I think my upcoming trip to Hawaii has inspired me to work more on Wake Island. There are several places I'd like to visit as part of researching both wips, but the place I'm most excited about is the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific (aka Punchbowl). The 98 POWs that remained on Wake Island during the war were eventually executed. Their remains were moved to their final resting place in the Punchbowl.
I know (not personally) of a few guys who were of the 98 and I'd like to pay my respects. I'm sure dad knew them, too. Punchbowl actually used to be an ancient sacrifice site then a firing range during the '30s and eventually became what it is today. Construction for this cemetary began in the late '40s.
I've updated my word count meter and have to say, if you are a friend reading my blog, this is why I've been so quiet (psssst KWC). I have to put my head down and power through until this baby is done. I realized last night I have been working on this since '04, so I say it's time to be done. I've only got one other project (Leaping Place of Souls) going and I refuse to let myself start any more until I'm finished with one of the wips.
I'd like to mention that I've been reading Bill Taylor's RESCUED BY MAO and so far, it is one of the best reads on the subject of what happened to the Wake Island guys. If you are a WWII buff, go buy it. It is one of the best stories of bravery, selflessness and guts out there. Also consider the History Channel production WAKE ISLAND: THE ALAMO OF THE PACIFIC.
Off to work!