I’ve also have been bending my co-workers ear. Allen is an ex-tanker during the Afghanistan war who has been discussing different military slang and terminology. I have a bunch of this myself from my own time in the service, but it’s always good to catch up on the newest slang. Allen is recently out, while I’ve been out of the Army for quite a while. I need to give one other buddy of mine a call. He is ex-special forces, an incredible man that worked his way up from the lower ranks to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel. Looking at him you would never think he could kill you in fifty different ways and is a walking weapon. I haven’t Okayed it with him, but I’m stealing his character for book two…or at least my made up character that has been spiced up that is using his name. Hopefully he’ll say yes and let me use his name for the character. Otherwise I’ll just come up with another name, but still base it off of him.
I was also looking up some of the different gaming stories for some of the military interaction, but as I was checking out how the various popular video games have done their story lines, I was somewhat disappointed with the quality of the stories based on real military life. I’m shooting for somewhere in-between this idea of what people expect and the reality of military service.
Either way I’ve finally got all of the pieces mentally in place, the unit structures and organizations to make the military aspect sound believable and the main characters ready to go in my mind. All of this part of the Larissa Evan’s story line. One slight spoiler about this part of the story is … think of the movie “Stargate”.
Anyway, I’m really excited about writing this part of the story line and it’s been really interesting going over all of the information in regards to IRL fleet and unit deployments and movements. It just makes me that much more excited to write the story.
Once again I apologize for the late post. I have a good month left of work hell to deal with the specifics of the move of my organization. The good thing is that I’m gaining two hours back to my day due to not having to drive so long, but it seems like I have no time during the day to think of anything else until I walk out the door to head home.