfoot that wears a cloak made out of werewolf hide when it gets cold outside!

tuco
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Pretty sure Lococco is the ugliest MHI team member.

Shawna
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Ah yes, good point, tuco.

jabrwok
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Speaking of Owen, but for the actor’s age, I think this would be the guy to play him in the movie: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=dave+bautista&FORM=HDRSC2

Don Williams
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I hope the shirt fits too by the way. I’ve been waiting to see this post for a few weeks now. It’s going to be great watching what you do with them.

Don Williams
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I’m happy to see you finally putting this up. I also hope the shirt fits too. That part was kind of spur of the moment. Definitely good to see them going to a good home that will turn them into something better than I could. If you ever find yourself in town again, I’ve got a ribeye steak the size of one of my clown shoes for you if you want it.

Fred2
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Big foot would have to be on Special Task Force Unicorn, because it makes sense that some thing that doesn’t exist would be a member of an organization that does not exist. I can see the line when Owen or someone meets it. “Wait, is that wookie?” “No, you idiot, it’s a bigfoot” “Wow, do they have a unicorn too?” “Where did lose you sense of wonder and amazement, I just told you that’s a honest of Jesus bigfoot!” “Dude, my helo pilot is a Orc, our best tracker is a an Elf who lives in a trailer park, I… Read more »
JohninMd.(Help!??!?)
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Wow. A successful conservative writer receiving death threats? Whodathunkit? Hope you’ve reported those Scarry ones to the proper folks, you don’t strike me as a bloke who scares easy. Love your work, dude, but my book budget ain’t big enough….dammit.

Old NFO
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LOL, that’s going to be an interesting interview… Looking forward to the link to that! πŸ™‚

60guilders
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By the way, it appears that Utah’s congressional reps are all Republicans now.

talldave2
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Looks like war on women is over, and Democrats lost. #quagmire

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Judging by the large number of female Republicans elected, well see a *real* war on women very soon.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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You mean ‘again’? or ‘escalation of the ongoing war against female Republicans and non-Liberals’?

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Escalation. I suppose the war never really ends, does it?

Jordan S. Bassior
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Yeah, but as Republicans they won’t be “real” women. Women, unlike men, don’t get to choose their party affiliation. According to Democrats, that is.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Clamps, is that you?

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Yup. It’s Clamps/Yama/Alaudra/Freddie Foreshadowing/Daphnis all right.

Patrick Richardson
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Choakely, and trolling little turds should only poke their heads out from under their grandma’s basement toilets on every third Thursday.

60guilders
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“One of our own” who Mrs. Hoyt, and the other denizens of her comment section, slapped down immediately, you incompetent would-be troll. The first billy goat gruff would have been more than enough for you.

T.L. Knighton
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Cramps here likes to pretend that he understands the reality.

Had people at According To Hoyt simply let the comment go, he would have called it agreement because no one slapped it down.

Since people did slap it down, he’s going to claim that they only did it because they made them look bad.

I mean, there’s absolutely no way people could have actually thought it was a terrible suggestion. That’s just crazy talk. [/eye roll]

60guilders
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Just for the sake of anyone who happens to show up, here’s the comment being referenced.
http://accordingtohoyt.com/2014/11/04/voting/#comment-215730
Please take note of the nature of the replies, ladies and gentlemen.

60guilders
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No accusations of trolling or being a provocateur, just well-reasoned attacks on the premises behind his statement.

Patrick Chester
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..aaaaah, I see the source of Cramps’ hissy-fit:

These ideas would reduce his faction’s ability to ballot stuff quite a bit.

So the little parrot squawks with the must genuine imitation outrage his masters demand.

Dave W.
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Mia Love wins! I can’t wait to see the aneurysms start flying at PMSNBC!

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Alas, I don’t get MSNBC here in Canada. I had to content myself with all the sad faces on CNN.

Dave O.
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Speaking of updates, how about Project Blue? Or Monster Hunter Guardian?

zaklog
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Didn’t see it, but I heard that Sarkeesian flubbed when asked to name 3 misogynistic games. The hilarious thing is that I A) am only peripherally a gamer and B) don’t subscribe to her theory at all, but I can easily name 3 that probably qualify by her (moronic) standards: Grand Theft Auto (any of them), Super Mario Bros. (most of the series), and Half Life 2 Episode 2. #NameThreeGames

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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*blink* I gotta ask, how did the last two on your list ‘probably qualify’? Princess Toadstool was a near gamebreaking character with her ability to ‘float’ (the ‘rationale’ was her skirts acted like a parachute, but the result was she was the ‘slowest’ of the four to run, because hoop skirts aren’t really something you CAN run in very easily.)

