PTSD, short stories

Why I wrote – “War Springs Eternal”

I recently heard Martha Raddatz state, that in the United States, only 1% of the population serve in the military.

To my brothers and sisters in arms, my fellow veterans, those who remain in the guard and reserves and those on the front lines serving on active duty —

We belong to an exclusive club. One to which very few will ever feel our pride or completely know our feeling of loss when a “stranger” falls in battle. Very few will ever understand our bond and the unwavering truth that to one another, we are never BookCoverPreview war springs eternalcompletely unknown.

War Springs Eternal is dedicated to my brothers and sisters in arms

-To those who were asked to do the unthinkable.

-To those who HAD to do the unimaginable.

-To those who are broken and still fighting.

-To those for whom the fighting became too much. 

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Be Your Own Favorite Author

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I am a self-published storyteller, not under contract by a major publishing house and have sold a very limited number  of books. In the literary world I am insignificant. That is the truth, but that truth doesn’t change the reality that I am a storyteller.cropped-91mvkggjw9l-_uy200_.jpg

Storytelling is my passion and drive.

Storytelling is my love and lust.

Storytelling is my wife and mistress.

I am influenced by both Hemingway and Poe, but my favorite writers are Joe Leonardi and Scono Sciuto. I am of the strong opinion that –  if you paint, you should be your favorite painter. If you create music , you should be your favorite musician.

I am on a handful of author and writer pages on Facebook, Scono Sciuoto is on quite a bit more. These pages are akin to the organizations Hemingway mentioned in the above quote. Writing is a lonely endeavor. It is us and a keyboard, typewriter or blank sheet of paper and our thoughts. Social Media has given a way for writers to connect, however I wonder if potential harm outweighs potential good. One of the reasons I tend to either shy away, or not comment much, is because of the inherent insecurity fostered on these pages. These pages act as enablers for the writer’s insecurities. Members ask questions not on style or technique, but seeking validation for their art. We are all insecure about our writings, that is normal. However, we should not seek the approval of others to pursue our passion.

When I write, I write to please and entertain one person, the person whose reflection I see in the mirror. I do desire others to enjoy and be entertained, but that is not the driving force. When I complete a story and ask others to read it, I never ask if they like the story – I ask if they think I told a good story.

My goal is not to write stories others will necessarily like — it is to tell that good story. I have read plenty of good stories that I did not like. The problem with many reviewers is that they are giving their opinion of what they like, not the quality of the story, and more importantly, not the value and understanding of the writer’s heart and soul.

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Is Suicide Painless, (A novelette) by Joe Leonardi
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For every one person who overcomes their demons, there are hundreds, if not thousands, who do not… This is one of their stories…..