When I started providing advisory assistance for authors, there was a reason for that. The books I had been reading, some of them from best-selling authors, were full of inaccuracies when relating to weapons, military operations, ranks, etc. For the most part, I’d like to think that the authors I’ve helped come away from the … More Why?
Within several genres, there is a need for someone to provide insight into the confusing world of the firearms and military procedures. Specifically, within the apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre the need is great. Editors are excellent to have, proofreaders for feedback, beta/test readers as a test market are all resources that an author should … More Understanding what a Military Technical Advisor can do for an author
When I talk about industry I am referring to the publishing industry. This is not a rant about publishers. Okay, maybe a little but not directed towards publishers per se but more towards the authors that they publish. Here are the paramount issues: lack of due diligence research and failure to check your facts. Right … More Industry wide issues
Know the difference when writing. Many times I’ve seen ordinance used in reference to military ammunition and weapons. It’s isn’t just in fiction either. Here’s a headline from a newspaper: Unexploded ordinance brought to Fairchild triggers lockdown Funny thing about this headline, this is what it read as above when it was first posted. Hours … More Ordinance and Ordnance
“…Lee’s mind conjured up the nearest memory of darkness and gunfire: the dim stairwell in the Petersen’s house, the haze of cordite hanging in the air…” The Remaining: Aftermath by D.J. Molles published 2012 “This happened recently. I can still smell the cordite.” Dialogue from the film Collateral 2004 Let’s clear the air, … More Cordite: why is it in contemporary fiction?
Controversy surrounds firing of Recruit Female CO Ok, so lets look at the facts. LtCol. Germano got her females to score higher on the range. Up from 61% to 91%. I don’t know about you, but if I was a Marine and there were female Marines in my AO, I’d want to make sure they … More Female USMC officer relieved for being ‘tough’ on female recruits
February 2015 opened Ranger School for female soldiers interested in getting the Ranger tab. This does not make those females a Ranger as that would entail spending time in a Ranger Bat and those units are Tier 1 combat units which are currently still closed to females. Here’s some information on how that program … More The latest update on women being allowed into Tier 1 units
A trope is like a cliché, you really don’t want to use one if you can help it. The definition of trope is a noun that is figurative, metaphorical or ironical. The use of tropes in films is not uncommon. The same can be said in literature. A firearm trope is an action or move … More Firearm tropes in film and literature