Nov 042012
 

I know I’ve promised not to get into politics here, and I intend to keep that promise.  However, there are topics that are (to my mind) beyond politics.  They transcend the petty machinations of the talking heads, and speak to some basic parts of our psyche.  And the very reason they polarize us is that the way we grow up shapes the very nature of our souls.

How’s that for a philosophical intro?  Think of it as my way of warning you that you might want to make sure you’re wearing your hip waders before you read any further, because it’s about to get pretty deep around here.

I want to talk about the use of violence, up to and including the use of lethal force.  I will attempt to do this in as unbiased a manner as I can, and I will tell you right now that I know I’m going to fail.  My opinions are already formed.  I have already had the experiences that turned me into the adult that I am, and for better or worse, my mind is set.  So with the understanding that my attempt at an unbiased discussion here is doomed to failure, I will make you this promise; I will not squash any dissenting opinions that may arise from this blog post – as long as those opinions don’t descend into a trolling flame war.  So keep it as polite as possible when you comment.

So let’s dive into the subject at hand – the use of violence or lethal force against a fellow human being.  There are those who believe it to be a human or moral right to be able to use death, and the threat of death as a deterrent against the actions of others.  There are others who believe it is too abhorrent a practice to even contemplate.

I’ve been a martial arts student for most of my life, and I recognize that this has been a major influence in making me who I am.  And let’s not mince words here.  The study of the martial arts is the study of violence.  It is also the study of control, and balance.  To accept martial arts into your life, you must accept that violence.  And you must balance the violent aspects of the arts with proper control.  At some point in your studies, you realize just how fragile the human body is, and it’s a real eye opener when you suddenly realize that it is sometimes easier to kill a person than it is to stop them without harming them.

But here’s the thing – martial artists are just as human as everyone else.  They… we… are just as flawed as everyone else, and there are just as many schools of thought in the philosophy of violence, as there are in any other hot topic.  Over the years, I’ve debated the “proper” use of violence with other martial artists, and you may be surprised to hear this, but there are many martial artists who feel that one should never use lethal force unless one attempts to use it against them first.  Let me emphasize something here.  They don’t say one should never use lethal force, only that you should never do so until after someone attempts to kill you first — not just threatens you, but actually attempts to kill you.  They consider this to be a moral high road.  Some take it a step further, stating that one should never attempt to fight against a burglar or mugger, even in an attempt to disarm or defuse the situation, because there is the risk that someone could get hurt or killed.  The argument is that there is nothing in their homes or wallets worth risking a life over.

There are others who believe that when someone attempts to rob or mug them, the criminal is the one who has decided that the contents of the house or wallet is worth gambling their life.  For them, there is no ethical question as to whether or not it is “right” to react with violence.  To their way of thinking, they have already been threatened, and the consequences are the responsibility of the person who initiated the attack.

I’ve thought about both sides many times over the years.  If you study a martial art for any length of time, you will play a lot of “what if” games.  What if someone has a knife?  What if there are multiple attackers?  What if your attacker has a pistol?  What if there is a dog attacking you?  After a while you accept that you can never prepare for every eventuality.  But what if became a permanent part of my mindset.  So let me present you with some “what if”s here:

1. What if someone broke into your home and threatened you with harm?  Do you use force against force to protect yourself?  Does that extend to lethal force?

2. What if someone holds you and your loved ones up at gunpoint?  If you have an opening to use lethal force to stop them, do you take it?

3. What if you’re alone in a parking garage and a mugger threatens you with a knife and demands your wallet or purse?  Do you hand it over, or do you fight?

I’ll come out and let you know how I feel about it.  If I or my friends or family are attacked and I see the opening, I will take it.  To my way of thinking, I’ve had the training for this.  The next person the attacker holds up probably hasn’t.  My actions could determine whether or not the attacker gets a chance at that next person.

