February Update Post

It has been a busy winter.

Writing Stuff:

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.

Appearances:

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.

Other Stuff:

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.

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Brian Lee Gnad
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Somehow, I’ll be you’re putting in a awesome basement!

jabrwok
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jabrwok
Mike Nonas
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Mike Nonas

How similar will the basement be to the basement of Burt Gummer in Tremors?

TimInOhio
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TimInOhio

Origins in Columbus, OH? Will you be signing books? Have all your stuff in digital so I might have to buy some dead tree books if so. Building a house tidbits: My wife and I built a custom built house, we spent years researching things, here are some notes: 1) Lights: Go cheap, nobody cares and you won’t ever look at them. We did Menards (big box Home Depot/Lowe’s like place) 2) Lights in closets and plugs in closets: Comes in handy for charging stuff and being able to see stuff 3) Storm shelter door: (when you call it that… Read more »

Alex Jeffries
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So, looks like GenCon Writers Symposium will have no Correia, no Butcher, no Sanderson.

Glass half empty: Every panel I’ve gone to the past 2 years without one of those 3 has been a complete waste of time.

Glass half full: More time for gaming!

Douglas Park
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Douglas Park

Why did I read gun room/bunker where basement was written?

Aries
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Aries

Could I throw a vote in for the next book in the malcontents series? Truly underrated.

Charles Harris
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Yes, yes. They are some of my favorites.

SirShades
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SirShades

Spread the Word! The more people buy, the higher the priority becomes ; )

Brian Brodeur
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Brian Brodeur

This!

Andrew Phelps
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Andrew Phelps

Another vote for a another in the Malcontents series.

Joan Ebberts
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Please,please,please find a way to work on the next Grimnoir trilogy !!!

BigFire
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BigFire

When is Target Rich Environment (your collections of short stories) coming?

Old NFO
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Good news! See you next week.

RoadRunner
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RoadRunner

So you’re digging the basement before your ammo bunker? Are you sure you have your priorities straight? 🙂

htom
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htom

Ammo bunker under the basement(s)?

Coop
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When your compound is finally finished, will your kids be known as the Rooftop Correians?

David
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David

I thought his kids were called the North Correians. Knowing Larry, their nuclear ambitions might already be realized. Or will be when Yard Moose Mountain is complete.

PaulID
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PaulID

My wife and I will be at LTUE she is the writer I just go for support and to get suggestions on how to get stuff out of my head and onto paper .looking forward to meeting you if it happens.

Russell Kinzig
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Anyone know if the Leather Bound MHI books are stopping at “Alpha” or will the rest be reissued too?

Brian Brodeur
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Brian Brodeur

Id love to know this as well.

Kevin
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Kevin

It sounds very hard, managing all this construction on the limited income of a d-list author. 🙂

Robinson
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Robinson

Cool stuff, thanks for the updates!

Dunkin Doogan
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Dunkin Doogan

So when is the Franks book coming out you know Franks and Washington ole 1776 then franks in the 60s kicking ass and punching vampire teeth out and Roswell was just interdimensional demons that he kills or any thing with franks and franks should get a dog but a dog that turns into a giant 15 foot dog bear or a hellhound

Russell Kinzig
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That’s a great idea. I’d be all about a Frank’s book. There could also be a Headless Horseman story where Frank’s is the famous Hessian mercenary and Ichibod Crane is a necromancer.

Dennis
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Dennis

SIr,
Just a thought… I used to work in the concrete and rock business. Contact your local suppliers and inquire about the availability of any out of spec basecourse and gravel products. We used to have thousands of tons of material that was created for city or state roads that just barely missed the mark on hitting the specs for those projects, We sold it really cheep to homeowners to use on private roads and driveways and it worked out well for both parties.

Hunting Guy
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Hunting Guy

Are you planning the house along the lines of Jeff Coopers “fortified defense?” (Grin)

https://americanhandgunner.com/the-lions-lair/

TXRed
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TXRed

I have water-table envy. 🙂 We’re running between 400 feet and “Is that Cantonese or Mandarin?” with the occasional “Dang, you hit the Dead Sea” if the well clips the brine-heavy secondary aquifer.

Pete
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Pete

Good call getting a woman to help writing a woman. Men usually cant write women well and vice-versa. For instance, I recently read Revenger by A Reyonlds, it was a book about revenge from the point of view of a man with a vagina. But she was really tough when she wasn’t busy not being feminine at all, so I’m sure he felt very enlightened writing it.

Semiba
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Semiba

I have only one request: Don’t pull a Robert Jordan and die on us! Prophylactic medical appointments! Take care of yourself!

