I was desperate for a daily topic and trying to pull together all the best Senator Ted Cruz jokes I could think of when this message from my publisher, PDMI appeared on Facebook;
Good evening PDMI family!
Attention new PDMI team members: I would like to run features about you on our company Facebook pages. Don’t worry if you don’t have a book ready, these posts are about you. What drives you. What got you here to PDMI. Your hobbies and interests. Who *you* are.
Message me, the PDMI Publishing Facebook page, or e-mail me at (his proper email address not revealed here)@pdmipublishing.com.
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Aha! I can write about myself, post it here to count for my goal of posting on WordPress every day this year, and then send it to him to fulfill this request. That right there tells you a lot about me. No, I don’t mean that I’m lazy. Although I do re-post a lot of old Paffoonies on this blog (https://catchafallingstarbook.wordpress.com/). It means I have to be efficient and economize my best efforts. I was a Texas public school teacher for 31 years, ending in a retirement last Spring because I suffer both from six incurable diseases, and the need to become a published author before I croak. I have forty years worth of stories in me that have to get out in whatever time I have left. I am ill and having breathing trouble today as I try to knock this post out at my usual 500 words plus of finished prose per day (that’s the minimum I have set for myself). To date I have successfully published my book Catch a Falling Star that I published the hard way through I-Universe (now owned by Penguin Books). That, however, is the hard way to publish. All the editorial help and marketing help offered by I-Universe is offered for a price. I had to write the book well enough to pass all their editorial standards and I had to pay a hefty sum of money for the privilege. So, with the next novel project, I finished writing, and made it to the finals of Chanticleer Book Reviews YA novel contest, and then sought a new publisher, pdmipublishing.com, who agreed to publish Snow Babies and gave me a publishing contract in which I no longer need to pay out of pocket to get my precious stories into print. So, it is safe to say writing is now my second career, and if I starve to death in old age it won’t be because the government basically hates teachers. No, that isn’t accurate either. The government doesn’t hate teachers (not even the Texas government); they only hate having to pay them for their work. To finish up, I should make a list of my many life-consuming useless hobbies, but blogging is one of them, so you can read about doll collecting, comic books, and other such nonsense on my blog. I am also an amateur cartoonist, which I will prove with a couple of my picture Paffoonies that I created to go with my novels;