Very busy week, so this will be short.
Blog posting has been sparse because I’m doing the last editing pass to Monster Hunter Siege before sending it off to my alpha readers.
I will be a guest and MC at LTUE in Provo, February 16th-18th. I’m on a ton of panels so I’ll post my schedule the week before. Looking forward to this one. It is one of my favorite cons (okay, more of a writing symposium).
When I finish the rough draft of a novel, before I do the edits I take a break and write some short fiction. That way when I come back to the book it is with fresh eyes. You really can’t edit well when you are too close to something. So the story I wrote this time is for an upcoming anthology for a major franchise, which I can’t name because it hasn’t been announced yet, but here was the original pitch:
12th Century Japan. Minamoto clan samurai are being murdered, and their mutilated corpses left dangling from trees in the Forest of Death. Witnesses whisper of an invisible demon, stronger than any man, which kills by spear, claw, or even bolts of lightning, before vanishing as quickly as it appeared. Sometime, three glowing embers will appear upon its chosen victim, the only warning before it strikes.
Eager to prove their courage, many samurai have ventured into the forest to banish the oni, but all have failed. Tired of losing valuable warriors to the hidden demon, Lord Minamoto summons his most unorthodox servant to deal with the beast.
Nasu Hiroto is an infamous hunter of monsters, and perhaps the greatest archer in the world, but most importantly to Lord Minamoto, he is the son of the man who put a fatal arrow through the eye of a great sea beast, ending its reign of terror. The Lord declares that the son of a samurai capable of killing a kaiju should easily be able to handle one little demon.
Hiroto will gather a group of warriors and go after the invisible predator. It will be arrow against lightning, sword against claw… Two hunters in a battle of wits, both with unflinching codes of honor, but only one will go home with the ultimate trophy.
And when I got done with this one, it made me laugh evilly (it came out really good).