I’ve had a lack of blogging time lately, but that’s what I get for over committing to too many projects. There has been no shortage of fiskable silly articles, but that takes writing time, which I don’t currently have much extra of. So I’ll make this quick.
I have sent off Monster Hunter Siege to Toni. It is pretty awesome. This is #6 in the regular MHI series, and is back to the perspective of Owen Zastava Pitt. It is coming out in August.
The Monster Hunter Files anthology is completely done, and it is coming out in November. I’ll put up a post with a link to the preorder tomorrow. (if you preorder it through there, I get the advertising kickback, which is a nice little bonus). This one is awesome, and has stories from a whole bunch of fantastic authors.
Volume 1 of my short story collection is mostly done. (we were going to do one volume, but I’ve got so many, Toni just decided to break it in half and make 2) There is an original short story in it that I’m still working on. I am collaborating on a new MHI story with my oldest daughter. I do not have a release date for this one yet.
As for the name of the collection, that’s still up in the air. You guys came up with some awesome ones, and I just need to decide with Toni and the marketing people which is the best. Sadly my personal favorites are a little too inside joke for mass market. Regular bookstore traffic isn’t going to get Nigh Hoon, or Dark Side of the Hoon. 😀
They have officially announced an anthology that I wrote a short story for. I’ve talked about it a bit, but couldn’t say exactly what it was. Yes, that samurai story I was talking about, the “Oni of Aokigahara” is actually a Predator.
I am currently working on my part of Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints. I’ve been the hold up on that. Ringo was finished with his part months ago. I plan on having that turned in to Toni by the end of the March. I’m a relatively fast writer, but a slow editor. I don’t know the release date.
Sarah Hoyt is currently working on the rough of Monster Hunter Guardian, based on the outline I gave her. This is going to be a collaboration, and will be part of the main MHI timeline. It overlaps with the events of Monster Hunter Siege. I do not know the release date of this yet either.
After that I’ll be working on Tom Stranger 2. Which is called The Adventures of Tom Stranger: A Murder of Manatees. The plan is that it will be an Audible exclusive at first, like the last one. (which will be appearing in print for the first time in the upcoming short fiction collection).
Then for the rest of the year, it is getting back into the world I started with Son of the Black Sword. The next book is called House of Assassins. The plan right now, barring any other weirdness, is to write #2 and #3 (Destroyer of Worlds) back to back. But I usually skip between worlds from book to book, so we’ll see how I’m feeling at the end of HoA.
There’s a bunch of other stuff lined up after that, but at this point I can’t tell you the timeline for them exactly. I have another Grimnoir trilogy, a 3rd Malcontents (that’s a tough one, because they are my least well known books, I kind of squeeze them in as I can justify it), some pretty cool stand alones, and lots more MHI.
Also, as of this week, I’ve got plans for two new collaborations with other writers. Both of them are for new worlds. I pitched the idea to Toni and she liked them. You’ll recognize these author’s names, but I can’t say too much more about that because we don’t have the contracts signed yet. They are super bad ass ideas though. One fantasy, one sci-fi.
We are proceeding on developing Yard Moose Mountain 2. The challenge is that it is a really big project, and we’re in a rural county, so approvals for every step of the process are going to take a while (seriously, the county has like one poor overworked dude for all of that). Plus, we couldn’t do the site survey when the whole thing was under four feet of snow. We’ve hired an architect, a builder, and as soon as the survey is done we will be putting in our road. When it’s half a mile long, you can’t really call it a driveway anymore.
And no, I won’t be doing any of the work myself. Yes, I have worked construction jobs before, but that was a long time (and 30 pounds) ago. Every minute I’m working on my house is one minute I’m not writing books. So I’m just going to pay experts to do it right.
We hope to start building this year, but I’m not getting my hopes up for being done anytime soon. There is a lot of work to be done and lots of approvals to wait for. But on the bright side, we don’t have to do that annoying, sell a house to finance the new one, move into an apartment while you wait for the new house to get built, THEN move again, nonsense like we did when we built this one. Nope. This one is paid off, so I don’t have to move anywhere until I feel like it.
