Well, well, well. I’m wrapping up the last ‘images’ as we speak, so to speak, and it should post as soon as I find a way to add a couple more grammatical errors. A few ins and out, twists and turns in this one, parts quite hard to write, some real close to home.
I’ve heard it said, and more than once, too, that police work is ninety five percent boredom and five percent sheer terror. And to that I say: Bosh. The only person who’d say something like that hasn’t been there, hasn’t done that.
If you’re a cop and you’re bored, you ain’t doing something right, and if you’re terrified, well, you really done something wrong. Being a cop is all about concentration, it’s about living in the moment – with one eye on the suspect and another on experience. One informs the other, and these sketches are all about my experience of that life. In the moment. It’s an emotional job, but that emotion doesn’t hit you while you’re on the street. It hits you in your sleep. It buries you years later. It’s combat, yet very few people realize that’s what it is. When you see that menacing expression on a cops face, try to remember the human being on the other side of the badge. Try to remember she or he cries too. Just not where you’re likely to see it happen.
The other thread running through these images is how quickly things change out there on the street. How you go from sunny blue skies to raging storms in the blink of an eye. You never know what’s out there, what around the next bend in the road, just waiting to catch you unprepared. How adept he or she is to change is, to a large degree, what separates a good cop from a dead one, and I’ve tried to convey a little of that, too.
These images, as written, will NOT appear in Out of the Blue. I put these to paper (!!!) as a kind of parallel narrative, so you might catch a glimpse of the coming arc, but that’s about all you’ll find in common. Please do recall my earlier story, The Dividing Line, the tale about Ed MacCarley and Sarah, the street waif? You’ll catch a brief, fleeting reference to Eddie in these images, but he plays a much larger role in the novel. If you recall The Secret Life of Wings you’ll find other pieces of the arc, as well.
So, next up. Sunset at the Pink Water Café.
Look for the next chapter mid-week, the final chapter next weekend, sooner if I write real fast. The third part promises to be funny, yet really mean. The conclusion? Who know? I ain’t done wrote that yet.
So, Out of the Blue. I suspect summertime and, assuming an agent doesn’t call me up tomorrow, I’ll probably self-publish through Amazon. But more as, and when, that happens.
A word to two about ‘word of mouth.’ I of course do not advertise, yet somehow word spreads about these stories, and I thank those of you who’ve helped me along. Even so, there’s a weird pattern emerging. When the anti-war Predator series popped up, readers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories showed up for the party, the Ukraine and Russia, too. After Trump’s election and I posted Blood, readership in Germany and The Netherlands increased. After the adventures in Bhutan? Vietnam, Burma and Australia spiked. I’m clueless, of course, but it’s interesting to me. Gratifying, but interesting, too.
So, more gnews from the Alternate Universe that is Trumptopia (and yes, you Breitbart reading denizens can close this window now, go on your merry way, ’cause it’s gonna get ugly…).
This thing called the alternate universe? Just who is behind all this? Hard to tell, but here’s a glimpse:
Thanks to reader ‘Ricco’ for passing along this insightful article, from which the above graphic was taken. Highly recommended article, even if you are a Breitbart fan and you haven’t split yet. Here’s another great one for dissecting the ‘alternate facts’ we’re besieged with, from The Atlantic.
I’ve been concerned about the Democratic Party’s chances in the 2018 election – and beyond. Here’s an OP-ED that summarizes some serious concerns. Breitbart fans will love this one. See, aren’t you glad you hung around?
How are people being treated entering or exiting the United States these days? Well, read this one to get a good mental image of the process.
From The Onion: It’s Unclear Whether Opposition From Every Sector Of American Society Will Have Any Effect On Healthcare Bill Passing… (okay, I get it, but you should too)
“Strange things have been happening in the news lately. Already this year, members of US President Donald Trump’s administration have alluded to a ‘Bowling Green massacre’ and terror attacks in Sweden and Atlanta, Georgia, that never happened.” Curious yet? Nature has the answer.
From the Fox Guarding the Henhouse Journal, there’s this: “President Donald Trump has nominated Scott Gottlieb — a conservative pundit, physician and venture capitalist — to head the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).” More draining the swamp, I see.
WASHINGTON—In an effort to address concerns about the affordability of coverage, Republican congressional officials advised Americans Monday to set aside the income from one of their jobs to pay for healthcare costs under the newly introduced American Health Care Act. HAH!
So, life in Trumptopia just gets better ‘n better. Stay tuned for next weeks installment of acid induced inspiration. Or perspiration, as the case may be.
Happy trails, and we’ll see you around the campfire. Thanks for stopping by. Aa