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1 - Medron - The Next Wave? - First it was stay at home to be safe. Keep social distance. Stay out of large crowds. Shut down everything that isn’t essential.
What many people didn’t realize is that EVERY business is essential to the people who own. And of course the big box stores were able to stay open just fine. It was the small businesses that had to remain closed during all of this.
Now, just as they are starting to open again, riots start up and looters start gathering together in large groups to burn down the downtown areas where small businesses tend to congregate. So small businesses that were struggling after two months of being closed, are now being vandalized or completely burned down. Police are being assaulted and killed. Normal people are being attacked in their businesses and homes.
Lives are being destroyed every day.
Maybe now we will get the next wave of Winnie the Flu the media has been warning would happen if we dared loosen up our total shut downs…
Or maybe the next wave will be something completely different…
2 - Medron - Crystal Night - A man was murdered and it enraged a nation.
Men and women went out to protest with their families, decrying the foul action.
And then the paramilitary forces that had long been pushing violent actions against those who unjustly held the wealth of the masses arrived with a plan. The police were there, but were ordered to stand back and let them do what they came to do. They walked up and down the streets, shattering windows. They threw bricks and stones at minority-owned businesses. They burned and they smashed and they looted one minority neighborhood after another. They killed people on the streets. They desecrated places of worship, graves, schools, and hospitals. They demolished homes.
Shards of broken glass littered the streets like crystals.
The cheering and jeering crowds, the looters and burners and beaters, the socialist paramilitary organization that terrorized a nation, left entire neighborhoods in ruins and flames licked the night.
What I described here did not happen last night.
It happened eight decades ago, on the night of November 9, 1938, in National Socialist Germany. They call it Kristallnacht, and it was only the beginning. Their programs, and the wars they started, would kill nearly 100 million people within a decade.
I pray that we do not let history repeat itself this time.
3 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Barksdale and Luke Air Force Bases in Louisiana and Texas were part of Global Strike Command when the Second Great Depression came upon us all. The massive B-52 bombers trained and flew from Barksdale, while Luke AFB trained and flew the powerful F-35 air superiority and strike fighter. The B-52s were the oldest airframes the Air Force commonly deployed at the time, while the F-35s were the newest and arguably the most powerful fighter America had ever built. The problem was that their focus was fighting other major nation states, and America’s ability to do that during the Second Great Depression was heavily reduced. The federal government had burned away the moral authority to command them, and it lacked the financial resources to support them, and so both bases fell on hard times.
4 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Barksdale and Luke Air Force Bases lost at least half of their personnel to desertion in the early months of the Second Great Depression. They were some of the highest flying and farthest reaching of the Air Forces bases at the time, but without the money to fly, most of the airmen simply lost the willingness to come in to work and moved off in search of home. Enough remained that they were able to secure the bases and rebuild in time, but the early years of the Second Great Depression found them largely without a mission. Their remaining personnel were unwilling to “turn traitor” and join Texas, but found themselves unable to follow the orders of the increasingly-erratic new President. That left them holding station in the middle of the chaos flowing through America at the time.
5 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Barksdale and Luke Air Force Bases had little involvement in the Texas Drug Wars against the Mexican drug cartels. They did send a mixed squadron of bombers and fighters to support some of the larger strikes against the most powerful of the cartels, but they were the very definition of the term overkill. They left little behind to salvage, but Texas granted them generous access to their supply bases in order to replenish their own depleted spare parts inventories. They otherwise maintained an official distance from the Texas State government that the American President had declared to be in a state of insurrection. Until of course the Convention of States called the federal government back to order. But though the lands around them joined Texas, those two bases never did. They remained proudly American despite the many difficulties that entailed.
6 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Barksdale and Luke Air Force Bases remained loyal to the American federal government during the worst parts of the Second Great Depression. Even if they could not follow the orders of the American President. The Convention of States would change that of course, and they eagerly swore to follow the new federal government formed by that convention. They were in fact the source of many of the reinforcements America eventually sent to Australia to help them stop the Chinese advance through Indonesia. Their B-52s and F-35s proved instrumental in that mission until the unofficial ceasefire ended that conflict, and then joined the final joint campaign of the Cybernetic Wars that pitted the combined resources of every major government against the Singapore Collective. The B-52s proved invaluable in that campaign due to their near-immunity from cybernetic attacks. Extreme age had its advantages for them. They returned home to heroes’ welcomes soon thereafter and both Barksdale and Luke became core components of the United States Space Force as America once again clawed itself into space.
