And we have an anthology…

Interesting little things happen at writer cons…

Like this- Literally got put together over two days!

HERE is the link for SPOTREPS – A Maelstrom Rising Anthology.  And I’m VERY happy to be part of this one. There are some damn good writers involved, and I get to play in somebody else’s universe!

The writers are:

Larry Correia
Mike Kupari
LawDog
Brad Torgersen
James Rosone
Mike Massa
Steven Hildreth, Jr.
David Reeder
Chris Hernandez
Jonathan LaForce

I’ve already written my first draft and am waiting for feedback, but I’ll share the opening paragraphs of my story-

Ranger Enrique Sandoval sat in his black Tahoe at the burnt-out remains of the Love’s Truck Stop on I-40, just east of Amarillo. He fiddled with the radio squelch and volume, making sure it was high enough to hear over the wind, then turned the AM radio down as he looked at his watch. I hope Austin knows what they’re doing. Sit out here and wait for a radio call from Leroy Jenkins, then meet with… Hell, I don’t even know who these people are that I’m supposed to meet. Triarii? Some kind of quasi-military group? And they’re running a convoy of supplies. From where to where? And I’m not to ask questions, or try to pull them over, or let anybody else in law enforcement know about it. This is fu…

The radio suddenly came alive on the Ranger’s tactical frequency. “Lone Star, Leroy Jenkins. Lone Star, Leroy Jenkins, how copy?”

Enrique keyed up. “Leroy Jenkins, have you lima charlie. I am at the designated meet point. Black Tahoe.”

“Leroy Jenkins is ten out. One vehicle, M1117, will approach you.”

“Roger.”

This one is going to be a fun read, with all the different perspectives and authors, I’m REALLY looking forward to it!

State of the writer…

I haz a tired. I can’t word…

Just finished an 8000 word short for an anthology, then alpha read for another author.

I think my brains are pudding about now… Completing the final corrections pass on Burnt Ends today, and hope to have it live next week. It’s for my dinosaur readers who want an actual paperback.

Thanks to help from John Van Stry, I did get the page count down, and it will go out the door at $16.50 for a little over 140,000 words.

It is a collection of my short stories and novellas that were published online, plus one new short story from the western series I’m in the process of researching.

And in response to a sarcastic email about my earlier post on the Boeing Clippers, I give you this…

Winning friends…

NOT!!!

The lawmakers in Virginia continue their spiral down the rathole of gun control yet again. This time rather blatantly…

A state senator claimed he was told by the Democratic Senate Majority Leader that sheriff’s departments would not be getting a pay increase because many sheriffs have voiced opposition to gun control legislation.

Full article, HERE from Channel 6.

There is doing things behind closed doors and pandering to the media with some kind of BS sob story about the money not being available, yada, yada, then there is just flat telling the truth…

This time I ‘think’ the truth got out, possibly much to the Dem’s detriment come November. The last thing any politician wants to do, at least in most places, is to piss off law enforcement. Virginia, and the Dems in particular, don’t seem to care.

We’re going to need more popcorn if this keeps up!

h/t Stretch

Back in battery…

HIGHLY recommend any of William Aprill’s classes. Excellent speaker, breaks things down where everyone can understand it, and has no problem calling BS on things that don’t make sense.

In other news, this is a rather ‘interesting’ development that somebody got a shot of…

Tu-95 Bear MS loaded with 8 KH101(ASCM), NOT something I’ve ever seen before.

The 5300lb KH-101/102 (400 kg conventional warhead/450 kT nuclear warhead) has a range of 2,800–3,400 mi. The first use was from an SU-34 fighter dropping ONE of these against the Syrians in 2015. That is a LOT of weight and firepower to hang on a Bear….

With accurate Nav systems it is predicted to have, this could be a game changer…

Out of pocket…

Off site attending a course with William Aprill on criminal minds. No commenting or posting today, as it’s an all day course.

You can check out his blog, HERE.

I’ll be back on Sunday.

In honor of Bloomie…

And his first ‘appearance’ in a debate…

Not that he did real well… 🙂

Matter of fact, IF the reports are accurate, he got hammered by Warren et al pretty soundly!

