DVIDS – News – Your left, your writing: a soldier author


October 29, 2021 (Camp Ripley, Minnesota) – We all have a book or two that we can’t let go or that we can’t stop thinking about. On November 1, readers and writers around the world celebrate a special day, National Author Day.

This holiday gives people a chance to appreciate the spirits that create these addicting books.

For a Minnesota National Guard soldier, this day is about more than thinking about their favorite authors.

“November is also national, write a novel in a month,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nathanael Porisch, Camp Ripley Range Facilities Management Support System (RFMSS) programmer and local author. “It’s hard enough to write a novel without the added challenge of trying to do it all in a month. But if it makes people write, more power for them!

Porisch began his military career as a combat engineer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Irwin, Calif., In 1997. After three years of active service, he decided to join the Minnesota National Guard.

“My favorite part about serving with custody is making an impact beyond my family, my community and my home,” Porisch said. “The excitement, the unpredictability and working with other soldiers has shaped my entire life.

When Porisch was about four years old, he started watching the hit TV series ‘GI Joe: A Real American Hero’. The series sparked interest in the military and in writing. As a child, he says he started writing before he could write.

“I would draw pictures and my mother would write down what I told her,” Porisch said. “That’s how I started, and I never really stopped.”

Porisch comes from a long line of military personnel. His father served in Vietnam, his grandfather in Korea, and his great-grandfather served in WWI. Beyond that, his ancestry can be traced to Ethan Allen, who led the Green Mountain Boys to capture Fort Ticonderoga during the War of Independence.

Service is of great value to him.

“We get our strength from everyone who came before us,” Porisch said. “When I was in the 194th Armored Regiment, we remembered the bastards of Bataan to get out of their difficulties.”

Military service impacted her writing in a number of ways. Porisch explained that half of what you write is about what you love, but the other half is what you experience, your struggles, your struggles, your victories and your beliefs.

“Everything I have experienced feeds into these fictional worlds,” Porisch said. “I have a wealth of life experiences that most writers probably don’t have and that I use to fuel the fire.”

Outside the army, Porisch is the father of three children. He has written stories with his two oldest children, Nick and Cadence, and hopes to one day share his passion with his youngest, Lydia.

Juggling family and military life is not always an easy task. When Porisch was deployed to Kosovo and Iraq, his children had to be deprived of their father.

“They sacrifice a lot because their father is in the military,” Porisch said. “Civil unrest breaks out and I am gone for 10 days on the decline, but I think we have all grown and become stronger because of these things.”

Porisch, who was recently elected president of the Brainerd Lakes Area Writer’s Alliance, spoke this weekend at a conference at Northland Arboretum.

“We’re all intimidated by the blank page, the uncarved block, the endless possibilities of an untouched canvas by the brush in our shaking hands,” Porisch said.

Porisch’s works are published under the pseudonym Joe Prosit. He has published around 20 short stories, 16 of which are compiled into a book called Machines Monsters and Maniac and is currently working on a few novels. He has also written a few flash fiction stories and audio dramas.
His favorite story he wrote is called ‘The Hum’. It is about a child who hears the worldwide hum that stalks a demon with his dog Barkley. The story was first posted on December 10, 2017 on NoSleep Podcast, Season 10, Episode 5.

“A lot of times people don’t know that they’ve triggered something in my brain that will make me write,” Porisch said. “It’s funny how interesting ordinary things can get if you look at them slightly askew. “

For others who want to publish a book, Porisch’s number one tip is to just write.

“Writers write,” Porisch said. “Don’t try to wait for the perfect idea. Write and write again.


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