Marine Monday: Legion-Leaks

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Hello Space Cadets, for today’s Marine Monday I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to the concept of Space Marines.  These definitions and rules of use come from a highly-classified document from the Human Legion Database given to me by a whistle blower.  Apparently, she believes that the garbage they call food qualifies as a violation of her rights.  The Rights of Sentient Creature’s Act of the 2nd Human Legion Council clearly protects the warfighters, and the garbage they’re fed should criminal.  As I sift through the Mega Terabytes of data, I’ll publish what I can squeak though the oversight software. 

 

For starters, the very term MARINE refers to both the soldiers and military organizations whose primary function is one or more of the following:

  • Close assault and boarding of space-faring vessels
  • Defense of space-faring vessels against close assault and boarding
  • Assault from space against the defended surface of a planet

 

The term is widely used to describe the relevant military forces of most political entities within the Trans-Species Union.  None have survived in the space beyond the Trans-Species Union territory, but presumably they call those forces Marines as well.  Since nobody has lived to tell us otherwise, you MUST presume that I am right! 

 

The original Earth term for the military meaning of marine (water-borne rather than space-borne military forces) is now referred to as ‘littoral marine’ or ‘seaborne marine’.  Referring to a member of such a unit as a ‘wet marine’ is a sure way to start a fight.  However, like any good soldier, I don’t mind knocking a few heads together so you’ll hear me using it.  Use it at your own risk, but you’ve been warned!  Again, the term Space Marine is never used by civilians or pansy Spacers.

 

The military term ‘marine’ is not capitalized in general use, although marine organizations will frequently capitalize when referring to themselves.  Since the accounts you are now reading are about the Human Legion, and its predecessor/rival, the Human Marine Corps, we capitalize as ‘Marine’ when referring to those organizations.  We, the authors of these leaked files, are ourselves Marines.  Whatever the grammatical niceties of proper nouns might demand, it is impossible for us to think of ourselves as anything other than Marines with an capital ‘M’.  To call us marines would be an insult.

 

 

And, we would argue, an insult to our ancestors, for we were not the first Marines by a long shot.

 

Seaborne marines were critical in ancient Earth history.  In the Battle of Salamis (-480CE) Greek marines played a crucial role in defeating the much larger Persian forces, helping to set the cultural underpinning of what would later be called Western Civilization.

 

A ship-boarding technology called the corvus enabled Roman marines to win naval supremacy in the Mediterranean Sea (around -250CE), ultimately meaning the Romans defeated their arch rivals the Carthaginians to become the dominant regional superpower for many centuries.

 

The next major innovation in seaborne marine forces came two thousand years later with the development of a much larger self-contained, combined-arms marine army that could fight wars almost unaided.  This was the United States Marine Corps, the slower sibling of the US Army.

 

It is widely speculated by modern-era Marines that the military units formed from human slaves following the Vancouver Accord were inspired by the US Marine Corps.  Others regard this as wishful thinking, pointing out that while the Human Marine Corps might draw inspiration from the fighting spirit of their US ancestors, the segregation and racism inherent to their command structure more closely follows the army of the British East India Company in the early 1800s CE.

 

Whatever the truth of that argument, we the Marines of the Human Legion acknowledge the rich heritage of our military ancestors from Earth, and indeed those from other planets.  We recognize their example and transcend them, because the Human Legion is not based in the past.  We have a single mission: to fight for a better future. A future for us all.

 

Freedom can be won.

 

Well, if you’ve enjoyed my relating to you this leaked slice of classified lunacy, be sure to follow this blog and stayed tuned!

 

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

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JR

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Beta Reading Recon Team

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Hello Space Cadets, do you yearn for action and adventure?  Does your soul beg to shake free from the shackles of Mother Earth?  Do you love reading, diving into fictional universes and then discussing it in depth?  Basically, there’s a call out for all of the Geeks, Nerds, Fan boys/Fan girls and all around science fiction fanatics.  If this sounds like you, and you want to help an author launch his debut novel, head on over and join the Legionnaires!!  Be a part of the adventure, shape it and mold it until it is a piece of literary perfection that Heinlein would be proud of!  🙂

 If you want to join the recon teams, you need to first join the Legion, which you can do here.  You can then discuss your thoughts on the BattleNet, but you don’t need to do so to chat away.  You can find join the discussion here.

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

Shenanigans and Updates

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Hello Space Cadets, how is everyone doing?  I’m well, so is my grandmother!  Thank you, truly, to everyone who sent their happy thoughts into the ethos for my Grandma Handley, it meant a lot.  As a quick update, I should (fingers crossed) have the new look for my website up within the week.  Once it is up, I will let everyone know what is going on with that.  We should seamlessly merge it into this page, since I bought the domain and a premium account from WordPress.  If it doesn’t work as planned, I will direct everyone where to go… but I hope it isn’t necessary.