So what about you?  What if you had the training and the skill to fight against a mugger or an invader in your home?  What if you had an opportunity to defend yourself against the violence of another person, but only if you react just as violently?  What if you saw a loved one being attacked?  A child?

What if?

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Sep 192012
 

So how many of you watched Revolution Monday night?  I did.  Yeah, I know… of course I did.  Those of you who know me already know I’m a sucker for most sci-fi, and this show looks like too much fun to pass up.  Of course, if you’ve read my book, you already knew that Revolution was likely going to be of interest to me.  I mean, come on – an exploration of society after a cataclysmic event destroys our power grid?  How could I not like that?  Cool

The bad thing is that the writer in me kept picking things apart in the show.  Don’t get me wrong – I really, REALLY enjoyed it.  But climbing down into a crashed RV that has apparently been laying on its side for fifteen years, with broken windows, only to find that the white leather seats are still in pristine condition?  Sorry, that’s not gonna happen.  And clothing that looks new – colors still unfaded, complete with factory stitching – fifteen years after that sort of quality should be available for the common folks.  Not likely.

I mean, look at this picture.  Even the AC/DC t-shirt looks to be in pretty good condition.  Now, you can ask my wife – I am the world’s worst when it comes to giving up on a comfortable t-shirt.  If it fits, and it’s comfy, I don’t care how many holes it has, or how badly the collar is worn and frayed – I will hang onto that shirt until it’s not even fit for service as a dish rag.  But I don’t think I have any t-shirt that has lasted fifteen years, even with modern washers and dryers.  And we’re supposed to believe that a post apocalyptic world is easier on clothes than I am now?  Question

All that aside, I loved the basic premise (or at least, what of it has been revealed so far), and the action sequences were a lot of fun.  The show looks like it has a lot of promise, so I’ll continue to watch and see what they do with it.  Hopefully, the networks don’t pull their usual crapola and cancel it before it gets a chance to gain a loyal audience.

 

Other news:

Gardening – If you follow me on FaceBook, you know I started a small garden experiment.  I built a small 2′ x 4′ moveable square foot garden, and planted some Texas Cream Peas, Red Grape Tomatoes, Di Ciccio Broccoli, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Spacemaster 80 Cucumbers, and jalapeno peppers.  Yesterday, I checked on them when I got home from work and found twenty Cream pea seedlings, and one cucumber seedling!  I guess it’s silly, but I’m pretty excited!  It’s the beginning of the Brackett Texas Cream Pea empire!  (Insert evil laugh here.)

R2R – This is the week I start working with Streetlight Graphics on the final stages of The Road to Rejas.  I’m anxious to get going with this one.  The story has been done for several weeks now, and I’m ready to get it released.  Unfortunately, SLG seems to be running a little behind schedule, so I have to remain patient.  Based on a few email exchanges, I anticipate hearing from them today or tomorrow.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll have a cover reveal to do next week!  Wink  Even better, maybe an actual release in early October.  Anyone interested?  (Boy I hope so…)  Question

SoP – Work on Streets of Payne is moving along.  As always, you can track my progress in the meter over to the right.  No, it’s not going as quickly as I’d hoped, but that’s par for the course.  I’m just thankful that it’s moving, the story is flowing for me, and there is an end in sight. I heard that the cover artist I initially hired for this one is supposedly trying to get back on track with some of the jobs she dropped out on, but I’m not holding my breath.  She was supposed to contact me a week ago, and I still haven’t heard anything.  Yeah, I’m afraid that particular purchase is just going to be another expensive lesson along the path to becoming a professional writer.

Speaking of learning about becoming a writer, I’ve noticed something over the last couple of months.  Late summer months for sales seem pretty slim.  I know that the best way to keep sales going for your work is to get more work published for people to read.  But even with that in mind, the sudden plummet in sales was a little nerve-wracking.  I queried some of the writing groups I frequent and found that it isn’t just me.  Some of the old timers confirmed that August through October are consistently the worst months for them.  I guess that means I just need to tighten my belt and get ready for some leaner times.

