Honor Code Extras

One of the fun parts of writing is the research behind the story. If I actually put everything I learned into the book, the pace would slow to a crawl, but perhaps a few things in Honor Code piqued your interest.

GED Program

Tyrell, Honor Code’s anti-hero, made mistakes when he was a kid. With a different set of parents maybe things would’ve turned out different for him–or maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Tyrell did his time in jeuvie, and while he was there, someone took an interest in him and encouraged him to finish high school.

Without encouragement, it’s difficult to jump back into school, even more difficult to see that there may be a ‘way out.’ The military has been the way out for countless young people–out of a small town, a crummy home life, a dead end job. Friends here in the Pacific NW told me the military wouldn’t accept a GED in lieu of a high school diploma, but my research indicated that wasn’t the case.

One of the things authors love to do is contact People Who Know. A good friend heads the GED program in Spartanburg SC. One of the interesting facts she fed me was that it’s harder to get your GED than a high school diploma – the program is designed that way. “The GED is normed so 40% of graduating seniors can’t pass.” Lyn Shelton


The GED Testing Service has lots of other information. Here’s the link:


No one is ever stuck. There’s always a way out. Be bold, be brave. Take your chance and run with it.


Art theft in Iraq

Unfortunately, looters savaged the Baghdad Museum in the early days of the Iraqi war. Initially, the US and US military were the targets of much anger.




Only later – with stories no longer on the front page – did the truth emerge. Many items had been removed prior to the invasion for safe keeping, but three separate, orchestrated break-ins occurred. Evidence indicates they were ‘inside’ jobs, with specific items targeted as if dealers and ‘collectors’ had created a giant list.



Other items were lost to random looting of the Museum and archaeological sites. Matthew Bogdanos, a Marine Reserve colonel and the U.S. military’s lead investigator into the thefts, implemented an innovative (anonymous) program to recover the majority of the stolen items.




The looting of archaeological sites continues, the responsibility of local poor, organized smugglers and ultimately the dealers and people who buy the artifacts.



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