Monthly Archives: May 2013

A picture too cute not to post

My wife captured this photo and shared it on her facebook, and I couldn’t resist sharing it, as well.

Clay with Sold OutHer caption for it was as cute as the photo. She said, “Clay decided that he wanted Mommy to read him ‘dis book.’”

Nice to know our crazy little warrior cat loves Marine Sniper/CIA thrillers like his Dad.

But who doesn’t like Nick Woods, the main character in the book? For that matter, who doesn’t like the book? : )

As one reviewer said, “With a go-for-broke pace fast enough to leave Lee Child choking on dust and enough gun-love to make Stephen Hunter fans pay attention, ‘Sold Out’ is a swift, relentless, bullet-riddled helping of treachery, conspiracy, and scorched earth vengeance.

“Protagonist Nick Woods is not your stereotypical hero; he’s more than a little paranoid, blunt to the point of rudeness, and is perfectly willing to blow large-caliber holes through anyone remotely associated with double-crossing him and leaving his wife dead…even if some of those ‘anyones’ are law enforcement officers just doing their jobs.

“Yeah, Nick Woods is pissed off, hellbent on vengeance, and woe to anyone who stands in his way. Author Stan R. Mitchell’s writing style is sharp, snappy, cinematic, and impacts with all the blunt force trauma of a hollowpoint to the head. If you’re a fan of action novels, you need to read this novel ASAP.” (Link here.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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What Are the Odds of Success? … Really?

Statistically speaking, I have no chance of making it as a big-name writer, and yet that is my stated goal. Whether I’m talking to friends or family members, I’m not afraid to say that this is my goal.

I could make a number of points as to why I personally believe it’s possible, but a skeptic could rightly refute them with ease. (And this has happened, and such thoughts are like a cancer to a hungry searcher like me. They can make even a crazy believer like me start to doubt, so I don’t usually discuss my chances much with skeptics.)

But I’m getting off my point, and my point is I have a dream and I think I can achieve it. Despite hurdles that are probably as steep as trying to make a career in the NFL, I believe it’s totally possible.

And the following article splendidly explains why. And if you have a dream, I assure you this article can apply to whatever road you’re working your way down.

Here’s the article: What Are the Odds of Success? … Really?

Read the article and get moving on your own dreams. I really think you’ll find the article very motivating.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Admin note about my new foreign policy blog

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday.

I wanted to make a quick admin note about the site. In the past, there have been a lot of entries about foreign policy and national security here, which didn’t mesh well with what the rest of the site was focused on.

So, I’ve launched a second site to keep up with those subjects called Marine Watch: A blog on American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps. I’d love to have any of you who are interested in those topics over there. (And just like this one, you can subscribe in the upper left corner to follow it and receive updates on when I make posts there.)

Big thanks to my good friend Melissa, who helped me see I needed to do this.

I’ll try to keep this blog to the following topics.

  • My life, with the ups and downs of my long-term dream to become a best-selling author.
  • Motivation and dreams. (Living life to the fullest).
  • Eastern philosophy. (That is, trying to balance the nut-case, Marine side of my life with the Eastern-philosophy idea of slowing down and living in the moment.)
  • And a new category that I’ll call great writing, in which I post some amazing examples of writing that I’ve across in all my reading.

Sorry for the interruption and thanks a million to all my friends who have followed me, cheered me on, and made some excellent suggestions as I keep pushing forward on this journey to (hopefully) the top. (Here’s that address again for my new blog: Marine Watch.)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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The gift of aggression

Talk about a post that will make you think… Wow. Take a look at this one about wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs.

The gift of aggression.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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20 characteristics of a real man

My great friend April sent me this list called “20 characteristics of a real man” and I thought I’d share it.  She was even sweet enough to say that it was a great list, and “every one of these things describes you.”

And that’s saying a ton since April has seen so many of my faults, and seen me under more stress than I couple possibly describe. She’s seen me when I couldn’t make payroll, when I wondered if my company would survive, when I thought I’d never get my first novel done.

It’s one thing to be admired from afar, when someone doesn’t see all your shortcomings. But to be admired from a close friend who has seen you fall short so many times, that’s really one of the best feelings in the world.

But I guess I shouldn’t be so hard on myself though since one of the 20 items listed is:

Many of the greatest accomplishments of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”

A man gets depressed, he gets sad, he thinks about quitting and folding, but he never does. He pushes through adversity.

So, no more being hard on Stan, Stan. : ) Not to mention Danah gets so pissed when I’m super hard on myself, which I almost always am.

Without further adieu, here’s the list: 20 characteristics of a real man. Go take a look. I think you’ll find some great stuff on it.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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