 

On a personal note –

Last Friday, our Baby Bird returned home for a surprise visit.  My wife and I were at the top of the stairs talking about something when I saw our daughter slip in the front door.  I tried to keep a poker face, but my wife saw something in my expression and asked what was going on.  When I didn’t say anything, she started to get concerned.  After a few seconds, she noticed movement out of the corner of her eye and when she saw our daughter, she squealed like a little girl.  Smile  She told me afterward that my expression had at first led her to believe that one of the dogs had done something evil on the new carpet, and I wasn’t telling her about it.  LOL.

Unfortunately, the weekend ended on a less gleeful note when Baby Bird totalled her car while going to visit some friends.  She wasn’t hurt, other than a few bruises and a strained neck, but there was the emotional and mental stress that follows an event like that.  I wish she hadn’t had to go through it.  Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that happens to all to many of us.  We learn from them, and move on through our lives, grateful that it wasn’t worse than it was.

 

And a final bit of news on the personal front – anyone who knows me, knows that I’m overweight.  Well, it’s time to do something about it.  I’ve said this many a time int he past, and I get started, and then, for one reason or another, I backslide.  It’s time for some motivation, and nothing motivates quite so much as public humiliation.  So I have decided to publicly commit to a weight loss of fifty pounds.  Now, I’m going to cheat a little right off the bat, and state that I’m starting from my worst weight, where I first began working on it.  I won’t say what that weight is, since that’s a little more humiliation than I’m prepared to deal with.  However, I am going to put another meter in the side bar that will track my weight loss.  I weighed this morning, and am happy to say that I lost another pound this weekend, so am beginning the meter at an eleven pound loss.  As great as it sounds, that’s basically a wash, since I was down by twenty pounds a few months ago, and seem to see-saw somewhere around the ten pound mark.  This time, I’m determined to get the entire fifty off.  Of course, then the trick will be in keeping it off.

Wish me luck.  Smile

 

Well, that’s it for now.  Time to get back to work.  The day job beckons.  (sigh)

Stay safe, everyone.  Bye

Jul 092012
 

Well, it’s been quite an eventful week.  Starting with last weekend, my wife and I went shopping for a decent desk for me to work on.  I currently have an old Ikea computer desk that I really outgrew several years ago.  It has little surface area, and no drawers at all.  My better half convinced me that if I’m going to take this writing stuff seriously, I need a real desk with real storage in it.  So we went shopping and found a great U-shaped desk with a credenza, hutch, lateral file drawers, bookshelves, and about triple the surface area that I currently have.  However, since we’re also looking into getting new carpet, we need to wait for the furniture until the new carpet is in.

Oh well, patience is a virtue (or so they tell me).

Then on Monday, I was honored to be one of the guests on the Dead Robots’ Society podcast!  It was so cool to be part of the podcast that rekindled my interest in writing to begin with.  In case this is the first time you’re reading my blog, I was on DRS because I had a short story (The Burning Land) in their anthology, Explorers: Beyond the Horizon.  I urge you to get a copy, and not just because I have something in it.  I’ve read about half of it so far, and there are some really good authors represented in it.  And as icing on the cake (for me), the anthology has received its first review:

Jul 05, 2012

Anita King        rated it        4 of 5 stars false

As a fan of the Dead Robots’ Society podcast, I have long anticipated the release of their anthology project, and it does not disappoint.If I could give halves, I would give this a 4.5.
Overall, this anthology is a very enjoyable read. While a few of the stories have darker endings, the book carries a thread of hope and optimism throughout, especially appropriate for an anthology that focuses on exploration and the very human drive for discovery.
A couple of the stories near the end didn’t really strike a chord with me, but most of them were just what I was hoping for. A few that I especially enjoyed are “The Burning Land,” by Jeff Brackett, “A Mournful Rustling,” by Court Ellyn, and “Beneath an Orange Sky,” by Andrew Hawnt. This book has given me a whole new list of authors to look out for in the future.

