Marine Monday: Stork Class Shuttle

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Hey Space Cadets, how’re you doing today?  I’m sucking wind, trying not to self-destruct from a Daylight Savings Time gone horribly wrong.  Tell me again why this is necessary?  Sigh, back to other more pleasant things.  I’ve finished the developmental edits of No Marine Left Behind with my editor, Corey.  Now the piece of literary excellence is off to Thomas and his Red Pen of Doom for a final copy edit.  I hope to have more information about that one to you soon.  My editing team’s also deep into their edits for Operation Breakout, and I should be publishing it next month.  More updates and publishing news to come soon.

 

You can still get the prequel novella, The Demons of Kor-Lir, by signing up for my newsletter.  Also, Boss Man has a new short story coming out for free if you sign up for his newsletter and I recommend it!  I’ll be sending out a newsletter soon with more information, but until then let’s move on to today’s Marine Monday.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy the journey!

 

Today I was leaked, by our friendly neighborhood LegionLeak source, the official vehicle stats of the Stork Class Shuttle. Enjoy the read, but please remember to destroy this message after reading it so the anonymous source can live long enough to continually feed us excellent intelligence!  Without further ado, here is the leaked document!

 

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Hopefully you enjoyed this sneak peek into one of the most prolific classes of shuttles in the Human Legion.  If you did, stay tuned for next week as we anxiously wait for the latest documents smuggled our way!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry! 

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JR

 

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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Marine Monday: Zempi Milisyen-Hoia

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Hey Space Cadets, how is everyone today?  I’m great, I’ve finished my first Sleeping Legion short story and am starting another in the Four Horsemen universe before jumping into book four. I’ll be co-writing with Corey Truax, my current editor, and fellow author and Mesopotamian Veteran. This story is the tale of an intergalactic bounty hunter, with loads of shenanigans and insanity to follow.  If this co-writing works out, Corey and I will write a new series, which we’ve titled “The Odera Chronicles.”

 

Okay, so on to our regularly scheduled Marine Monday! Today I was leaked, by our friendly neighborhood LegionLeak source, the official bio of New Order Janissary Zempi Milisyen-Hoia. Now the important parts!  Remember, destroy this message after reading it so the anonymous source can live long enough to continually feed us excellent intelligence!  Without further ado, here is the leaked document!

 

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Hopefully you enjoyed this sneak peek into our favorite Janissary’s official dossier.  If you did, stay tuned for next week as we anxiously wait for the latest documents smuggled our way!

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!  

brown_bess

JR

 

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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Marine Monday: Sashala Kraevoi

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Hey Space Cadets, how is everyone today?  I’m great, I have my wife and mother just finished making their final pass through Operation Breakout before I send it out to my editors, Corey and Thomas.  I’m VERY excited to get that to market and see what readers think of the book.  I’m currently 6k words into a short story, which I’ve tentatively titled “No Marine Left Behind” and I’m very excited about it.  It was my first attempt at a purposely written short story, and my writing progress has improved because of it.  It’s been through one developmental editing pass, and if you need to know more about that you can read about it from my editor by clicking here.

 

After I finish, I’ll be co-writing another short story for an anthology with best-selling author Chris Kennedy.  My new co-author will be Corey Truax, my current editor and fellow Mesopotamian Veteran.  Yes, you are right to imagine the shenanigans which will follow!  I’ll tell you more about it as we get closer but I will be finishing my Sleeping Legion Series before I jump into anything after my current two short stories.  When I need a break from Maternal Vengeance, I’ll hop over onto a few short stories, but then I want to charge full bore towards the Sleeping Legion Finish Line!

 

Okay, so on to our regularly scheduled Marine Monday! Today I was leaked, by our friendly neighborhood LegionLeak source, the official bio of Marine Sashala Kraevoi.  I’m currently working on a short story about her journey into The Sleeping Legion.  It’s been hard for her, but you’ll appreciate her appearance in Fortress Beta City and later in Operation Breakout even more after this.  Now the important parts!  Remember, destroy this message after reading it so the anonymous source can live long enough to continually feed us excellent intelligence!  Without further ado, here is the leaked document!

 

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Hopefully you enjoyed this sneak peek into our favorite Marines official record.  If you did, stay tuned for next week as we anxiously wait for the latest documents smuggled our way!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!

brown_bess

JR

 

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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World Building Wednesday: Prioritizing

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Hey Space Cadets, how’s everyone doing today?  I’m good, I will finish Operation Breakout today and I’m super excited about it.  I’m already working on where book four will go, and I’ve some fun ideas.  We’ve tentatively titled book four Maternal Vengeance. For those of you who’ve read The Human Legion Series, you’ll see the culmination of a plot thread started by author Tim C. Taylor.  I’ve also submitted a short story to an anthology, as I’ve previously mentioned, and was invited to another anthology. I’ll tell you more about that as the details emerge, but I promise it’ll be soon.