7 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Luke Spacebase became a central part of the United States Space Force’s return to space in the latter half of the Twenty First Century, and earned its now-official nickname during the first flight of an experimental space fighter. One of its operators asked for a report when communications were reestablished after boost stage. He transmitted as “Skywalker Base” and the pilot quickly responded, “Red Five, standing by.” Star Wars fans around the world celebrated the fact that they had beaten Star Trek to space when the exchange was inevitably leaked onto the networks. They were not entirely accurate on that point, but it was still considered a public relations win, and Luke Spacebase leadership chose to embrace the unplanned, by them, nickname. Though only after a grilling after-action counseling session with the operator and pilot in question about using unauthorized identification codes during high-profile missions.
8 - Medron - Police - I never really realized I would ever have to explain this. But here it is… as short and quick as possible.
Constables, watchmen, or police have been around for thousands of years. Their job has generally been to support law and order in whatever town they work for. They protect all the citizens of the town.
In those towns that didn’t have them, rich people tended to hire private security of some kind using our modern parlance. Their job was to protect those who paid them and no one else.
If your town decides to get rid of the police, then there will be nobody to protect the common citizens of the town. While the rich people will hire private security and everything will be fine for them.
Hint. You don’t want to be one of the common citizens in this situation.
9 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The McAlester Army Ammunition Base in McAlester, Oklahoma was the largest base of its type when the Second Great Depression came upon us all. It had built, stored, decommissioned, refurbished, disposed of, or otherwise dealt with heavy conventional ordinance ranging from 20mm shells to the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (also known as the Mother Of All Bombs) for over a century. They researched new weapons, trained people on existing weapons, and were generally one of the greatest practitioners of conventional destructive methods in the Western Hemisphere. McAlester was not the only base of its type, but it was certainly the single most important of its time. It is therefore not possible to overestimate how much the United States Army depended on McAlester to perform their primary mission of defending the nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
10 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The soldiers manning McAlester Army Ammunition Base were extremely unhappy with how the new President came to power and the obvious fraud he used to hold onto it. They were even unhappier when he used federal forces to attempt to arrest the former President for trial in the District of Columbia. And when that failed to work, he formally activated the Insurrection Act and declared the entire State of Texas in “rebellion against the authority of the government of the United States.” McAlester is in Oklahoma, which was not part of the Republic of Texas at the time, and so nothing the President was doing at the time was pointed primarily at them. They simply followed the chain of command and hoped matters would improve. But then he ordered them to release their MOABs for use against the capital district of Austin. The use of those weapons on downtown Austin may have killed everyone capable of standing against the new President. Or it could have started a true Second Civil War. We will never know, because McAlester did not release them. We will probably never know how many lives they saved in that single act of defiance.
11 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - McAlester Army Ammunition Base did not officially join Texas during the Second Great Depression. Firstly, they were in Oklahoma, and no good Okie wanted to be part of Texas. Secondly, they were the United States Army’s ammunition base, and their word was their bond. Though they would not release their weapons for use against Texas. That would have violated their oath to protect their fellow Americans. And they did release their weapons when Texas required more munitions to use against the Mexican drug cartels. Their targets were not American at the time, so McAlester felt no guilt at all opening up the armories for that goal. And McAlester did indeed open all of them up. Weapons that had not seen use since the Korean War was young shipped out next to cutting edge systems dreamed up, tested, and fabricated at McAlester itself. They proved devastating in the extreme.
12 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - McAlester Army Ammunition Base was less reliant on federal funding than many other military bases. It was not a major hub of operational military units sucking down funding, and it was no mass producer of weapons systems. So when federal funding collapsed, it was not hit as hard as other bases. It still required other sources of funding to maintain its operations though, and Texas had the largest purse at the time. Which is one of the reasons they gave Texas access to the smartest of smart weapons when it came time to deal with the Mexican drug cartels. Advanced AIs like the US Army’s Jane and Texas’ homegrown Dixie worked together to help Texas wipe those enemies out. As much as you can wipe out any single enemy. The truth is that the survivors of the drug cartels found other businesses. But with the help of McAlester, Texas achieved the goal of rolling back the primary threat they posed to the public safety. Which was when the second reason they were willing to help Texas came into effect.