Wow! I feel like pulling a Sally Fields – “you really like me!”  Thanks, Anita.

And of course, this week was also the 4th of July.  So belated Happy 4th, everyone!  It sucked that it fell in the middle of the week this year, but c’est la vie.  The worst part of it was that our dogs don’t much care for fireworks, so we got little to no sleep, then had to get back to work on Thursday. (sigh)

Thursday I saw a great piece of artwork online, and was able to find the artist.  I contacted Ana Fagarazzi about doing a cover for me for Streets of Payne, and will hopefully have the cover in a few weeks.  I’m really looking forward to this.  Ana’s artwork is phenomenal.

And I got an email from my editor regarding “The Road to Rejas.”  She says she’s finished the story, has her notes, and we are scheduled to discuss round one of edits tomorrow evening.

I just finished my first installment in “EBS”, the book that Ed Lorn and I are working on together.  It is shaping up to be quite the fun tale.  It’s finally reached the point where I’m no longer writing the characters – they’re now telling me how the story goes.  I’ve never been involved in a project like this before.  We have a cast of characters, and Ed and I have split them up.  He writes some of the characters, and I write others.  What’s really intriguing about this process is that we work off of each other’s pieces – Ed writes part, sends it to me, and after reading it, I write my character’s response.  Then I send mine to him, etc.  It keeps the story fresh and interesting for both of us.

And speaking of Ed Lorn, I mentioned a few weeks ago that he had asked me to write a guest blog for him on the subject of prepping.  Well, I finally did it, and he’s posted it on his website.  Read “Ruminating on: Jeff Brackett on Preppers” and leave a comment.

I’ve also gotten a little more done on Streets of Payne.  Working to get cover ideas to Ana has helped clarify some points about the protagonist, Amber Payne.

On a more personal note, my better half an I sanded, spackled, taped off and painted three rooms in the house.  We’re now officially empty-nesters, and are responding appropriately – we’re rebuilding the nest.  Smile

That’s it for now.  It’s midnight, and I have to get up in five hours to go to work.  So until next time, stay safe. Bye

Jun 062012
 

We are our own worst critics.  I’ve heard it said time and time again.  Now, based on some of my more critical reviews I know that little adage isn’t necessarily so.  Wink

However, for the most part, I do tend to worry excessively over whether or not my writing is “ready” to send out.  Road to Rejas is just the latest example.  I started out working on what I imagined would be about a twenty thousand word novella, and ended up with almost thirty thousand words and counting.  The story is basically done, but it still needs a lot of “polish”.  Said polishing means adding sections to clarify the plot, removing sections that are redundant as a result of the new additions, tweaking unrealistic dialogue, checking the pacing that “just doesn’t feel right”, and a myriad other things that slow me down.

But the harsh reality is that the real impediment to rapid progress is none other than yours truly.  You see, I have a really bad habit.  I tend to procrastinate on projects like this for fear that it isn’t going to be “good enough”.  As long as the project isn’t out there for public criticism, I don’t have to face the possibility that everyone will tell me that it’s complete and utter crap.

So I find other things to slow myself down.  For instance, I tell myself I have to pay attention to my “marketing”.  For the first months after HPM was released, I was hitting Twitter, FaceBook, GoodReads, posting on my blog, and posting on some topic relevant forums as part of the “advertising campaign”.  I recently sat down and put pen to paper (or fingers to calculator) and realized that I was initially spending about twenty to thirty hours per week on various social media outlets.  That may have been a good idea immediately after HPM‘s release, but there’s really no need for that to go longer than the first month or two.

