Huzzah! A Walk in Darkness, the draft, is finished! Unedited…

Good morning and Happy Easter (if you celebrate the holiday). I am pleased as punch to say that A Walk in Darkness is finished. Whew. As I typed the last few words, a sense of elation passed over me. You guys are wonderful, and I’m thankful you are here to revel with me in theContinue reading “Huzzah! A Walk in Darkness, the draft, is finished! Unedited…”

Benediction, acknowledgements for A Walk in Darkness…unedited…

I’m unsure of how to do this, only because I’ve focused on writing A Walk in Darkness and haven’t taken the time to research on how to write one properly. Still, this is what I have in mind. If you guys don’t mind, I thought I would try it out here. To my parents, LarryContinue reading “Benediction, acknowledgements for A Walk in Darkness…unedited…”

A Walk in Darkness…Milestone…unedited…

I’ve done it. I surpassed 44,000 words. Way back, when Freeman’s Front Porch Musings was just conceived, I started my first attempt at writing AWID. I was so cocky and self-assured. “I’ve got this,” I told a friend of mine. “It’s my story. There’s nothing to this writing gig.” So stupid. But for a firstContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…Milestone…unedited…”

A Walk in Darkness…new writing, unedited, incomplete…

Author’s Note: For some reason, I feel as if I should start today’s writing with an author’s note. I spent my career on three bases, two stateside and one in Europe. When I first joined, I wanted to experience all that was the army. The bases, the families, the communities, everything, and I did. GermanyContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…new writing, unedited, incomplete…”

A portion of A Walk in Darkness…Bad bosses and some sensitivity training…unedited…

On Monday, I climbed the stairs to the second floor landing and walked to a small room off the main wing of the building. The building itself sat across the street from the USO and out-processing building.  A loud round woman stood behind the lectern. Between her girth and height she towered over said lectern.Continue reading “A portion of A Walk in Darkness…Bad bosses and some sensitivity training…unedited…”

An update on A Walk in Darkness…unedited…

I’ve worked on this story for over ten years now. Either in my head or in writing, I’ve walked this path so many times. I’ve started and stopped more times than I can count. Today, I crossed page 172 in my story. A friend printed off two copies of the story for people to readContinue reading “An update on A Walk in Darkness…unedited…”

Another portion of A Walk in Darkness…unedited…

“Get at parade rest, sergeant. You do not address my soldiers in the manner you just did-ever. First thing Monday morning, I am sending you to sensitivity training. Where did you serve that said it was okay to speak to people like that?” “Um, I spent the last three years fighting a war. Where haveContinue reading “Another portion of A Walk in Darkness…unedited…”

A portion of A Walk in Darkness…unedited…

The staff duty officer waved the bus driver over and said, “three for the FARP.” We followed him out to the bus, and he drove us to a small building not far from where we had jumped out. The driver pulled up and the air brakes hissed. People walked out and greeted us. Our platoonmatesContinue reading “A portion of A Walk in Darkness…unedited…”

A Walk in Darkness…the start of the second deployment…unedited…

Author’s note: I want to clarify something. These soldiers, those I had just met, while most were unproven in combat, that’s not to say they were incompetent. These guys, especially the lower-enlisted trained me. I wasn’t surrounded by sergeants who trained me. Everything I learned about setting up and tearing down FARP’s, I learned fromContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…the start of the second deployment…unedited…”

A Walk in Darkness…life after combat and the move to Europe…unedited…

Given that it was early morning by the time I found my bags, loaded it into our vehicle and made our way home, I wasn’t tired. Once home, my children played in the living room while I put my gear away. My wife and children met me in the living room. We talked for aContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…life after combat and the move to Europe…unedited…”