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Old 10-14-2020, 11:56 PM   #73123
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Of course!
So, as Humfrz mentioned, I finished the first 1/4 of it.
Nice! You definitely have my interest!
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Nice! You definitely have my interest!
Well, it's been years in the making. So now that I'm done planning, I just gotta get my fingers typing! Hoping by the end of the year.
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what are some of your non car related hobbies?
Last few years it seems like all I do is work on houses, and I really don't like it.

However, like @humfrz, I am getting good at napping.
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Well, it's been years in the making. So now that I'm done planning, I just gotta get my fingers typing! Hoping by the end of the year.
Looking forward to reading it with respect and appreciation.
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Of course!
So, as Humfrz mentioned, I finished the first 1/4 of it. Though I may throw an extra chapter in to expand on a particular character. It's honestly the boring introduction part of it, although the prologue is very in medias res so quite entertaining. Mostly just setting the scene for the rest of the book as there is a lot of world and character building. Gotta talk about the main character's motivations and formulate an antagonist.

As for the whole book, it's a science-fiction war novel in the sense of Starship Troopers or The Forever War. So although it's set in a futuristic setting, it's still very much an allegory for survival guilt and coming to terms of never getting closure. But for good measure I throw in a lovely little twist, which has roots planted within the first quarter. Mostly so that it doesn't become too preachy and still be entertaining for the average reader. Though I decided early on not to dumb down much of the military lingo.

I had the idea of keeping it rather apolitical, but being a war novel, that's inherent. So I just try to be very vague and only have knowledge given that the main character (a recon scout grunt) would know. I should also add I plant to incorporate themes from both a war novel as well as psychological horror elements and some cliche scifi. Although I want things as ground in reality as possible. I mean, I took a physics and international relations class in college just for this lol.
Two of my very favourites! I bet I have read The Forever War 7 or 8 times over the years. Starship troopers was one of the first books I ever read back in the early 60s and lead to me reading every single thing Heinlein ever wrote even all the short stories.
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Two of my very favourites! I bet I have read The Forever War 7 or 8 times over the years. Starship troopers was one of the first books I ever read back in the early 60s and lead to me reading every single thing Heinlein ever wrote even all the short stories.
Aside from Tom Clancy writings, I love those two books as they were massive inspirations.
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I've truly accepted adulthood by being excited at a new vacuum
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I realized I was an adult on a weekend where a couple of buddies and I rented a plane, flew down to Key West and then on the way back stopped at Marathon Key for some fuel and lunch.

On the way to the restaurant, a mother and her late teen, early twenty daughter were walking back from the beach to their car, in their swimsuits. The moment I realized I was an adult is when I realized I had checked out the Mom first.
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I realized I was an adult on a weekend where a couple of buddies and I rented a plane, flew down to Key West and then on the way back stopped at Marathon Key for some fuel and lunch.

On the way to the restaurant, a mother and her late teen, early twenty daughter were walking back from the beach to their car, in their swimsuits. The moment I realized I was an adult is when I realized I had checked out the Mom first.
It often happens the first time that cute checker calls you "sir".
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It often happens the first time that cute checker calls you "sir".
No, see, here in The South, that happens from the time you are beyond puberty.
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It often happens the first time that cute checker calls you "sir".
About a week ago a neighbor lady from down the street, stopped by to deliver a package to us that was delivered to her house. She was an attractive mid thirties woman. As our conversation evolved she said that she was a medical doctor at Madigan Army Hospital and held the rank of Major.

She asked me if I had served in the military. I said that I was an Army infantry captain, back in the day. She kept calling me "sir". I said she didn't have to do that because I should be calling her "sir", since she was a major. She said she just couldn't help herself because it was her upbringing to address older men as "sir".

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