I’ve done this before.  When I tried to get serious with my writing back in the ’90s, I found myself in a new world, making friends and inroads into the local writing community.  I was convinced to enter some regional amateur authors’ writing competitions and actually did pretty well.  I had an editor at St. Martin’s Press after me to finish the manuscript I had entered (an early version of what would later become Half Past Midnight), and another editor for a new TOR imprint (new in 1996, that is) after me for completion of another novel I had started (an urban fantasy with a working title of “Soul Eater” – currently on indefinite hold due to a saturated market).  I had won or placed in three different writer’s competitions, was president of a local writers’ group, chaired or co-chaired a few of that group’s writing conferences, wrote a monthly column for the group’s newsletter, and hosted a BBS called The Writer’s Workshop (and yes, I said BBS – it was the ’90s, after all). Big Smile   In short, I was spending more time writing about writing, than I spent actually writing.

In those days, it was a commonly bandied about stastic that fewer than two percent of the people who tried to make a career of writing were ever able to do so.  And the truth of the matter is that statistic terrified me.  The thing that really bothered me was that there was very little a writer could do to affect those odds.  Everything was in the hands of other people.  An agent had to decide whether or not your work was good enough to shop around.  An editor had to decide whether or not the manuscript handed them from your agent was good enough to pass on to the senior editors, who then had to meet in committee to determine whether or not the work filled a niche that they needed for their business strategy for that year.  And even if you managed to pass those hurdles, it would be a year or two before the manuscript you handed them would ever see print. “Luckily” for  me, I ended up with a major career change and decided that I couldn’t afford to “waste time” on a pursuit that had such a low chance of success.  In short, I chickened out.

Then in 2010 I stumbled across a podcast “for aspiring writers, by aspiring writers” called The Dead Robots’ Society.  Listening to those folks rekindled the old flame.  In listening to them, I found that the writing business had completely changed.  If I wanted to write – if I really wanted to write, changes in technology and business practices would allow me to bypass the old traditional roadblocks.  In short, there was nothing to stop me from publishing but a relatively small monetary investment, and my own lack of courage.

I decided it was time to put up or shut up.  I tentatively broached the topic with my better half, who immediately gave me the encouragement I needed (more like kicked me in the seat of the pants and asked what I was waiting for), and I went for it.  I researched and found Lynn O’Dell, the best editor I could ever hope for, and through that association fell in with a really great group of authors with the Red Adept Select group.  These folks have been amazingly helpful in teaching me the ropes.

It is now six months post publication and I have found things changing for me.  I recently realized I was beginning to slip back into procrastination mode.  So I had a good talk with myself this morning on the way in to work, and I’ve decided I need to make some changes.  Until Road to Rejas is out, I have to cut back on the social media interactions.  I’ve decided to make the following adjustments:

  1. Twitter – I used to spend an hour or two per day culling through my Twitter feeds, but lately it seems to have become nothing more than a constant barrage of authors, agents, publicists, and cover artists trying to sell me their wares or convince me of their political views, and I don’t have time to sift through the crap for the real conversations.  I will cut back to perhaps an hour or two per week.  I may even drop it completely.
  2. Facebook – This one I still use consistently.  It allows me to post a significant amount of data, show pics and links that *I* believe show more about “who I am” without worrying about that pesky 140 character limit. However, I have found myself spending way too much time there, also.  Time to cut back.
  3. GoodReads – I really like the GR crowd.  They’re a smart and savvy bunch of folks, but GR is primarily a book review site.  Since I try to avoid reviewing the work of my peers, that makes it difficult for me to participate in many of the conversation threads.  Truthfully, they’ll probably never miss me there. Neutral
  4. Blogging – To me, this one is still a must.  Whether or not anyone is actually following me is irrelevant. Regular posting is a constant reminder of why I am writing, and it lays the groundwork for those readers who may pick up my work, decide they want to know more about me, and look me up.  After all, I don’t want someone to find me, go to my site, and find that I have absolutely nothing more to offer.  I look at this as the “behind the scenes” information – like the DVD “special features” section, and some folks are interested in it.
  5. Posting on topic relevent forums – For me this is something that I truly enjoy.  Since I wrote a PA novel, and my protagonist was a survivalist (or in today’s vernacular, a “prepper”), it was a no-brainer that I should look up and join some of the prepper forums.  Now, in truth, it was a topic in which I was already interested, had already researched, and was pretty familiar with, so this was not a marketing thing for me.  But since I am an author with a novel in the genre, I have to make sure I avoid even the appearance of trolling for sales, as I truly want to be considered part of their community.

