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Post by BrokenGrate » Tue. Apr. 02, 2024 4:58 am

Myself, I love to write.

My house is an old Victorian with two libraries and teeming with books. My wife is a teacher, but also a reader and can churn through a four hundred page book in a night. Myself, I cannot keep up writing novels for her as it takes me three months on average, to write just one.

I did finish up one this morning, my 13th novel (90,000 words each) in 3 years which I think is pretty good. It helps that we do not watch television or listen to the radio, and devote a lot of time to reading or writing books.

As for coal... YES... I actually wrote a whole novel about coal. Of sorts.

I always wanted to write a war novel, but not really about war. Like the movie "Kelly Heros" it was a novel set during a war, but not really about the war itself. It was about American's freezing to death in the Russian Civil War of 1920 in Siberia. With everyone competing for coal, they are freezing to death and hear about coal in a fabled mine that has coal ready to take. Using a Lombard Log Hauler, they set across the Siberian mountains to go haul it back to stay warm. On their way there, they are chased by allies and foes alike, using a Siberian woman as a translator as they go. She has er own personal reasons for going however to this former mining town, now a ghost town in the Siberian Mountains. In the end they get the coal, but it ends differently than what you would think...

It is called Siberian Tigress, and while in print, is not yet available for retail sale.

 
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Post by franco b » Tue. Apr. 02, 2024 10:34 am

Well, Hambden Bob is without peer when it comes to unique and clever use of the language. And Smitty is certainly a talented story teller.

 
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Post by hank2 » Thu. Apr. 04, 2024 12:40 am

BrokenGrate, I will watch for the "Siberian Tigress". I only manage to read 3 or 4 books a year and they're nearly all non fiction. I'm a general history buff and also enjoy period set novels as well. Would "Siberian Tigress" be set in the time of the US AEF in Arkhangelsk, Russia, or one of the other Siberian AEF forces?


 
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Post by BrokenGrate » Sun. Apr. 07, 2024 6:48 am

hank2 wrote:
Thu. Apr. 04, 2024 12:40 am
BrokenGrate, I will watch for the "Siberian Tigress". I only manage to read 3 or 4 books a year and they're nearly all non fiction. I'm a general history buff and also enjoy period set novels as well. Would "Siberian Tigress" be set in the time of the US AEF in Arkhangelsk, Russia, or one of the other Siberian AEF forces?
The Siberian AEF Forces near Vladivostok.

It was kind of funny, when I came up with the premise of my novel it was with the idea that just after World War One, and being very cold, the various armies would rather be warm rather than fight, and yet coal in 1920 would have been in short supply. I even figured even allied nations would be fighting one another for coal. So that was my basic premise of the book. Yet after I wrote it, I learned what I had mostly wrote actually happened in real life. That has happened twice in my novels now, but I try to make them be as plausible as possible.

 
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Post by freetown fred » Sun. Apr. 07, 2024 9:45 am

Indeed Richard :) 8-)
franco b wrote:
Tue. Apr. 02, 2024 10:34 am
Well, Hambden Bob is without peer when it comes to unique and clever use of the language. And Smitty is certainly a talented story teller.

 
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Post by hank2 » Mon. Apr. 08, 2024 12:51 am

BrokenGrate wrote:
Sun. Apr. 07, 2024 6:48 am
The Siberian AEF Forces near Vladivostok.

It was kind of funny, when I came up with the premise of my novel it was with the idea that just after World War One, and being very cold, the various armies would rather be warm rather than fight, and yet coal in 1920 would have been in short supply. I even figured even allied nations would be fighting one another for coal. So that was my basic premise of the book. Yet after I wrote it, I learned what I had mostly wrote actually happened in real life. That has happened twice in my novels now, but I try to make them be as plausible as possible.
Thanks. One of the other AEF's at the other end of the continent. The group at Arkhangelsk was fighting against the Bolshevik Red army constantly and were abandoned there for some time. I think the survivors were finally out of there by 1919. I would guess that there is/was a lot of Anthracite coal near Vladivostok back then. North Korea used to be the top exporter of Anthracite in the world in more recent times and they're a stone's throw away. That must have been a good feeling to have nailed the scenario so closely!

To babble on the history a tad more: When Nikita Khrushchev banged his shoe on the counter at the UN in 1960 he was ranting about the US invasion of the USSR. No one knew what he was talking about at the time, but it was those AEF actions.


 
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Post by BrokenGrate » Mon. Apr. 08, 2024 7:04 am

It has been said that the USA never knew its soldiers fought against the Russians and Russians never will forget.

I am not a Russian supporter by any means but they took it on the chin in World War Two pretty hard. We lost 5 citizens to the enemy during World War Two and they lost 27 million. Then CHURCHILL wanted to keep going west and take out Russia.

I’ve never been to Russia but have Moldova and know just what communism is like, and dislike it greatly for the damage it causes.

I was hoping to visit Siberia, but then the war broke out with Ukraine so that was out. Then planned for Iceland and the volcano erupted, so I guess I’ll just take in a Broadway play and call it good!

 
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Post by waytomany?s » Mon. Apr. 08, 2024 11:45 am

BrokenGrate wrote:
Mon. Apr. 08, 2024 7:04 am
It has been said that the USA never knew its soldiers fought against the Russians and Russians never will forget.

I am not a Russian supporter by any means but they took it on the chin in World War Two pretty hard. We lost 5 citizens to the enemy during World War Two and they lost 27 million. Then CHURCHILL wanted to keep going west and take out Russia.

I’ve never been to Russia but have Moldova and know just what communism is like, and dislike it greatly for the damage it causes.

I was hoping to visit Siberia, but then the war broke out with Ukraine so that was out. Then planned for Iceland and the volcano erupted, so I guess I’ll just take in a Broadway play and call it good!
Maybe you should run travel plans by us so we know where not to go. Lol

 
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Post by BrokenGrate » Tue. Apr. 09, 2024 6:24 am

Or my daughter. The last time she was in Paris she was on her way to the cathedral when it caught fire. She watched it burn. She is going again next week so don’t be surprised if Paris makes it in the news again.

I would like to visit Siberia someday though.

And being a hydropower guy, to also see the Three Gorges Dam. That would be neat to see.

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