• Grant Handgis ~ Author/Blogger

Writing & Blogging

Writing is a full time endeavor once one has determined that is their course of action. I don't need to tell the reader that the past weeks have been postings of poetry, much of which are my own from collections out of my two books of poetry. I have not forgotten other subjects, nor shun them. The simple fact is I am halfway through a new book, and beginning another on a secondary front.

I have mentioned the new book "Going To War" which is for me the most difficult book I have ever attempted, not for the writing, but for the content. This book is my accounting of Vietnam, and the men I served with in Fox Trot, 2nd Battalion 26th Marines. The story I am recounting is of course all true, and therein is the difficulty for me. My natural writing state is satire, and there is little in the way of satire in my memories of combat in Vietnam, nor the maiming and death I witnessed. However, as the urging of a fellow Marine whom served with me during that conflict, and six months of deep thought, I have come to believe there is some heuristic value in writing such a book.

For the most part I am focusing on the mindset and psychology of Marines in general, and the ironies in military presense in general and war in particular. However, I have dedicated one chapter to the reality of combat, in which I intend to take the reader into a real battle that took place, following the advice of a very trusted and gifted author, will utilize all the senses in bringing that battle to life, although in the truest sense, no matter how well such a thing can be written, it can never come close to the reality of the real deal. No one who has ever personally experienced combat directly has ever desired to do so again, willingly.

This book is not intended to sway anyone's political view on war. It is written for the sake of educating those who would take the time to know of war from the perspective of a combat marine in the Vietnam War, referred to as a conflict. Fifty eight thousand deaths and many more maimed casualties would attest to that endeaver in more rightful terms than a simple conflict. That aside, I would leave it up to the reader to bring from the material what they might. I believe those who served in Vietnam might have their own thoughts about what I will have to say. To those who returned, I say, welcome home. You deserve to have your story told.

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