Currently, arithmetic shows that I spend 45-50 hrs/week with the day job, about 15-20 hrs/week with the various “marketing” venues listed above, and about 10-15 hrs/week on actual writing, culminating in a 70-85 hr work week. You’d think I could get more accomplished in that amount of time.  But not when my priorities are bass-ackwards like this.  So I’ll have to spend less time on the marketing side, and more on the writing.  After all, as I’ve heard repeatedly on The Dead Robots’ Society, “your best advertising is the publication of your next book.”

So it’s time to change.  If I don’t want to fall back into the old procrastination habit, I have to get my ass in gear.  I will release R2R by mid-July.  I also hope to have my next novel out before the end of the year.  It’s a completely different genre, so I don’t know how it will do, but I’m already too far into it to stop.  After that, I’ve got an idea that I’ve been toying with for a sequel to HPM.  It’s not fully fleshed out yet, but I think that will be my next major project.

So that’s it – my mission statement, if you will.  Basically, I have to cut back on some of the social interactions in order to get the writing back on course.  So if you’re on one of the sites I mentioned above, and if you notice that I appear to be less active (or completely MIA), please understand.  This is what I need to do in order to get the writing back on course.  I hope you think the end product is worth it.

That’s it for now.  Be safe. Bye

May 212012
 

All right, today is a little bit of a ramble, so please forgive me in advance.  This is a wide topic, with a lot of implications, and I’m not really sure how to get it all put together in a single blog post.

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I suppose I should have anticipated it, but since the release of Half Past Midnight I’ve been approached by a few people who were curious about survival skills.  Recently, I’ve even been asked to write a guest blog on the subject (which I’ll likely submit soon – when I do, I’ll let you all know where it is).  It seems to be a topic with which there is a growing interest, and as a result, it’s also been on my mind quite a bit lately.

Why the sudden growth of interest in the subject?  Maybe it’s a growing concern with the economy.  I’ve read on various forums where people are beginning to sense that there are some serious problems with the way the government is handling itself, and some folks have begun to think that it might be a good idea to become less dependant on supply lines that can be broken with a single event.  And of course, there’s the influx of shows on television such as Doomsday Preppers, Doomsday Bunkers, and the recent announcement of JJ Abrams’ upcoming post-apocalyptic series Revolution (which I personally think looks awesome).  Are those shows causing the interest, or are they in response to it?  Hell, maybe it’s just all the attention that the “2012 / Mayan calendar / end of the world” crowd is getting.

Whatever the reason, it seems there is a growing interest in post-apocalyptic fiction, and by extension, the survivalist lifestyle.  So let me address some of your questions with what I do know (and I hope I don’t disappoint too many people with how little that actually is).

First of all, yes, I suppose I am a survivalist.  In recent years, people have shifted to the term “prepper”, but when I first became interested in the lifestyle, they were called survivalists.  Of course, the media fixed that.  Every time some wingnut kidnapped someone and dragged them into the forest, they were automatically called a survivalist.  Anytime some sort of extremist killed someone and investigation showed them to have stockpiled a bunch of “assault weapons” they called them a survivalist.

So now, the politically correct term is evidently “prepper”.  Whatever.  I can live with that.  “A rose by any other name…” and all that, right?

