Pat was a colorful character, not boring, smug or uptight like some managers. He taught me a lot over the years but it’s mostly the “way”he said things that stuck with me. Pat learned early on with me that I had a tendency to embellish situations; I guess that was the “writer” in me trying to escape way back when. When I began telling him of my problem or situation he would say, “Whoa, back up the truck.” That meant I needed to start over and tell my story at a slower pace because he already was questioning what I had to say. Pat also taught me about Kentucky Windage, sandbagging and when meetings were over he would wave his hand in the air and say, “be gone.” Some people might have been offended or disturbed by this but none of my co-workers were, that was just Pat. He was funny and we liked it when he told us to “be gone” because that meant the meeting was over. I don’t know why the song “Beer for My Horses” reminds me of Pat but it does and probably always will.
Sometimes things people do will also bring back a memory. A co-worker I once had worked at a Casino for several years prior to coming to work at the big “C.” If you have ever been to a casino and won money you might remember a person counting out your bills and then turning their hands palms up so you could see that they had given you all of the money. This is policy in most casinos. This person had the procedure so engrained in her head that she couldn’t shake it. Each time she handed me a piece of paper she would turn her hands palms down and then up again. It was hilarious but she couldn’t stop herself. Every time I’m at a casino I think of my friend Mindy for this reason.
I spent many years working at the big “C” and could write novels about it, but I would get sued so I won’t even go there so don’t worry. But some of the people I met and worked with have left huge impressions on me and haunt my memories; thankfully I am still friends with many of them.
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much lately, i have been very busy with behind the scenes Rainstorm Press stuff. I recently published 4 anthologies, "With This Ring, I Bleed, DEAD!" "Mutation Nation" "Thirsty Are The Damned" "The Undead That Saved Christmas: Vampire Edition" all of which are now available on Amazon. I have three more anthologies to finish before the end of January, not to mention i have your books to work on. I am posting a link to Jane Isaac's book "An Unfamiliar Murder" which is currently up for pre-order, and we already have some sales!!! Jane's book is nearly completed and i will be moving on to Tammy Maas' book next. Then on to
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Let me “back up the truck” for you. Rainstorm Press publishes a lot of “horror” type novels but I want you to know that my book is not of the horror genre. It’s actually more of a “thriller” type novella with some very disturbing description. My book is not for kids or the faint of heart and that’s about all I’m going to say. How was that for some Kentucky Windage?!