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Checking in on the Flag

Postby docjoyce » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:27 am

Coming back and checking on the flag from now and then, reading old messages, is WILD!

Lots has changed, I see we have lost several people over time.

When I joined up I was fresh out of grad school, completely unsatisfied with the trajectory of a normal life and living vicariously through RYP and the pirates of the flag forum. I followed 40 page shit fest word brawls and enjoyed far to much of it.

Via some kind of genetic predisposition for tomfoolery I joined the Army at 29 (2008) went to OCS and had a fairly bizarre military stint that ended dynamically in a completely non cool story way, RIGHT when SOF was going to add some spice to my life. Then like a cowboy musical I had to put my Akita (who is still in my profile) down which brought back some shit from when I lost my buddy Mike in 2010 whom I was a special escort for to Arlington. Mike and I had an affinity for all things RYP and adventure. Turk, the dog, LOVED Mike the human, which was rare as Turk despised most people.

So I sat down and did what every Joyce does, I wrote a novel. Took me nearly two years, and with the help of the Veterans Writing Project and Andria Williams, I was able to put together query letters.

I got a hit and the book is done and out. RYP we are growing up and doing all kinds of things out there beyond the flag. I will gladly send you a copy wherever you are in the world.

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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby Devlin » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:47 am

Congrats on the novel !
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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby ReptilianKittenEater » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:01 am

Your kids must be growing up too.
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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby docjoyce » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:28 am

ReptilianKittenEater wrote:Your kids must be growing up too.
My oldest is 12! The twins are now nine.

All three wrestle

Devlin wrote:Congrats on the novel !
Thank you Devlin.
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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby ROB » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:28 am

Awesome achievement to get a book out. Nice one.
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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby rickshaw92 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:29 pm

Well done mate!
Im reallly fuclimg pissed but fespite that I can still hit a tarfet at 1000m plus. mayVRVe bnot tonight but it qint beyond the wit if man. Nowhammy.
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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby docjoyce » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:10 pm

ROB wrote:Awesome achievement to get a book out. Nice one.
rickshaw92 wrote:Well done mate!


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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby El Pelon » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:15 am

Very cool
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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby ReptilianKittenEater » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:28 am

docjoyce wrote:
ReptilianKittenEater wrote:Your kids must be growing up too.
My oldest is 12! The twins are now nine.

All three wrestle

Awesome. I remember you with the twins.
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Postby el3so » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:07 pm

Congratulations on the novel! Good to hear some of us do grow up ;-)
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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby Big Duke 6 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:28 pm

I love novels set in this genre. I am going to have to pick this up. Is it on Amazon or available for the Kindle? Grats on getting this accomplished. I've always toyed around with the idea of writing a book....a sort of memoirs, but doubt anyone would read it. I think I've lived a cool life, but nothing like you, or RYP, or Hunter S. Thompson.

Grats again!

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Re: Checking in on the Flag

Postby docjoyce » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:43 pm

Big Duke.

Thank you for that. It is on Kindle and paperback on Amazon.

Autobiographies are always interesting you just have to get eyes on them, that is the hard part.

Hope everyone is doing well out there.


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