Courtney T. Ball

Category - Writing

Iraq War Memories

Recently I’ve been reading the journal of a friend of mine who was a Marine medic during the beginning of our second war with Iraq. The journal was a gift from his girlfriend (now wife), and instead of writing to himself, he wrote each entry to her. I am using this (as well as interviews with him and other soldiers I know) as research for the...

Things I’ve Learned as a Beginning Writer

You’re going to listen to this guy? So far, every stage of my adult life has meant getting schooled all over again. Marriage, parenting, graduate studies (okay, that is school all over again), first real job, starting an organization, natural disaster and rebuilding, and now, suddenly I’m a writer. At least I tell people I’m a writer...

Cold Cheeks for Lolo Jones

So, in case you haven’t heard the news, Lolo Jones has joined the U.S. Olympic bobsled team.  There has been some hoopla over whether her popularity rather than performance is what helped her land a spot on the team, but I have a different ax to grind. Back in 2012, my father invited my brothers and I to attend the Drake relays with him in Des...