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The Battalion Gathers

“Vengeance at Okolona”
by John Paul Strain

This was one of those weeks where life got in the way of the writing. In some ways I welcomed it. It was the 4th of July. Family was in town. Saw St. Augustine’s firework show. Grilled out. Went to the beach. Visited some sites in the old town. All in all, a pleasurable six days.

Still, that need to get back to my writing was gnawing at the back of my head the entire time. Finally, yesterday, I was back at it, without missing a beat. Thank God. I was a little worried I’d be rusty.

I’m posting a scene I wrote over the last couple of days. Its from the POV of Locke Bowens, former Texas Ranger and Gideon’s right hand man and closest friend. Gideon is assembling the best soldiers from the Confederate armies to form new teams of ‘special operatives’ in this chapter. There is also some foreshadowing in here of future problems between Bowens and his friend.

You may notice my notes about adding transitions. I typically have brain farts when it comes to these. They eventually work themselves out, but I often struggle with them. How about my writer friends out there. Do any of you have areas in your narrative that you have difficulty writing?


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