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I can’t thank you enough for my freedoms!

Thanks to all the Veterans on this Day. I hope I can honor your service everyday, and thank you for my freedoms!

If you haven’t ever read this. Please click the link to “The Things they Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

http://pages.uoregon.edu/eherman/teaching/texts/OBrien_TheThingsTheyCarried.pdf

First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha,

a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not

love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in

plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the late afternoon, after a day’s

march, he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap

the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour

of light pretending. He would imagine romantic trips into the White

Mountains in New Hampshire. He would sometimes taste the envelope

flaps, knowing her tongue had been there. More than anything, he wanted

Martha to love him as he loved her, but the letters were mostly chatty, elusive

on the matter of love. She was a virgin, he was almost sure. She was an

English major at Mount Sebastian, and she wrote beautifully about her

professors and roommates and midterm exams, about her respect for

Chaucer and her great affection for Virginia Woolf. She often quoted lines

of poetry; she never mentioned the war, except to say, Jimmy, take care of

yourself. The letters weighed 10 ounces. They were signed Love, Martha,

but Lieutenant Cross understood that Love was only a way of signing and

did not mean what he sometimes pretended it meant. At dusk, he would

carefully return the letters to his rucksack. Slowly, a bit distracted, he

would get up and move among his men, checking the perimeter, then at

full dark he would return to his hole and watch the night and wonder if Martha was a virgin.

The things they carried were largely determined by necessity. Among

the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives,

heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy,

cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits,

Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of

water. Together, these items weighed between 15 and 20 pounds, depending

upon a man’s habits or rate of metabolism. Henry Dobbins, who was a

big man, carried extra rations; he was especially fond of canned peaches in

heavy syrup over pound cake. Dave Jensen, who practiced field hygiene,

carried a toothbrush, dental floss, and several hotel-sized bars of soap he’d

stolen on R&R in Sydney, Australia. Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried

tranquilizers until he was shot in the head outside the village of Than

Khe in mid-April. By necessity, and because it was SOP, they all carried

steel helmets that weighed 5 pounds including the liner and camouflage

cover. They carried the standard fatigue jackets and trousers. Very few carried

underwear. On their feet they carried jungle boots—2. 1 pounds—

and Dave Jensen carried three pairs of socks and a can of Dr. Scholl’s foot

powder as a precaution against trench foot. Until he was shot, Ted Lavender

carried six or seven ounces of premium dope, which for him was a

necessity. Mitchell Sanders, the RTO, carried condoms. Norman Bowker

carried a diary. Rat Kiley carried comic books. Kiowa, a devout Baptist,

carried an illustrated New Testament that had been presented to him by

his father, who taught Sunday school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a

hedge against bad times, however, Kiowa also carried his grandmother’s

distrust of the white man, his grandfather’s old hunting hatchet. Necessity

dictated. Because the land was mined and booby-trapped, it was SOP for

each man to carry a steel-centered, nylon-covered flak jacket, which

weighed 6.7 pounds, but which on hot days seemed much heavier. Because

you could die so quickly, each man carried at least one large compress bandage,

usually in the helmet band for easy access. Because the nights were

cold, and because the monsoons were wet, each carried a green plastic poncho

that could be used as a raincoat or groundsheet or makeshift tent.

With its quilted liner, the poncho weighed almost two pounds, but was

worth every ounce. In April, for instance, when Ted Lavender was shot,

they used his poncho to wrap him up, then to carry him across the paddy, then to lift him into the chopper that took him away.

They were called legs or grunts/

To carry something was to hump it, as when Lieutenant Jimmy Cross humped his love for Martha up the hills and through the swamps. In its intransitive form, to hump meant to walk, or to march, but it implied burdens far beyond the transitive.

 

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Don’t be scared to write trash, trash might be your voice!

Don’t be scared to write trash, trash might be your voice!

What are you going to tell us about today? from @CRMoss @GoddessFish 
* I’m offering some writing tips and sharing information about my book Confessions of a Self-Help Writer.
* Writing tips:
* Hire a great editor. Commit to write on a schedule like you are going to a job. Because you are. Find a book you hate and read genres you never would consider-never stop learning everything you can. Don’t ask, why is Danielle Steele selling a million books, she’s a terrible writer. Is She? Is Tucker Max a writer? They have sold a ton of books. Write and read what blows your hair back, but don’t be scared to write trash either. Tucker Max and Danielle sell a ton of books, because passion comes through a writer’s hand. Sure the writing is terrible, but it grabs people. It’s not all heaving bosoms and creamy thighs-(Howard Fast’s wife gave me that line). Something in those books keeps readers coming back. Something in there spoke to someone’s soul and if you are honest with yours it will come through. Find your own voice because you would be surprised how many people think exactly like you and wish they had the strength to tell a story. Don’t read books on writing—they are just another way for you to avoid work. That’s not entirely true, I think Stephen King’s book is amazing-just don’t over do it. The best tip I can give you is what my grandfather used to say to me, regardless of my new crazy passion was. He’d ask, “What’s stopping you?”

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VBT Confessions of a Self Help Writer Tour Banner copy[3]Click All these links each day-Enter to win Gift Cards/Read Fun answers, meet some great bloggers, and if nothing else-find a “gift” for friend that has every other “Something for Dummies Book”

October 13MAD Hoydenish

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October 14Our Wolves Den—-@DanelleJohns

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“Humor is a must. I think you have to write for yourself, because you would be surprised how similar to the rest of the world you are and how they wish they had the strength to tell a story. You should be interacting and toying with the reader on occasion. If you are in fact brilliant, then you will need to tone it down- That has never been a problem for me. – Always give appreciation and links to work better than yours and that have inspired you. You must be as true as possible to the characters in the story, or the narrator’s voice.

No matter how shocking, or rude, or offensive-you have to free flow write exactly what’s on the tip of your tongue without a filter. I would also say lust, marketability, and a clear view at a huge cross section of America must always remain in plain site. You must offend at least one group of people at one point or another to be successful.”

October 15Welcome to My World of Dreams

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October 16Coffee Books and Art

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October 16: Unabridged Andra’s

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October 17Black Heart Magazine

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October 17Room With Books

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October 20: Deal Sharing Aunt

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October 20: Joan Says

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October 21It’s Raining Books

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October 22The blog of C.R. Moss

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October 22: A Book Addict’s Delight

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October 23Celticlady’s Reviews

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October 23: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

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October 24Straight from the Library

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October 27:The Write to Read

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October 28Writer Wonderland

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October 29Margay Leah Justice

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October 29:Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales

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October 30:Wake Up Your Wild Side

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October 31Long and Short Reviews

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October 31:Literary Lunes Magazine

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November 3The Cerebral Writer

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November 4Zee Monodee – Author’s Corner

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November 4SBM Book Obsession

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November 5: Bunny’s Review

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November 6: Books N Pearls

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November 6:Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

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November 7: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews   http://lauries-interviews.blogspot.com/2014/11/confessions-of-self-help-writerby.html

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