Author Archives: Tosh McIntosh

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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My Little Mongol Warrior

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. Ah, yes, Mother Nature. She can be sweet and loving one minute, and then suddenly morph into a Wicked Witch. And sometimes, she can be nothing more than whimsical. A few months ago while exercising at the Hill Country Middle School athletic field near my home, I happened to glance down and find this. Picked it up and almost couldn’t believe how perfectly it matched my mind’s image of a Mongol warrior’s helmet. For … Continue reading

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My Best-Ever Home Repair Job

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. My brother and I have a long-standing tradition of dealing with the “McIntosh Brother’s Pandora’s Box” Syndrome. We believe that Pandora has dedicated her life to making one of us miserable whenever we try to fix or improve something around the house. So when one of us is contemplating a difficult project that might potentially be troublesome, we call up the other and suggest that he begin something simple that will distract Pandora long … Continue reading

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Best Intentions and Speed Bumps

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. When making the decision to begin a series of mystery-thrillers about a National Transportation Safety Board aviation accident investigator and his metamorphosis into a private crash detective, I had no clue about how hard writing the second book was going to be. During the time that some of my fellow writers have completed more than one novel, I’ve been beating my head against the twin brick walls of plot and characterization in a frustrating … Continue reading

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Asiana 214 – A View Into the Cockpit

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. Header image credit: Justin Sullivan via aviationweek.com On May 27, 1977, a collision between a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 747 and a Pan American Airways 747 entered the record as the deadliest tragedy in the history of aviation. And to call it an accident, which we commonly do, is a gross misrepresentation of what happened. The primary cause was a classic case of pilot error in which the KLM Captain ignored the cautions from … Continue reading

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The Anniversary Gift That Backfired

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. Pocket Stun Gun, a Great Gift for the Wife This account is supposedly true. If not, it should be as a testimony to the difficulty men have in picking out the perfect gifts for their wives. Here it is: Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What … Continue reading

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Why Men Are Seldom Depressed

Men are just happier people. What else would you expect from such simple creatures? Image credit: crackskullbob.squarespace.com Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to … Continue reading

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The Pointy End of the Sword Gets Duller

An ex-USAF pilot friend of mine sent me this with an introduction from the personal experience of the Operations Officer of an F-22 squadron, who said a couple of years ago that he had more airplanes than pilots, and most of his pilots were leaving when their commitment was up. Their primary reasons for return to civilian life were being overworked and having to put up with a constant barrage of nit-picking requirements that have nothing to do with being at the pointy end of the sword in the cockpit of an F-22. I don’t have the time or inclination … Continue reading

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