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I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


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Old Books to New Book

In the past years I have mentioned the iBooks I have been working on. One of my issues is the need for constant changes then I add in the results of my test, i.e., provided a group of martial artists copies of the pdf versions for review and comment, but the results present some issues that after consideration resulted in the blending of the two into the one - apropos don’t you think.

Mark Cook, author of the Oldman’s Bubishi, gave me the idea. I decided to blend in my ken-po goku-i effort with the philosophical terminology books. The new effort is to be tentatively titled, “The Modern Martial Arts Instruction Manual.” I think you can see how it kind-of pays homage to the original bible of karate called the bubishi. Here is the tentative book cover I plan to use for the e-pub effort. 

Yea, yea, I know, I was supposed to edit my two books and get them out there but alas my ass, like my excuses, are still hanging out there and you have no reason to believe that this one will get any further than the other two. I still have the other two and I will still give them away in pdf format to anyone who asks but this one will be up to date and will be provided via smashwords and possible Amazon when it is ready.

Anyway, I am more excited about this one and the one concept I will adhere to in this effort is when I get the first draft done it will be edited with no changes (that one got me on the other two, as I wrote postings, etc., I kept seeing a need to make changes and this will not occur with this one - promise myself :-).

In addition, I have one or two folks maximum this time to read and edit - they already indicated they would do “just that.” ;-)

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1 comment:

Charles James said...

Addendum: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 15:17hrs:

The modern bubishi is coming along just fine. One of the best parts of this effort is I have almost all the material I want to create this bad bear. I realize now what Rory Miller was speaking of when his recent post was titled, “Hot Mess.” I would rather refer to the collection I am working with as a “gargantuan glob of material completely unorganized” but doable.

I have it broken down into three main sections with plenty of material for chapters within the sections. I have, as previously displayed, the makings of a nice, not great or wonderful, cover for the book. I have the material available for putting the “mess” into form with function so that is just waiting for me to start putting it all into a Word document.

Sometimes I get a bit excited yet uncomfortable when collecting and organizing, at least titles to materials, into proper position for the sections, etc. but then I get kind of excited that this just may come together in short order (hopeful). Not sure how much time will be involved since almost all of it is written up in one form or another.

This seems, right.