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November 9th, 2010

So, I had an amazing night! A few veteran friends and I had dinner with Anthony Swofford, the author of the book "Jarhead", and then we went to his speaking event. Afterwards, I bought a copy of his book for him to sign and I slipped him a copy of my poem "So I Was a Coffin" and he made me sign it. That's the first poem I've ever been asked to sign and it was for an established author.  This one event has re-shaped the goals in my life.  Now I have to write a Creative Non-Fiction book about my own experiences.  Guess I'll keep my schedule open for the next few years.  I'm not sure whether to be happy to have set such a lofty goal for myself or to curse Anthony Swofford for inspiring me.  Well, at least I got to scribble on a poem with a Sharpie.
 

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Lyndsey on Thursday, December 02, 2010 4:14 PM
This is so awesome! I'm so happy for all your poetry/music/personal success!! This totally beats watching the Olympics while drinking a a goblet-of-fire mimosa. ;) Congrats!
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