Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Two is one


Gary was right. I need to swap my chapters. As I’ve gotten further into what was to have been my second chapter, I realize that it sets up the action and engages the readers from the start. They learn of … Continue reading

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Back to business


It was good to get back to Clinton. I took today off to catch up with Paul’s family and to learn more about his old friends. Since Paul had moved away, a new middle school had opened, swallowing two others, … Continue reading

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Meet Paul


Now that you’ve met Janelle, I’ll introduce you to Paul, a 27-year-old from Clinton, Iowa. The tall, blue-eyed veteran looks more like an all-American boy than the terrorist he’s accused of being. But, then, the jury is still out on … Continue reading

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War up close and too personal


Restrepo comes as close as it gets to seeing what soldiers experience in war. A veteran I talked with suggested I watch the National Geographic documentary, and it mirrored what he had told me of his own experiences. The constant … Continue reading

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Detour


I’ve paused my research on terrorists for a week while I edit down Igniting the Tinderbox: A Story of Afghanistan to submit to a Press 53 contest. Press 53 is a small, respected N.C. publishing house. (The press publishes poet … Continue reading

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