A Writer’s Play Things

Girl on left has secret army boyfriend.
Girl on left has secret army boyfriend.

It’s not a secret that I like military men. I made a mistake the first time around, but I hit the jackpot in my second marriage to a Navy man. Since two of his nephews just recently graduated Annapolis and since it’s my not so secret dream that my daughter will one day marry one of them, I have to go with the Navy in football. But West Point and the army are where it’s at in my writing. My father served in the army and West Point is where Buck Crenshaw first really developed as a character for my novels. How could it be helped? It’s a scenic and historic gem and it became obvious pretty early in Buck’s development that he was going to love the discipline and was going to get into trouble.

Buck's playground.
Buck’s playground.

The play things are a schedule and a print (I think I’ll have to buy it). Just enough information to get me happy.

Who doesn't like a well planned out day?
Who doesn’t like a well planned out day?

And just as an aside, is anyone else morally repulsed when presidents in their State of the Union speeches always bring out the disabled soldiers to prove they care about them?

11 responses to “A Writer’s Play Things”

  1. My daughter graduated from USNA and loves what she’s doing. She served two tours in the Fleet and is now in DC and Ft. Meade, MD. What a wonderful life it is. I hope your nephews-in-law love it as much.


  2. I expect low life politicians to do low down politics. My bigger problem is when someone sends people to a geographic nightmare like Afghanistan without clear targets. Iraq was winnable, Afghanistan is a waste.


    • Yet, Iraq isn’t really won, is it? Those people are still suffering. So we used depleted uranium bullets either because it makes good, dense bullets or we used dp because we felt like getting rid of a dangerous waste product. Luckily the Geneva Convention came out against it—too late.

      Very odd things happen in Afghanistan. Probably most people understand by now that presidents are a joke. I wonder who really runs the show? You like symbolism, mbracedefreak, have you made any weird connections in politics?


      • I cut most of my political stuff. The chapter I hate most has some. Losing too much identity to a group whether political, religious, or something like feminism is what I hope to capture.
        Sending a message with missiles attached at a target made sense after 9/11, but prolonged war is dumb. Bush and Obama both botched the message and the war. Afghanistan is in Russia’s backyard and they failed in taking the country. Our better military has the disadvantage of going half way around the world.


  3. I agree about both presidents. Party politics don’t interest me any longer. I care about ideas no matter where they fall in the human spectrum. Groups tend towards militancy. I’ve never been a joiner.

    So is your book like your blog? I was wondering if you see any mythological elements in the New World Order stuff people talk about.


    • I do not actively follow New World stuff, but leaders do manipulate to gather followers. They may have good intent, but …. Democracy is a check and balance system. The large Catholic church threw things out of balance in the US. Smaller religions with freedom of choice fits the democratic model. A large group always borders on totalitarian mindset. No one resembling a Pilgrim or a Native American (both come from clan based systems) sits on the Supreme court.
      Feminism links to Inanna stealing the laws (MES) from Enki. Castration of the gods also has some links to power grabs, not just by Fems. Hephaestus and Ptah link to the devalued craftsman; they also represent the freaks. Unlike Obama, I favor the farmer over the marketer, but I often side with the Dims on nature. Fertility = nature (which has many gods). I’ll do a post on blog vs. book.


      • Even larger tribes of Indians liked dominating smaller ones (Aztecs and others of the more war-like). I read somewhere that in the Book of Enoch the fallen angels taught the people many of the crafts–metallurgy, weaponry and even abortion techniques. All very interesting and strange.

        Thinking about the Indians–the tribes that remained agricultural fit in better with the European model of property and civilization. The Indians who became more nomadic easily succumbed to the greedy, get-rich-quick slaughter of the buffaloes and lost everything.

        Obama has no respect for property rights. Peasant farmers didn’t do so well under socialists and communists. Small farmers in this country are worried about open space initiatives that would have most people moved into cities and govt run farms (cronies) given agricultural land to produce GMO food.

        I think private property rights are the only thing that keeps civilization even remotely sane.

        Look forward to your post about the book.


  4. Your point about soldiers and the State of the Union Address is relevant. It is an issue that historians in the future will chew on for sure. I find it irritating because I am a retired troop, twice deployed. It is annoying that troops can be used as political pawns in all kinds of environments. What is fascinating is troops ignore it and still serve, without really asking anything in return. The ones that do are asking what is due to them for the sacrifice they made and came back maimed or dead. When I was in Walter Reed a year before my retirement injured soldiers there with one limb remaining were treated like second class citizens. I called the post commander to give an earful but got run around on a phone, hung up and left angry. Perhaps the placement of troops in the SOTU address is symbolic that these issues are in need of some attention. Remember the address is supposed to instill nationalism and patriotism in the country. It is designed to get people together to address current issues. Troops are a big one, whether they are a circus clown, poster child or a reflection of heart felt appreciation and support.


    • I can’t think of a single military person I’ve known who had a sense of entitlement (except one and he was dishonorably discharged for ridiculous behavior).

      One of the reasons I love studying the military in the late 19th century is because I’m fascinated by the officers’ class and their heightened sense of duty, honor and even etiquette. Not every one of them lived up to the code ( a great book on this is Tarnished Eagles) but many tried.

      I’m kinda concerned by all of the dismissals recently of top brass military men. Is this normal? My husband was in the Navy Nuke program for ten years and mentioned they’d just gotten rid of a bunch of Nuke officers.

      Also have other friends who’ve had a difficult time finding work because the media keeps hyping the “crazy vet” thing–as they seemed to have done after the Vietnam War (another book by BG Burkett, Stolen Valor exposes the VA hospitals and the scam artists who made people think the vets were nuts–disgusting). When the president mentioned the current vets needing more funds for mental health, I cringed. After serving 10 tours of duty men might have some issues, but hearing that vets are being denied jobs and their second amendment rights because of shaky mental states scares me.

      Even back in the 19th century the papers in the east loved finding fault with the underpaid military sent to subdue the Indians, yet politicians loved a good patriotic visit with a famous general.

      I wish I believed that the young man the other night who could barely stand on his own was there to show the country’s support of the troops, but to me there’s something disgusting about the way politicians hold people up for their own aggrandizement or to show their humanity. the politicians are responsible for drone strikes on weddings. The troops have to pick up the pieces as always.

      I wonder what they all think of the Constitution as it crumbles away.


      • Your husband was a Nuke? I’m Nuke waste. If he was an instructor, tell him. I wish him the worst of luck. I couldn’t talk until I was about 5 and it left me with problems doing oral presentations. That level of material plus damaged gear in my brain made it impossible to survive. They blew my evaluation, but then I again they made the Fort Hood shooter a psychiatrist and a Major. Sorry It is a touchy subject. I was honorable, they were not.


      • You don’t have to apologize. 🙂 I didn’t mean to say the entire military establishment was honorable–that would mean they were gods. I was saying that the people I know who joined the military had a mindset that made them sacrifice (sometimes without questioning).

        My husband’s a good guy who sort of got pushed into the Nuke program. I guess it’s pretty competitive and you have to do things just so. I could never imagine doing it.Just like a lot of other young guys out of high school with no money for college, my husband was steered towards the military and tested well for the Nuke program.

        The Fort Hood thing is an entirely different matter–scary politics and PC.

        I’m sorry your experience with the military was a bad one. As I said–I’d be a horrible candidate for any of it.
        He looks back on it all and can’t believe he was ever in the military–it sort of goes against his personality–he says. he’s just a good engineer.


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