Ernest Bywater: Blog

January 24, 2017
Posted at 9:18 pm

My Life and Writing update as of 25 January 2017

First, please do not send emails asking about the next story or how I'm going, I don't have the time or energy to deal with them right now. My life is still in major turmoil, and has been since late July 2015 when the Police came in with a search warrant and walked off with every modern computing device in the house, including my phone, my son's phone, and the back-up copies of all my work. At the time they said it would take them 2 to 3 months to check everything and give it back. After four months I found out they'd done nothing about it. We did get our phones back after a call to the Local Area Commander to do some tree shaking on the safety factors because we live in a remote area.

The effect is I do not have my copies of the 30 plus stories I was working on or any of the research for them. So all those half written sequels are delayed until I get the files back. I can't even deal with the emails that were outstanding at that time, nor do I have anyone's email address, unless they emailed me since August 2015.

The whole matter is very stressful because my son has a mental health issue which means he has problems with any change and can't handle any stress. Keeping him calm has also been adding to my stress levels. I am writing when I'm up to it. But a lot of time is taken up with dealing with this problem

Since July I've found out the government made a change to certain laws and never made a public announcement about the changes, despite the significant change in the law. The change also had the effect of being retroactive, which is not supposed to be possible. I now have to wait until the police get their act together and confirm I do not create or publish unlawful works.

In May 2016 they returned 25 items, most of them simple things like USB sound cards and unused SD cards. There's still 3 laptop computer two stacks of CDs/DVDs, and 8 print books they've not checked yet. They've checked and cleared over seven millions files they refuse to give back to me or make any copies of anything to give to me. No copies of emails, work files, tax records, or stories I was working on. There are two court cases on this, at this time, one of which is about the checking and return of materials to go before the court again in March, and the other is back in May. There is a subpoena for certain information I want for the police they were supposed to provide in early January 2017, but have twice asked for a delay because they're having trouble getting the information together. This relates to the second court case due back before the court in May, and I've instructed the lawyer to let the court know we'll need three of four months to analyze the information from the police before we can go back to court, which is due back in May, at this time. Thus the police delays should result in a further delay to that court case.

So far this matter has cost us all our saving for 5 years to be able to get back to close to normal day to day operations of everything except this issue and the related stress affecting our time and health. I have started a number of new stories and have about 20 stories I'm working on as the muse moves me and I have time to work on them.

Please, no more emails on this matter about these officious zealots looking to prove I'm something I'm not.

November 11, 2016
Posted at 2:07 am
Updated: January 17, 2017 - 12:10 pm

Survivor - and Comments on it. - corrected

A story of 51,000 words in 5 parts - posting every other day. This is the one I was asking about Texas laws on. Yes, there is a sequel already started, but no promises on when it's finished, yet. As usual it's available at Lulu too:

Comments: I've received a few emails on some aspects of the story:

Oil: Yes, oil is sold by the barrel, but when you're explaining something like that to a ten year old you tend to adjust the terms to ones you know they'll understand, thus Sarge speaks of a low 'per gallon' rate, instead of going into a long talk on barrels of oil.

Weapons: I've not mentioned any weapons they have when Pat arrives, other than the Bond Arms Snake Slayers and the M9 Beretta, then they buy a .22 Long Rifle and some replica M1 .30 calibre carbines. I'm asked why they don't use M16s and the like. Simple, they want Pat to be able to use them too. Most US military rifles have an energy level of over 2,000 foot pounds (ft lbf), which is too much for a young boy. While the .45 LC is in the 460 to 1,200 ft lbf range, the .22 LR in the 100 to 200 ft lbf, with the M9 19 mm at 384 to 500 ft lbf, and the .30 Carbine at 970 ft lbfs. The energy varies with the type of load. Where a ten year old can handle the under 1,000 ft lbf weapons he'd have big issues with the over 2,000 ft lbf weapons, so they get lower power weapons to fit their intended range and targets. Also a .22 LR Hollow Point does have the capability to kill a person with a shot to most vulnerable areas.

Maturity: A person's maturity is will depend on their personality and how they're raised. I've known many ten year olds as mature, or more mature, than Pat is in the story. This is especially true of those raised on rural farms or military bases.

August 18, 2016
Posted at 11:00 am
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 11:20 am

Comments on Life is Change

Life is Change

No good turn goes unpunished. There's nothing so constant in life as change. Shortly after finishing his university exams Smoky Grey learns these two sayings are true.

Georgia Gun laws: Smoky doesn't have a residential address when he applies for the permit, and he wants a concealed carry permit. So, please, no more emails about how legal open carry is in Georgia.

As to the cut down shotgun, the advice I got from a Georgia gunsmith was that being a single shot weapon in a pistol style with a barrel under 6 inches made it a large bore pistol and not a short barrel shotgun. I've since confirmed that advice was based on Georgia law. I've also been advised by the ATF an application for such a weapon can be made under the National Fire Arms Act. I would have thought where Smoky asked to check if it was legal would have covered that for most people, however, I'm revising the story to add a note about them getting the NFA paperwork done and approved.

August 13, 2016
Posted at 4:24 pm
Updated: August 18, 2016 - 11:03 am

Comments on Out of Reach, The Contagion

All stories are also available as a single file at:

Out of Reach
Double Beds: Here in Australia we have three sizes of double beds - Standard double bed, Queen size double bed, and King size double bed. In general, we call all of them a double bed, except when ordering a new mattress or sheet for them.

The Contagion
Anti-biotics: This term is used in two ways. One is in regards to the commercial products for sale, these are designed to target specific biological infections, and not a virus. In general scientific research anti-biotics is used to refer to any chemical or biological agent used to fight or destroy something biological, and includes more than the commercial formulas just mentioned. This wider use of the term is what I have in the story. Which is now revised to show that more clearly.

Cheyenne Mountain Complex: The facility entrance is part way up a high mountain and visible from a number of areas where a line of sight is available over a lower ridge and along the roadway. Access is along Norad Road and Google Maps shows Norad Road takes a large hook left up through a valley before it reaches the lower car-park for the facility and then continues along the valley to the upper car-park at the top of a steep slope. The valley where the road takes that major curve is a good spot to set up a barricade, and what I refer to.

July 18, 2016
Posted at 5:20 pm
Updated: January 24, 2017 - 9:25 pm

Site plans of locales in stories - updated URL link

In the past I've had people ask about plans of places I design and use in my stories. I do have some as memory aids, and have no problems sharing them. However, most don't come out too well when shrunk down to a size suitable form posting on the site with the story. Some are only passable when shrunk to the size for inclusion in the e-pub or print book. However, I've now placed a bunch of good quality images of them on DropBox. Within the folder is a folder for each story, and you can open it to see the images for the story you're reading. Be warned, I'm putting images up as I create them, so there may be some for stories not yet finished, so don't get upset when you don't recognise the folder, you will, when it's finished.

Edit to add: Although I tried, some aren't to scale, due my system's limitations.

If the image isn't there, it's because I didn't make one, or I no longer have it. the URL is: