‘Letters of Marque and Reprisal’: A Serialized Story

Letters of Marque and Reprisal. Image an excerpt of an original copy of the U.S. Constitution (https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1667751).

Letters of Marque and Reprisal. Image an excerpt of an original copy of the U.S. Constitution (https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1667751).

Letters of Marque and Reprisal is a forthcoming story I’m writing. And once it’s ready for publication, I plan to publish it here at Liberate Liberty as a serialized story.

Liberate Liberty provided a summary of Letters of Marque and Reprisal in July, and since that time the outline has been coming along rather well. And as I worked on it I began to consider how I wanted to publish it. I decided on serializing at least the first installment.

Serialized storytelling used to be fairly common, with many famous novels having originally appeared in serialized format (novels by Dickens and Burroughs’s A Princess of Mars immediately come to mind). So I thought it would be fun to try one of my own.

Other people apparently believe the serialized story is a good idea too.

Furthermore, serializing Letters of Marque and Reprisal allows for me to start publishing it quicker than if I wait until the entire tale is complete. On top of this, if the story proves successful enough and I want to turn it into a novel or another format, I have the option of revising it and correcting any errors. So by serializing it, it actually allows for me to publish the story without worrying that it’s fully perfect (and no story ever is).

In short, this helps keep me from procrastinating.

I don’t have a start date yet for when the first installment will appear but stay tuned to Liberate Liberty to find out when that will be.

With that said, here again is a quick summary of the plot of Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

The United States of America hasn’t issued any constitutional letters of marque and reprisal since the 1800s. But in this series it finally does so again, authorizing a private company (operating in the shadows) to target those who would harm the U.S.

And the list of targets is vast, with terrorists, criminal transnational organizations, pirates, other bad guys, and even state-sponsored forces (in some cases) being on it.

The series is a light-hearted drama full of intrigue and action.

Scorpion: The Fighter Jet Built without a Government Contract [VIDEO]

Textron AirLand’s Scorpion ISR-Strike aircraft. Courtesy photo from Scorpion website.

Textron AirLand’s Scorpion ISR-Strike aircraft. Courtesy photo from Scorpion website.

Department of Defense contracts are enormous, and without them many ostensibly private-sector businesses would cease to exist. Yet Textron AirLand, LLC has managed to create the Scorpion jet, an aircraft designed to fill “a significant gap existed between turboprop light attack and 4th and 5th Generation Multi-Role Strike Fighters,” without a government contract. This makes it an interesting war system.

The subject of this post is a little bit off for the mission of Liberate Liberty but what Textron has done with the Scorpion is creative enough that it’s worth a mention.

No one knows if the Scorpion will prove successful. Textron AirLand has tested it and is starting production on the aircraft but the company reportedly still has no government buyers. But those who conceived it and produced it have already pulled off a hugely difficult task simply by getting this far without a government contract.

The Textron website for the Scorpion explains exactly why its makers went ahead with this unique project.


Textron AirLand has the single-mission objective to rapidly design, build and fly the world’s most affordable jet, capable of performing lower-threat battlefield and homeland security missions.

Regardless of what ultimately happens with the Scorpion, Textron AirLand, LLC has made an unusual attempt to create an affordable fighter jet—and done so without depending on a government contract.

‘Logan’ Trailer Presents First Look at Hugh Jackman’s Final Turn as Wolverine

Wolverine, X-Men, and Hugh Jackman fans will be excited with the arrival of the first trailer for Logan, the final (supposedly) appearance of Hugh Jackman as mutant Wolverine.

Set to Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt,” the nearly two-minute-long trailer shows a story that appears to be different than any previous X-Men movie. The R-rated film looks like it will be darker than any previous entry and may have a closer-to-reality feel than the previous ones as well. . . .

Read the entire post at the Loftus Party.

5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Sitcom Better

Television networks continue unveiling their new series as the fall rolls on. And as you pick and choose which new ones and which veteran ones you’re going to cram into your schedule, here are five ways sitcoms can try something different while still keeping you in stiches.

(1) Have a Competent Dad: I can’t say for sure, but I think it was Al Bundy and Married, with Children that started the trend of sitcom dads being bumbling fools. And Al wasn’t just a bumbling fool, he was a crude and unlikable character. Of course, the entire family was that way. And that was unlike the sitcoms that followed (such as The Simpsons, Home Improvement, According to Jim, or Everybody Loves Raymond). They had a bumbling idiot dad/husband. But the mom and the rest of the family were competent.

So why not change it up? Have the mom/wife be the bumbling fool and the dad/husband be the competent one. Audiences would laugh at the change in types and writers would have plenty of new stories to tell with this different idea.

(2) Have the Woman Be the Lecherous One: This somewhat goes with suggestion one. Sitcoms regularly have the male lead get in any number of conundrums involving beautiful women. He is married but stares at a beautiful woman. Or he’s married and innocently ends up alone in a room with a beautiful woman. Circumstances made it seem as something else was going on. Now he has to hide what happened from his wife! . . .

Read the rest at the Loftus Party.

Violence, Incivility, & Vulgarity Can Be Good Things

Violence, incivility, and vulgarity can be good things—and everyone knows it. Reality proves it. And so does what we rightfully recognize as the best examples of our culture.

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” You’ve likely heard that quote, or some version of it. It’s a popular one even if its origins are murky at best. The people who like to quote it often do so when they’re somehow expressing their support for troops who fight wars on their behalf.

And it’s true. Servicemen who fight wars are rough. They use so-called locker room talk . . . and much worse language. They’re also a group of people who engage in the types of behavior that create fits of hysteria in modern punditry. If such troops ever ran for public office and their deeds and language became known, the sales of fainting couches would go through the roof. . . .

Read the rest at the Loftus Party.

‘Sodom by the Susquehanna’: Outline Mostly Complete

Artwork of Victoria in chrome, placed over a faded image of a closeup of the skyline of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. © 2016, Paul Hair.

Artwork of Victoria in chrome, placed over a faded image of a closeup of the skyline of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. © 2016, Paul Hair.

“Sodom by the Susquehanna” is one of the next Mortal Gods stories I am writing. And I have mostly completed its outline.

Liberate Liberty provided a brief synopsis of “Sodom by the Susquehanna” in late September. Since that time I have completed the basic outline of the story. I have the plot in place along with most or all of the scenes. I still need to edit and refine some of the outline but I think it contains all of the elements I need so that I can soon start writing the manuscript.

Liberate Liberty will continue providing updates on “Sodom by the Susquehanna” as well as updates for other original stories I am writing.