Else, what are we going to read?

Tjhewett
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Tjhewett

I can’t wait for saga of House of Assassins. Do you have an idea of when it will be out for purchase? I’m a big fan of the audiobook Son of the Black Sword. I’ve listened to it a couple times. I’m looking forward to more of your work. Thanks for the great novels.

Tjhewett
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Tjhewett

House of Assasins*

Bob
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Bob

A new Black Sword book you say? Any idea of a release date?

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

Phantom95
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Phantom95

My first thought upon reading an A-lister had signed on for the show was “God I fucking hope The Rock plays Owen.”

Phantom95
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Phantom95

That’s pretty much just a pipe dream, I just think he’d fit the bill nicely. A friend of mine mentioned Nathan Fillion when I told him and I was just like “I’d watch an MHI tv show with Nathan Fillion as Earl.”

Terranovan
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Terranovan

I keep thinking of Jon Voight or Muse Watson as Earl. Typecasting on my part, I’m influenced by Watson in NCIS as Mike Franks and Voight in Holes as Mr. Sir.
I also keep imagining Agent Franks played by Adam Baldwin (regardless of him narrating the Tom Stranger audiobooks and Franks’ face always being in flux). Mostly because of him playing an avowed “cold-hearted, remorseless SOB” in Chuck (also a federal agent with a fondness for firearms).

Phantom95
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Phantom95

Oh, shit, I totally forgot he was the agent in Chuck. Can’t remember his name off the top of my head; but I could see that. I’ll admit I’m not familiar with Jon Voight, but I’d say he’s a bit old to play Earl myself; only so much can be done with makeup and prosthetics. CGI is a can of worms when it comes to making people look older or younger. Muse Watson same deal, not familiar with his work, but throw some hair dye on him and I could DEFINITELY see him as Earl. Honestly though, one scenario that… Read more »

Doctor Locketopus
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Doctor Locketopus

Charles Bronson in his prime would’ve made a great Franks, IMO.

Terranovan
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Terranovan

Also, Adam Sandler voicing Melvin. Just that sort of goofball.

jon spencer
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jon spencer

1,000 tons of 22-A would be about 75 truck loads.
That’s a bunch, your contractor will be smiling.

Chris Reynolds
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Chris Reynolds

I just saw this story on SyFy about a Lionsgate movie called Monster Hunt has just found its director (http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/incredible-hulk-director-hired-for-sci-fi-movie-monster-hunt). The movie is described as “rural Men in Black action-comedy centered on two brothers.” Sounds very similar to one of my favorite books…

Chase W. Freedman
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Chase W. Freedman

Larry, I’m a huge MHI fan and am actually re-reading the series so I can document my favorite one-liners and all of the guns/gear. Currently over 50 pages on a google doc of quotes and lists. Anyways, I just got to Ick-mip in Legion and Earl reminded Owen of his lack of diplomacy and cited the incident with the gnomes. Should they be able to save Jason Lococo in a future book (haven’t read Siege yet), I would love to see him and Owen tag team the Birmingham Gnomes together. I almost pissed myself laughing when Owen fought them. Love… Read more »

Brian Brodeur
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Brian Brodeur

Awesome news on both House of Assassins and Monster Hunter Guardian. I can’t wait!

Do you plan on doing a leather bound edition of the remainder of the MH books?

Brian Vause
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I love your attitude Larry. If it happens, it happens and all that work on your new home will be much better off if you take the time to do it all right the FIRST time. Sounds like you got your act together well enough for a trip on a long road. Best of all is this comment : “In the meantime I’m just going to keep writing books and cashing their option checks.” I’ll be happy to offer my share of contributions in the purchase of your books.

Zeonista
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Zeonista

I wanna see at least 1 exterior photo of this awesome house my book purchases are funding. New year, new Correia books, it’s getting worse than my compulsory David Drake urge.

maniakmedic
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maniakmedic

No kidding about the mild winter! I’m just over the mountain from you and I am amazed at how little snow we’ve gotten. I wanted to direct your (and that of the rest of the awesome MHN people) attention to a pretty cool RPG on Kickstarter right now. I’m not associated with it in any way, I just like the concept (Lovecraftian 18th century grimdark partially inspired by Bloodborne). Also, the creator has a crybully trying to get them to address whiny SJW bullshit in the rules instead of trying to make his own shitty RPG that nobody in their… Read more »

Chase Freedman
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Anyone have a link for a youtube video showing Owen Pitt’s shotgun speed load from the first MHI book? I want to see this in action.