Winding down

So my unit’s time to redeploy is drawing near. We were on 365-day orders, but with the drawdown of forces, most of us are only going to end up being here for six months.

I leave Afghanistan in a couple of weeks. It was important for me to come here. Not only because we’ve done a lot of good for the people, but because this is where it all started. 9/11 was concieved in this place. The plan to attack us on our own soil was divised right here, and where I’m deployed is the birthplace of the Taliban, a regime which allowed the safe harbor of terrorist organizations for far too long.

I’m glad that I was able to experience Afghanistan. From the hot, dirty, sandy and dusty deserts of the south to the cooler, green (yet still extremely dusty?) mountains of the northeast. But I’m also glad that I’m going home. It’s time for me.

As I look back on my time here, I’ve experienced a lot. Our typical work day was between 14-16 hours, every day. You can get a lot of work done when you’re working almost twice as long per day than you do in the States. I’ve learned so much about my job that I never would have had the opportunity to learn in a non-deployed environment and for that, I’m thankful.

I also got a ridiculous amount of writing done during this time. I set a goal for myself of at least 1,000 words a day and typically I ended up writing more than that. During this deployment I wrote, and published, two entire novels (Origins of the Outbreak and Battle Damage Assessment) and I’m about halfway through the third installment of my Washington, Dead City series for Permuted Press.

Very productive. I’ve also used the time to speak with several successful authors about their plans and strategies. I’ve decided to open my own press, primarily for my works, but I may consider others in the future, I don’t know, we’ll have to see.

The future for Brian Parker, the author, looks bright, but I’m even more excited about the prospect of reuniting with my family and letting Brian Parker, father and husband, get a shot at running things.

Thank you for all your continued support,
Kandahar, Afghanistan

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