Look what I’m doing. I’m writing my book. Really.
But first let me say thank you for all of your support at the Military Blog competition. I did not come home with the award but I connected with writers, editors, and military supporters that were more than worth the trip. In one short week I made it to meetings on Capitol Hill, the White House, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon. I met with a movie producer, a NY Times editor, a real Tuskegee Airman, the head of the First Lady’s program Joining Forces, the founder of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, and a retired Army General who served with Elvis. I’ll be sharing stories of those experiences in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, I’m asking for your help. I’ve taken a short leave of absence from blogging this month to travel, read, and talk to people about what it would take to get these stories you’ve all enjoyed for the past year into a book. I’m preparing an official proposal, and one of the most daunting tasks so far has been reading through all of those emotional stories again. I have to organize my posts into a chapter outline, and I have to decide what goes in and what stays out. But I love them all so much that I just can’t bear to, as my SpouseBUZZ editor over at military.com says, “kill my darlings.”
So I need you to be my editors.
I’d like to know which posts were the most touching or memorable. I want to understand what it was about particular stories that made you laugh out loud, cry, or seethe. I want to hear about why you shared it with a friend. It’s always amazing to me when I discover that my favorites are not yours.
Everyone who contributes will be included in the thankyous in my book once it’s published.
Finally, I have another exciting announcement. Our whole family recently sat down with CBS reporter Barry Peterson to talk about our military family experience after homecoming. I’ve just learned that the program is scheduled to air May 20th. I hope you’ll all tune in to “meet” me, Husband, The Preschooler, and Sweet Pea. We will be on the CBS Evening News, Sunday night edition. In most cities it’s on in the half hour before 60 minutes, which is 6:00. My local listings say it comes on here in the Portland area at 6:30.
And yes. Of course I wore my SPANX for the interview. So yeah. I’ll have to write that story, too …