The Sea Trials of An Unfortunate Sailor

“I release the novel today to celebrate and honor the end of the discriminatory and humiliating Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.” Kurt Brindley




I’d like to welcome guest author, Kurt Brindley. I struck up a friendship with Kurt through Twitter, and in him I discovered a man who is passionate about the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. His book, THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR, debuts today and I’m proud to host him on this auspicious day when the repeal of DADT officially goes into effect!

As a special bonus to one lucky reader, Kurt is giving away a signed copy of THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR. To enter the give away, simply leave a comment at the end of this post and your name will be entered in the drawing which will be held on September 27th, 2011. Good Luck!


WRITE TO PURGE by Kurt Brindley

To me, writing is hard.

And it sometimes hurts.

And rarely does it ever come easy.

But still, I cannot stop myself from writing.

I’m not exactly sure why.

I am sure that I am not one of those writers who passionately declare such things like, “I write to live,” or, “If I didn’t write, I would die.”

While I understand the reason for these types of sentiments from those types of passionate writers, I hardly believe them to be completely sincere.

Well, based upon my own sentiments toward writing, I find them hard to believe, anyway

But who am I to judge, right?

Who am I?

Why I’m the one doing the writing, that’s who.  And since I’m the one doing the writing (and since Alison so kindly (foolishly?) posted my writing on her blog), it means that I am also the one who gets to do the judging around here for now.

Yeah…(sinister laugh)…here comes the judge.

Watch out.

There’s nothing quite like the rush I get from the mighty, nearly invincible, power of the pen/laptop, that’s for sure.

You should try it (“It” referring to both writing and judging. (A pretty versatile “it,” wouldn’t you agree?)) sometime.

But back to my point (Which, let’s face it, really isn’t the real point of this post.  To give you a heads up, the real point of this post comes shortly after this somewhat pointless point that I am presently in the middle of pointing out.).

Anyway, we all know that these passionate writers who declare such things like they will die if they don’t write will not die if they don’t write.  If they don’t write they’ll just continue on slugging it out with their sluggish day jobs and their sluggish lives just like the rest of us slugs.

See, my sentiments toward writing are more along the lines of if it were possible I would leave it rather than take it.

I would gladly leave it because, like I all ready said, to me, writing is hard.

And it sometimes hurts.

And rarely does it ever come easy.

I would leave it (“It” referring to my relationship with writing.) but, alas, it (“It” referring to my ability to leave my relationship with writing.) is not possible.

Though I’m not exactly sure why I cannot stop writing, I do know why I write.

I write, not to live, or, to keep from dying,

I write to purge.

I write to purge demons…

and angels.

I write to purge depression…

and elation.

I write to purge sorrow…

and hap– Yeah, yeah. Whatever.

You get my pathetic point (Which, still, is not the real point of this post.), I’m sure.

But mostly (And here we now have arrived at the real point of this post.) I write to try to purge my own ignorance.

And based upon the ignorant things I have written thus far in this pointy post, I bet you’re thinking that I have a lot of purging to do.

That I do, my friend.  I certainly do.

I began writing a novel almost a decade ago in an effort to purge my own ignorance of the impact that the misguided Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was having on the United States’ military.

What I found was that it was a rather extensive and harmful impact, one which required a considerable amount of purging on my part.

The nearly decade-long writing purge of mine culminates today, September 20, 2011, with the publication and release, or shall I say, the Coming Out!, of my novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR.  (Okay.  I confess.  Informing you that my novel is now available for you to purchase is the for real point of this post.)

I release the novel today to celebrate and honor the end of the discriminatory and humiliating Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

While today is a very proud day for me, in my view (remember, I’m the one with the judging power of the almighty pen/laptop), today is an even prouder day for the United States of America.

Today, the United States of America has purged itself of some seriously malignant and damaging ignorance.

And with this purging, today, the United States of America has been cleansed and shines anew.

Today, I congratulate all Americans for finally doing what is right and just.

Today, I especially congratulate those patriots who courageously sacrificed their identities, and in some cases, their lives, in order to proudly and honorably serve their nation while Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was national policy.

Thank you Patriots.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Kurt Brindley is a novelist, poet, and blogger who dreams of being a rock star.  A retired sailor, he enjoyably spent a portion of his navy career as an Equal Opportunity Advisor.  It was during his time as an EOA that the impetus behind THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR began gathering.  Kurt is a graduate from the United States Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.  He holds an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in Human Relations.



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