Andrew S. Lay

Andrew S. Lay

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Yorba Linda, CA
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About Me

I grew up fast and in an uneventful manner. That is ofcourse until I turned 18. 6 days later I was on my way to Fort. Benning Georgia to undergo the grueling task of Infantry Basic Training. The main trial of the forementioned task is known as The Bayonet. A 25 mile forced march through the back hills of Georgia. It took 14 hours and included 8 tasks that put your mental and physical limits to the ultimate test. I graduated and returned home. I was married to my high-school sweetheart shortly there after, and divorced three years later. I went to war in Iraq, serving as an s.a.w. gunner on the front lines for 8 months. When I returned I began my years of schooling, battered by the harsh realities of life in love and war. Now I am Editor in Chief of my school's newspaper, "The Hornet." Check it out at www.fchornet.com. I have my own weekly column called Generation 9/11, of which I am very proud. I am transfering to a University in the fall where I hope to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and military history. With this I hope to become combat correspondant while writing several novels, one of which I have already begun, and books on current affairs, mainly concerning military and political affairs.


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Posted 16 Years Ago


Cat Among the Pigeons Pt II
A Story by Bubo

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Posted 16 Years Ago


Thank you for reviewing "Unseen Affair".........appreciate your thoughts on the end, I may revise or do a Part two but actually wrote it for my daughter who is 16!

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Posted 16 Years Ago


Thanks for the review Andrew. Much appreciation. :)

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Posted 16 Years Ago


AH...good!!Sorry, It just came across that way i guess!!

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Posted 16 Years Ago


Thank you for accepting my friend request. Feel free to message me your stuff.

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Posted 16 Years Ago


Thank you.....very much for your review of "The Counselling Room"....I go with my daughters.......gruelling stuff!!

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Posted 16 Years Ago


Thanks for your constructive review Andrew, you were totally on the money about some of the grammatical mistakes (I suffer from dyslexia, so find it hard sometimes - but this comes with practice).
I have read your story 'The Dashing Rocks' which is a very personal and heart-wrenching piece. I really liked 'My heart must taste very pleasant raw and salted.' as a turn of phrase. I will read more when I have the time. You should read my story 'She', it has a simular (if slightly less sad) content.
Thanks again, and all the best.

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Posted 16 Years Ago


And Kudos right back to you, Drew. I'd try reading somehting of yours but the past few days the site has been spiting up errors all over the place. Have you been experienceing the same?

Ben

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Posted 16 Years Ago


Andrew, thanks very much for reading Boiler! It was only after I read your precise and thoughtful review did I realize it was in the current events contest, but with that... onto the important stuff. So yes, the portrayl of the officer. I had him do what he did for two reasons...
First was the fact that even though it is highly unlikely for an event like this to happen as of now (although anything is possible) it is based on a similar event my grandfather witnessed in Vietnam. So with that I decided I'd try it out as it was rather jarring and a good story device. My concern did lie in it's validity today, but I felt it was easily transferrable and went with it and led me to the end.
I'd say my own failings with the story come in my lack of knowledge and rather rag tag research on what it is like to be a soldier. The rest I just filled in with my imagination. So if you say you can empathize with the soldier of the story, then that is probably the best I could hope for, so thank you ten fold.

Cheers,

Ben

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Posted 17 Years Ago


Very interesting bio, I hope you read more of me!
Yes............fox hunting.........I wanted to see if anyone would guess.........because it would have been poor writing!!Glad you enjoyed and Thank you so much for the review!