Alastair Luft’s Blog


Author interview – Allison Griner

This week’s author interview is with Allison Griner, an aspiring author who hails from Indianapolis. Allison studied Creative Writing and Graphic Arts Technology at Ball State University and is currently crowdfunding her book, Storm Song, through Inkshares. She enjoys fantasy novels and sci fi television, as well as tabletop roleplaying games and nearly any board game
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Word by Word

Memory works in funny ways. Take my first deployment to Afghanistan, probably still my favorite. There are the obvious memories, of course. The Whale. Tarnak Farms. The crowds lining the streets all the way from the airport to CFB Edmonton when we got back. These tents didn’t get hot at all… ​Then there are the
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Author Interview – J.M. Bush

This week sees the start of a new segment, author interviews – a great opportunity to ask other writers about their lessons learned and their current projects. Without further ado, the very first interview is with J.M. Bush, a native of Alabama, USA and currently hailing from Penang, Malaysia. J.M.’s a great author to open this
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Crawl, Walk, Run

When’s the last time you started something new? One of the joys of having kids is seeing them try new things every day. When they accomplish something they’ve never done before, it’s amazing. What often goes unseen, however, are all the times they’ve tried before, the practice attempts. Let’s take brushing your teeth as an
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Navigating Story Structure

Are you a natural storyteller? A lot of people would say they’re not, including me. Too self-conscious, too introverted, whatever – excuses are a dime a dozen, right? ​Not so fast, says Lisa Cron, author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence. Ms.
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Starting From Scratch

I used to take a lot of pictures. When I first joined the military, I almost always had a camera with me and would snap pictures whenever I could. Not beauties, but good for memories, like this one: Who’s this douchebag? Oh wait… ​Or this: Oh, Phase 3 Infantry…I don’t even miss you a little
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Walking a Lonely Path

My wife used to teach dance, so when we started dating we did a lot of dancing related activities. We took lessons, performed a choreographed dance at our wedding, even participated in a minor dance competition. ​I made progress, but was it ever tough. Not only did I feel like a fish out of water,
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Identify The Enemy

In the army, pathfinder and scout forces learn that a fundamental of reconnaissance operations is to gain and maintain contact with the enemy. In other words, once you find the enemy, never take your eye off them because who knows what they’re doing when you’re not watching? ​Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to identify
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Be Brilliant At The Basics

In 2002, I deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group. In the aftermath of 9/11 and as part Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, our Battle Group got sent to Kandahar, a largely barren environment near the Registan desert. Our uniforms were green (we hadn’t been issued desert camouflage)
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