American Compass: A Published Essay!

Today’s post will be short, but I actually have some exciting news: I’m officially a “published writer” as of yesterday! American Compass published an essay I wrote for their website, you can check it out here! It’s a short article that briefly tells the tale of my adult life, starting with my time in the …

Book Review: Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

This is one of the best military books out there. On October 3-4, 1993, a handful of Rangers and SFOD-D (Delta Force) operators were stranded in a city that was almost entirely hostile and armed, and they had to fight their way out. While technically a victory for American forces (16 men were killed, while …

“Sorry, Wrong Number.”

The other day was the 11th anniversary of the day I went to boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. I shared a story about the bus ride from the airport to boot camp, and decided to share a couple more anecdotes from that awful night! When you get to boot …

“This is it, Your Last Chance to Turn Back.”

That’s what the bus driver told me and about fifty other United States Marine Corps recruits, on a warm California night exactly 11 years ago. The Marine Corps loves theatrics, and they start at the very beginning of boot camp. See, no matter what time you fly into the airport at San Diego, they make …

Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt. 2)

Welcome back to another edition of Military Friday! This week, I’ll continue discussing a few particulars regarding Marine Corps boot camp that writers without a military background may not know. First off, the so-called sir sandwich is a thing of the past. Made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, it used to be that …

Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt.1)

I’m posting this a day early because tomorrow is the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, and I have a different kind of post planned. Welcome back to another edition of Military Fridays! This is a series of blog posts I’m doing to help other writer get a better glimpse at what …

Military Advice: Muskets and More!

Welcome to the first installment of my new series: Military Friday’s! Each Friday I’ll try to offer some advice for how to write military characters or scenes in your books, using my own experience as a rifleman in the United States Marine Corps. This week, I’m going to stick to the basics and tell you …

“The Fighters” by C.J. Chivers

Today’s post is a little different. I feel compelled to just talk a bit about a book I’m reading: The Fighters by C.J. Chivers. This has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. If you’ve followed my blog a while, you know I spent four years as an infantry Marine and deployed to Afghanistan twice. While …

Interview with The Quiet Visionary — The Stoic Veteran

Check out this interview I did with another blogger! He’s got some great and inspirational things to say. Hello everyone! Today I had the privilege to interview the author behind The Quiet Visionary! Like myself, he is a US military veteran and runs a blog whose mission is similar to my own. You might have …

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