The Historical Facts:
In May of 1783, the Society of the Cincinnati was founded. A leading member was Alexander Hamilton, and the first President of the Society was George Washington, even before he was President of the United States. The Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest, continuous military society in North America. Its current headquarters is at the Anderson House in downtown Washington, DC. Besides the Society of the Cincinnati, Hamilton founded the Federalist Party, the first political party.
“Can a democratic assembly . . . be supposed steadily to pursue the public good? Nothing but a permanent body can check the imprudence of democracy. Their turbulent and changing disposition requires checks.” Alexander Hamilton. 1787.
Thomas Jefferson was not allowed membership in the Society of the Cincinnati.
“Your people, sir, are a great beast.” Alexander Hamilton. 1792.
In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson, well known for his strong opposition to a standing army, established the United State Military Academy, the oldest Military Academy in the Americas. In 1819, he founded the University of Virginia, the first college in the United States to separate religion from education.
In 1745, the American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in North America was founded. Thomas Jefferson was a member for 47 years and its President for 17 years. He subsequently established the adjunct United States Military Philosophical Society (MPS) at West Point with the Academy Superintendent as its first leader. The APS has its current headquarters in Philosophical Hall on Liberty Square in Philadelphia. The MPS appears to have disappeared.
“I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom.” Thomas Jefferson. 1816.
Besides the APS and MPS, Jefferson founded the Anti-Federalist Party.
“The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, not a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the Grace of God.” Thomas Jefferson. 1826.
I wrote The Jefferson Allegiance on the premise that Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton looked at the Constitution and realized it was lacking in one key area: what happens when a President exceeds the norms that is expected and becomes Imperial? Thomas Jefferson, in fact, did this as President with the LA Purchase and even he saw the potential problems. It was a #2 national bestseller when it came out.
I’ll be presenting in Jacksonville next Saturday from 9 to 4 on writing the novel and some on the publishing business. The presentation goes from the original idea, through plot, setting, dialogue, character, point of view, the creative process and more. Late in the afternoon we’ll discuss the current state of publishing and where it might be headed.
While it’s being put on by the local chapter of Romance Writers, this is for all genres.
To register, check HERE
Looking forward to seeing you there!
We are more at risk of a worldwide pandemic than ever before for 7 reasons:
1. Growing population, more crowded and urbanization.
2. Encroaching into new environments.
3. Climate change, particularly causing increased flooding.
4. Global travel.
5. Civil Conflict.
6. Fewer doctors and nurses in potential breakout regions.
7. Faster information can lead to faster panic.
All these factors come into play in Z-Final: Countdown, a book in the Green Beret series I wrote a number of years ago. It is FREE today, 9/29 and tomorrow 9/30.
A heads up that Prepare Now-Survive Now, my condensed preparation/survival manual is free today, Monday 24 September! Given recent events this is a must have for everyone. The real key is preparation and to have what you need on hand before disaster strikes.
Becca the Labrarian continues to find great deals and when she came up with this one, I immediately bought it to read again as it’s a classic, #1 NYT bestseller. Highly recommended! Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
I finished the draft of a first book in a new series that will feature Will Kane, an ex-SF veteran working as a fixer in New York City; I’ve started this series in the summer of 1977. The first book is tentatively titled New York Minute. It will be followed by Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and then Walk on the Wild Side. I have to see what my agent wants to do with it and once I get an idea, I’ll update, but I’m suspecting it will be available in the latter stages of 2019. I’m very excited about these books as I’ve assembled a great cast of characters.
Hoping everyone is cooling off finally as we move into the fall.
Bob & Cool Gus & Becca the Labrarian
I’ll be doing a day long workshop in Jacksonville on 13 September. I’ll be covering writing a novel from the idea through the completed manuscript along with information on the business of publishing.
Registration is here.
While it’s being run by an RWA chapter, the workshop is designed for all fiction writers.
I look forward to seeing you there and here is an example of what I’ll be covering (more is on my free slideshows page)
This is something everyone who drives or is a passenger needs to know. Beforehand. Also, there are one or two tools that are useful to have on hand. Additionally, 80% of natural disasters are accompanied by flooding.
I was never fond of the water and didn’t learn how to swim until I was forced to as part of the ‘rock squad’ at West Point. Then, of course, my Special Forces A-Team was picked to attend the Royal Danish Navy Fromandkorpset school for combat swimming and became designated as a Maritime Operations Team. For some strange reason we never went to the Bahamas for our training. It was usually the North Sea or the Bering Strait in January. Where you learn dry suits aren’t.
When we lived on Whidbey Island, we commuted by the ferry. While people laugh at these signs, there are many cars that have gone down what the driver thought was a road at night but was actually a boat ramp. BE PREPARED. Be knowledgeable.
The slideshare below contains information and a video on how to escape a sinking car.
Battles often turn on good fortune and luck as well as planning and training and execution.
When I picked 6 June as one of the days the Time Patrol sends agents back to, the foremost year, of course, was 1944. One of the agents parachutes into France the night before the invasion to link up with the French Resistance and make sure the Shadow doesn’t change our history by keeping a key rail bridge from being blown and thus allowing Panzers to make it to the beach head ahead of what history records.
D-Day (Time Patrol) is free on Kindle today, 20 August, only. Grad it while you can!
The battle fascinated both my wife and I. In fact, the very first trip we ever took was driving out west to visit the battlefield. I never quite understood how it developed, despite reading numerous books about it and studying it at West Point and as an Army officer.
The minute I stepped out of the car and saw the terrain I realized how the actual battle played out.
Of more importance though, is what events led to the battle taking place? Who was Custer?
This free slideshow is something I put together as part of my studies.
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I’ve been uploading links to my many slideshows, like the one above to my web page for easier viewing. They’re here:
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I really enjoyed this 6 episode series set in England and starring Stellan Skarsgard as detective John River with a peculiar psychological problem. I can’t tell you what it is, but it makes for intriguing story telling.
What I can tell you is that if you’re interested in a story where no one is what they appear to be, this is it. In fact, that’s what I loved about this series. The theme is that what we see when we look at people, hides a lot. Even though we may think we know someone very well, such as a spouse or best friend or close work companion, we really don’t.
The casting was excellent as well as the acting. I particularly like the new partner, Ira (Adeel Akhtar). He was the perfect foil for John River. In fact he might be the baseline of ‘normalcy’ in the story.
The only thing I wasn’t particularly impressed with was the actual detective work. There was a LOT of reliance on CCTV and computers. It seemed like every clue, everything that was needed, was either on CCTV or a laptop. Since my current work-in-progress is set in New York City in 1977, it’s a real eye-opener to write a story with no laptop, no cell phones, no Google, no CCTV. To call someone you have to go to a payphone and drop a dime. Literally.
Cool Gus gives it four paws up. Recommended.
While I was at West Point I went to a briefing by the LTC who had come up with the idea for the First Earth Battalion. It was an intriguing concept, one that the Pentagon never bought into.
Then when I was in 10th Special Forces we ran the Trojan Warrior program. Both those experiences helped shape my idea for my two Psychic Warrior books. Taking warfare to the virtual plane.