Ernest Bywater: Blog

January 5, 2017
Posted at 12:49 pm

New Site Service for Readers

The site has a new reader function where they can add a comment at the end of the story for other readers. Authors can turn this on or off for each story. I've turned it on. This is for readers to make comments for other readers. I do not track them or read them, so don't say anything there you expect me to respond to. If you wish to communicate with me, send me an email via the Author Feedback link or my site email link.

Thank you.

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.

September 21, 2016
Posted at 5:37 pm

Writing Status 22 September 2016

I have over 20 stories in the Work in Progress folder I'm working on. A new story is with the editors and will be posted when they finish with it.

the Chaos Calls stories are revised and are being checked by the editors.

There are plans for many sequels, but some are on hold until I get the existing part drafts back from the police.

The whole situation is very wearing, so please do not send me an email unless you really need to. Pointing out typos and format errors qualify as need to.

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.