The U.S. of After Chapter 54

Clayton All of us formed a line leadin’ to a long bridge that went out over the water and onto a large deck.  At first it didn’t resemble a ship, but when I looked closer and actually stood on the pavement I realized it was the loadin’ elevator of an aircraft carrier.  The ship wasContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 54”

The U.S. of After Chapter 52

Gideon New Orleans was a lot bigger than I had originally thought, and as our boat started getting closer to the city, I started noticing a lot of heavies standing around in body armor and helmets holding Mossbergs and Bushmaster AR-15’s.  There was a great big docking area along the river where people were pullingContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 52”

My Struggling Special Needs Son

My son Conner has had and will probably always have struggles in school.  He was born at 24 weeks, weighed 1 lb. 8 oz., and is severely nearsighted.  At first we thought that this miracle child had only those things that would keep him from leading a somewhat normal life, but then came asthma, aContinue reading “My Struggling Special Needs Son”

Analytical Thinking and the Modern High School Student

I am one month into springing my common core lesson plans on my 11th grade English students.  They seemed to be doing quite well with it, but today I said something to them that caused them to completely flatline. This all began with an essay I assigned last week.  They were given a poem (aContinue reading “Analytical Thinking and the Modern High School Student”

The U.S. of After Chapter 44

Amy The sun was it’s usual dim self since the meteor hit.  I guess that debris wouldn’t be falling out of the sky any time soon.  At least it cooled things down a bit.  The sun wasn’t directly burning our skin at least.  The canopy of the boat, even though it had been burned prettyContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 44”

The U.S. of After Chapter 39

Ralph When the engine on the boat choked itself silent I knew it was showtime.  I had been given a twenty gauge pump action Winchester loaded with slugs, and my left hand gripped the wooden pump slide so tight that I guess I would’ve had white knuckles if I could have seen them.  Even thoughContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 39”

The U.S. of After Chapter 38

Gideon We humped it through the woods a ways.  We found a lot of horse tracks leading out just as the sun was dropping down below the trees.  We had to navigate by wits and starlight after that.  Didn’t realize we had trekked so far out from the tent village. Found the militia camp almostContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 38”

The U.S. of After Chapter 36

Clayton That’s two prayers answered. I stood on the bow of the boat and watched as several children gathered ‘round me.  Them militia guys hadn’t followed us down river and that was a miracle. The kids sat in perfect silence.  I think they was mostly scared out of their minds from the mess we justContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 36”

Labor Day Means Writing

I am a high school English teacher by trade and a writer of novels in my spare time.  School started two weeks ago and my spare time has dropped to a spare minimum.  I have been writing steadily on Book 2: The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and am nearing the end of the narrative, but becauseContinue reading “Labor Day Means Writing”

U.S. of After Chapter 31

Gideon I lay in the bush under my Dad’s ghillie suit, listening to the whole thing. All my friends were in boy scouts, but not me.  Dad was a SEAL.  I hardly ever saw him, but when I did we were running around in the woods out here learning all kinds of crazy stuff.  Dad’sContinue reading “U.S. of After Chapter 31”