Ten Things to Know About Me

1. I’m a writer of speculative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and a book reviewer. I primarily write science fiction and fantasy, poetry and review military history books. I sell a high percentage of my nonfiction. My bibliography is listed here. 2. I live with my wife in the Dallas – Fort Worth Area, but I’ve also… Continue reading Ten Things to Know About Me

My Oldest Son Was Born 37 Years Ago Today

On Monday, January 24, 1977 I was a second lieutenant on active duty stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. I was serving as the weapons platoon leader (81 mm mortars and T.O.W. missiles) in Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion 47th Infantry in the 3rd brigade of the 9th Infantry Division. My unit was training with the 2… Continue reading My Oldest Son Was Born 37 Years Ago Today

Poem: Why Won’t You Talk

Why Won’t You Talk Why won’t you talk? About the things that you feel Yes it’s you and me We share a common history What can I do? To get through to you What can I say? To make your pain go away Once you enjoyed being in my arms Your personality charmed You were… Continue reading Poem: Why Won’t You Talk

The Muse and Me

Have you ever had a muse, or a muse-like experience where you felt so passionate, or “taken over” by a creative spirit or compulsion to express and create? This is more than just “in the zone” … it’s almost as if someone or something takes over and writes for you. Four examples of a muse… Continue reading The Muse and Me

It is Malignant

The sun will not rise for another hour. I am sitting in my favorite Starbucks in Plano, Texas.  My friend Jim is sitting at the table next to me. He is 72 years old and retired from IBM. He is a Oklahoma State University graduate. He was a pitcher on their baseball team in the… Continue reading It is Malignant

When Washington Burned: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812

One of the least known wars in United States or for that matter British history is the War of 1812. The War of 1812 was a rather disorderly event. At times it had several minor campaigns going on at the same time. They weren’t coordinated, were hundreds of miles apart and had little or nothing to do… Continue reading When Washington Burned: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812

Life Goes On

It is Monday, January 6, 2014. With a new year, we get a new beginning, a fresh start on things. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a new start. 2013 ended in less than spectacular fashion. My household faced many challenges. The top of the list included my bride of 39… Continue reading Life Goes On

How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War

How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones is a scholarly look at the Civil War. Hattaway and Jones have produced a great book on Civil War logistics, planning, and administration. They authors seem to focus more on the logistics and strategy side over the tactical… Continue reading How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War

Looking Back

Have you ever sat down with a cup of hot coffee and reflected on your life? Go ahead; raise your right hand if you have done it. If you are looking in my direct, you will see I have my hand lifted high. I admit I have had many of those melancholy moments. No, I… Continue reading Looking Back

Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004 by Dick Camp

The year was 2004. During the spring and summer the Iraqi nation was overwhelmed with violence. The nation’s Shiites and Sunnis headlined the sectarian fighting. The Army of Iraq had been disbanded by the United States Proconsul. The results of his actions were infusing a large number of angry young men into the streets of… Continue reading Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004 by Dick Camp