Paul Bucha -a Medal of Honor recipient

Paul Bucha

 

Several years ago, I had the honor of meeting Paul Bucha.  At the time, I only knew that he was a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.  We spoke at length about the current state of politics and his vision for the future of our country.  I listened politely, not knowing exactly who he was. When he left, he shook my hand and gave me the challenge coin you see in the picture above.  To say I was stunned would be an understatement.  His heroic story appears below… Continue reading “Paul Bucha -a Medal of Honor recipient”

Easter

Jerusalem

Easter- the Holiest of days on the Christian calendar.

Back in 2008, I was fortunate enough to travel with then Vice President Dick Cheney to Jerusalem, Israel.  My particular assignment was to guard the main entrance of the King David Hotel, where the Vice President was RON’ing (Secret Service slang for “Remaining Overnight”).  It just so happened that the VP’s visit coincided with Holy Week.  And since I was working the midnight shift, I had a “day off” to sight see. Continue reading “Easter”

Sending out a Query Letter

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So what’s a query letter, you ask?

The short answer:  It’s a sales pitch an aspiring writer makes when they are seeking representation with a literary agent.

The long answer:  It’s the dreaded “one-pager” that each writer must write if they want to see their book on the shelves of Barnes and Noble or any other book store for that matter.  The writer must squeeze a 400+ page manuscript into roughly 500 words, throw-in some “catchy” lines to grab the literary agent’s attention, and finish it off with a short bio.  This one-pager is all a writer has to impress a literary agent,  and without it, the writer has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting their manuscript looked at by one of the Big-5 publishing companies. Continue reading “Sending out a Query Letter”

How many drafts did you write?

83002265-29BD-497A-B510-9362415978B3In his book, “On Writing,” Stephen King said when he finished writing a story, he would put a physical copy of it in a drawer and forget about it for at least six weeks.  This was so that he would have “fresh eyes,” when editing.

My story, sat on top of my desk for “only” three weeks, her siren call to powerful to resist. So I grabbed my red pen and started re-reading it.  My brother’s assistance was instrumental during the first edit.  Hell, after me, he knew the story better than anyone else.  In fact, he helped out a lot while I was writing, giving me numerous style and plot ideas  (I tell him every day he missed his calling in life —which he promptly reminds me that he’s still young). Continue reading “How many drafts did you write?”