Held every year in Branson, MO, the rally is attended by former members of Long Range Patrol, Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, Long Range Surveillance Teams as well as family. They are a terrific group of veterans. Special thanks to Gary Linderer for inviting me. I also got to hang out with one my authors, Jim Thayer, author of the forthcoming Tango 1-1 which I’ll be publishing at Pen and Sword Books – spring 2020.
It’s been forever since I posted here for which there is no good (or even bad) excuse. I do use Facebook and Twitter, but why have a website if I don’t utilize it? One of my struggles with social media in general is that I am not a dedicated consumer of it. I follow people on Twitter and FB – oh, and Instagram, but I rarely read their posts. Does that make me a bad ‘friend’? I suspect I’m not alone in this, but it does sometimes feel that way.
With my mea culpa, such as it is, out of the way, I thought I’d restart posting with an update. I’m working on my next fantasy novel as well as a nonfiction military history book. I accepted a position with Pen & Sword Books out of the UK as an acquisitions editor for military history so I’m keeping busy. I took up kickboxing a year ago and can confidently say that if I’m ever attacked by an opponent who is thick, cylindrical and moves very little – not unlike a heavy bag – I should prevail.
Still living on the Upper East Side in New York City.
Still eating more junk food than I should.
Currently avoiding doing my taxes because they aren’t due for another month.
Wildly unsuccessful in overcoming my procrastination.
Planning another battlefield tour for 2020.
Hoping/planning to have the next novel finished this summer.
Planning to post regularly here (ha!)
I’ll be the historian on a tour in Europe next summer and you’re all invited. We’ll be visiting battlefields of the First and Second World Wars and also making many cultural stops along the way including several days and nights in Paris. You can see more about it here:
Yara Greyjoy is, apparently, the worst naval captain to ever sail the seas. How in the hell does a bloody armada sneak up and destroy your entire fleet that easily? Honestly, the whole battle felt more like a plot device than anything else. I imagine the show runners sitting around trying to figure out what kind of bloodshed they could add to this episode and voila, let’s just destroy a fleet. Easy-peasy.
Speaking of inept, how is Jon Snow still so naïve? He’s going to meet Daenerys based on a single scribbled message. He no sooner threatens to kill Littlefinger if he touches Sansa than he’s off on what might be a wild goose chase, leaving Littlefinger alone with Sansa. Seriously?
I like the show, but mercy it can be aggravating at times.
Public libraries and the books the contain offer the writer a near infinite amount of worlds to explore. Still, there’s something special about owning your own copy. As it happens, the used bookstore I frequent – The Book Cellar on York Avenue here in NY – is in the basement of the Webster Library, a branch of the New York Public Library. Two books with one bird.
My latest finds happen to be purchases, and vary widely in subject matter. I have no idea at this point if any will feature in my next novel, but I don’t mind either. I’m reading and learning and that – I humbly submit – is never a bad thing. Of the three, the book on heraldry is likely to get the most use as I am working up a character who may be a pursuivant of arms (an officer of heraldry). He/she may also be an amanuensis – a literary assistant – witness to the unfolding of history in the making.