I thank all of you that have taken the time to email me, and/or comment, as well as read the entire story. I received an email the other day and I decided to admit my shortcomings, or at least some of them. The email follows:
"Not to go on and on. You have a good yarn, so bring those parts you can into reality. How do you do that? Lots of research (some authors take years to write a book due to research) and reach out for folks with expertise to review and suggest. There are folks who will do it for nothing just to get to be part of the process and to be the first to read the story. I have done some writing and had a story with a private railroad. Went to my son who happened to have worked in RR maintenance and closely with the FRA (like the FAA for railroads). Did I get a lesson on what needed to be changed for reality."
My response may not be what some people expect, or hope for. I make this shit up. It's that simple. I lack the time and ambition to do more than Google a word, place, or event. It isn't real. I admit that I have taken liberal literary license on numerous occasions. I will not be doing extensive (read ANY) research or even taking suggestions from seasoned veterans and other experts. It could interfere with the story that's in my head. I am not trying to be condescending. I am simply trying to explain my thought process. I'm posting LiR 2 as it appears in the old cranium, for better or worse. I hope folks enjoy it, but if not, that's okay, too. Again, thanks so much to all of you that have taken the time to read my little fantasy/romance/action adventure.