Haven’t played Half Life (*sigh.* no time…) but I’m curious. Not saying you think the games really are misogynistic, but why do you think they’d probably qualify under the moronic standards of the screeching judgemental whiners?

junior
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Haven’t played Half Life Episode 2 (played about half of Half Life 2, but never bothered to finish it), but I suspect that the female lead probably ends up spending the game as a Damsel in Distress. I suspect that Super Mario Brothers probably gets mentioned for a similar reason (“I’m sorry, Mario. But our princess is in another castle!”). Not the choices I’d go with by any means, but I can see a possible rationale.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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@Junior: *eyeroll* As if in real life there are never any damsels in distress. Or any kind of female in distress. And given how easily SJW females seem to be reduced to vapors – mere wolf whistles provoke SUCH distress and outrage – I’m not sure what they consider ‘strong’ women.

junior
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Strong women? Easy – Lara Croft in a burka.

πŸ˜›

Except when she’s involved in a Slut Walk, of course.

zaklog
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Super Mario because you’re quite frequently rescuing the damsel in distress. HL2 E2 because, again, a woman gets badly injured and is depending on you to save her life. I suspect GTA could legitimately be called misogynistic. The question is is it genuinely toxic or merely unpleasant. Honestly, in terms of harming women, feminist messages promoting promiscuity is far more damaging than any unkind portrayal in video games ever would be.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Honestly, in terms of harming women, feminist messages promoting promiscuity is far more damaging than any unkind portrayal in video games ever would be.

Agree.

60guilders
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So could I: Grand Theft Auto (series), God of War (series), and Heavy Rain. Note: the first two, I think, might objectively be so; Heavy Rain is only so if your name is Anita Sarkeesian.

junior
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GTA would definitely draw fire. It’s notorious for things like being able to get a streetwalker in the back seat of your car, run her over, and then loot the money you paid her.

Ironically, the first (and afaik only) bit of full frontal nudity in that series involved a male character…

πŸ˜›

I thought one of the protagonists in Heavy Rain was a female? Or am I thinking of a different game?

60guilders
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You’re right, one of the protagonists in Heavy Rain is female. However, she ends up getting some information via pretending to be a stripper and giving a crime boss a lap dance.
Also, there is only one female protagonist, and three males ones. Therefore, to someone like Anita Sarkeesian, misogynist.

Av willis
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As far as bringing in sasquatch, wasn’t there a herd of them hanging around the wendigo? Just kill him off and have them leave Natchee Bottom on a rampage of vengance.

ripshin
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Good call Larry (re: Mia Love)…heck, I’m not even from Utah and I wish I could’ve voted for her. Although, I did get to help put a Senate race that was completely off the radar into contention. Looks like we’ll probably keep our D senator, but results aren’t final yet.

Garrett Martin
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Larry, whats up with the Boberg shirt and hat? I sell them, nice little guns, my daily carry is a Rohrbaugh though:P

Patrick Richardson
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Clamps is such a creepy little stalker. I mean really Andrew Marston of Marshfield, Mass., what exactly is your beef with a nice woman who’s never done you any actual harm? I mean we get that you’re crazy and have been routinely banned everywhere you go. We even get that you have your own wikipage you are so entirely creepy and devoid of actual humanity. But seriously? Don’t you think it’s time you grew up? The only people who aren’t laughing at you are the ones who want to kick your ass or think you should be in prison giving… Read more »
T.L. Knighton
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You know, it’s entirely possible to laugh at him while wanting to kick his ass and thinking he should be in prison giving Bubba some sweet, sweet lovin’.

He’s just a special guy in that way.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Also he makes numerous references to my art, Archer, spoiler alerts, outs himself as gay by trying to paint me as homophobic and a lot of his usual bitching… in reply to a post about a book I put out, Sparrowind.

… really though, should we be remotely listening to someone who clearly isn’t attracted to women on criticisms as to what constitutes feminine attractiveness?

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Ya know, I’m actually kind of surprised he hasn’t tried to flame the book on Amazon.

T.L. Knighton
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I suspect there’s a really good reason for that.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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I wonder what it might be. It’s a usual shrill judgemental wanker tactic, so…

Oh well. *shrug*

Jordan S. Bassior
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… and a really piss-poor understanding on how everything works. What things happened in Sparrowind that shouldn’t have happened that way? Mind you, I’ve actually read the story, and nothing amazingly improbable happened from what I could tell, given that three of the characters had the personalities that they did. But then, one wants to write about unusual and interesting people — I don’t think that Rory’s hypothetical book Bors the Boring Peasant, about a very boring person who lives in her story verse and never does much out of the ordinary but pick his nose, would have been as… Read more »
T.L. Knighton
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Well, for one, Rory didn’t spend half a page describing how someone dressed and no sentence used something like 23 commas.

