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Why A Writer?

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B oldThe man sitting across from me handed over a piece of paper with a hand written message scribbled in pen:

Stand in front of the mirror and say out loud 3 times a day

“I am a good writer”

“I like to write”

“I like to read”

I had just served 4 years in the US Army and finished up my initial contact. Yes, I spent most of my enlistment on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu and there were no wars. I am still thankful that’s were they needed me most.  The Army offered me money to go to college on TV Ads and so I earned my money running through the jungle and putting up camo netting. At the end of my enlistment, I was offered counseling to help me find a job in the civilian world. I was 22 years old and ready to take on a new challenge.

In the ACAP (Army Career and Alumni Program) counselors office, I filled out the bubble questionnaire that was going to tell me what my ideal job was and what my personality was most suited for. Well apparently I filled in too many bubbles that indicated that I hated to read or write… in any form. I never did stand in front of the mirror for those daily affirmations. But I still remember them after 15 years and they often roll through my head. Mission affirmation accomplished. I enjoy reading and listening to audio books. I’ve even jumped into the idea of being a writer. More specifically, on Nov 4, 2014, I began the process of writing a book.

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