Last Updated Nov 09, 2016
Well, that was succinct enough
The editor of Wild Rose Press got back to me all right, carrying a pitchfork and a hanging rope. The general gist of THREE chapters (first two and the last) out of 45 chapters was apparently enough for them to summarily execute it. On top of that, it took the editor 7 weeks to read those three chapters before rejecting the novel out of hand.
In my book, that really stinks.
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Recently, my account went through a name change. Tom Oldman is the pen name I chose many years ago to write under. Now that I am close to getting a novel published, I've reverted to my real name.
Fully retired now (at 74) and enjoying my leisure time by doing what I've always wanted to do - write. I have a Wordpress account at Tom1950.wordpress.com. I used to have a Facebook account, but they kept changing stuff around and I got disgusted with them so I quit.. Although I haven't done much on my Wordpress account, it does have a lot of my earlier works done up in blog style. That blogging effort has now become "Life - Such as it Was". The picture accompanying the autobiography is my picture from my 1957 Bitburg American High School, Germany yearbook "Contrails". I am married and have been for over 53 years.
I got to thinking about my experiences in Vietnam and wrote the story "The Gift of Life" in tribute to a couple of my friends. I spent 20 years in the service of my country and I'm damned proud of it. In the '60's, I was looked on as something that crawled out from under a rock. But now, due to more enlightened public opinion, I wanted to do more than just talk about it. In view of that, I display my "fruit salad", my medal bar, here for all to see. It isn't bragging, it's simply pride in a job I did well.
If you're curious as to what they all mean, here you go (left to right & top to bottom):
Navy Unit Commendation (3 awards) : Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards)
Navy Good Conduct (4 awards @ 4 years each) : National Defense : Armed Forces Expeditionary
Vietnam Service Medal (4 awards of >120 days each) : Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal : US Navy Expert Rifleman
The scroll on the RVN Campaign Medal is inscribed "1960 -- " to signify it never really 'ended'.
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