Harden up, or give up! Copy that.

I woke up this morning, and thought – did I really use the word rejection in the title of my last post?

Okay, it was a fairly upbeat post; eat some concrete, harden up, move on etc

However, given that I’ve been watching Strike Back I should be ashamed of using the R word! I’m going to use deferred. A mission would be deferred, aborted perhaps, but not rejected.

Strike Back is a British action and military television series, based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Chris Ryan.


I need to get a feel for commandos (not literally, *sigh*) for the sequel to Arafura. For some reason I’ve flung myself in with the lot of commandos, and a dash of romantic suspense. Thinking I was more of a Pride and Prejudice/Ten Things I Hate About You romance type, I was surprised to discover my inner aggro here.

Do I want to know more about the nitty gritty of guns, fighting baddies, intel ops etc? Apparently yes. The two operatives in the picture above are Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) who long-story-short must find weapons of mass destruction before the baddies do. Underneath this storyline runs the sub plot of relationships. Curiously, I’ve enjoyed watching the first series, despite the R rating and violence. Why? That good old chestnut – humour. Damien Scott is a larrikin (actually, Sullivan is an Aussie playing a US character). His sense of humour pervades every dangerous situation, and he doesn’t care what people think of him. (I think his character needs to go to sex-addict rehab, but he wouldn’t give a rat’s toenail what I think. Water off a casanova’s back.) A lot of what he says isn’t scripted. The two main characters manage witty banter very well on their own, as well as doing their own stunts. I spoke of this with a friend, who hadn’t noticed the humour very much. This shows that not everyone is ready to see what others offer. Damien Scott would just smile and shrug (and shoot). If you feel like a laugh, look at Strike Back:The Best Bits below.

These guys are resilient, fictitious or not. They never give up. They see a bad situation as temporary, and aren’t too bothered if what they’re offering isn’t wanted or being noticed right now. There is always another solution.


These guys don’t fit in everywhere, and aren’t always liked. Do they care? No way, buddy. They are fiercely loyal and keep doing what they’re good at, kicking arse. They keep plugging along, saving the world, even with a few bullet holes. It’s just, move, move, move!!! (said in very deep, urgent voice). For what started out as research, these two have ended up being funny, entertaining role models about perseverance.

Seriously, us creative types take things way too seriously. Yes, I allowed way too much to ride on my first mission, oops, book. I was way too naive to think I could infiltrate the tight publishing market so quickly. Didn’t listen to my intelligence.

So, I’m off to Darwin this week to research the port and wharf areas. I’ve been asked to give a radio interview and then an author talk at Darwin library. This reminds me that rejection is probably subjective. I will let my vicarious military training kick in, seize every opportunity and give it my best shot. Acknowledge?

Roger that.



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12 Responses to Harden up, or give up! Copy that.

  1. What a fun post, Susan. That’s the spirit!

    We navigators have a similar problem with the ladies, what with them virtually throwing themselves at us and all. Navigators and commandos, brothers in suffering.

  2. Imelda Evans says:

    Carry on, soldier! Good luck!

  3. Acknowledge! Thanks Imelda. Strike Back gets to you, like Lethal Weapon. Afterwards, you expect attacks from everywhere, even from behind your own fridge (and you’re confident you can handle it, ha ha) 🙂

  4. Lee-Anne says:

    Best of luck in Darwin and with the sequel – intriguing!
    I’ll check out Strike Back (can’t believe I’ve missed a good British thriller 🙂

  5. Interview and author talk! I’d shake my pom poms for you if I weren’t sick.

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