2018 was a really busy year at the Correia house.
Target Rich Environment, Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints (with John Ringo), and Tom Stranger 2: A Murder of Manatees were all released in 2018.
I wrote House of Assassins, which will be out in February, edited Noir Fatale (with Kacey Ezell) which will be coming out in May, and wrote Monster Hunter Guardian (with Sarah Hoyt), which will be coming out in August.
I also wrote the first part of Destroyer of Worlds, but don’t know the expected release date for that yet, as well as a few new short stories that will be coming out in various places. I’ve got two collaborations in the works, a sci-fi with John D. Brown, and a fantasy with Steve Diamond.
Target Rich Environment 2 is also mostly done, I’m just waiting to hear back on two particular stories I want to use to see if I’m able to reprint them or not. (they both tie into movie franchises so they’re a little tighter about that kind of thing than on most anthologies).
The Dead Six series (with Mike Kupari) is going to get rereleased as an omnibus.
Despite my career repeatedly being declared “irreparably damaged” I’m doing awesome. My last royalty check for 2018 was the biggest I’ve ever received, because it turns out that Monster Hunter Siege was the biggest launch that I’ve ever had. Siege did extremely well in its first royalty period.
Also, The Monster Hunter Files anthology did shockingly well (of the many anthologies I’ve been in, I can count on the fingers of one hand how many earned out and paid royalties) and I was able to send a nice check to every one of the contributors right before Christmas, which was pretty darned cool.
Game and Tie In Stuff
The Monster Hunter International role playing game using the Savage Worlds system should be shipping sometime in the next few months. We needed to wait for Savage Worlds to do their new addition, and they kickstarted that at the end of 2018.
Sometime in 2018 I will be releasing Gritty Cop Show, the game. The very first test game of it was a year ago New Years. We did another test game on the 28th, after brutally murdering Pat’s character, I’m tweaking the rule about minor bad guys adding bonus dice to knife attacks 😀
I’ve got another exciting game thing going on, but can’t talk about it yet.
I optioned the rights to Monster Hunter International for a TV show several years ago, and it’s still sitting out there “in development”. Which basically means that I’ve got no idea what’s going on, I just cash the checks. Hollywood is weird. But I do like cashing option checks, so if anybody wants to option any of my other stuff, let me know. Grimnoir would make such a good TV show.
Appearances and Book Tour
I’ll be doing a book tour in February for the release of House of Assassins. I’ll post the final schedule and stops in the next few days. I’m hitting several cities that I’ve never been to before.
In 2018 I traveled way too much. Between the travel days and the event itself, every con I attend kills the better part of a week’s writing productivity. Last year I went to DragonCon, GenCon, LibertyCon, FanX, LTUE, Salt Lake ComicCon, and I think I’m forgetting some others. (and that’s not counting the Origins debacle, which though I didn’t travel, dealing with the fall out of their unprofessional stupidity was still a massive time suck). Plus I did a couple of research trips for various projects.
For 2019 right now I’m only planning on going to LTUE, SpikeCon, FyreCon, and FanX. And notice that all of those are in Utah!
There were a few big things that happened to the Correias this year.
We have been building a house. Because of the location and size, it has been an epic and time consuming process. (if you follow me on Facebook I’ve been putting up construction photos the whole time). Last January we had put in a bunch of infrastructure (it required a half mile driveway just to access the construction site) but hadn’t broken ground yet.
Now we’ve got most of a house. We got buttoned up (roof, windows, and doors) before the winter, so they’ve been working on it all year. They got the insulation in before New Years, and right now they are working on the drywall. Fingers crossed, and we’ll be moving in sometime this spring.
My oldest daughter moved off to college. Having adult kids is weird. She’s doing fine (and has a story in the upcoming Noir Fatale anthology).
I lost 60 pounds in 2018. I went from size 44 waist pants to size 36. I’ve not worn size 36 pants since high school. I was 335 at my fattest and I’m 275 now. I’ve posted about this in more detail before, but it has been a combination of low carb and intermittent fasting, so it really hasn’t been too horrible.
And I got a Sig 365 for Christmas. 🙂
As of right now I’ve got a pile of books planned. Two collaborations in the works. Another Grimnoir trilogy. A bunch more MHI and Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, as well as a few other things that I want to try out.
Hopefully we’ll be moving to Yard Moose Mountain this spring, and then selling our current house. So it is going to be another busy year.
Last and most importantly, I want to thank you guys, my readers, because you are awesome. I’ve got the best fans of anybody in this business. I hope you have a great new year.