13 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Texas found evidence that the new President had colluded with the Mexican drug cartels and helped them attack Texas during the Drug Wars. They spread that information far and wide, so when Texas called the Convention of States to deal with the rogue federal government, McAlester Army Ammunition Base stood with them. They issued no threats. The fact that they stood with Texas said everything that needed to be said. But they were quick to realign with the reformed federal government the Convention of States restarted. They and the numerous American military bases that followed their example are one of the reasons the new federal government succeeded. Yes there were many enemies, both foreign and domestic, who wanted to see America collapse entirely. But there were many more people who wanted to see it survive and thrive. McAlester did everything it could to help that happen.
14 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - McAlester Army Ammunition Base became the first of its kind after the Convention of States reformed the federal government. It had been an American base before the Second Great Depression, and it remained an American base afterwards. Its munitions flowed to military commands all over America, and then to Australia and Indonesia as the Chinese invasion forces crushed one country after another. And they proved invaluable when it came to fighting the Singapore Collective. What made McAlester unique at first was its dual nature. It was officially part of the new United States federal government support structure, but surrounded by the new Republic of Texas. Rather than choose sides, it provided support to military forces serving either flag. They were all Americans after all. Other bases all over American quickly followed their example, and that duel nature provided a blueprint for the future of the reborn United States of America.
15 - Medron - Spirit of 1776 - For a nation less than two hundred and fifty years old, we have a lot of anniversaries. Flag Day. The Army’s birthday. The Navy, the Marines, the Air Force. Now the Space Force. Great battles won and lost. Presidents and Civil Rights leaders. Tea parties and great speeches. The liberations of slaves. You can tell a lot about a country by what bits of history are preserved in holidays and monuments. Who is venerated, and who is forgotten.
We built monuments for Washington who freed us from British oppression. And for Lincoln who freed the slaves here in America nine decades later. For the soldiers who fought to save a succession of countries from invasions that would have toppled them. For great explorers and those who helped slaves escape down underground railroads. For famous colored regiments and buffalo soldiers. And yes, in certain areas of the country, monuments were built to celebrate those who fought and lost a war for their own independence.
I used to sign my e-mails and my forum posts with the words “I’m going to tea party like it’s 1776.” It was a play on words, of course. The Prince song. Our own Boston Tea Party, and the signing of our Declaration of Independence. The anniversary of which is coming soon. And the two and a half centuries of progress and promise that have come out of it. I even wore a tea bag on my hat as a joking reference to the whole thing.
But not everybody liked that. People mocked me. They tore the tea bag off my hat while I was wearing it. On one forum, after some years of having it in my signature, I suddenly received an official warning for daring to have such a political statement and the moderators manually removed it from my account. On the week I found out my uncle, a Veteran of Foreign Wars, had cancer and I was driving back and forth to his hospital all week. That was not a good week.
The simple fact is that some people attack those who believe this is a great nation. That we have done great things in our two and a half centuries of life. They don’t want us to remember what we’ve done. The promises we’ve made and the steps we’ve taken. The legacy of our bold statement those centuries ago that “All men are created equal,” the bold promise decades later that we would “not perish from the earth,” and the bold dream decades later that our children would “one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
We are not perfect. But we are great. And we can become greater if we keep our minds to the task. We must forever remember the spirit and the promises of 1776, 1862, and 1963 if we are to live up to our ability. Even if that means we must stand against those who do not believe in that spirit and those promises.
16 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was most famously the home of the United States Air Force Boneyard, the place where old aircraft took their final flight before retirement. They were officially a ready reserve of aircraft against a future emergency, but the Air Force often stripped them of spare parts to keep other aircraft operating. Especially during periods of budget cuts when various peace dividends and new social contracts demanded that politicians take money from the military to pay for far more worthy social spending. It was those budget cuts that eventually closed Davis-Monthan a decade before the Second Great Depression. The squadrons that called it home were moved or retired with the base, but the Boneyard remained. Davis-Monthan remained an official Air Base, patrolled by local security consultants, but every aircraft that landed there was never meant to take off again. They were the final reserve of a United States Air Force slowly losing prestige, funding, and power to the far sexier and younger Space Force.