In Cramps-land, that is quality writing.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Yes, well, one of my most recent commission works are pin up requests.

Clearly he keeps looking at my deviantart page and tracks what I do online… like a stalker.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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See what I mean about tracking what I do online like a stalker?

Dave W.
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I started out reading my email update thinking “Is this really Clamps again? He hasn’t mocked anyone’s writing.” Then by the time I got halfway down the list, he went after Tom’s writing and Shadowdancer’s art.

Yup, Marston again.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

Yeah, it’s even further highlighted by comparing ‘Chokely’s’ comment to his ‘anonymous’ comments on Jordan’s blog.

Oh and he’s insulting my writing by insulting a book I put out and he’s never read.

I’m totes okay with him making fun of my stuff. It’s not like his opinion on anything actually matters to anyone here.

Dave W.
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Yup, I’ve decided that he’s an anti-critic. If he hates something, it must be worth checking out. So far, I’m batting 1.000 with that hypothesis. I dig your art and Tom & Vox’s writing. I’m waiting for who he’s going to hate on next. :-p (I know reading that is really gonna get his goat, too)

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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*grin* Thanks, I’m glad you like my art. Hopefully you’ll like my writing.

Dave W.
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Sparrowind: The Dragon Who Lived As A knight? Is that the right one? Will definitely check it out. πŸ™‚

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Yes that’s the one. I wrote it with the intention of being something that could be read out loud. I’ve had good reviews about it on lulu and nook, but I hope you enjoy it!

T.L. Knighton
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Every time he complains about my writing, I get a bump in sales. Since I’ve got a new story out, I kind of appreciate it. πŸ™‚

Jordan S. Bassior
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Chokeley /Yama /Andrew, why are you so offended by tastefully-drawn nudes? Spoiler alert: even very virtuous women are sometimes naked. Either that or they smell really bad.

Patrick Chester
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Crampy Translated:

“Why are those inkblots full of dirty images?!”

Let’s see, most people would see an attractive young lady in Shadowdancer’s picture and Crampy sees a whore… Wow, what a silly little dweeb.

James May
Guest

OMG WHY DID YOU POST THAT LINK I LOOKED AT IT AND NOW I’M A STALKER Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!!!!!!

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Damnit, Fail Burton! I was drinking when I saw that comment and started laughing.

Jordan S. Bassior
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Kind of hard on poor Bubba to make him share a cell with Andrew, though. Don’t you have any sympathy for Bubba? πŸ˜‰

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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It’s also noticeable how Clamps has directly admitted that he is stalking Larry.

Jordan S. Bassior
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Midly curious, Larry … why did you call him a “pedophile rapist”? Has he done things even worse that those of which I am aware?

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Well, there is the fact that he’s apparently posted kiddie porn at a racist website. Which means Cramps has accessed kiddie porn.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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…Well, that explains his distaste for large breasts and ‘hypersexualized’ women, doesn’t it?

Patrick Richardson
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Well yes, but you know, I think he’s more interested in hypersexualized men personally.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Hmmm… we couldn’t figure out his utter fixation on the crotch of a male character I drew some months back. My guess was, he felt it was offensive because it was unrealistic, and really, other than his own, whose would he compare it to? If that was ‘unrealistic’, then it implied that he had small-sized equipment.

He had this very, very bizarre response that seems to back up your theory that he likes hypersexualized men more.

Well geez, there’s plenty of artists who draw hypersexualized men on deviantart! He could drool over their drawings – nobody’s stopping him!

Patrick Chester
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WordPress does some amusing things to comments when a certain cretin’s postings are deleted. πŸ˜€

Shawna
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This thread is really confusing if you’re reading it after all the Clamps has been removed.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

No kidding!

T.L. Knighton
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Unless your work is supposed to look like a street walking troll…

James May
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People who claim I use feral criminal rapists as if they were hunting dogs in order to sew fear into the hearts of women and soften them up so I can more easily break them to my will are being given PhDs at respected universities and moving government policy to deny due legal process to men on that basis. Inspired by such academics, women in SF who claim I metaphorically punch them in the face at random in a sudden beserker rage due to male heterosexual whiteness and keep files for the FBI because I want to drag them behind… Read more »
junior
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Hypersexualized females, period, in that game. πŸ˜› Though the Dark Elves were by far the worst of the lot. I had to laugh when NCSoft censored the underwear in the North American release of the game. I’m not sure why they did it, but they swapped out the “naked” underwear skins on the models (note that the vast majority of other MMORPGs display underwear on “naked” models) for the starter armor skins. And the end result was that the Dark Elf females looked even more risquΓ©. πŸ˜› (they went from a standard bra and panties to a collection of strategically… Read more »
T.L. Knighton
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Larry, I think you’ve got a case of the Clamps again.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Writes like a Clamps, acts like a Clamps . . .

