Military Fiction Writing Tips #1

Being in the military gives me a lot of insight into the day-to-day operations of the military. Makes sense right? So although I'm in no position whatsoever to give tips on writing in general, I do have enough expertise on the military to help people if they are writing military fiction. Since I really like … Continue reading Military Fiction Writing Tips #1

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On Death and War, On Remembering and Forgetting

Today, I had the opportunity to spend a small amount of time eating lunch with a man and a woman who had lost their son, Joseph, to war. They were not exactly elderly, but they were graying. They had traveled some 440 miles to get to the army base where I work and where my … Continue reading On Death and War, On Remembering and Forgetting

The Drums – Part One

This is part of a short story I'm writing which I'm hoping will become part of a longer story. This is more exposition than actual story, but I figured I'd throw it out there and hopefully that will force me to keep working on it. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------           Boom.           Boom.           Boom. Every 14 seconds, … Continue reading The Drums – Part One

That Time My Boss Made Our Final Meeting Really Weird

A man who had once threatened to fire me for not singing whilst running desired a final meeting with me. In the Army, officers and non commissioned officers get evaluations, usually yearly. Each ratee has a rater, usually their immediate supervisor, and then a senior rater, generally their supervisor's supervisor. As a staff officer in … Continue reading That Time My Boss Made Our Final Meeting Really Weird

That Time the Army Had Me Hang Out in the Desert for No Reason

I believe that civilians think of every Soldier in the United States Army having a task and a purpose at all times. They probably imagine that when we're out in the field, we're doing a lot of good training and that we are constantly busy. Sometimes, this is true. If you're a Soldier or NCO … Continue reading That Time the Army Had Me Hang Out in the Desert for No Reason