Author Literary Journalism

Julie’s Journal

My Own ‘Encounter’

My Own ‘Encounter’

About a year ago, I was staring at my computer screen as the clock ticked. I had four days, including a weekend, to get sample chapters together for my editor. I clicked on email, which is a preferred type of procrastination for writers in pain. I had been struggling for almost four years trying to find the right “voice” for this story. There was a master’s thesis version and one for…



What Veterans Really Think About on Memorial Day

What Veterans Really Think About on Memorial Day

As a wounded veteran who served two tours in Iraq, I’ve been asked to give speeches at Memorial Day celebrations. It’s one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done. Veterans Day is easy. Fourth of July, a piece of cake. But Memorial Day, that’s a tough one…