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January 2022 Update Post

It’s a new year. 2021 was a very stupid year, but I did get a lot of writing done. So this is what I’ve got going on now, and what’s coming up.

Book Stuff

My next new release is Servants of War with Steve Diamond, which will be out March 1st.

The Gun Runner paperback just came out this week.

No Game For Knights is the next noir scifi/fantasy anthology after Noir Fatale, edited by me and Kacey Ezell. It is done, but I’m actually not sure the release date off the top of my head. (I think its summer 2022)

I’m currently working on Tower of Silence, book 4 of the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.

After that I’ll be working on Monster Hunter Memoirs: Fever (with Jason Cordova).

There will also be a sequel to Lost Planet Homicide on Audible.

That’s the immediate future, after that will be the next main line series MHI novel after Bloodlines, and the 5th and final Saga of the Forgotten Warrior novel. The 2nd Grimnoir trilogy is still waiting for me to get around to it, and there’s another Monster Hunter Memoirs book with a different coauthor that I just signed the contracts for, but I don’t think there’s been an official announcement. I’m also doing a novella for David Weber’s War God series in a collection along with novellas from David, Jim Butcher, and more this year.

Other Stuff – There is a really fun announcement coming, but I kind of need to be on social media to push the kickstarter, and I’m currently banned (like usual!). No, sorry fan page, it’s not a TV show! It is something cool though. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk about that in a couple weeks.

We are in Writer Dojo season 2 now. Hopefully we will start recording some episodes with guest stars. The technically minded guys are working on getting all the bugs out of that now. I’ve been enjoying this.

Gritty Cop show has been on the back burner. I really need to finish that project, but I’ve been crazy busy.

Appearances – I was supposed to be at LTUE in a few weeks, but I’m out. I don’t feel like doing a bunch of useless anti-scientific bullshit to placate hypochondriac shitlibs on their power trip.

I will be at LibertyCon. I’m waiting for some communications from another con after I accepted their invite (seriously guys, answer your emails). A few others are up in the air.

Personal Stuff – It’s been a relatively mild winter on Yard Moose Mountain. I am saddened by the lack of snow plowing opportunities.

One of my kids did total one of our cars on black ice a few weeks back, which sucked (the kid is fine). Bear River Mutual Insurance was easy to work with. I bought a truck to replace it (since I’m plugging stuff, this is my 4th car from Ken Garff). I will not say what brand truck because I don’t want to get dragged into you peoples’ Ram vs. Ford vs. Chevy religious debates (I know how comment sections work!). It can pull a good sized trailer, I can put small trees in the bed, and my dog likes to ride in it.

I rarely talk about my kids online because I tick off too many crazy people, and crazy people love to yell at other people’s kids, but the biggest thing that’s happened for our family recently is one of my daughters has left on an mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She’ll be off having adventures and we won’t see her for a year and a half.

RIP Dave Wolverton/Farland

I just found out that author and all around great guy, Dave Wolverton (penname, Dave Farland) has passed away. That sucks. Dave was probably one of the nicest people in the writing business, who helped out more newbs and passed on more advice than any writer ever.

I’ve written about Dave before, specifically in that big post trying to explain why there are so many successful writers in Utah. He was one of the main reasons. He was a mentor, teacher, and elder statesman, who always made the time to help new writers. The man had a technical grasp on story and ability to explain it like no other.

I met Dave at a book signing in Utah, a really long time ago, when some bookstore gathered like twenty authors together for a mega signing… And then hardly any fans showed up so the writers just ended up hanging out and shooting the bull. (Brad Torgersen found some pics of that event and sent them to me this morning)

My very first book tour was driving Dave’s giant ancient Cadillac (I think it was a Caddy? Or something. It was very very wide) around southern California. He was going on tour with some other authors, some of them had to back out at the last minute, so they grabbed me and John Brown, because we were new guys, to fill in. Dave was who showed me how to go schmooze at book stores.

The scariest moment was me trying to park Dave’s giant tuna boat of a car in the only space left in an indoor parking garage in LA, between a Bugatti and a Maserati, and not dinging anybody’s doors. We hit dozens of bookstores in San Diego and LA over a few days, and we did this before GPS. So we spent a lot of time lost. πŸ˜€

I was with Dave the very first time I ever sat down and ate lunch with Hollywood producer types. I’ve often told the story about being with another writer in a trendy Hollywood restaurant while the studio people came up with increasingly awful ideas for who they wanted to cast as my characters, I’m freaking out, and how the other writer just whispered to me “Just let it go, they never care what the writers think.” That bit of career advice was from Dave.

Dave was a hell of a story teller, not just in books, but in person. He had a crazy upbringing. His childhood made mine look like Leave it to Beaver. But his all time greatest tale involved him going to China. There was crime, attempted blackmail, drugs, gun running, and undercover agents. The works. I’m laughing just thinking about it.

He is going to be missed by a lot of people. Dave made a difference in many lives.

Enter to Win 5 Book Giveaway

Five authors have gotten together and are each giving away five copies of our short story collections to five winners.

http://davidjohnbutler.com/giveaways/january-2022-five-collections-giveaway-2/

Since I’m currently banned on FB (again), I’d appreciate you guys sharing that link around. In fact, if you share that link on social media it gives you even more chances to win.

What’s in it for the writers? We get more people signed up for our mailing lists. The one place the social media overlords don’t ban us from… yet. πŸ™‚

WriterDojo S2:Ep1- Resolutions

Here we are at the start of Season Two, and this one gets a little personal as hosts/authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia reflect on what they did last year, what they’re planning for this year, and make some suggestions to make your new year as productive as possible.

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WriterDojo S1:Ep19- Long vs Short Fiction

Hosts/Authors Steve Diamond and Larry Correia take time this week to contrast Long Fiction vs Short Fiction and discuss the Pros and Cons of each. (Also, this is the final episode of Season One! How crazy is that? We’ve got some great things planned for Season 2, so stay tuned!)

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