Author Archives: Tosh McIntosh

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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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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