17 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Second Great Depression was the emergency Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was built to serve. No one knew that when it was built, but the Boneyard of retired aircraft it housed would become the arsenal of freedom for the Republic of Texas. Some uncharitable souls would say they plundered the base. Texas called it Operation Finders Keepers. The United States had closed the base. The United States had stopped paying the private security watching the base. There was nobody in position to keep the old war machines from falling into the wrong hands. It was clearly their patriotic duty to rescue any serviceable craft and parts before someone with ill intent used them against America. The federal government did not see it the same way, of course, but they did not have the resources to stop Texas from taking everything they thought they could possibly use. And Texans have a reputation for thinking they can use a great deal more than others think they can.
18 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - It should be noted that Texas maintained a permanent ground presence at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base throughout the Drug Wars and beyond. They repaired the runways and continued the work of refurbishing as many functional aircraft as they could find deep into the Cybernetic Wars. More resilient to Rogue AI hacks, refurbished craft coming from the Boneyard made up the majority of craft deployed against that threat, and many military historians point to them as one of the reasons we survived at all. And though the relentless salvage missions came to an end in time, the Republic of Texas maintained control of the base in the years and decades that followed. It was a good place to retired their aircraft for future emergencies, after all. And as the exploration of the solar system and the stars beyond become more commonplace, Davis-Monthan Spacebase served as one of the Republic’s primary launching and landing sites. It even served its original purpose when the Shang attacked us, and technicians swarmed all over the Boneyard looking for craft they could refurbish for use against our new enemy. And so Davis-Monthan continues to protect humanity even now.
19 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The A-10 Thunderbolts at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base had been retired with the base a decade before the Second Great Depression. The Air Force confidently upgraded their ground attack squadrons to the far superior F-35 Lightning and never looked back. So when Texas combed over the Davis-Monthan Boneyard, they found many A-10s capable of being cleaned up, serviced, and flown out under their own power. They quickly gave the craft to the Texas State Guard and deployed them against the Mexican drug cartels, where they proved that they were still the best aircraft for the job. Texas flew those refurbished A-10s for many more years, throughout the Drug Wars, and deep into the Cybernetic Wars until it became clear that they required another major overhaul to remain in service.
20 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The new Republic of Texas spent a great deal of money rebuilding their A-10 Thunderbolts salvaged at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from the landing gear up. Texas kept them flying until the end of the century, by which time most estimates suggested few, if any, original parts or pieces survived in any of the operational aircraft. Further revolutions in aerospace technology, and the exploration of the solar system, placed more emphasis on space-capable craft, so the last of the A-10s made one last flight to Davis-Monthan’s Boneyard for a second time. Then the development of hyperspace engines made colonizing the universe a possibility and humanity needed cheap aircraft to secure their colonies again. So Davis-Monthan Spacebase dusted off the A-10s once more and supervised new production runs that sent them to colonies all over Western Alliance space.
21 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The proliferation of gravtech in the 2200s left the famous A-10 Thunderbolts far behind the technological curve once more, pushing them into a third major retirement. Many of them returned to Davis-Monthan Spacebase’s Boneyard, as they had the previous times, where they were left as yet another generation of a final reserve against a new national emergency. But history was not done with them. Improved deflection grids in the latter half of the century allowed less aerodynamic craft to navigate the interface between space and atmosphere, and the Republic of Texas wanted a new attack craft since the Chinese were getting frisky again. Whereupon an enterprising young woman from one of the major Texas manufacturing firms acquired an old A-10 hull for testing. She tore it apart, rebuilt it with modern materials to make it airtight, added a pair of engines, some point defense lasers, and replaced the main gun with a space-rated autocannon capable of firing numerous types of munitions for anti-ship use. The United States Space Force rechristened it the A-6 Thunderbolt under the new numbering system, and Davis-Monthan entered yet another age of refurbishing their retired craft for yet another burgeoning conflict.
22 - Medron - Birds of Prey, the Harley Quinn Version - In all the Crazy Times that have beset us in recent months, I completely missed that the new DC movie Birds of Prey came out not too long ago. I saw it in the store and grabbed it because I have all the other DC movies and I don’t want to miss one.
The long and the short is that is very much of a side sequel to the Suicide Squad, as well as being a backdoor pilot for possible movieverse Birds of Prey movies. Though who knows if they will be made in the current climate. I will note that it takes its style from Suicide Squad as well. This is no Christopher Reeves Superman or Adam West Batman style of story. It is dark and gritty with plenty of bad language, violence, extreme violence, and one or two scenes featuring women and girls that were either cut short or filmed very carefully to keep the movie from getting a more explicit rating.
