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B Douglas Slack

Location: Beavercreek, OH, United States

Gender: M

Member Since: January 2012

Last online: September 2021

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Last Updated Mar 29, 2021

I've lost the edge

For the last year, I doubt I've written more than a couple thousand words. My interest is there. I keep thinking of plotlines and scenarios, yet I can't seem to get them down into print. I sit at the keybard and stare at the screen for what seems like hours, yet nothing gets done. At the moment, there are three novels and five short stories in the works, yet none of them have been completed, much less even edited.

I could easily blame it on the lockdown, but it isn't that simple. One would think being retired and staying in the house for days on end would be ideal for writing, but, trust me, it isn't--at least for me. I need to be out and about; to work with people or at least interface with them and get ideas. But I can't. This may change, now that the wife and I have had both COVID shots. We're hopeful, anyway.

This could even be called clinical depression if a name had to be put to it. I didn't write my first two novels to get rich. I knew it wasn't going to happen. But when I did my taxes for last year, I realized my book sales were so low, I fit UNDER the IRS limits for declaring my royalties. The cutoff was just $10, yet I failed to sell even that much. This could be part of the problem (most likely is, in fact). I may have fallen into the "why write, if nobody is interested" trap. Excuses are becoming the norm for not sitting down and at least attempting to write; something -- anything. Easily distracted, I find myself watching cat videos and surfing aimlessly on the web. My interest in virtual railroading and flight simulation has waned as well.

If this is simply a symptom of getting old, I want no part of it.

Bill

 

 

 


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My first two novels, "You Only Love Twice" and "The Long Trek Home", are available on Amazon under B Douglas Slack. The Long Trek Home is intended to be the first book of a trilogy.

Fully retired now (at 79) and enjoying my leisure time by doing what I've always wanted to do - write.  I have a Wordpress account at Tom1950.wordpress.com.  I used to have a Facebook account, but they kept changing stuff around and I got disgusted with them so I quit..  Although I haven't done much on my Wordpress account, it does have a lot of my earlier works done up in blog style.  That blogging effort has now become "Life - Such as it Was".  The picture accompanying the autobiography is my picture from my 1957 Bitburg American High School, Germany yearbook "Contrails". I am married and have been for over 54 years.

I got to thinking about my experiences in Vietnam and wrote the story "The Gift of Life" in tribute to a couple of my friends. I spent 20 years in the service of my country and I'm damned proud of it.  In the '60's, I was looked on as something that crawled out from under a rock. But now, due to more enlightened public opinion, I wanted to do more than just talk about it.  In view of that, I display my "fruit salad", my medal bar, here for all to see.  It isn't bragging, it's simply pride in a job I did well.

If you're curious as to what they all mean, here you go (left to right & top to bottom):

Navy Unit Commendation (3 awards) : Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards)

Navy Good Conduct (4 awards @ 4 years each) : National Defense : Armed Forces Expeditionary

Vietnam Service Medal (4 awards of >120 days each) : Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal : US Navy Expert Rifleman

The scroll on the RVN Campaign Medal is inscribed "1960 -- " to signify it never really 'ended'.

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