Good evening, members of Mitchell’s Militia!
Just a reminder that while the world has overwhelming problems that can make you throw up your hands and surrender, there are also things you can do in your own community to completely change someone’s life.
Take this story, as an example.
Police officer buys bed, TV, Wii for teen.
Read it, be inspired, and do a good deed this weekend. (Even a card or letter or visit to a loved one.)
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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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 finding 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.
So, members of Mitchell’s Militia. I’m kind of on Cloud 9 right now and I felt like I had to share it since you guys are completely the reason for it — and for some reason are tagging along with me on this journey.
Just a bit ago, I was getting in some much needed relaxing, and doing some kung fu before planning to get back on editing “Mexican Heat.”
And I had stopped to check my sales for the day — I do this way too much — and noticed my sales had jumped up a bit today. Immediately, like all newbie authors, I decided to check Amazon to see how high my ranking had climbed.
Unbelievably, “Sold Out” was at the following in its two listed genres:
- #78 in the Top 100 in the Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Political.
- #89 in the Top 100 in the Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Political.
Can you believe that?! (Click this link here to see, if you look fast enough — they change hourly.)
I’m in the Top 100 of the same list that includes Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, Nelson Demille, Scott Turow, and others.
And I’m somehow in that list with no marketing support, no nationwide distribution, no big shot editor, no major publishing house behind me.
Without question, the only reason I’m there is because of you guys, so I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
Thanks for following me. Thanks for encouraging me. Thanks for telling folks about me.
I know I won’t stay in that list for long — I don’t have enough reviews, name recognition, etc.– but for right now, I’m about as pumped as a man can get!
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.
So, distinguished members of Mitchell’s Militia…
It appears the Marine Corps has once again earned a noteworthy ranking…
No, this time, the Marine Corps was not ranked the worst branch to join… (See: Marine Corps ranked worst service branch to join, and I love it.)
Rather, it was named the most prestigious.
Good evening, members of Mitchell’s Militia!!!
(Hey, don’t blame me on the name! I told Danah we needed a name for all the awesome supporters and friends that I had and she threw that one out after thinking on it a bit. If you’ve got a better one, post it below. But until there’s a better one, we’re going with Mitchell’s Militia!)
Anyway, two quick things on this stormy Thursday night here in Oak Ridge.
Some days, I read and watch too much news.
Or stand and talk too long to some crotchety, old man bellowing about how things used to be.
Or maybe I sit and reflect unnecessarily on how our political parties have brewed hatred, hatched controversy, and ripped us apart as a country.
And on the days that I do too much of any of these things, I begin to worry.
Could it be that we teach our Vietnam history wrong?
That’s a question I’ve been mulling over after a recent email conversation with a Vietnam vet, who went back for a second tour late in the war.
He wrote me a couple of months back, introducing himself and making a comment about a past article I wrote. He mentioned in the introduction of his email that he had served in Vietnam as a Marine and returned for a second tour from November 1970 to June 1971. It was just a side comment of a broader email, but I was really curious why someone would return so late in the war.