Entering My Seventh Decade on Planet Earth

Please join me in wishing Stephen a happy birthday and check out his great blog.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Birthdays are a time for reflection (and celebration). I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I am seventy years old. As is my want I have divided my life into seasons (seems appropriate somehow). With the somewhat optimistic expectation that I will endure until I am eighty-eight I am now in the early winter months of my life.

There have been a few close calls along the way: a leukaemia scare when I was a kid, two rattlesnake bites (at ages 8 and 10), Vietnam, Dengue Fever in Yucatan and a health crisis in Guatemala. But, hey, I’m still here and kicking—a little beat up but still causing trouble. Pirates, renegades and scoundrels have an obligation to cause trouble.

I spent the morning out on the patio smoking a Perdomo 20th Anniversary cigar, drinking a double (maybe a triple) Glenlivet 12-year old…

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7 Tips to Fighting with Counters and Caution

Some great tips from Charles Yallowitz

Legends of Windemere

Well, you knew the other two champions had to be here.  At least you would if you read the other posts.  Now, Delvin can fall into the strength style in some ways just as Dariana can fit into the speed or strength style.  Yet, they are more defensive at times.  This is definitely more Delvin than Dariana, but I tend to see her being a bit more countering than the other heroes.  What do I mean by countering?  Well, it’s all about reactions, strategy, and patience.

  1. Physical appearance and training are not as uniform as the other styles.  Since a lot of this style depends on the mind and reacting, a less in shape person can use it.  Being all flab or winded when they get out of bed might not be the way to go, but they don’t always have to be chiseled.  In fact, a strategy could be to…

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7 Tips to Fighting with Strength

Here are some great tips from Charles Yallowitz on fighting with strength from his Legends of Windemere blog

Legends of Windemere

There are many ways to fight.  Possibly as many as there are protagonists since everyone is a little different.  Yet, there are three schools that can be focused on.  As long as you don’t include magic and range weapons, which is why Nyx has been sent on vacation for the next three posts.  Although, she does get her picture here since her non-magic fighting style is strength-based.  So, what are some tips to fighting with a focus on strength?

  1. The character needs muscles or a reason why they’re slender with the power of a heavyweight boxer.  Body type is always something to consider to make the style seem believable.  Timoran destroying enemies with his axe doesn’t really work if he’s 5 feet tall and 90 lbs.  Now, I did mention that Nyx uses a style like this because she has been trained by Timoran.  She has a toned physique and…

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As Madness Looms, The Goals Must Go On

Legends of Windemere

Geez, where to even start?  Things are flying everywhere today and I’m not sure where to start.  Just look at how late this post is coming and how I’m not even scheduling it.  I wanted to finish a beta-reading project and send that off first.  Things got shaky this morning with getting some stuff set up for Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  I’ll mention that one:

Ritual of the Lost Lamb will go LIVE on Thursday, May 11th!

I’ve got everything, but I’m finishing up an editing run to be safe. Not to mention Sunday and Monday have events that made publishing this weekend impossible.  At least with next Thursday, I get take a little more time to fine tune a few spots and prep some interviews that can go out that morning.  Promoting is going to be a slight headache this time around only because many of the…

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The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie #review @theyarnyard @unbounders

Check out the book, The Sewing Machine, by Natalie Fergie, from this post on the Portobello Book Blog.

Portobello Book Blog

The Sewing Machine by [Fergie, Natalie]

I first heard about this book when the author contacted me back in December last year to ask if I might be interested in reading her forthcoming novel. I was really intrigued by the idea of the story – following a sewing machine and its owners over the years – and the fact that it was set partly in Leith and other areas of Edinburgh sold it to me. I am so glad I said I would read it as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was lucky enough to be able to go the launch of the book at Blackwell’s in Edinburgh on Thursday. The shop was packed, the books sold out and there was a huge signing queue. And there was special Sewing Machine gin! It was great to hear Natalie read parts of her book which introduced characters from the various eras in the book. She explained that…

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Raquel Welch Visited Me in Vietnam

Here is another color in the palette of Stephen Dennstedt’s experience from his blog.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Raquel Welch Entertaining Us At Chu Lai, Vietnam in December 1967

Raquel Welch flew all the way to Vietnam to see me—and about 500,000 other guys in December 1967. She was part of Bob Hope’s Christmas Tour to entertain the troops. I was one of the troops at Chu Lai: Sergeant Stephen F. Dennstedt USMC (twenty years old). I was finishing up my 13-month combat tour in-country and was scheduled to fly home in early February 1968. I almost didn’t make it because on January 30, 1968 at 0430 hours the Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) launched the Têt Offensive.

Raquel was a local girl from my hometown of San Diego, California and of course I bragged up that fact to all of my buddies (yeah, like I knew her or something—fat chance). She’s seven years older than me so she would have been twenty-seven…

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La Jolla Cove in San Diego, CA

Check out the great sea lion and harbor seal photos from Stephen Dennstedt’s blog

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Harbor Seal

1/800s @ f/5.6 ISO 160 @ 340mm (EFOV 544mm)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

If you ever get a chance to visit my hometown of San Diego be sure to visit La Jolla, one of San Diego’s truly iconic locations. It’s beautiful all year round but especially now in early spring. To see the ubiquitous California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals be sure to checkout La Jolla Cove and the Children’s Pool (which has morphed into Seal Beach). Pupping season began in February so the beach is roped off to give the mothers and pups some privacy but you can still get really close without disturbing them. Here is a great link if you would like more information about seeing the critters: How to See the La Jolla Seals and Sea Lions.

You can see the critters throughout the…

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