TBT…

Do you remember???

Playing pickup baseball games in the summer without adults anywhere around?

Record players… and the little inserts you had to put in the 33 and 45 records?

And how many of us had one of these play sets? I did…

And last but not least… Medicine bottles without all the anti-tamper crap and caps that you need a college degree to get open?

And yet we survived… in spite of ourselves… LOL

 

Ouchie…

Had to go get back x-rays yesterday…

Not a lot of fun, got twisted into positions I couldn’t get into when I was MUCH younger. Hurts to sit, hurts to stand, so you get a meme while I try to get my back unkinked…

And yes, EXTREMELY grumpy yesterday…

And another airplane…

Made its debut 51 years ago, February 9th, 1969…

At least Boeing saved this one… And it became known as the 100 or SP series. The upstairs portion in the hump behind the cockpit was depending on the airline, either a lounge or ‘private’ first class seating.

I got my first flight on one in early 1973, from DFW to HNL aboard this bird…

It was known as Big Orange, and I remember that each ‘section’ had a different color scheme. Upstairs was a lounge and snacks. And they were FAST! Cruising at 560 kts, that was a quick trip to Hawaii. Ironically, a couple of weeks ago, yet another 747 broke the record for the fastest trip from New York to London, thanks to a ‘significant’ tail wind of about 240 kts, beating two Airbuses that were minutes ahead of them and minutes behind them because they cruise slower… LOL

Not bad for a 50+ year old design.

A look back at luxury…

Stuffed in the back of the sardine can on the way back from SLC yesterday, got pretzels and a little glass of Coke… sigh…

Granted it was a quicker trip, but…

An interesting bit of history that most of you are too young to remember. The docks where the Clippers tied up on Guam are now part of the marina on Naval Station.

Flying the Atlantic during the late 1930’s in the Pan Am Clipper.

You jet jockeys and frequent fliers will really appreciate this nostalgic look back in time at the Pan Am Clipper! Be sure to look at it all. The ‘fate’ of the Pan-Am Clipper was shocking.

Clipper passengers took their meals at real tables, not their seats. See below…

For most travelers in the  21st century flying is a dreary experience full of inconvenience, indignity and discomfort.

That wasn’t the case in the late 1930’s when those with the money to afford trans-oceanic flight got to take the Boeing Model 314, better known as the Clipper. Even Franklin Roosevelt used the plane celebrating his 61st birthday on board. Between 1938 and 1941 Boeing built 12 of the jumbo planes for Pan American World Airways.

The Clipper had a range of 3,500 miles — enough to cross either the Atlantic or Pacific with room for 74 passengers onboard. Of course modern aviation offers an amazing first class experience (and it’s a whole lot safer), but nothing in the air today matches the romanticism of crossing the oceans in the famed Clipper.

The nickname Clipper came from an especially fast type of sailing ship used in the 19th century. The ship analogy was appropriate, as the Clipper landed on the water, not runways.

On the Pan Am flights passengers had access to dressing rooms and a dining salon that could be converted into a lounge or bridal suite.
 The galley served up meals catered from four-star hotels. If you want to sit at a table to eat with other people these days you have to fly in a private jet. There was room for a crew of 10 to serve as many as 74 passengers.


On overnight flights the 74 seats could be turned into 40 bunks for comfortable sleeping.  The bunk beds came with curtains for privacy.

Unlike some modern jets that come with joysticks the Clipper had controls that resembled car steering wheels.

Navigating across the oceans required more manpower in the air.
The Clipper made its maiden Trans-Atlantic voyage on June 28, 1939.

But once the U. S. entered World War II the Clippers were pressed into service to transport materials and personnel.

POSTSCRIPT:

Prior to WWII the Japanese military became very interested in the new Pratt & Whitney radial engines that powered the PanAm Clipper.

On a flight from San Francisco to China a Clipper landed on Truk Lagoon to be refueled by Japanese authorities.  Later the Clipper was assumed lost over the Pacific. Years later it was revealed that the crew and passengers were arrested and executed.  The engines were retrieved and sent to Japan and the Clipper was sunk in deep water off Truk Lagoon.

Sadly, none of these aircraft exist today.