Free Story – A Place for Heroes

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Anyone who knows me has heard me say that I neither read nor write short fiction, except when I do. What I mean by that phrase is that I *rarely* read or write short fiction, because long form is really where my heart is. I try to live by the military axiom “you fight like you train.” If I want to be a great novelist, then I need to be writing novels. That’s the advice I give to aspiring writers. It’s fine if you *want* to write short stories, but viewing them as a means to success in long form is like practicing archery because you want to be a better shot with a pistol. But there are times when I have an idea that just doesn’t suit long form, and that’s the case with my SHADOW OPS novelette, WEAPONS IN THE EARTH, which will be published in the forthcoming John Joseph Adams’ OPERATION: ARCANA. Thinking about this, I reviewed one…

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On diet, fitness and giving yourself a break

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Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for diet and exercise advice. Staying in shape is a job requirement for me. Every few months, I get a new sailor into the unit, on average 10-15 years younger than I. Part of my job is to make sure that they meet physical fitness standards for our Search-and-Rescue (SAR) and Law Enforcement (LE) missions. It’s a cut above what the rest of the guard has to qualify for, and I cannot accept anything less than the standard requires. Because if you’re not in proper shape when you get out on the water, then you can’t do your job. And if you can’t do your job, then someone could die. And that’s on me. I absolutely flog myself on physical fitness. Because I can’t tell these new sailors to meet a standard, I can’t discipline them for failing to meet a standard, if I don’t meet it myself. I am the head…

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