December 18th, 2007



I hope to wrap up the Valdemar short by Christmas, though I may have to edit it down a tad. It's going to be over 7K words, which is their cutoff, but negotiable.

I still have an article for SFWA, awaiting the RRA LAR8 for review, and the current novel.

Ray's and Jolie's knives should be finished soon, James' sword is still done but the scabbard needs trimmed, plus one for a troop in Asscrackistan I need to get sent and a couple from Pennsic. I'm still not taking new orders, though it is getting easier as the kids get older. We should have them running web sales soon, and pay them a percentage (soon meaning 2-3 years).

I do not BELIEVE how many thousands of $$ we've paid out in the last 60 days--holiday gifts for friends and family, some charity to those who are having the same issues we had in 97, 99, 2002, repairs to the car, maintenance to the vehicles with all the miles we're putting on, my LA trip, the Chicago trip, some toys for me (Mauser 98K, Mosin Nagant 91/30, more 1893 Turk Mausers), emergency stuff like extra food, fuel, bullion, more merchandise for shows starting in January, professional tools for Gail and me (camera lenses, memory sticks and readers, geeksticks, another laptop, tools and rolling toolchests for me), three longbows and some stuff for kit for re-enacting, more ceramic tile for the floor, and we need a new fridge.

The good news is, you now have someone on the inside of the Middle Class;-)
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This Is What Being Made My Bitch Looks Like

Anyone want to call this clown and find out if he'd defend someone on firearm charges?

My reply:

It's not surprising to read an editorial comment that decries criminal use of "automatic weapons," which have been strictly federally controlled, effectively banned, since 1934. It's not surprising to see them conflated with tragedies like VA Tech, which involved common pistols (and a ball bat would have served as well, with our cultural victim mentality). It's not surprising to see the tired old idiocy that our Founders never foresaw "automatic weapons" when they wrote the Second Amendment, even though rapid firing and automatic guns did exist in the era of flintlocks.

What is surprising is to see such blatant misunderstanding from Robert Hammerle, an alleged attorney. I've always understood that attorneys follow a code of ethics and professionalism and research the subject before making statements, so as not to make errors that would lose them a case in seconds once rebutted.

In counter, I'd like to suggest a five day waiting period on publication, while the government background checks facts for accuracy, after which time Mr Hammerle can spout off in a paper he prints with lead type and distributed on horseback, just as our Founders intended.

Michael Z. Williamson


Michael Z. Williamson is an immigrant, a 23 year veteran of the US Army and US Air Force, and an internationally published author of technical articles on firearms and military fiction. His newest novel, "Better to Beg Forgiveness..." (Baen Books, 2007) is now in bookstores worldwide.
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