Later today I will be playing "Taps" for the last time as an active service member. Amidst all of the changes of the past couple of years, this is one that has come in an entirely unexpected way.
Just as with storytelling, how an experience ends can have a profound impact on how one looks back on the whole thing. I've written before about how a botched conclusion can not only wreck a particular film or book, but trash the entire franchise. I'm talking about you, Star Wars.
As I wrap the 21st and final season of "A.H.Lloyd's Remarkably Uninteresting Military Career," I'm definitely getting same vibe as watching the lamentable last season of Miami Vice.
Maybe it will look better in re-runs.
On the positive side, I will have a lot of spare time and more much more latitude to vent my spleen on military affairs. This opens up new areas of writing as well as more time with which to do it.
Speaking of writing, Walls of Men is now undergoing its final edit prior to being formatted for publication. It's been through my hands and those of two test readers, but reading it aloud has found a great many areas of improvement. I think this will be standard practice for me from now on.