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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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Teddy Roosevelt, ladies and gents:  America's Own Badass.
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"There can be advantage in letting an opponent climb higher. The fall." ~ R Erickson
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I'm going to look further into the following books on strategy/war as a way to fine tune story idea that I have.

I've looked into these before over the years but after listening to a series of lectures "Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers" I've decided that I could benefit from another more detailed study.

"Art of War" ~ Sun Tzu
"Art of War" ~ Machiavelli
"The Prince" ~ Machiavelli
"History of the Peloponnesian War" ~ Thucydides
"On War" ~ Carl von Clausewitz
"Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius" ~ Machiavelli 
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It's focus is not military strategy, but there is a lot of that in Shelby Foote's The Civil War.
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anemic adj. Affected with anemia.

anemometer n. An instrument for measuring the force or velocity of wind.

anesthetic adj. Pertaining to or producing loss of sensation.

anew adv. Once more.

angelic adj. Saintly.

Anglophobia n. Hatred or dread of England or of what is English.

Anglo-Saxon n. The entire English race wherever found, as in Europe, the United States, or India.

angular adj. Sharp-cornered.

anhydrous adj. Withered.

animadversion n. The utterance of criticism or censure.

animadvert v. To pass criticism or censure.

animalcule n. An animal of microscopic smallness.

animate v. To make alive.

animosity n. Hatred.

annalist n. Historian.

annals n. A record of events in their chronological order, year by year.

annex v. To add or affix at the end.

annihilate v. To destroy absolutely.

annotate v. To make explanatory or critical notes on or upon.

annual adj. Occurring every year.
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"Do you still bristle at being called a “science fiction” writer? Is “fantasist” better, or does “writer” sum it up best?"

"Given my druthers I would just rather be called a writer, which is a great blue-collar way of describing the day-by-day pulling-the-plow work that a writer does. I’m a storyteller. If I have that on my précis when I go, Storyteller, I’m satisfied with that. The minute you start calling someone a “Western writer” or a “science fiction writer” or whatever, you limit them in terms of what their imagination is capable of. I don’t think I’ve ever really been a science fiction writer. I’m closer to a fantasist, speculative fiction, whatever, but labels are ultimately derogatory, and I eschew them as best I can. But look, I’m 79 and one of the Great Assholes of the World. I admit to it. And I cop to virtually everything of which I am accused. There are [some] things, not many, maybe two or three, that I never did, and I rail at those…"
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ampere n. The practical unit of electric-current strength.

ampersand n. The character &; and.

amphibious adj. Living both on land and in water.

amphitheater n. An edifice of elliptical shape, constructed about a central open space or arena.

amplitude n. Largeness.

amply adv. Sufficiently.

amputate v. To remove by cutting, as a limb or some portion of the body.

amusement n. Diversion.

anachronism n. Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time.

anagram n. The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.

analogous adj. Corresponding (to some other) in certain respects, as in form, proportion, relations.

analogy n. Reasoning in which from certain and known relations or resemblance others are formed.

analyst n. One who analyzes or makes use of the analytical method.

analyze v. To examine minutely or critically.

anarchy n. Absence or utter disregard of government.

anathema n. Anything forbidden, as by social usage.

anatomy n. That branch of morphology which treats of the structure of organisms.

ancestry n. One's ancestors collectively.

anecdote n. A brief account of some interesting event or incident.

anemia n. Deficiency of blood or red corpuscles.
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"To me storytelling is about passing a good story along where ever and whenever possible, be it by camp fire, the ratty page, or the light of a seven inch screen." 

“What we believe means less then why we believe it.”

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“Do you ever notice that those that claim to not suffer fools are usually surrounded by them?”

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“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” ~ General George Patton

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Trust, but verify.” ~ President Ronald Reagan

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca




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