Author Archives: Tosh McIntosh

It’s Been Over a Year?

I received a comment recently noting that nothing had been added to this website in over a year and asking where I was. I hate to admit it, but I had no idea it had been that long. Reasons abound, all of which can be summarized with the simple fact that there’s never enough time in the day to focus my intention on everything I’ve committed to doing. This post, therefore, will serve to illustrate only one of the reasons why these pages have been sitting idle for so long. As always, I can’t resist the compelling urge to begin with … Continue reading

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America’s Most Honored WWII Flight

If the title of this post is black or it displays the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. My friend and fellow pilot “Mugs” Morgan frequently forwards emails that address topics of interest to our mutual pasts as military aviators and combat veterans. This one is worth passing on in the form of a post in the “Visitor Stories” Logbook, which I’ve modified from its original purpose to include stories written by others who have never visited my website and never will. I especially like doing this to honor those of the greatest generation who … Continue reading

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The Novel Lip Hooked — Endgame

If the title of this post is black or you are viewing the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header and continue reading. This post is the first in a series devoted to documenting my personal experience with a project begun in August, 2014 and nearing the endgame in mid-October, 2015. I’ve elected to introduce the series with what might be described as the Epilogue for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that to tell the whole story now would require more time than I have at the moment, and even if … Continue reading

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Pilot Error in Fact and Fiction — The Presentation in Brief

If the title of this post is black, or you are viewing the fighter pilot header, click on the title to view the featured image header and continue reading. As documented in previous posts in the Pilot Error “logbook,” I’ve given the presentation titled, “Pilot Error in Fact and Fiction” to a variety of groups since the first invitation to be a guest speaker for the UT LAMP (Leaning Activities for Mature People) Lecture and Seminar Program as a part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Thompson Conference Center on the UT-Austin campus. Other speaking venues have included: … Continue reading

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Gorilla in the Room (or, The Pilot Error Series Character Arc)

If the title of this post is black, and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured image for this post. image credit: zeeky.net In case you were wondering, this is a post about writing. To discover the significance of the image, please read on. John Truby’s Anatomy of Story stresses the importance of defining the hero in terms of a process that begins at the end of a story with what he calls the “self-revelation,” in which the hero “. . . strips away the facade he has lived behind and sees himself honestly … Continue reading

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Ah, yes. Another birthday . . .

If you see the fighter-pilot header and/or the title of this post is black, click on the title to view the featured image for this post. I can’t remember the last time I got excited about a birthday. Probably sometime during my pre-teen years. Don’t know why, except to guess that maybe I didn’t have enough of them behind me to think much about how many I had remaining. But now, with the sunset of life visible on the horizon, that’s changed to the point of my preferring that birthdays pass by unnoticed. Which is not to say I don’t … Continue reading

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Watch Out, Random House

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured image header and continue reading. Among the indie writers I know, it’s generally accepted that having an imprint offers advantages. Defining those advantages, however, is a little more problematic. The most obvious question is whether an imprint endows a book with any degree of legitimacy. And while that issue can easily rush into the oft-discussed differences between indie and legacy (or traditional) publishing, in spite of this post’s title, my intention is to compare the different approaches of … Continue reading

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Red Line is Live

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured image header and continue reading. In September, 2011, I had just published Pilot Error and wanted to get started on the next book in the series. Fresh from all of the previous effort, both in writing Pilot Error and learning everything necessary to produce the book, I approached the task with a level of confidence that in retrospect should have forewarned me of the surprises lying in ambush. I’m a writer-group writer. Over the years of struggling to … Continue reading

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Whassup with Red Line?

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured image header and continue reading. Yesterday I received a comment from Cody McCloud on the post “Red Line – The Backstory” asking when the novel would be published. One year after my predicted publication date, it’s hard to believe how the demands of real life outside the fictional world can interfere with the best of intentions. And although it may seem ridiculous to anyone who hasn’t tried writing a novel, characters and their stories do have minds of … Continue reading

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The Hero Room

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header and continue reading. Other professions may dispute the claim that fighter pilots coined the term “Hero Room,” but they’d be wasting their time. The standard scenario is that a married fighter pilot (or more specifically, a married ex-fighter pilot) wants to put all of his memorabilia in the living room. To show it off. To hear the oohs and ahs from adoring fans. To bask in that glory forever. But his wife won’t have it, so he … Continue reading

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