Currently living in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with my son Mark and cat Sprite. Grew up in historic, picturesque Newfoundland with many, interesting, friendly people, inspiring adventures, songs, stories, and wonderous beauty of nature.
Acceptable Casualties - Background and Inspiration
Acceptable Casualties tells the story of Mira Thabiti's first mission. In the novel, Har Megiddon, she is an old warrior, having served the Empire most of her life. In Acceptable Casualties, she is much younger, and we get to see a little of her home life. Some inspiration for this story is taken from history.
Acceptable Casualties - Part 1
“Home … finally home.” Galon smiled as he stood at the gate, he could feel the tears rising in his eyes. He took a deep breath and forced them back, “Not yet.” He took another deep breath, smelled the sweet fruit hanging off the trees, the crisp freshness of the tea flowers. The trees surrounding the house looked more like a forest. The new trees from last year were growing fast. “Only eight months.” he whispered. He looked at their grey stone brick house, his lips automatically curled into a smile. The door was still white. “She wanted to paint it red like the deck.”
“What's the total?” Short sigh “A hundred and twelve.” “A hundred and twelve small frozen ponds, all circular, randomly spaced on a dwarf planet. The planet has no atmosphere, is nine hundred and seventy kilometres in diameter. Ponds are all eight to nine hundred metres across and contain the only water detectable. Planets like this usually have a thick crust of ice.”