Archive for July, 2012

In a few days I’m going to be taking a break from writing, researching, critiquing, dog walking, dish washing — you get it.  A break.  It’s called a vacation. Something we Americans don’t do as often as we should.  I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation.  Oh we have plans. […]

A Starting Point

Posted: 28th July 2012 by Richard Hacker in Aviation, History, Writing
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A few days ago I did one of my favorite things about being a writer — research. In the middle of the week and the middle of the day, I hopped on my scooter, riding through downtown Seattle to the Museum of Flight. My goal: tour the interior of a B-17. This aircraft had a […]

I just got back from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. “Just got back” is a bit of a stretch, since the conference happened in Seattle, just a quick twenty minute commute from my house.  Writers gravitate to these conferences for a number of reasons: to see colleagues and be with other writers, to attend workshops […]

I want to welcome Brian Braden to the blog today. Now retired from the military, he served as an officer in intelligence and as a combat helicopter pilot. In addition, he’s been a corporate executive and a freelance columnist featured in defense publications including Military Times and Air Power Journal. Brian and I know each […]

The 777 Challenge

Posted: 9th July 2012 by Richard Hacker in Creativity, Novel
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Cathy Coburn tagged me for a little thing called the 777 challenge.  I will post seven lines from page seven of a work in progress and then tag seven other writers. Because I’ve never been good at coloring inside the lines, I’m changing this up a bit.  How about the first seven lines of the […]

A Shot to the Heart

Posted: 2nd July 2012 by Richard Hacker in Creativity, Life, Uncategorized
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I have my dad’s 1911 Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol, the very one he wore in a leather shoulder harness as a B-17 bombardier in the Pacific doing low level bombing of Emperial Japanese warships. I’ll bypass the whole “low level bombing in a B-17” thing for another time. The last and only time I ever […]