Still lots of stuff going on.
My next release is the last Monster Hunter Memoirs novel, Saints, with John Ringo. It ill be out June 3rd. The eARC is available now, the reviews are positive, and people really seem to be enjoying it.
Then in September, my short story collection Target Rich Environment comes out. I’ve been going on the page proofs for it today. I’m super proud of this one. I actually love writing short fiction, but since its been published all over the place, most of my regular fans haven’t read most of these.
This is a fun one for me because it’s all over the board, different styles, different genres, going for different vibes. Its got action, comedy, horror, a couple of sad parts, a little bit of everything. And its a fun way to show that I’m not a one trick pony.
It also contains a story I cowrote with my oldest daughter, and that is pretty neat.
House of Assassins is done but I don’t know the release date yet. I keep saying this, and doofuses keep giving Son of the Black Sword negative reviews because they think there wasn’t a sequel. It ain’t like I do an update post every month for kicks and giggles.
I’m currently working on Monster Hunter Guardian. First draft by Sarah is done. I’m 1/2 through it doing my tweaks and edits, but since I had to pause for a different project because of timing, I’ve sent that 1/2 back to Sarah for her to do her next editing pass, while I keep working on the 2nd half.
The other project is for an anthology that I can’t announce yet. I’m one of the two editors for it, and I need to get my story done for it. I’m just waiting for one last contract to come in from an author, and then I can announce what it is and who is in it. (fun subject, and it has got some great authors and really big names). I’ve got the first five stories already turned in, and they’re great.
I got some good writing related news. Monster Hunter Siege was the #5 bestselling fantasy paperback in the country last week on Nielsen Bookscan.
Yard Moose Mountain
Property developers earn their money. Holy moly. My hobby for two years now has been getting permits, and permits for permits, and filling out forms to get a permit to apply for a different permit, and then paying large sums of money to various people, places, and things in order to satisfy other people, places, and things, so they’ll give me permits too.
In other words, construction on Yard Moose Mountain is proceeding. The primary excavation, trenching, power lines, roads, drainage, geothermal, and septic has been going on for the last few weeks., since it finally stopped snowing on us so we can actually move dirt.
And it is a LOT of dirt. We are bending the mountain to our will. On the bright side, normally in a project like this that means they’d have to cart off tons and tons of dirt somewhere else, but since I’ve got space, all that dirt is just turning into berms and backstops. My pistol range will now be 50 yards wide and 70 yards deep with 12 foot berms. All that material only made a dent in the whole.
And that doesn’t even get into the part where we have to bring in a thousand tons of gravel for the road.
People keep asking me how come the house isn’t done yet… I don’t think they realize the magnitude of this process. This isn’t just building a house on an empty lot where everything already exists. It’s taken me two years to create what’s basically an empty lot.