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An update on my life and some motivation

Hey guys!

First, I just wanted to give you all a quick update. I managed to get super lucky and land a great job, which I’m really loving. Needless to say — as evidenced by the lack of posts of late — I’ve been running 90 mph trying to wrap up closing my company and throwing myself hard into a major project that I was hired for in my new company.

But I love the job, it’s an important effort that could help a lot of people, and I’m working with a great company. Best of all, I’m getting to work with some very talented people and it’s so nice to try to keep up and learn from people who are smarter than you. (I know that’s all vague, but I’m not sure what I’m allowed to post about the company or effort, so that’s the way it’s going to have to be for a while. Just know that I’m happy and being well taken care of.)

Secondly, who couldn’t use some awesome motivation, right?

Check this guy out: ‘Age is nothing but a state of mind’: The 70-year-old body builder whose abs put men half his age to shame.

This man, and his philosophy on life, on work, and on exercise, is just motivating beyond belief. Just read his story if you get just a couple of minutes. It will motivate you and feed your soul, your heart, and your mind. We all need that, so read it and then go get some.

Finally, I wanted to say that I appreciate every single one of you — even those of you who are far smarter than me and leave comments that constantly remind me of my quite average IQ and very limited world knowledge! : )

But, seriously, your friendship, your encouragement, and your wisdom that you’ve shared on so many of my posts have meant a lot to me.

I’ll get back to throwing myself into Mexican Heat soon, and those final edits will get done. These whole “major life transitions” are a bit hard. : )

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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In the darkest moments, these people responded in the most beautiful ways

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, my friends.

I’ve been writing like a maniac on Mexican Heat, and finally finished it last night.

Anyway, I read this a week or so ago and saved it to share with you guys, but I’m just now getting around to doing so. Regardless, I hope it touches you the way it touched me.

In the darkest of moments, these people responded in the most beautiful ways.

Be kind to someone tomorrow (or tonight, if you can), and keep loving and believing in yourself.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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Excellent book in the spirit of Stephen Hunter

I try to do avoid doing too much self-promo, but sales have dipped a bit and hell, I just closed the company that I fought my guts out on for nine years, so it’s been a bit trying of late. (Especially since I thought I would have “Mexican Heat” wrapped up by now.)

And while I’ve had some amazing friends and family members helping me keep my spirits up, there’s nothing like an honest compliment from someone you don’t even know.

So, to see the review below when I got home tonight? Wow, there just aren’t any words that can explain what that meant to me…

And for the reviewer to say that my book is in the spirit of Stephen Hunter and not just a “knockoff?” That really made my day. Hell, my week. (Full disclosure: “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter is one of my favorite books, and that book obviously influenced “Sold Out.”)

Read the review below, please, and go tell your friends what an “amazing” author I am… : )

Amazon Review Link: Excellent book in the spirit of Stephen Hunter.

(Oh, and if you have read “Sold Out” or “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” and haven’t left a review, please leave one. Honest reviews on Amazon help authors so much. Thanks a million!)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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Rest in Peace, Tyler Cone

A fellow Marine shared this on facebook: Rest in Peace, Tyler Cone.

It’s a story that’s unfortunately far too common. A returning vet taking their own life.

If you get a moment, read the short story of his life and try to think of a vet you know. Honestly, there’s almost no one who goes in who doesn’t come back changed and a little messed up.

Or, at least it’s almost always this way with the Marines that I know.

And partly it’s because things are so clear while you’re serving. You’re doing worthwhile work, you have the closest friends you’ll probably ever have, and things are simple. (Not always fun or easy, but certainly simple.)

And when you get out, the freedom and sudden lack of responsibility is a cold, hard slap in the face. You go from being a hero and doing something worthwhile to stocking shelves and dealing with some seriously immature and spoiled people, who just don’t get it. And you’re getting all these questions about what’s it like to serve and it’s just impossible to answer to someone who’s never been there.

Ack. It’s too complicated to get into without writing a novel. Please read about Tyler Cone (link, once again) and then share some love in the world.

To a vet, if you can, but since we’re impossible to approach or help sometimes, help someone who’s just hurting.

That stranger at the gas station who hasn’t taken a bath or shaven.

That weird friend on facebook who’s posting odd and scary posts on their timeline.

Hell, go give ten or twenty dollars to that woman or man who pulls up to a gas pump in a beat-up car and a look of desperation and fear in their eyes. 

Spread some love and good karma, friends. This world can be a cold, hard place.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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My Valentine’s Day recap… And a three-season Kung Fu DVD set?!?!

Danah date pic

I had a good Valentine’s Day.

Got to take this hot lady at left out to dinner, and I did my best to spoil her the past few days.

Since the past year was so brutal — fighting to save the company, only to come up short — I decided Danah deserved more than just an Valentine’s Day spoiling.

So, three days ago, I surprised her with a gift, and it was the first of three days worth of surprises — all involving jewelry, which according to her I did well on. (Have to give some credit to both her, and the lady at the jewelry store, of course! Danah learned years ago that I’m both dense and dumb, so months ago she hinted that if I needed something simple as some future gift, there were a couple of sets of ear rings she had that needed replacement due to loss or damage.)

I think she expected one set of ear rings, so I surprised her with both sets on two different days, and then found an awesome necklace and matching set of ear rings to give her today. (You can see them above, sort of!)

The jeweler I bought them from is a business friend, so he knocked the price down (too much), but it sure made my day to spoil her like I did. She certainly deserves it.

And I was thinking I had done pretty well until I saw my gift.

Danah blew me away by buying the three-set DVD collection of the original Kung Fu television series, with David Carradine. Yes, Kwai Chang Caine, aka Grasshopper. Not bad, those who got it. (Now, imagine his voice: “Your knowledge, young disciple, is remarkable, and not like the leaves, that blow across the ground, but like a tree, firmly rooted, deep, unto the ground.” Okay, that sucked, but I love the quotes in these episodes!)

Oddly, I had tried to find some episodes of this on YouTube a few months ago, and she had no idea how much I used to enjoy watching them. She told me it was just a hunch and shot in the dark, but it had kung fu in it and she did lots of research on it and saw it had great ratings, so yay, Danah!  (I actually didn’t even know these DVDs were for sale, or I’d have rectified this situation years ago…)

Anyway, we’re both on Cloud 9 after the awesome gifts and an amazing dinner with too much steak and potato, which the restaurant absolutely nailed.

And since I’m putting Danah’s pics all over the internet, I figure I should do likewise.

So, here’s me with the three-set DVD series.

Stan with Kung Fu DVDs

Here’s me pretending to be a Shaolin warrior…

image_2 crouching

And here’s Maggie, screwing up my attempts to pull off an amazing shot that might go viral and earn me literally millions. She jogged up, nearly knocked me down, and then looked up at me as if she had done nothing wrong. Dogs… How could you not love a face like that?

image_2 crouching with dog

I think she’s saying, “Put me in the picture, Daddy, and you’ll sell a dozen books tonight.”

Or, maybe she’s saying, “You’re ignoring me” or “I need to go out,” but would you really want to chance that? So, don’t let the dog down, help me replenish the depleted bank account, and tell me about your Valentine’s Day in the comments!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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