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I received this Versatile Blogger Award from one of my followers, The Educated Unemployed Indian. If you follow this link back to the blog, you will find a talented young writer with some journalistic skills and a command of literary English that is obviously developing swiftly. I would like to thank Binita for believing my goofy little blog deserves this award.
This award, while it is an honor, is a chain award, meaning that when you receive it, you are obligated to pass it on.
These are the rules;
I am not sure I really like chain awards. I am superstitious enough to fear that there are negative consequences lurking for the winners of this award as well as for the ones who break the chain. I am also smart enough to know that superstition is a form of ignorance, so I have to keep that under control.
If I have tagged you with this award, then here is an award certificate you can copy and use on your blog to identify yourself as receiving this
curse (oops!) honor for your blog.
Here are the seven things that Binita didn’t know about me before making the error of giving me this award;
- I am a retired teacher. I taught in Texas public schools for 310 years. I taught English to both middle schoolers and high schoolers.
- I was born in Iowa in 1456 and am currently 561 years old.
- As a story-teller and a humorist, I am also a liar, and exaggerate things by 500 or a factor of 10.
- I write novels for young people that are available on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble that nobody buys and nobody reads when they don’t buy them. I have made, $16.43 as a novelist, $0.43 of it just last month.
- I have recently become a nudist in order to do a writing job about nudist parks in Texas. And while I am not purty to look at naked, the rumors that people turn immediately into stone when they see me with no clothes on are probably not true. At least, no one who has ever been in that situation ever told me afterwards that they turned to stone… although they have all been rather quiet since…
- I collect stuff. I have a big collection of comic books. Another big collection of action figures and dolls. Pez dispensers, old books, role-playing game books and materials, pictures of sunrises that I have taken myself, toys, and… you know, I could probably use another house to store it all, but then I would also be collecting houses.
- I have an I.Q. of about 155. I calculated it myself in 1980 as a part of an educational statistics course in grad school based on my ACT, SAT, and GRE scores. The margin of error is about 3%, because, technically I am not a math genius, but I got an A in that class because you only had reach plus or minus 5% margin of error on that project.
I have not yet determined the 15 bloggers I will tag for this award, and I will edit this post and put links to the
cursed ones winners below sometime in the next couple of weeks. As always, you can leave a comment of if you wish to plead to be spared this curse honor, or if you wish to inquire how to offer me a suitable bribe. And, no, a collection of used chewing gum does not work for me as a bribe. My wife threw the last one of those in the garbage and cussed me out in a foreign language for accepting it.
Yep, it happened today. A box of ten books arrived from my publisher. Magical Miss Morgan has reached the published stage finally. It will hit the bookstores saying, “first edition; 2018”. I struggled long and hard for two years to accomplish this. I did practically all the work myself. Even the cover is my artwork. I don’t know how to explain the author feeling it gives me, but those of you who are published know what I mean.
It may not be perfect, (Blueberry has branches with leaves on them growing out of her head), but it is beautiful to me. I approved it for the final time today. It goes to Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon. Don’t know when… but they tell me soon.
So, do I recommend Page Publishing? I do not. But they did get it into print and into stores for me. And they also convinced me to self-publish from here onward. And I love this book. It makes me happy. Even if all the money I spent on it was for nothing and I am the only one who will ever read it cover to cover. I gave my daughter a free copy of it. She might read it. Someday. If the internet dies and nothing good ever comes on Netflix again…
If I never earn a dime from it, it is a wonderful feeling to see so many years of your life finally result in a book in print.
For this holiday I am thankful for the chance to break into print. My best novel to date is now available in Kindle E-book and paperback versions. I have a lot more to say in the near future about the ever-changing nightmare world of publishing, but for now, I am happy. And I will be even happier if you read my book.
I tested out Kindle Direct Publishing through Amazon and will soon have the best book I have ever written out in paperback and e-book forms. I had a contract to publish this with PDMI Publishing and then the publishing company died before my book was actually in print. I tested out KDP with Stardusters and Space Lizards. I can now hold a copy of that book in my hands. That went OK and I learned how to make the next book better. So be looking for an announcement soon that it is for sale on Amazon.