Birds of Prey is a very dark movie. It’s also a very well made movie. I came to see Harley Quinn hijinks and got Harley Quinn hijinks from beginning to end. Margot Robbie can carry a movie by herself, and while there are some good actors and good performances in the movie, she does carry most of it herself. I would say the movie is better than Suicide Squad, but I did enjoy both of them for different reasons. And for one reason that was the same. Harley Quinn.
That said, neither are movies that I will happily go back and watch again on a regular basis. Too dark for my tastes. Where as Justice League and the real Captain Marvel movie are much better movies for when I want to have fun watching and enjoying a movie. I won’t rate it, as it is very much a matter of taste as to whether or not you will like this movie. I hope you all are okay with that.
23 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Kirtland Air Force Base was Global Strike Command’s largest airbase when the Second Great Depression came upon us all. It was one of the foremost research centers into aircraft and weapons of all kinds, from handheld to nuclear weapons. And it held the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world. Kirtland was a major training center for weapons and aircraft, and much of the New Mexico Air National Guard was based there as well. It was, to put it simply, too big to close when the new President took over and began trimming the military budget in order to fund various social justice endeavors. It still lost a great deal of its funding, and Kirtland was forced to cut back many active operations as the Second Great Depression’s effects spread farther into the national economy. Kirtland had an advantage that many other military bases did not, though. The federal government treasury was not its only source of funding.
24 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Kirtland Air Force Base never had to choose whether to follow Federal or State leadership during the Second Great Depression. It had a century-long relationship with Los Alamos Laboratories that had resulted in the construction of an underground highway linking the two installations. That was constructed to allow them to transport secret programs between the installations in complete security, and at Kirtland they disappeared into the large amount of routine traffic it conducted every day. That link brought Kirtland far closer into the Los Alamos camp than most outside observers ever guessed. When the Second Great Depression arrived, Kirtland did not need to pick sides between the Federal and State governments. Los Alamos was a side after all. All they wished was that Kirtland’s most devastating weapons not fall to any of the various extremists striving to control them, and Kirtland’s commanders were happy to follow those wishes.
25 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Kirtland Air Force Base remained neutral between the federal government and Texas at first, though they did support Texas against the drug cartels with everything from cutting-edge laser rifles up to combat-capable variants of the venerable C-130 Hercules and V-22 Osprey airframes. Kirtland’s Hercules used advanced stealth systems that penetrated drug cartel radar, while their Ospreys sported point defense laser clusters to intercept ground-to-air missiles. Those Ospreys escorted numerous high-altitude bomber or recon missions and helped secure landing zones for incoming infantry transports throughout the conflict. And when that conflict ended, they stood with Texas and the other American States when it came time to face everyone who had become their enemies.
26 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Second Great Depression was a difficult time for all of America. Some States and cities collapsed entirely. And their own soldiers and commanders abandoned some military bases. Kirtland Air Force Base was not one of them. They were a high-tech center of new research and weapons linked directly with Los Alamos Laboratory by an underground highway and a common mission. To keep their weapons and knowledge from falling into the hands of those who would betray their fellow Americans. That mission is why Kirtland stood with the Convention of States that Texas called to deal with the Federal government once and for all. Evidence collected during the Drug Wars pointed to Federal involvement with the drug cartels that attacked Texas and the other States. The Convention debated how to deal with the new President, any one who followed his orders, and the Federal power structure that had made it possible. Kirtland was one of the many military bases that supported the Convention’s final decision on how to do that.
27 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Kirtland Air Force Base did not swear renewed loyalty to the reformed United States Federal government after the Convention of States ended their session. They also did not join the new Republic of Texas. Their relationship with Los Alamos Laboratory had deepened during the Second Great Depression, and Kirtland chose to remain with them as America recovered. But there was still the Cybernetic Wars, the Islamic Jihad, and the Red Chinese to deal with as the years went by, and Kirtland eagerly sent their men and women out to support the various American States and the Feds whenever their help was called for. They even released their nuclear weapons for use against the Chinese and the Rogue AIs in the end. The strike against the Chinese fleet in Indonesia was called off after the discovery of the Singapore Collective, and what history books even admit that there were nuclear weapons in theatre say they were never used against Singapore. The history books are wrong. Small, tactical, nuclear weapons are impressively effective against cybernetic targets after all.
