In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Saturday, June 11, 2005


People have really been encouraging me to write a book since I started this blog. And I have been working on one since February. It's a fiction, partly based on my experiences in the military. I'm trying to make it comical while serious. And I will use the pen name Bob Sminklemeyer. I've been in talks with an agent, but I'm not really trying to make a buck or get famous. In fact, I turned down a screenplay opportunity just because I didn't like getting hassled by this producer. I'm not saying I would become famous if it gets published, but I really like my privacy and I don't want to end up in the tabloids for getting my morning paper in nothing but my boxers. To be honest, it's always been my dream to walk into a coffee shop and see somebody reading my work.


At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your humility is not surprising, as I have been reading your blog for a while now.

I work for a major cable company(based in Manhattan)that has produced numerous docu's, profiles and a very well known serious on the subject of Iraq and soldiers of past wars. Im going to email you my address and maybe something can develop. Of course, if you're not interested that's ok too.

You have touched my heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I wish I knew more people like you... I know many of our soldiers are cut from the same cloth...
you have restored my faith in humanity Smink.

-Kellie, NYC

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"To be honest, it's always been my dream to walk into a coffee shop and see somebody reading my work."

You could look in many people's windows though and see thousands already doing just that.. :)

At 3:25 PM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

I hope it all comes together for you because I would love to read your book.

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you really have to do is exactly what you've been doing, Casanova. You have a real gift when it comes to writing about anything......serious stuff and funny stuff. Besides, you already have a large fan club......and you know I'll always be your biggest fan......after your Mom, of course...... :)

At 5:17 PM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

Keep us informed. I am glad your doing it. Hope all is going good with you! :)

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Mom said...

I am so happy for you. I do believe you will have a book that one day will be on the #1 list.
Good Job Sir.

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please let us know if you do end up writing the book. Your stories are touching and amazing, always leaving us wanting more...

At 10:20 AM, Blogger AFSister said...

I'll make a list of coffee shops for you to visit... because I'm sure you'll find PLENTY of people reading your book all over the country.

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About the only way you'll see your book being read in most coffee shops is if it's a Bushitler/Haliburton/Jews/VRW conspiracy that ruined me and thousands of other soldiers lives story.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Jill said...

I guess I would encourage you to focus on the good your book/movie/media spectacle would do. How it would encourage people to think about the war in a different way, to look at soldiers as complex people with complex feelings. To give people a good story that might inspire them to do amazing things.

Or just give the world a good story. I think that's reason enough.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger membrain said...

Hey Smink. It's been a while since I dropped in on your blog. I'm glad to see you're still at it. Good luck with your book.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger Toni said...

Go for it Smink. That would be so cool for you. I'd even break down and buy the hard cover! lol.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Hey Sminky, I'm all for your book.

I think you would do a great job with it.

I think it would be better if you did a non-fiction. Of course, that's completely up to you.

You could make yourself like a general or something if you did fiction, so I could see how that would be fun.

You do a very good job with writing.

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmmm... you walking out to get the morning paper in your boxers sound made me smile!
I am partial to pajama pants myself, if they aren't ment to grab for a quick run to the corner store late night, then what
they made for? ;)

At 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear sir my name is David wayne Mitts. sgt David A Mitts father my son would have liked what you have writin about him you honer him with your wrting .He loved life so. He was and is mised thank you so . For being with him on his last days , you need to write a book and when you do send me a copie . And thouse pic you have of my son my i have a copie for his brothers and sisters thank you. email is Thank you David mitts bright.

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I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw Elvis in the supermarket yesterday.

No honest really, he was right there in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new plasmatv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a plasma tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger then I'm gonna go home and ask Michael Jackson to come round and watch that waaaay cool surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on my new plasma tv .

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

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