Sorry for the lack of blogging, but it has been a really busy the last few weeks. I’ll keep these short:
Working on the new place.
That’s going to be the view off the back porch. That’s one tiny part of the view. Every direction is like that. The spot we’re going to build the house on is a ridge about four hundred feet above most of the property. I will install a zip line from my gun tower to the mail box. 🙂
Had excavators come out. You know you’ve taken on a significant project when you have to build your drive way in phases.
In writing news, I got the edits done for Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge out the door.
This morning I turned in a short story for Mike Williamson’s Freehold anthology. I got to get my samurai drama on again. Full on grumpy Toshiro Mifune.
Today I’m working on a short story for an anthology that hasn’t been announced yet. It ties into a movie franchise that I’m a fan of, so I had to do it.
Then I’ve got one more short story I owe to Jonathan Maberry for his Joe Ledger Unstoppable anthology. I got demons.
After that, I can concentrate on the next MHI, Owen book, haven’t decided on the title yet.
In release news, up next for me is Into the Wild in April. As soon as there is an Amazon link I’ll post it.
Then Grunge comes out this summer.
In really cool top secret release news, I can’t tell you yet, but it is really nifty.
In appearance news, I’ll be at SLC FanX at the end of the month. You can find me at Kevin J. Anderson’s Wordfire Press booth, where I’ll be signing books.
I’m trying to throw together some Book Bombs for people. I’ve been too busy and didn’t have one last month. I don’t know if I will be able to have one for April, because I’ll be in Europe for a bunch of it. This month I’m going to be doing one for the 2112 Anthology, because Rush and sci-fi just go together, and I’ve got a bunch of friends who’ve written stories in it, and the Galactic Games anthology.
Travel news, this year I’m going to Europe and doing some signings and events there. I’ll have a post up with that schedule soon. I’ll be visiting England, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
In political news, I’ve been arguing with a lot of Trump fans. In short, I think he’s a huckster populist demagogue telling angry people whatever they want to hear. Then I’ve been arguing with Bernie fans, and mostly my take away there is that they don’t understand how math works. Yes. The current system sucks and you are right to be mad. But don’t be so mad that you elect someone worse.
I mean, come on, let’s target the women and children? That’s your winning strategy? War crimes?
My primary is on the 22nd, and for once my state’s primary looks like it will actually count. I’m voting for Cruz. Because if I was giving them report cards for how they align with my beliefs, he’d get a B. Rubio gets a C. Trump lied and said his huge magnificent dog, like you’ve never seen such a dog before, totally ate his report card but it was a really super great report card, like the best ever in the world, with scores that would blow your mind (it was a D-). Bernie scribbled over his F and assigned himself a score that isn’t actually a letter, and Hillary tried to sell her report card to the Russian mafia.
If you want a fun FB thread, I posted that Misses link
showing that by cost of living adjusted median income the little Euro socialist states the Bernbots love so much are poorer than most American states, and a bunch of hippy dippy feel good types showed up to feel smug they pay 75% in taxes but get “free” healthcare, and shout LIES without actually refuting anything (seriously, the methodology is all right there), my take aways were:
1. Bernie supporters don’t know what the word “median” means.
2. Bernie supporters don’t understand how accountants can place a value on health care, because apparently that is an unknowable mystery.
3. Once they can’t refute any of the stats, they suddenly are all about telling you “money can’t buy happiness”, which is funny, since a minute ago they were trying to take more of my money so they could be happier.
In business news, I put together my tax packet for my CPA. When I saw what my total withholding was for the year, I decided that the next hippy Sandernista who tells me rich folks don’t pay their “fair share” and I should be super happy to pay for their gender studies degree because they are “following their dreams” I’m going to punch them in the throat.
In nerd news, new Writer Nerd Game Night campaign starting up. And this time it is Steve’s problem. Yay. We’ve not played together since Zach passed away. Man, I still miss that guy. But we will eat snacks and say ridiculous things in his honor this weekend.
In tank related news, which is now a thing, I found a British Chieftain for sale. (plus, working cannon, original, not a demil, on a Form 4) The lovely Mrs. Correia said go for it. I have witnesses. She gave me permission. Like a literal tank. But that one sold (plus, apparently they have transmission problems and lack leg room 🙂 ). But now I’m thinking, tank, because what good is a mountain, if you don’t have your own main battle tank to drive around on it? This has now officially been added to my bucket list. #34. Own a Tank.
If I slap a snow plow on there, and I can even pretend it is practical. Because tank. How often do you see cars slid off the side of the road in winter? All the time. How often do you see tanks? Never. See?
Commuter lane? Hell. Whatever lane I’m in is the commuter lane, and that includes if I feel like driving into oncoming traffic.
I would just add that to my business cards.
Screw you. I have a tank.
Plus, think about it. You would win every argument after that for the rest of your life.
“Socialism works great in Denmark!”
“I have a tank.”
“You aren’t a *real* author!”
“But I have a tank.”
See? You can’t argue with a man who has a main battle tank in his yard. I don’t know if I win, so much as I wouldn’t care. Because tank.