Bryan Catherman’s emails from Iraq

Byyan Catherman has posted on his website his excellent emails that were written during his time in Iraq titled "The Other Side of the Sandbox".

Here is Bryan's description of the emails:

"While in Iraq, or any other combat zone for that matter, a soldier quickly learns that the last thing he or she should do is write letters back home to loved ones that give a truthful account of the week's activities. Hearing about mortars, gun fire, convoy problems, equipment shortcomings, or even simple hardships is too much to know and fret about when there is nothing that can be done. Excessive worry is the only consequence. It was for this reason that I selected to write about the topics I did. I was able to let friends and family know I was okay without compounding their fears." — Bryan Catherman

There is really interesting information here.  It really gives you a sense of how life was for him and his family while he was in Iraq.  I would even say that they tell us a little about people in general, whether they are American or Iraqi.

Don’t stop believin’

I did absolutely no writing this weekend. Most of the weekend was spent planning and hosting a baby shower at my house for my soon to be born offspring. The shower went well as we received many nice gifts for our baby. We also got to spend a lot of time with our family. Maybe there will be some material for my writing there. Sunday night I had a hockey game and scored my 16th goal of the season, which felt nice since I hadn’t scored in 4 games.

The follow-up to my winning short story entry in my local newspaper was published Sunday. Here is a link:Chapter 6. I was curious to see where the next author would take the story. I think she did a good job. More importantly, I had some ideas while reading her submission and I am going to try to win again. I will post my entry when I complete it (probably late this week or early next week).