La Riposte

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Busy Week in Afghanistan... a #ROW80 Update!

Sometimes it gets noisy here...
Well, the Spring Fighting Season has arrived, so this has been a very busy week.

Had to fill in for the Commanding Officer for a few days, and had the unexpected pleasure of a visit from an old friend who was touring Afghanistan with a General – on top of that, I’m preparing to shepherd my International Relations class through their final exam, so not a lot of time left for writing, publishing, or promoting, I’m afraid!

I ran a few free days on KDP Select for Happily Ever After and the German translation, Und Wenn Sie Nicht Gestorben Sind, giving away about two hundred copies that will, with a bit of luck, result in a few more reviews and some sales of my other stories… If anyone reads German and would be interested in a free reviewer's copy, let me know!

A quick review of my goals from the start of ROW80 reveals that I’m doing fine with the fitness, language study, and am actually ahead on The Perfidious Mister Wickham project, but am falling behind on the writing and publication of my stock in trade, short stories. I will make an effort to get back into the saddle on short stories this coming week – we shall see if that works!

So, here’s a brief goals update:

- Posted Chapter 28 of The Perfidious Mister Wickham A wedding in St. Clements!
- Finished and sent in to the editor my review of Torture and State Violence in the United States for the Air Force Research Institute.

- Put out the 15th issue of the Squadron newsletter – 11 pages of print & pictures!

- Added 10 lbs to my Bench Press…
- Bodyfat down to 14% - eating really healthy, not as much cardio this week as I’d like, but shooting for 13% next week!
- Did 20 pull-ups (max score!) and feeling good for an upcoming Physical Fitness test next Saturday

- Only a few solid hours of French study this week… Je ne pas bien eleve!

- Still looking for 2 people to join my “Core Group” this week – anyone who does will get free books and advance copies of new material in exchange for reviews and critique… Are you interested? If so, leave a note here, or drop me a line directly to

So, that’s it for my goals! How did you do with yours?

I hope everyone has had a great weekend, and is all set for another productive week!

A bientot!



  1. Sounds like you're making good progress!

  2. I cannot imagine writing as you do, given where you are and your commitments to your colleagues there and at home, but I wish you well. Your post suggests an interesting slide from creative to technical writing, while keeping a sense of humor and balance through all. May the coming week be a good one for you!