The design specs of the actual house have mostly been left to the CorreiaTech Domestic Command Authority (meaning the lovely Mrs. Correia). However, the one thing I wanted is the most bad ass office/game room ever. You know how every now and then some picture circulates around the internet of somebody’s super amazing game room, and all the nerds oooh and aaaah… Yeah? I’m going to beat that guy. 😀
(and the other thing is the Gun Room, but that one… there ain’t going to ever be any pictures of it on the internet)
Now that the weather is warming up, I get to go shoot more (part of that putting in a road thing, while I’ve got heavy equipment up there, I’m putting in berms). Get ready for some gun nut posts this summer. I’m putting in a bunch of steel targets, plate racks, spinners, stars, etc.
Also, I don’t have a date on the calendar yet, but I’ll be taking a long range precision rifle class (I’m taking the Cazador), and the people putting it on want to open it up to a bunch of my fans. It’ll be fun. I’ll post more details when I know them.
I’ve put up my book tour schedule, but I’ll be posting that again as it gets closer. I’m hitting a bunch of states, and I’m also doing DragonCon, GenCon, HonorCon, and Salt Lake City ComicCon. I’ve got FanX coming up next week. And I’ll be doing Book Expo America in New York City again.
I’m sticking this under Other rather than Books, mostly because I just thought of it, but there is going to be a new MHI Role Playing Game. I’ve got a lot more fans since we did the last one. I loved it, but it was using the Hero system, which is great, but challenging for new people to pick up. So this time the plan is to do a Savage World’s version, which is really simple to learn and use. I’ve made an agreement with an awesome game company, and I’ll give you guys more details as we get closer.
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This long range class, what level of experience is it at? I’ve wanted to get into that for a while, but only recently got access to a range over 200 yards.
What he said – plus can we know where it is so I can see what I am going to need to have in monies if I can make the time work? Cause that sounds fun, even if I don’t have a proper long range rifle.
Well this would be a great reason to get one. Since I did just get access to a 1000 yard range in trying to decide if I should get an optic for my M1A or go for a proper bolt action.
M1a? Get a Bassett QD scope mount. Best mount for the money, got the high picatinny rail within a week of ordering.
Also take a look at a Primary Arms 4-14×44 DMR scope.
It’s a $300 scope with a $3000 reticle.
Yeah, I’m a big fan of PA. I have a 5x Prism for one of my ARs and it’s really nice. Thanks for the recommendation on the mount. Had been looking at some of the Fulton Armory ones.
Also the have 5x, good but a bit heavy. 🙂
But we got the Bassett because you don’t have to make any modifications to the rifle.
Tony Ben from the M14 fourm has a nice video
I went with a Sadlak Brookfield pattern scope mount. You gotta drift out the stripper clip guide, but the mount has held steady thus far. Plus it doesn’t take the scope *too* high, and leaves you a channel through the picatinny to still use your irons.
Don’t buy anything from Springfield Armory, Inc., their scope mount was such utter shit, I can’t use words to express how utterly shitty of an utter shit mount it was.
Then I put a Leupold 3.5-10×40 on it. Works fine for me thus far.
Imagine if you will a puppy. With big eyes and a little drool. That’s me for the long range rifle class.
Congratulations on having so many projects going on at the same
I’m sorry but with titles like “Nigh Hoon, or Dark Side of the Hoon” we now need a Wendell western and a Wendell in space short stories.
“It was Gatlinburg, in mid-July,
I’d just hit town and my horse had died,
Groaning from town to town to haul my frame…”
“A Manatee Named Wendell,” by alternate-earth Johnny Cash, in the world where Johnny, Willie, and Waylon were the secret masters of the National Endowment of the Arts…
“They have officially announced an anthology that I wrote a short story for. I’ve talked about it a bit, but couldn’t say exactly what it was. Yes, that samurai story I was talking about, the “Oni of Aokigahara” is actually a Predator.”
Called it Baby!
Now Take My Money!
Sounds great. I hope you avoid any weirdness since I am really looking forward to the next instalments of The Forgotten Warrior. Good luck with the house, it sounds seriously cool.
“It is coming out in August.”
Hurray! I’ve already pre-ordered it in my dreams (this is an actual Amazon option now).
