Posts here have been scant lately. I have been focused on writing technical papers, a chapter of a book, and now my own book.
The subject on all of these has been “Fundamentals of Weapon System Sustainment”. And like Huckleberry Finn, “If I had known how much trouble it would be to write a book, then I wouldn’t have ever started writing it in the first place.”
I have also learned that the author writes the prologue to establish the setting. The author writes a preface to explain how the book came to be. (This is also where thanks and acknowledgments are given.) And the author writes an introduction to lay out the purpose of the book. Someone other than the author writes the foreword. It is a short discussion of that person’s interaction with the author or the book. In my case, I will be looking for someone of great influence to say what a wonderful, groundbreaking book it is, and how literally everyone should read it.
I have always thought that whenever I wrote a book, I would start each chapter with a quote, because I like to read books that do that. Turns out, finding just the right quote focuses your attention on what the chapter is about. If you don’t know for sure, it is terribly hard to find a suitable quote! And now I have all the chapters outlined and a suitable quote for each. I guess that’ll be my next post.
In this post, I am providing my prologue. Prologues are usually more appropriate in a fictional novel where it is uses to establish the setting and is an integral part of the story. But I am trying to instill a sense of drama and motivation in a technical work. Thus, my prologue starts with the basic philosophy of why anyone would pay attention to, or try to, follow a management model. Specifically this one.