Letter from a cadet

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A few months ago, I received a letter from a cadet at one of the United States military academies. The cadet was a fan of my work and had met me at a convention, and felt comfortable enough with me to get in touch. This cadet was struggling with their decision to join up. They joined because they believed in the ideals of honesty, integrity, duty, and helping others. They still believe in these, but were struggling with doubts as to whether the military was where they were supposed to be. The letter didn’t come straight out and ask it, but it was clear the cadet wanted to know if I thought they should stay in, graduate and commission, or ring the bell and head home. When I first read the letter, I panicked with the kind of pompous overestimation of my own significance that is common to writers. Surely my answer would impact the future of this person’s life, the future of the military,…

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Nobody owns the military experience

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My novelette, Weapons in the Earth, is coming out in John Joseph Adams’ military fantasy anthology, OPERATION: ARCANA. It’s a Prisoner of War (POW) tale, told from the point of view of non-combatants. I was really proud to write it, if only because I hope it’ll shift the conversation on what constitutes a “military” story. After being asked how I considered it to be a “military” story in multiple interviews, I thought I’d talk about the issue here. It’s one that’s near and dear to my heart. Most “military” fiction addresses the warrior’s point of view, whether it be a dissection of tragedy like THE FOREVER WAR, a Ringoesque piece complete with blazing guns and waving flags, or the more balanced treatment in a Campbell or Buettner novel. Some highlight heroism and make forays into “gear porn,” others focus on the challenges of reintegration and the return home, but ALL share this – the warfighter is the center of the…

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Why I now have a beard

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A short while ago, I “dropped my RCC.” RCC stands for Request Change of Component, and “dropped” means, “filed the paperwork.” This initiates a transfer of my status from Select Reserve (SELRES – those reservists who are drilling on the weekends, doing a minimum of two weeks active duty time a year, and are ready to mobilize for any contingency) to the Individual Ready Reserve or IRR, an unpaid, non-drilling force that maintains a modicum of military readiness, but who generally aren’t called up except in the event of an existential crisis (i.e. invasion of the homeland). The SELRES are uniformed warfighters. So are the IRR, technically, but the truth is that we’re more of a territorial militia, a pool of experienced military veterans who will be dipped into only in the time of greatest need. IRR reservists still do a couple of weeks of unpaid service a year, mostly through correspondence courses. We do administrative work to help keep…

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Guest Post: Leanna Renee Hieber’s Top Ten Fashion Ideas for Writers

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Hey all,  I just got the outline on my new tattoo done today. It was on the inside of my bicep, up into my armpit and over the inside of my elbow. For those of you who’ve been tattooed, you will understand that those are particularly sensitive parts of the body. It knocked the stuffing out of me, so I figure tonight’s a good night to take a back seat and let someone else drive.  I’ve known Leanna for years from the con scene, and as she is now both one of my sisters in the Holy Taco *and* has a book coming out, I figure now would be a good time to let her take the helm. I’m up at Boskone next weekend, and look forward to seeing some of you there! Take it away Leanna! Dear Readers of Myke Cole’s Blog. I have a ton of fun with Myke at various conventions throughout this great land, and he’s kindly…

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Release Day

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Buy it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell’s or Indiebound. As I write this, snow is accumulating on my hipster Brooklyn fire escape at the rate of three inches/hour. The news, in their usual fit of hysteria and hyperbole, is calling this the worst blizzard in city history. Whether or not that’s true, you can’t argue with the fact that it’s snowing like a motherfucker out there. There’s an explanation for this. You see, tomorrow is official release date of my latest novel, GEMINI CELL. I’m not a particularly smart guy. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. How dull exactly? Flip that switch and turn out the lights. I’ll just sit here drooling in the dark until someone comes along and turns ‘em back on. You might think it unlikely that a guy with my particular brand of intellectual limitation would ever be a published author, and you’d be…

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