Patrick Richardson
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What’s your beef with dark elves anyway Chumlee?

T.L. Knighton
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Archer references?

REALLY not helping dissuade me from thinking we have Clamps here.

Jordan S. Bassior
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Chokley Carmichael, aka Andrew Marston of Marshfield MA, in case you want to know who to report to the Massachusetts state police or FBI if you follow his links and get a virus or worm from clicking on his embedded codes, or he starts harassing you with attempts to hack your computers from his absurdly large collection of computers dedicated to such tasks, said: 1. They’re a generic fantasyland cliche. They can be done as such, yes. Or they can be done imaginatively. Depends on the skill and intent of the writers or artists. Like most popular concepts, they can… Read more »
Patrick Richardson
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Yeah, because it couldn’t be that we were actually offended by that sort of idiot could it?

Oh wait, you’re psychic now in addition to your other sterling qualities, and know what people think.

Next you’ll be telling us what a lousy writer Larry is, and how great your stuff is, if only people understood the joys of sunlight glistening through frozen feces or something.

T.L. Knighton
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Spoiler warning: If you’re going to do all the same stuff you always do, we’re going to know you’re back despite being banned a few times already.

Seriously…it’s not like I haven’t seen the “spoiler warning” thing form you a thousand times at this point.

Next you’re going to tell us how much better your shitty writing is than Larry’s or even mine.

T.L. Knighton
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Cramps, don’t change the subject. You’re posting like you usually do, despite trying to hide your identity. Translation: You suck at trolling, so go away until you can learn how to at least be entertaining.

Patrick Richardson
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*sigh* No, actually I am offended by those beliefs with the exception of one. NO ONE who is married should run for office without the permission of their spouse, since that sort of affects them too.

But then, I dunno why I’m letting a idiot troll draw me into having to defend myself.

T.L. Knighton
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Remember, Cramps knows our minds better than us.

T.L. Knighton
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Cramps, no one except you gives two shits if I watch Archer or not (for the record, no, not particularly. I don’t watch much TV in general). What we do care about is that you’re a pathetic troll who tries to hide his identity but sucks so bad at his chosen craft (one of several we know you suck at) that you can’t hide your identity.

You’re not even bright enough to try and deny it.

jabrwok
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And that’s the giveaway even I recognize. Chlamydia rides again!

Patrick Richardson
Guest

So Chlamydia? Just curious, what’s your beef with sex? I mean I get that you’re a little confused about your own sexuality, but still, I rather like sex, my wife rather likes it. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s good exercise.

T.L. Knighton
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Your “portraits” are barely recognizable as containing human subjects. Of course they’re not “hypersexualized”…unless you get off looking a freak shows.

Of course, with you, anything is possible.

Patrick Richardson
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Hey Andrew Marston of Marshfield, Mass., “interacting with women” does not mean “stalking them to the point they take out a restraining order.”

Patrick Richardson
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Yeah, nice try. Been married for 15 years to the same lovely woman, who warms my bed every night. But son, I’ve forgotten more about the female of the species than you know.

T.L. Knighton
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But son, I’ve forgotten more about the female of the species than you know.

In all fairness, the bar isn’t that high. I mean, anyone who understand it’s not cool to stalk a woman knows more than dipshit here.

T.L. Knighton
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One’s you’ve done. It’s not like a bookmarked them or anything, but since you’ve been told before that they’re deformed, you know what I’m talking about anyways.

Patrick Richardson
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I don’t believe that Clamps. Not that you’re attracted to women, although I really don’t care one way or the other. I don’t believe you actually have friends.

Jordan S. Bassior
Guest

I bet Mrs. Correia would be very shocked by that discovery! :O

junior
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I was going to reply to his anti-L2 Dark Elf comments, but changed my mind. No compunctions against replying to someone else’s replies, though. πŸ˜› “1. They’re a generic fantasyland cliche. They can be done as such, yes. Or they can be done imaginatively. Depends on the skill and intent of the writers or artists. Like most popular concepts, they can be fun, stupid or both.” He singles out dark elves, which only appear in some fantasy works, and aren’t always dark skinned (two examples of pale-skinned dark elves are found in Warhammer Fantasy, and in the Riftwar Saga), and… Read more »
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