28 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - When America returned to space after the Second Great Depression and the Cybernetic Wars, Kirtland Spacebase became Los Alamos Laboratory’s primary launch facility. Kirtland housed the most advanced aerospace craft some of the smartest scientists in the world could design and build, and their exploration ships were found, or not found when they did not wish to be, all over the solar system by the end of the century. The advent of hyperdrives gave Kirtland Spacebase a new mission. It became a vital secure link between Los Alamos and the distant stars, and even Kirtland lost track of how many scientists went into space aboard their rockets. What exactly qualified someone to call themselves a scientist was unclear in those heady days of space exploration, after all. Even Kirtland did not know, and simply went with the flow. If they could afford to buy passage on a shuttle headed out to the orbital stations or beyond, they could fly from Kirtland. After the requisite background checks, of course.
29 - Medron - Nine Years of Jack - Today makes nine years since I first started publishing Jack of Harts. I was writing before that, of course. I’ve been writing various fan fictions from Transformers to BattleTech for most of my life, in fact.
But always in the back of my mind I’ve had this idea of the Peloran Confederation. It was a confederation of good guys, human but not from Earth, led by an Admiral Aneerin, who fought to protect everybody he could. Despite the humanity of the main man, it was always a bit of an alien concept, and one that was enjoyable to create in the mind of the child I was when he first came about, but he was hard to truly write about. Who would have thought that telling compelling stories about a basically immortal man with abilities beyond the ken of mortal men, and the greatest fleet and technologies in this galaxy and beyond, all at his disposal in his mission to protect everything and everybody would be difficult? Not the ten year old me who first thought him up, that is for certain.
But, oh around ten years ago, I finally decided it was time to take those stories of the Peloran Confederation I always wanted to tell, and make something of them. I decided I was ready to write stories and sell them, and so I took everything I had learned from a decade or two of writing stories and started Forge of War. It was from the perspective of one human from Minnesota, caught up in a War he did not fully understand between galactic factions he did not even realize existed. The Peloran Confederation and their allies became a far distant realm, with Aneerin having only a small force to aid the Earthborn humans who were the primary protagonists. THAT is a story that is easy to write.
The name of my main character was Jack. His first name was easy. I like to find names that fit the personality of the character I’m writing, and Jack is so very… well… Jack. ;) The final name came about after exhaustive searches for copyrights and available Internet domains. Existing characters in literature wiped out one possibility after another. It seems a lot of people like to write characters named Jack. Hehehe. There were a lot of possible names or descriptors Jack could have had, but in the end I settled on one that nobody appeared to have ever used before if my searches were to be believed. Certainly never published by any publishing house I could find.
Jack of Harts. At jackofharts.com of course. Because it was available and I could buy it.
And nine years ago, I posted my first little snippet in Jack of Hart’s voice. Every day since, for the last nine years, there has been a post on jackofharts.com. Sometimes previews of stuff I am working on, sometimes my own reflections on the world around us. Usually something in the voice of one of the characters I write, describing their world far in our future. Their diary entries as I like to think of them.
These posts helped to introduce people to the world of Jack before I published Forge of War, and I’ve published at least one story a year on Amazon and other services ever since. Including a total rewrite of Forge of War itself. I’ve got several stories waiting for publishing right now, in fact. The conclusion to the Wolfenheim story is nearly done, while I’ve completed several short stories, which are ready or nearly ready for publishing. One is awaiting a cover. Others are awaiting final editing passes. The joys of self-publishing.
It’s been a good nine years, and I’ve learned more about writing stories than I ever expected when I started. I thought I knew it all back then. I thought I was ready. Hah. And again, I say… hah! It has been a wild ride, and I’m a better writer now than I was then. And I greatly hope I can say, nine years from now, that I am a better writer than I was nine years ago.
To nine years of Jack. I have enjoyed them all. To nine more years of Jack. I look forward to seeing what they bring. And should I manage to succeed in my life-long ambition of living forever, maybe I can add a few more nines of years to that little forward-looking toast.
30 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Cannon Air Force Base housed many of the Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance, and other special operations units in the decades leading up to the Second Great Depression. They built the reputation of doing the hard missions when the orders came in, and their drones, Ospreys, and various C-130 variants flew all over the southern United States every day. They watched over the Old Border between Mexico and the United States, intercepted drug shipments, or simply guarded the southern skies from approaching threats. And many of the Special Forces commands that ravaged the various drug cartels often launched from Cannon AFB. So when the President of the United States needed a difficult job done, he called on Cannon to get the job done.