My short ode to the 40th anniversary of my release from confinement at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY was my 500th blog post on this wordpress site. I had Deo Vindice for a year or two at another site prior to this.
The Big 500.
I’ve got enough material for a book. But, I didn’t write my second novel – yet. I wrote Deo Vindice.
I wrote because I have to write sometimes lest I burst. It’s been that way since I was a teenager. I could scribble a few words on a page then. I’d be satisfied that the thought that was so entwined with emotions had been captured enough to be caged in words on paper. Not so now. I need to put hundreds of words in my order – dress ranks and cover down by files. Those words communicate enough to me that I can leave them alone and move on. I realize they may communicate less so to the rest of humanity. Tant pis.
I write because I was told – in a thought I didn’t originate – that “You will not command in war or peace. You will read and write.” (March 15, 1987) I take that as my duty in the body of Christ. So, I read and write.
I write Deo Vindice to get the words out in the blogosphere and through Facebook. That is why I am approaching 5000 friends on FB. Most folks I have never met, but they are likely to read what I write when Deo Vindice posts automatically. I just love the automatic part. Wish more things in life worked so well.
If my work continues to provide me ample non-stress time, I’m going to get back to writing op eds. I switched from op eds to blog because of the time it took to upload to different formats across the right side of the blogosphere who published me.
If I make myself get up for it, I’ll start pushing my second novel, On the Far Frontier, past page 15. Been stuck there for too many years.
I find it interesting that people from all over the world read my old posts – every week. Very few comment. The Muslims probably aren’t happy with what they read. Maybe I can make a non-fiction book from the themes I’ve followed over the years.
- Christianity. The Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
- American Civilization. The Great Experiment in Democracy.
- Virginia. Politics and policy.
- The South. My culture, home and heritage
- and my old buddy, Musings.
Or, write a book based on narratives in the themes – like Futures, The Army, The Constitution, Culture Commands, etc.
As you read these words, thank you for reading them. I am so grateful for today’s technology to write and share.
On to 1,000!