“Sadly my personal favorites are a little too inside joke for mass market. ”
It’s never too inside for mass market. Fans will get it. Nonfans will want to get it.
When is the release date for the eARC of Siege?
well, I still think Death and the Manatee would have set your career on fire, or done something flammable to it, but I’ll buy the book anyway.
Wait! Maybe I can pitch it to Carl Hiassen!
Just in case you haven’t run across their stuff before –
Check out a company called “Creative Home Engineering”. They make hidden doors. They’re quite proud of their work, as their prices indicate. If nothing else, they have some cool ideas.
Good luck with the house building. Having done one myself, I know how much work is involved. I think I could make a case that it’s less work to swing the hammer yourself than it is supervising the contractor. But the end result is you have want you want, so it’s worth it.
Well Adam Baldwin be doing Tom Stranger 2??
That’s the plan.
As always, I’m looking forward to (almost) all the new writing you’ve mentioned. (I don’t dig John Ringo’s work; sorry.)
The Malcontents series should really get more love. It has one of my favorite of your characters (probably in the top 5). Book nerd armor warrior commander. I mean, come on. I’d love to see an AU version of Cleasby in MHI. I bet he’d get along well with Trip (one of my other faves).
Here’s me reading John Ringo:
Wife: What’s so funny?
Me: Ummmmm…. can’t say.
Not that you need anything else on your schedule – but after playing Witcher III during recovery after an ankle surgery, I really think the gaming world needs to get in on the MHI IP. Please tell us there’s someone working on an open world MHI game, where you play a merc shooting the low level baddies for PUFF until you’re comfortable in the system, and then in multiplayer you can form teams to take on bigger, badder nasties. How is that not a friggin’ GOTY waiting to happen??
Dammit Larry, I need my second kidney.
Stop making me think about selling it.
But Larry…. Surely you can post a picture of the Gun Room… (wait for it…)
When it’s only bare walls, and none of the intended contents are present. 😉
Larry’s game room will have a sign saying “Frangible bullets only” on the back wall.
And big air scrubbers.
SO we can all sit around in there languidly engraving V.R. in the wall with .22’s?
You’re going to beat out this guy? NICE! http://www.barcroft.tv/superfan-spends-fifty-thousand-dollars-elder-scrolls-video-game-basement-conversion
That’s just “folksy” with a pool table. I’m going to build a game room. 🙂
I think I bring this up every time you do one of these posts, Larry, but I’m still looking forward to a book you made reference to years ago about a reality TV show where teams compete to overthrow a third-world African nation.
Have you talked to the NRC yet about the 20 megawatt Thorium liquid salt breeder reactor under the basement?
I hope you find time to launch a book tour at Uncle Hugos.
And thank you for creating all the wonderful worlds I can visit.
I just want to say that I realy like Malcontents. Almost as much as MHI. I also look forward to next Black sword book the world is intriguing. I am just sad that you kill the sword.
But when does the MHI Miniatures Game make its debut?
A few years back I cobbled together one using the WarmaHordes rules as the base for fun. It worked okay, but obviously I was violating oodles of Other People’s IP and never put it out on the Internet. Having recently taken quite a shine to Frostgrave, I think that system would be an even better foundation.
“we’re in a rural county, so approvals for every step of the process are going to take a while (seriously, the county has like one poor overworked dude for all of that). ”
It really strikes me as ludicrous that you need “approval” of any kind to build whatever you want on a large rural property. I mean, if you were stupid enough to build some sub-par structure that burned down and collapsed on top of you, that would be your fault and your problem alone. Just sayin’
Yeah, I agree it is stupid, but me disliking a stupid law doesn’t keep me from getting screwed if I don’t obey it.
Are we going to get more Monster Hunter Memoirs books? I just finished the second and feel there are a lot more stories that can be told about Chad. We still haven’t learned about what happened between him and his brother. Don’t want to elaborate and give out spoilers. I finished all 5 MHI books and both Memoirs in about 2 months and need more. Cannot wait for Siege and The Monster Hunter Files. Best stories I have ever had the privilege of reading. You keep writing about the MHI universe and you will have a loyal reader for life.
There is one left. Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints. I’m doing the edits now.