WEbooker of the WEek Eats a Healthy Breakfast15:48
Ordinarily, when I write about a WEbooker of the WEek, I like to focus on his or her writing, feedbacking, or project leadership chops. After all, that's what being a WEbooker is all about. Make no mistake, this week's WEbooker, omanh, is no slouch when it comes to these crucial WEbook skills. He's also got something important to say in his Vietnam memoir, Headquarters 33. (The book is a contender for publication in the WEbook vote, starting April 6.)
But let's face it, folks -- at WEbook, fantastic writers with fascinating stories are a dime a dozen. What really sets omanh apart is what he eats for breakfast. Dying to know his secret recipe? Before we get to that, let's learn a little more about our new WEbooker of the WEek.
I grew up in Minneapolis during the 1950s and ‘60s. I am the
third of six children. My family life was traditional and Roman Catholic. In school, teachers often encouraged me to write after they read my essays. I also took speech in my junior year of high school and was
surprised by my own achievements. It seemed that even kids who didn’t
like me laughed at my speeches! I began to discover the "person of
letters" side of myself. I
could have been in a play in high school, but I didn’t check to see if my audition had bumped me into a
slot. So, I lost my chance. Maybe I could have been an actor.
Well, some folks might say I really have become an actor.
book, Headquarters 33, is up for the WEbook vote. If it is chosen for
publication, what impact do you hope it will have? What do you think
your story has to teach people today, so long after the end of the
Vietnam was an incredibly unique and hard
experience for all Americans. We lost a war. That was not an easy
thing for people in the U.S. to grasp. In fact, many of us have
continued to the present day to attempt to undo the past.
In Headquarters 33, I write my story with as much authenticity and honesty
as possible. I relate my
experiences from the beginning of my time in Vietnam, exploring how combat and the
concept of personal survival were built into the
U.S. military's approach. The result affected
the morale of the U.S. troops, but it had an even more significant impact on the military's morals. The very
youthful airmen, sailors, and soldiers suffered the loss of both morale and morals -- and therein lay the failure of the U.S. military to achieve an honorable outcome.
I hope that anyone
who reads Headquarters 33 will come away from the experience with a
greater desire for the world to seek peace. War is a folly we
can no longer afford. The planet is getting
smaller and will not endure the destruction of war much longer. If we
as humankind decide to fight the wars against poverty, famine, disease,
and the loss of the integrity of our environment, we may be able to
save our species and give our children and grandchildren a future!
Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Condensing what I want to say into fewer words. It's a challenge to achieve brevity without losing the full meaning of what I want to say.
Q: What is your writing routine like?
I write as I am inspired. One of the things I like about WEbook Project
Invites is that if someone has a good idea, it may well inspire me to
write something on the spot! I don't follow a regular routine in my
Q: Have you had a chance to look at any other projects up for the WEbook vote? Any favorites? (Other than your own, of course!)
Q: What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Something called a “Healthy Start”. The name comes from an entree
created by a local deli. It is yogurt, peanut butter,
granola, bananas, and honey served in a grilled tortilla. The heat
from the grilled tortilla does wonderful things to the mix of
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publishing community on the internet? Drop me an email, or visit my profile and send me a
message with the title "WEbooker
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have a shot at joining the ranks of the immortals -- and getting a free WEbook T-shirt to boot.