As part of the acceptance speech, I have to tell you 10 things about myself. If you’re on a diet, you might want to read before you eat—knowing me, some of these could be appetite suppressants…
1) I prefer not to use the syllable “Win” in conjunction with Microsoft products. Because they generally don’t.
2) In college, I had a small article published in Byte magazine, and several in Micro.
3) If you count user manuals, I’ve had about 15 million books published. I’m guessing maybe 1500 of them actually got read. :-D
4) When I was on the cross-country team in high school, I would run about 5 miles a day. That was… oh, 35 years and 80 pounds ago.
5) During those runs, I often had to detour into a brushy area to take care of business. I’d come home a couple pounds lighter.
6) My first attempt at writing was when I was 12. It was a Hardy Boys knockoff, and I think I only wrote about 3 chapters. But as part of the effort, my mom gave me her old “portable” manual typewriter and a typing textbook she’d kept from high school. By the time I abandoned that first attempt, I could touch-type. (I keep thinking I should post a photo of that typewriter. Think “netbook, ca. 1955.”)
7) In college, I had a job as a “galley hand” (cook’s assistant) on drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. My uncle Sonny was a cook for one of the service companies, and he got jobs for my brother and me. I completed my first novel that summer while sitting in a bunk, far out of sight of land. The whole thing was hand-written on scrap line-printer paper, and I still have it.
I thought I’d have to winnow 15–20 facts, not struggle to think of 10…
8) For several years, from late childhood to early adolescence, I would narrate my life to myself as it happened. My brother would say something, and I’d mentally add “he said” when he finished.
9) I nearly left the wife over the purchase of FAR Manor. I didn’t want to buy it for several reasons, not the least of which were the easily visible issues with the place. The decision already made on her part, she ignored every objection on my part. I’ve so far been right about everything regarding the house.
10) I wanted to retire when I was 40. It obviously didn’t happen.
Okay, now comes the other hard part: pass the award onto some other bloggers. There are some who come to mind immediately, but either never started blogging or gave it up (Jen, Janet, I’m looking at you). But fortunately, there’s a lot of other choices. I’m going to throw in my reasons for giving each recipient their award as well. So…
- Andi and Jim Ferguson at 40 Acres, More or Less (daily photography)
- Boran’s Saturday Painting Palooza (a weekly painting series)
- Kendall Grey (for her unorthodox views on publishing)
- Patrick Hester (a podcasting Hugo nominee, and another early serial writer)
I’m looking forward to reading your acceptance speeches!