Moving on…

Yes, I listen to some prepper podcasts, and I am a member of a few survival forums.  But I want to make sure everyone understands something from the get-go.  I am in no way any kind of survivalist expert.  I am simply familiar with the lifestyle, and have embraced the mentality and philosophy of self-reliance, which is what prepping is really all about.

No, I don’t have a fallout shelter in the backyard.  No, I don’t have an arsenal in my closet.

Despite what you see on television, that’s not what prepping is about.  Prepping is mostly just a state of mind and a commitment to self-reliance.  It’s a mental and emotional insurance policy.  It’s all about learning to be self-reliant – not having to worry about how you’re going to get by in the event of a flood, or a fire, or hurricane.  A prepper has to know whether the situation calls for a bugout, or hunkering down for the duration.  Is there a wildfire heading your way?  Will you lose power due to bad weather?  How long will it be out?  Do you have the supplies necessary for bugging out?  Do you have what you’ll need if you are stuck at home for a week, but the grocery stores won’t be able to supply food for an extended period of time?

At the time that I’m writing this, the first tropical storm of 2012 has developed off the coast of the Carolinas.  Tropical Storm Alberto is currently projected to travel up the eastern coast of the United States over the next four days.  Alberto isn’t expected to gain much strength, and according to the weather service, won’t get anywhere close to hurricane strength.  But what about the next one?

Since I live in the Houston area, hurricanes are a big consideration for me.  I was here during Alicia in 1983.  I lost a friend in the flooding of tropical storm Allison in 2001.  I weathered through the preparations and side effects of Katrina in 2005, and sat in the direct path of Rita three weeks later.  After Rita, we were without power for several days, and we were lucky compared to a lot of people.  I knew of many folks who were without electricity for weeks.  For us, well, my parents had a generator and the flooding wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t get to them and borrow it.  We alternated use of that generator between our house and theirs until our power came back on so we didn’t lose any food.  Still, there were several days where there was no power to our homes, no power at the local grocery stores or restaurants, no fuel at the gas stations, and widespread flooding restricted where you could and couldn’t travel.

Those are the kinds of situations a prepper is “prepping” for.  Those, and perhaps even more serious events.  I’m going to consolidate and paraphrase some of the questions folks have asked.

What are the first things one should save when beginning to “prep”?   There are some basic things that a person needs in order to take care of themselves.  We need food and water.  We need shelter.  Those are the bare minimum.

But why do you see so many preppers with outlandish surgical kits and crazy amounts of medicine and bandages?  Well, what if the power is out in your area?  What happens if you get hurt then?  If the local hospital is also down, or you simply can’t get to it due to flooding, fire, or some other disaster, then you’re on your own for medical emergencies, too.  So wouldn’t it behoove you to learn some basic first aid?

And what’s with all the crazies hoarding guns and ammo?  Why are preppers so gung-ho on guns?  Let’s see, we’ve seen violence in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  We’ve seen violence when they don’t like the way a verdict goes in a trial.  We’ve even seen violence from people when their favorite team loses (or in some cases wins) a sporting event.  Is it really surprising that someone who tries to prepare to take care of themselves and their loved ones might consider the possibility that they could face violence in the event of a full-blown catastrophe?

But maybe it still sounds a little bit out there to you.  After all, what are the chances that any of that stuff is really going to happen?

Well, do you live in an earthquake area? Flood plain?  Near a volcano?  Tornado alley?

Let me put it to you another way.  Do you have health insurance?  What about automobile insurance?  Flood insurance?

You don’t take out an insurance policy because you hope to use it.  You take it out hoping that you never EVER have to use it.  But doesn’t it make you feel better knowing that it’s there… just in case?  That’s what being a prepper is all about.  It’s learning skills that you hope to never have to use, but resting a little easier knowing you have them if hard times ever come.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about the prepper philosophy, check out some of the below links:

http://www.shelfreliance.com/blog/

http://www.survivalmonkey.com/

http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/

 

In the meantime, as always, be safe.  Bye