We'll let Jim introduce himself.
First, my full name is "James H. Tiller III". My official title is "Lt. Col James H Tiller, USAF, Ret". (Forgive the ego ride!)
My wife Frances and I live in Olathe, Kansas (18 yrs and staying put). I am a hobby wood worker, we are avid square dancers and enjoy local theater presentations.
Through out the years I have enjoyed music (classic and folk) art (tried to become one, failed) and during my first combat tour in Vietnam, I took up poetry. The result was 14 poems- mostly about my experiences in Nam but with 1 that sold to a North Dakota farmers magazine and the others published in the far east version of AF magazine (does that make me a published author? not likely.) One poem, written as my first wife neared death from Alzheimer's I submitted to a mensan poetry contest and got an honorable mention. Did I mention I am a
mensan ? No longer dues paying.
I have had this story floating in my mind for years. An incident that occurred at 35,000 ft, 100 miles south of the North Pole on an airborne alert mission carrying 2 nuclear weapons. It lasted about 3 secs., but in an effort to understand what happened I have slowly created a picture of a story. So finally, I decided to write the story. This is my first attempt at fiction writing. 5 chapters done, edited 4 times, and the realization I need help to see it I am doing it right. That led me to join.
I hope for opportunities to get my efforts critiqued before I get too much further into this challenge.
By the way, there is a hard cover book entitled "Because I Fly", a collection of aviation poetry, by Helmut H. Reda page 102. you will see it. It was written from the heart!!