It has been a busy winter.
The second Tom Stranger, A Murder of Manatees came out on Audible, once again narrated by Adam Baldwin. It has been doing fantastic, and the reviews are great. If you’ve not listened to these yet, you really should, because they are funny.
On the 1st I finished the rough draft of House of Assassins (the series is called Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, this is #2 sequel to Son of the Black Sword) and sent that off to Reader Force Alpha.
I think it came out awesome. I love this series. Ashok is one of my favorite characters.
When I finish a rough draft, I usually step away from it for a month. Then I go back, read the comments from my alpha readers, and hit the manuscript again with fresh eyes. I’ve found that by taking that break, my edits are a lot smoother (if you are too close to a manuscript it is easy to miss thing). Once I edit it again, I’ll send it off to Baen, and that’s novel #19 in the bag.
Up next, I’ll be working on Monster Hunter Guardian. This one is another collaboration, this time with awesome author Sarah Hoyt, only unlike the Ringo novels which are a separate story, MHG takes place in the regular timeline (it actually overlaps with the events in Monster Hunter Siege) from the PoV of Julie Shackleford. I’ll be going over what Sarah has already done, filling stuff in, and then kicking it back to her.
Also over the next couple of months, I’ll be doing a story, and serving as one of the editors for a new anthology from Baen. I don’t think I can announce it yet, because I don’t think we’ve gotten contracts from all the authors yet. But it is going to be awesome. We’ve got some huge names and a really fun subject.
After I get done with Guardian, the plan is to go right back into the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, with the 3rd book, Destroyer of Worlds.
I’ve also got two collaborations (other than MHG) proceeding in 2018. One is the Trench Fantasy with Steve Diamond, the other is the Space Opera with John D. Brown. They’re both excellent writers, and I’m super pumped. Both of these will be coming out from Baen.
Next solo work in the queue, after Destroyer of Worlds… this will depend because I’m not a muse writer, I’m a talk with my publisher, and figure out what makes the most logistical and financial sense writer. But I’d like to start the 2nd Grimnoir trilogy. Though it may be the next solo Owen MHI novel. I’ll have to see.
Not to mention I’ve still got some stand alones that I need to work in there.
There is going to be a second Monster Hunter Files anthology, this time made of five novellas. But some of those authors are super busy, so I’m letting them catch up with life before I bug them. I’m not exactly lacking for stuff to keep me busy in the meantime.
It’s kind of crazy. The other day the Facebook Memory thing brought up a post of mine from 8 years ago. It was about how my second novel, Monster Hunter Vendetta, had just gotten listed on Amazon, and would be coming out in six months… So it was only eight years ago that I was talking about my 2nd, and up above I’m talking about sending off #19, and working on #20. It sure has been busy.
EDIT: forgot, Monster Hunter Memoirs, Saints, by me and John Ringo, will be out July 3rd.
I will be at LTUE in Provo in a couple weeks. I’m on a whole bunch of panels. If you are a writer, I heartily recommend this event. It’s not really a con, and there’s not a bunch of fandom stuff. It’s all just writing for writers.
This year I’m going to be at LibertyCon, Origins, GenCon (but just as vendor/gamer/regular dude rather than a guest) Salt Lake ComicCon (or whatever it’s called now after San Diego’s petty bitchfest lawsuit) and I’m probably forgetting some other ones.
I’m drastically trying to cut down the number of conventions I attend. For the last few years the number of cons and business trips has been in the teens, and between that about 2-3 weeks of book tour, like 15-20% of my year was sleeping in hotel beds. Screw that noise. I’m getting old.
The MHI Savage Worlds Roleplaying Game is moving along. I’ve been approving artwork (it is awesome) and I was just sent the draft of the text from Steve Long to review. I believe everything is still on schedule.
I know you guys all want me to publish Gritty Cop Show. I’m amenable to the idea, but we’re still play testing it.
I’ve got another game related project for 2019 that is in the early planning stages right now. It is going to be really fun. We’re going over contracts now, but I should be able to announce something in a couple months.
The Grimnoir special limited edition leather bounds are coming along. I just need to provide an intro and interview for Spellbound and Warbound. They’ve been waiting for me. So that delay is my fault, don’t get grumpy at Vault.
The MHI logo bullets are still available, and Jack has added some new swag to the store. (the link to that is under the Buy Stuff tab above)
Many of you know I’ve been a regular on the last two seasons of Joe Mantegna’s Gun Stories on the Outdoor Channel. Well, it has the same producer as Shooting Gallery, so there is going to be an entire episode coming up where it is me shooting the thousand yard class at Blue Steel Ranch. I don’t know the air date yet, but it’ll be in the next few months.
And finally, I got some exciting news on the TV show front, but I can’t really talk about it much. Hollywood is weird. Like I’ll sell options, and then go years without hearing anything, and then all of a sudden I’ll hear something really awesome. And then I go back to waiting. In this case, a really super big name, A list, person has signed onto the project. So fingers crossed. I don’t fret about it, and I don’t chase Hollywood. If it happens, it happens. It’s out of my control. In the meantime I’m just going to keep writing books and cashing their option checks.
Yard Moose Mountain:
2017 was the Year of Getting Permits. Like seriously, that was our hobby. Knowing what they do now, land developers earn their money. Winter was actually really mild here, so it is looking like we will be able to get an early start on excavation and road work.
Our well struck water, 285 feet, 20 gallons a minute. Which considering how high up we are over the valley floor, that’s like winning the friggin’ lottery. If you need a well dug in this area, contact Oliver Drilling. He is amazing to work with.
We put in a dirt road last year. Snow and run off mud showed us all the weak spots. We’re going to be changing a few things before we can bring in trucks and equipment for digging the basement. Once that’s done, we’ll gravel the trouble spots enough to get started (the drill rig ended up going down part of the hill sideways after a rainstorm). If you think that sounds like a lot of work, keep in mind this thing ain’t a normal driveway. It’s half a mile, up hill. By the time we’re done this thing is going to need something like a thousand tons of gravel.
I don’t want to say too much specific about the house itself, but it’s going to be one hell of a big project. So we’re going to be working on this for a long time.