Thursday, March 29, 2007

Playing With The Enemy

Guantanamo Detainees to Play American Baseball

President Bush believes baseball brings people together and helps explain Western values. Games will pit traveling American naval team against willing Muslim inmates.

El Dorado Hills, CA, March 29, 2007 -- A source inside the Pentagon confirmed today that some of the prisoners held at Guantanamo have been offered the opportunity to participate in America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Their opponents will be American servicemen. The decision is part of an extensive new outreach effort to create better relations between the United States and the Muslim world.

According to independent publishing house Savas Beatie, LLC, the idea originated with Pete Merrick, a guard at Guantanamo and former high school baseball standout. Merrick got the idea from Gary W. Moore’s recently released book Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams (2006). “If the Americans can teach captured Nazis how to play baseball and break through the ice, then why can’t we teach some of these detainees the same thing?”

Merrick raised the sensitive issue with his superior, “who was initially very cool to the idea,” explained the former shortstop. “But he eventually came around and kicked the suggestion upstairs.”

According to the Pentagon source, who spoke off the record, the journey “upstairs” made it all the way to President George Bush’s desk. The President quickly warmed to the prospects of improving relations (and the world’s view of Guantanamo) through baseball. The former owner of the Texas Rangers and Commander-in-Chief is an avid baseball fan and sometimes referred to in the White House as “the nation’s First Baseball Fan.”

President Bush often does things to honor his father, President George H. W. Bush, a former Navy pilot who played first base for the Yale Baseball Team. In an ironic twist, author Gary Moore’s father Gene was a baseball-playing sailor with major league aspirations. Playing with the Enemy explains how Gene, who was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers at the age of 15, overcame the stiff opposition of his superiors to teach the game of baseball to captured Nazis he and his teammates were guarding in Louisiana. The Germans fell into American hands when their submarine U-505 (currently on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry) was captured in 1944. Moore’s saga was sold to an academy award-winning Hollywood producer. The movie is scheduled to shoot this summer.

According to the Pentagon source, officials in both the White House and inside the Pentagon “vigorously protested” the President’s decision, but have since thawed to the idea, especially since some of the detainees themselves have expressed interest in the idea. “The President feels strongly about both the game and the prospects for improving relations. Is there a better way to do that than with a game of baseball?”

Author Gary Moore was dumbfounded when he “got the call.” As Moore told a local reporter, he was “honored the President is following in my father’s footsteps and using the greatest game ever invented to craft a public relations solution to Guantanamo. I wish the President luck in this endeavor, and would love to throw out the first pitch in the first game ever played between American Naval ballplayers and Islamic extremists.”

Training is set to coincide with the April 1 opening of the 2007 Major League Baseball season.

For additional information on the Guantanamo baseball training, contact Sarah Keeney or visit http://playingwiththeenemy.com/index.htm

About Savas Beatie LLC:

Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company.

About Playing with the Enemy author Gary Moore:

Gary W. Moore is the president and managing partner of Covenant Air & Water, LLC, a motivational speaker, and an accomplished musician. Gene Moore was his father. Gary lives in Bourbonnais, Illinois, south of Chicago.

Contact:

Sarah Keeney, Marketing Director
Savas Beatie LLC
Email: sarahs@savasbeatie.com
Phone: 408-892-1316
Fax: 916-941-6895
http://www.savasbeatie.com/

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And don't forget that Gary Moore is my guest on Political Pistachio Radio on April 7, 2007 (day before Easter). If you don't catch the show live, remember you can listen to the archive later. If you catch the show live, feel free to call in and ask him a few questions.

And coming up on this coming Saturday, March 31st @ 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern, our special guest will be Bushwack from American and Proud, to tell us about his participation in The Gathering of Eagles March just recently in Washington D.C.

Tune in to Political Pistachio Radio to catch all the fun.

