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I've been a United Airlines flight attendant, high school English teacher, crime prevention officer, entrepreneur, parapsychologist, free lance writer, and a novelist. I may be a has been on all that now... except that I still spend all the spare time I can gather writing like a maniac, with several novels and nonfiction works in progress... new ones in mind.
On my current very satisfying home front, I hold a great respect in my heart for my husband's dedication to his work. He's a coal mine mechanic, high voltage electrician, and has helped me survive while I continue my career as a novelist (with a two-decades delayed paycheck).
I also cook and clean house (sort of). After I've been click-clacking on my laptop from 5 am - 10 am [I've discontinued this shift; decades collected are wearing], I fry a few eggs for Tom's breakfast when he arrives home from his night-shift at the mine. Sometimes I resume the clicking in the afternoon, after midday household chores, prior to cooking supper. Sometimes I resume the keyboard capers in the evening when Tom's napping prior to leaving for work at 9 pm. I wash supper dishes at 9:15 each evening, prior to retiring to read a while before the zzzzzzz's overwhelm the day.
Unfortunately, that's the usual result of my house cleaning.
Given the gift of a wash machine, I do well with Tom's daily-wash diggers, which are his work clothes packed with mud, oil, and coal dust, which I bang against an old tree trunk prior to hefting them into the house and arranging them into the washer. If the debris around that tree trunk had a "For Sale" sign on it, it could bring in more $$$ than my career as a novelist. I'm so obsessed with writing I can't stop long enough to put up the sign. If I added a lemonade stand next to the mound of coal dust, I may have to ask permission from Trump to use the essence of his name.
When the wash machine goes on the blink, I blink off from a broken gyroscope. My reboot switch is activated only by a thumbs up proclamation of the appliance repair man.
I have dyslexia and received my only D grade in reading, among the hoards of A's, a few B's, and one C in my school attendance records through college, with a Master's equivalent from graduate level courses in English, Philosophy, and Psychology. In spite of the difficulties Dyslexia offers within the world of words and syntax, I love reading and writing uplifting, escape fiction. Strangely, my typo skills have steadily decreased as I progressed from a manual typewriter to electric, then to an electronic keyboard. With each surge of electronic ease, my Dyslexia seems to dissipate.
I've recently been unable to keep up my previous regimine of writing customer reviews. In previous posts, I have reviewed only books which I'm able to give 5 Star Raves. I'm actually thankful that life has worn me down to the point that I avoid spitting comments of the slashing kind. Maybe it's more truthful to say I'm soul smashed by criticism so try to avoid dishing it out. The fact is... sometimes my opinions are wrong! Sometimes I happen to notice I'm chewing on my toes, at which time, if possible I focus on getting my foot out of my mouth. As I get older (will be 62 Oct 2009) and creakier (not crankier; don't have the steam) I seem to become more adept instead of less at raising my foot to eye level.
I have 300+ reviews posted on the Amazon USA site and have also posted some of those on the Canada and UK sites.
On the Amazon USA pages for my novel and first Amazon Short (COAL & COCA-COLA), I've posted a few Customer Forums; one gives tidbits on the evolution of the original Sloppy Joe recipes. C&CC and 3 more of my Amazon Shorts have been upgraded into KINDLE editions with photo essays.
The original 1987 edition of THE ROSE AND THE PYRAMID is out of print (available periodically at collectors prices for used copies), but, as of January 2009 that novel (and 14 other books) is now available on KINDLE! Celebrate!!!!!!!!! See my Amazon USA profile page Listmania of my Kindle books.
As I live & breathe, I write and write...
Linda G. Shelnutt