Movie Review: The 11th Order

To be especially watchful at night and during the times for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority. – the Marine Corps’ 11th General Order of the Sentry Yesterday I watched a short film on YouTube right here, it was called The …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting some old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And …

Eight Inches From Death

June 26th is an important day in my life. Nine years ago today, I came within about eight inches of dying on a battlefield in Afghanistan, and it changed my entire worldview. Nine years ago, my squad and I were ambushed by some Taliban soldiers. Outnumbered nearly 3 to 1 in the middle of an …

The Story Behind the Characters- Part 3

Welcome back to “The Story Behind the Characters”! In the first two parts, I discussed the origins of Zach and Abby, the two main protagonists. You can read those posts here! For today I feel compelled to talk about a handful of characters that appear only briefly, but are very important to me: Sergeant Zach …

18 Years: The War in Afghanistan is an Adult Now

It’s that time, America’s little baby Afghanistan War is all grown up! It seems like just yesterday we watched it be born while the dust from the World Trade Center towers still mingled in the NYC air. I’m proud to say I was a part of the little guy’s life, aiding its growth in those …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And yet the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are treated with all the reverence of …

“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 …

A Room of One’s Own – Peter Martuneac

I did another little flash fiction piece for the Brave and Reckless blog. This one had to include the title of a book called “A Room For One’s Own”. Check it out! A Room of One’s Own – Peter Martuneac A Room of One’s Own – Peter Martuneac — Read on braveandrecklessblog.com/2019/08/04/a-room-of-ones-own-peter-martuneac/

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