Friday, June 12, 2009

A Long Overdue Update

Salutations-

Well, we're nearing the one year anniversary of my blog's untimely extinction, so I figured now was as good a time as any to write a short update. My friend Nick, who created this archive, was kind enough to turn over operational control of the site to me.

Upon our unit's redeployment, the Gravediggers all went their separate ways, many of them staying in the Army and continuing to do great things for Uncle Sam. I separated from active duty earlier this month, and will be moving to New York City in the fall. After the Washington Post article ran about Kaboom, I signed with Wm Clark Associates, a literary agency based out of New York. A few months after that, I signed a book deal with Da Capo Press, and a print version of Kaboom should be out in late 2009 or early 2010. It's almost entirely new material, and a far more in-depth exploration of our experiences than what I was able to put on the blog.

Beyond all of that, I really want to thank everyone who supported me and my soldiers during the deployment. It was often very difficult to say so over there, but keeping those small connections with reality was vital for all of us. Thanks again and God bless.

Matt Gallagher

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

"G", wazz up!?. You rattle to the forward position in my brain now and again. Been waiting to see you with Katy Couric or standing next to that guy that hangs out at the Today show set every day. Now that old cat looks like a grave digger. My internal clock went off this week figuring you were back and seperated from service. Low and behold Google did not let me down.Welcome home lad.
Daniel Senay
aka Tarboy
daniel.senay@att.net
St Louis MO
USN 1/80-9/93

tarboy said...

"G", Wazz UP!?. My internal alarm went off this week and told me you were back in CONUS and seperated. Google did not let me down. Welome home Sir.
Daniel Senay
aka; Tarboy
St Louis, MO.
USN 80/83

Kelsey said...

Hey! You're back! Thanks for updating details about the upcoming book--I'd been planning to just keep searching Amazon for it until I found it :) I was a latecomer to your blog, ironically not finding it until it was shut down, but I was amazed by the talent in your writing, and thrilled to find out there would be more coming in the form of a book. I'd like to wish you good luck in your new life, but you probably don't need it. Something tells me you'll be a success in whatever you choose to do. Congratulations and welcome back!

Haterade said...

Can't wait for the book. I have a spot on the shelf saved for it right between Colby Buzzell's and Paul Reikhoff's.

Alex said...

Its good to hear your doing well, congrats on the book!

Anonymous said...

God is good.

Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Welcome home sir. Thank you for your service. I look forward to reading your book.

membrain said...

Thanks for the update. Thank you for your service. I'm still following the progress of PV2 Hotwheels' recovery from his tragic accident.

I wish you and the Gravediggers all the best that life has to offer.

trisha l said...

Capt G! Welcome home! Can't believe its been a year already since Kaboom was shut down. Still reading milblogs and some very good ones, too, but nothing like yours.(Actually have all yours saved and occassionaly go back and reread 'em!) Anxiously waiting for your book to come out and buy two copies, one for me and one to donate to my local library. Best of luck to you and City Girl in NYC. Thanx!

bigD said...

Hi Capt. G,
So good to hear from you. I look forward to your book. I think of you often and it is good to hear that you are doing well. Wishing you every happiness as you find your way back into the civilian world. Thank you for your service and thank you for sharing your time in Iraq with us. As just posted by Old Blue the author of milblog "Bill and Bob's Excellent Afghan Adventure,"... "You have written history, and someday there will be those who wish to know what you saw, how you felt, how the events such as the summits, the conferences, the elections, the official high level stuff that others will care to prognosticate, spin, alter and otherwise fold, spindle or mutilate affected you as an entity who wore one pair of boots. Someday your story may affect someone's perception of how the big picture looked, and how your little picture fit into the big picture." His was a plea for milblogging soldiers not to delete their blogs and hopefully, continue their blog from a post-deployment point of view. I read several blogs by soldiers who are now home and the stories they tell need to be heard.

“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”

~Henry David Thoreau


“A writer's problem does not change. It is always how to write truly and having found out what is true to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it.”

~Ernest Hemingway

OldGrouchy Doug Wright said...

Cpt G: Been following Pvt Hotwheels recovery at Brooks. God Bless him and also all of the Gravediggers and you.

Anonymous said...

1. Good for a couple of copies.
2. Thanks
V/R JW

AFSister said...

Yeah- how is Hotwheels? Where are you all getting updates? I'd love to know how he's doing.

Glad to hear you got the book deal working, and can't wait to read the final version!!!

Anonymous said...

Loved your blog and can't wait for your book. Welcome home

Anonymous said...

Capt. G - Welcome back to the world! Your book will be on my Christmas list.

treyvt6 said...

I am looking forward to the book. when your blog was shut down it was a window on an important part of the world slamming shut. good on you for your literary success and good on you for coming home in one piece.

Julie said...

So glad to see you are back. Have thought about you and the Gravediggers quite a bit over the last year. Your blog was one of the first blogs I started reading and it has always remained one of my favorites. I am looking forward to your book. Good luck in your new life...and as always thank you for your service LT!

Anonymous said...

good for you, captain gallagher. i'm a british army officer and i thought you may also be interested in reading something by a british officer which pretty much captures some of my experiences.
Look into getting "The Junior Officers' Reading Club."
It's a great book--make sure yours is published across the pond, too, because i've loved your blog and it got me through some times at sandhurst--i knew what was on the other end.
thank you, mate, for a great blog and i'm glad your unit made it out safely.
-Lt Dan (1 YORKS/British Army)

2SBCT Mom said...

Welcome back Capt G. Thank you for the update. I will certainly be purchasing your book.

Best wishes to you and City Girl in your future endeavors.

Take care and God bless.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering when we'd hear from you again.
Glad you're back safe.
Maybe I'll see you kicking around NYC.
Can't wait for your book to come out.
Thank you for your service.

d said...

I just found these mil blogs,...Sandbox. My son is 25Q in AIT. I'm a glutton for punishment so Ive read. MY WAR and DOOR TO DOOR. Yours is next. Are you going to be writing on your blog again? Mom of John

Mezzo SF said...

Hey, Matt...congrats on the book deal. It's good to have an update from you - missed having your writing over the last year.
I'll tell my brother [Will D., WFU theta chi) you're headed to NYC. He's out on the east coast now and goes to NYC a lot - I know he'd be glad to see you.

MK said...

Hey Matt - great to see you back on the web. Yours was one of the first milblogs I followed, and remains one of the best. Your eloquence is one thing: your willingness to share your experiences is another altogether. Thanks for both, and especially for your service.

Looking forward to the book.