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Scout Courtesy, Customs and Drills Redux is the remake of the 1949 BSA manual of arms (what folks like me in the military refer to as "FM 22-5" or "Drill and Ceremonies" manual). I took the text from the 60 year old out of print publication and updated it to reflect today's BSA programming and how young people can show their patroitism and citizenship while keeping the Scouting values. It will be complete by the end of the year but I have to get it cleared by the BSA's legal and marketing people before I can sell the publication. There are chapters herefor usage now.
30 Days in Baghdad is the story of my service as leader of a group of very talented Army Reserve Soldiers helping to tell the story of a new Iraq. This is the collection of short stories which feature the morning I stood on a marble table while holding my hand in the Sign of the Scout; the day in which I was "Fatwahed" (and no, it was not funny then but it's funny now); and the day in which I found out where all of the desks, wardrobes and other items came from.
Eagle Feathers is a collection of short stories mainly about my Scouting experiences all over the nation and in various locations overseas. The original title of the book was "If I Told You, I'd Have to Shoot You!" but I think that the title would have scared away a lot of folks. Included in the collection are some freewrites I have done while I was deployed to various placed around the world; the letter to Saint Nicholas and the dream afterward while I attempted to wait up for him; "Freedom Is", a story about chewing gum and things the character really wants to do; and SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!, the best day of the week.
Travis McKee is a novel dealing with a man who cannot remember much of his life and uses music to recover many of his memories. He is being tracked by two sets of people: people who want to help him and people who wants to kill him and those helping him. There are excepts from this novel on the linked page. I started this novel two weeks after "9-11" and included it in the "TV Shows Found Only in My Mind" set of freewrites. I hope it does become a television series.
I can only come to writing ONE chapter in the novel Siblings. This is a novel telling the story from an outsider of how two people, connected in some strange way, are bipolar in action and emotion. I can't write more than that, because it is an emotional roller coaster. In that folder are starts and starts and I can never get past the first few paragraphs. This tells me that the story is going to be a good one once I get it all out!
Urban Legend is almost unfinished but I can't get Gather to give me all of my content so that I can finish the story (as of 24 December 14). It's a novel about how an "urban legend" becomes reality and two promising former students along with their high powered attorney is trying to right the wrong -- and another lawyer who is trying to bury the guilty people and bury their firm they represent good. I love the story because it is based on most parts from prompts provided by the Coffee House Perculator, a Yahoo writing group.
Wreathless is based on is my experiences as a Paraprofessional Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. It is not a story for the teen set...it is an adult novel about how a group of young people -- college students -- interact with adults who all have their own agendas and priorities. In the process they find out that the job of a "District Executive" is neither glamous nor exciting most days. That is, unless you are trying to hide the fact that you are married to a woman who chopped off her father's penis; or that you are the lover of a nymphomanic bipolar woman; or that you are inches from marrying a 16 year old girl; or that your family was a two generational Klan family. Or that you are somehow related to a man who left several hundred millions of dollars to you after his death. You know...regular things which happen to everyday people!
"He applies what he was taught as early as middle school that writing is more than telling a story; it is telling a story from a point of view and illustrating in words why that point of view is important to share. His characters are taken from his life and those of others he came in contact with over a 50 year period: old girlfriends, family members, workmates and supervisors. Rather than "telling on them" he instead shares how their lives intersected with his own, with mainly positive results."
Mike Walton is the recipient of many accolades and was honored recently as an "Outstanding Eagle Scout" by the BSA's National Eagle Scout Association. He is a member of the HTML Guild, and life member of several other organizations and groups. He also received the U.S. Army's Legion of Merit and Bronze Star medals, along with four Meritorious Service Medals representing a 30-plus career. He works for the Air Force as a public affairs operations chief at its leading research and development facility in south-central Tennessee.
(last updated 24 December 2014)