Blessings,

Doug

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

My past life is winding down, and what is on the horizon is revving up. Today I am going to follow-up my application to write as a part-time sports reporter with a local newspaper with an e-mail that includes samples of my writing. My radio show has improved greatly, and the next two episodes will include very special guests, Bushwack of American and Proud, and Gary W. Moore, author of Playing With The Enemy.

I am back to working on the novel I decided to re-write last summer when I have time as well, but honestly, my plate has been full, and I couldn't be happier. Now, as my wife approaches graduation from the university, the amount of time allotted to me for writing will increase.

Greatness is on the horizon, and I give God the credit, where credit is due.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Inspiration

Inspiration comes from many sources, to a writer. Many of the stories in my head, and down on paper take inspiration from real life. Even the simplest story can be dramatic enough to be a story if written properly. Dig into that well of experience. A best seller is lurking somewhere within.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

End of a quarter

My wife is studying to become a psychologist. She is one class, after the one that ended today, away from receiving her bachelors degree. She is one of the most tenacious people I know, aside from me, but her writing skills are not as good as mine. As a result, she depends heavily on me for help with her homework, especially term papers.

I am glad school is over.

By the way, I submitted a resume to a local newspaper, and I am currently awaiting response. It's for a part-time sports reporter.

Now that would be cool.

As for my book, it's struggling, only because I have little time to work on it. Now that my wife is between quarters, I may have a little more time for my book.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Lex Luthor

Tonight Lex Luthor invited me as a guest on his radio show at blog talk radio. He asked me about my book, The Way of Deception, and I explained its premise. Then we moved on to politics. It was not only an enjoyable time, but also another opportunity to create a buz about me and my writing. Listen to the show. The archive is available.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Today

My writing has reached a new level. My book has changed, somehow, into something more than it was before. My blogs have become communities, and I find myself, sometimes, performing damage control more so than writing. I am not in the mood to babysit, but to retain many of my readers, I may have to.

And today I am mailing off a résumé to a local newspaper for an opening for a reporter.

I'm a little nervous, but the chances I take more often than not pay off. Besides, what's the worse they can say? No? I'd rather try and fail, then not try at all. Eventually, one will stick, and I will be better off for it.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Juggling Manuscripts

The Way of Deception is a difficult puppy to re-write. But I am chomping at the bit to send something out to agents since I have so much more to offer in a query letter. I think I have a better chance with landing a literary agent now that I am a member of the Military Writers Society of America, have a number of successful blogs, a burgeoning free-lance activity with local papers, and an internet radio show. Wait, I have an idea, why don't I do a proofread of my last book (the one that landed an agent in 2005, but never got published) and blanket the market with it until my newest manuscript is complete! Hmmmm, it just might work.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

It's not just what you say. . .

The end of that sentence completes a lesson I think we all learned when we were younger. It's not just what you say, it's how you say it. This is primarily a reference to tone and body language, but what about word choice?

That is what it comes down to when writing. Sometimes, if word choice is poor, the idea a writer is trying to put across can be lost. Enthusiasm must come across on the page. Terror must come across on the page. Whatever emotion you are trying to evoke, it needs to come across on the page.

Literary Agents and Publishers expect no less, as with your readers.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

When life gives you lemons, find an orange juice stand

My posting to this page is becoming more intermittant as life keeps grabbing me by the throat. My hours at work has increased, but the company has removed a policy that results in less pay because they no longer compensate us for long travel to far away job sites. I am gone from home an average of 14 hours per day because of my day-job, often more. As my daughter used to say, "Daddy, you go to work when it's night-night, and you come home when it's night-night."

"Yes, please, I'll take a little cheese with my whine."

I found time for my radio show. The second installment aired yesterday at blogtalk radio.

But through the struggles, the lowered amounts of sleep, and the frustration, I realize that it will all end eventually. Through it all I still pound away on my keyboard, when I can, working on my blogs, and the manuscript of my latest book. The dream remains alive, and a contract with a literary agent, and publishing company, is on the horizon.

All I have to do is believe, and act upon those beliefs.

Good things come to those who are patient, and put out the work to achieve their goals.