 

Now, on to today’s World Building Wednesday topic, prioritizing your writing.  What do I mean by this?  Well, as creative people it’s easy to get distracted by the bright shiny idea. That next story, the next series can all pull you away from your work in progress and leave you starting millions of projects without finishing anything.  I try to resist this temptation, power through it, roll over it like it was the Maginot Line in the 1930’s!  Why?  Because I can’t send ideas and half-finished manuscripts to my editor and I certainly can’t publish them.

 

My solution, stolen from other authors who I’ve chatted with and writing podcasts I’ve listened too is simple.  Use your motivation for the next shiny thing to push you to finish your current work in progress.  Let the boredom with the current idea motivate you to be innovate and come up with ways to reinvigorate the story for your readers.  If it bores you, maybe it would bore them and you don’t want to lose your readers.

 

What about the rest of you out there in the Handley Trenches?  How do you prioritize your works in progress?  Do you write one project at a time, or are you one of those special souls who can write multiple projects simultaneously?  I would love to hear from you in the comments below, so don’t be afraid to sound off!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!  

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JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are videos used by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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Marine Monday: Half Compass Point Formation

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you today? I’m great, and only have four chapters left in Operation Breakout.  I finished my short story submission to the Roswell Anthology, which after a quick edit will be submitted to Tickety Boo Press, Ltd. tomorrow.  I was invited to another anthology, which will be written with a co-author, and outlined it as well!  It’s top secret for now, and we will tell you about it at some point in the future.  Anyway, life is good!

 

Now, onto today’s topic! Today’s Marine Monday is a continuation of last week’s discussion about combat tactics in an interstellar universe. If you missed it, read about the Compass Point Formation here. You really missed out, I’m not trying to make you feel guilty, but if you do…maybe that’s the universe telling you to check in on my blog more regularly!

 

So, the tactics of void combat! Such tactics require fighting men and women to consider things in this spherical manner instead of on a plane. It’s not just what is above you and around you, now it’s what’s below you and around you as well. This obviously means that future warriors will have to be even more alert than their modern counterparts. Further, the cost for making mistakes escalates when you are discussing combat in the vacuum of space. The Void is a harsh and unforgiving place where only the strong survive, which necessitates the creation of new and constantly evolving tactics for the battlefield. What works today, might not work tomorrow.

 

How do we know all of this?  Well, today we have another excerpt from one of the manuals purloined by our LegionLeaks hero!  Take a peak, before they come for us and it disappears forever!

 

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One of the afore mentioned tactics is the Half Compass Point Formation. Interested in knowing more?  Well, read the excerpt from their manual, and give it a quick look over!

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Hopefully this will whet your appetite for me, and if so you should pop on back next week where we look at another combat formation!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry! 

brown_bess

JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are videos used by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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Marine Monday: Compass Point Formation

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you today? I’m great, still riding the high my Dragon gave me yesterday!  I wrote 5k words and will hit the finish line in under ten days!  Operation Breakout is now at 68k words and around 75% complete and I couldn’t be happier!  Now, let’s see if I can keep up this pace!  Admittedly, I am at the fun part of the book which is the easiest to write. I mean, what’s not to love about writing combat scenes?

 

Now, onto today’s topic! Today’s Marine Monday is about combat tactics in an interstellar universe, which requires fighting men and women to consider things in this spherical manner instead of on a plane. It’s not just what above of you and around you, now it’s what’s below you and around you as well. This obviously means that future warriors will have to be even more alert than their modern counterparts. Further, the cost for making mistakes escalates when you are discussing combat in the vacuums of space. The Void is a harsh and unforgiving place where only the strong survive, which necessitates the creation of new and constantly evolving tactics for the battlefield. What works today, might not work tomorrow.

 

How do we know all of this?  Well, today we have another excerpt from one of the manuals purloined by the LegionLeaks hero!  Take a peak, before they come for us and it disappears forever!

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One of the afore mentioned tactics is the Compass Point Formation. Interested in knowing more?  Well, read the excerpt from their manual, and give it a quick look over!

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Hopefully this whet your appetite for me, and if so you should pop on back next week where we look at other combat formations!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry! 

brown_bess

JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are videos used by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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Marine Monday: Vengeance Class Fighter

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you doing?  Things are good here, my mother is finally getting her house repaired from Hurricane Matthew.  Working with insurance proved to be a nightmare, and her whole block looks like it’s a construction zone.  Sad to see the neighborhood where I grew up in such disrepair. Also, my editor and friend, Corey, finalized his move. One less stressful thing for him to worry about, now I get to pester him again! I didn’t hit my 60K goal for this weekend, but I came close and I have outlined up to the big climatic battle.  Afterwards, I just have to write the battle scene which are generally fun and easy to write.

 

 

 

So, onto today’s Marine Monday!  Today we’ve got another missive from our LegionLeaks hero!  We will be able to take a look at the classified data known on the New Order’s Vengeance Class Fighter Aircraft.  Take a look!

 

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Hopefully, this was some fun information because that brave soul risked life and limb to get it to us.  If this post inspires the artist in you, contact me and I’ll feature your art on the Facebook page and here on the blog! 

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry! 

brown_bess

JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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