Here is a quick look at where I want my blog to go.  While I work on getting my professional looking blog and a few articles in every category cued up, I will continue on as I have been.  I have to coordinating with the authors I hope to interview, prepare the questions I want to ask and generally be prepared so I don’t look like a boot recruit.  If any of you have any general questions for the warrior authors or the family series, post them in the comments!

  1. Marine Monday’s: A series of world building from the Human Legion Universe, to include my own Sleeping Legion.
  2. World Building Wednesdays: A series of posts on my writing process, not necessarily the right or best way, just my way.  Dang, now I want some Burger King!
  3. Family Fridays Interview Series: A series of interviews with other writers, editors, agents and anyone else involved in the wild world of books.  The focus will be on how we manage our passion for the written word and our duties to our kinfolk.
  4. Warrior Writer Weekend Interview Series: A series of interviews with veterans who write, edit or have any other role within the wild world of books.  I will try to publish these on Saturday, but the guarantee is that it will post on a weekend!  I want to highlight their service, reflect upon how it has influenced or affected their works and get all fanboy over their stuff!  There could be overlap, as many veterans who write also have families, but the focus here will be their service and writing.
  5. Funny Fill Ins: Basically, I’ll keep the witty and humorous bent that I’ve had so far.  If it doesn’t fit into another category I will post it on a Tuesday, Thursday or on an open weekend day.  I will also post any reblogs on these days as well.

 

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

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My NaNoWriMo Journey

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Well, I’ve finally decided to give the NaNoWriMo a go.  I’m hoping this will give me a boost in finishing the third book in the Sleeping Legion Series.  It is tentatively titled Operation Breakout, but that is mostly a placeholder.  I just created an account, under the name Porkchop NCR, and set up my account.  If you plan on participating, feel free to add me as a writing buddy.  I can also be found in the Hampton Roads Region of the wild world of Ye Olde Face Page!  As for the name, Porkchop was my call sign in Iraq and NCR is the universe I want to write my own stories in some day.  I think that the booze might have contributed, just a wee bit, to it becoming my official username but once you set it up you’re stuck with it.  Otherwise, you close your account and start a new one and it didn’t seem worth it.

 

My Book Blurb: (Subject to change)

 This is the third installment in the Sleeping Legion Series, written in Tim C. Taylor’s Human Legion Universe.  The dust has settled and the main arm of the Human Legion have left the Tranquility System.  Not all was as it seemed, however, as Marines were left abandoned, forgotten and alone.  Then the Legion wakes up, secures a new home and now must engage in a desperate struggle to wrest control of the Tranquility System from the Hardit New Order.  To make matters worse, they have enemies within the ranks and a hostile human force at their backs.  Can Serendine be secured before they face a war on two fronts?

 

 

NaNoWriMo Prep:

1)      Figure out your basic plot idea or question.

2)      Think about where this question would end, where is the logical conclusion?

3)      Outline the main points of the novel.

4)      Bulk up the outline to include the minor plot arcs and sub plots

  1. I found that adding character arcs to this helpful as well.

5)      Give the outline time to percolate (i.e. don’t wait until the last minute).

6)      Work on any world building that needs to be done, or would help you write more efficiently.

7)      Talk to your family and friends, let them know you might become a hermit for 30 days or so!  Hey, MAYBE you’ll come up for air on Turkey Day!!  That’s Thanksgiving for you non-Muricans!

 

NaNoWriMo Personal Growth Goals:

1)      Increase my daily word count.

2)      Become more disciplined with my daily writing, separate from the other stuff we do as writers. (Blog, marketing, networking, etc.)

3)      This should help me come out of my hermit cave and stick my toe into the ocean that is the writing community.

 

Overall Goals for Event:

1)      Make a substantial dent into book three, and hopefully write all 90,000 words of it.

2)      Have something I can send to my editor so I finish my third novel before 2016 ends.

3)      Have fun writing and never lose sight of WHY I tell the stories.

4)      Make a point to blend this intense writing excursion with daily exercise so I become a healthier me!

 

Want advice from others who’ve been there and done that?  Look no further!  I’ll link to only a few helpful vlogs because otherwise you’ll never stop watching…. and we’re here to write peeps!

 

 

So, that’s MY NaNoWriMo story…. What will yours be?  Will you join me ?  Friend me so we can bust each other’s balls when we slack off?

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EDIT: One of my writing buddies is looking to add people as well.  Feel free to add your fellow WordPress Blogger, mrswintheiser.