With apologies to Nathanial Hawthorne, this shirt is my version of the Scarlett Letter. “Hello, my name is Gail, and I’m an Indie author . . . the process is hard, but very gratifying (even while pulling weeds in the garden).
Chum returned to uniform by August 1941. Luckily he had worked for Eastern Air Lines exactly one year, vesting his employment, ensuring a job when he returned from the war. But that raises an interesting question, what war? There was no American war. Six more months transpired until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The answer to this intriguing question reads something like this; President Roosevelt instituted the preparations he could–Cash and Carry,The Destroyer Deal, quickly followed by the Lend Lease Act in 1941. America’s first peacetime draft had already been activated the year before, in 1940. Everybody knew what was coming, except for the bulk of the American population. They found out the hard way, later, across the Pacific, on a mild Hawaiian Sabbath.
Gail Chumbley is the author of the memoir, River of January, and the forthcoming sequel, River of January: The Figure Eight.
To start, I want to congratulate you on having your book River of Januarychosen by Library Journal for inclusion in SELF-e Select.
Since your book has been chosen to be a part of SELF-e Select, Meridian Library would like to invite you to be a featured author at an event they are hosting as a part of Indie Author Day on October 8th. During this event, the local writing community will be coming together in the library to celebrate local authorship and will then join the larger indie community through a digital presentation of industry leaders that will take place at 2 pm EST.
The event will be taking place in Meridian, ID. If you are interested in attending and speaking on a panel about indie publishing, please let me know and I will get you in touch with the librarian who is coordinating the event.
In River of January and the sequel, The Figure Eight, (in progress) Mont Chumbley repeatedly insists the number 13 is lucky for him. In that spirit “Chum” left the US Navy on June 13, 1933, his 24th birthday, to pursue a career in civilian aviation. Today would be the pilot’s 107th birthday. For more of his fascinating story read River of January, available in hard copy and on Kindle.
Standing outside, rain or shine, hot or cold, fire drills were a pain. They interrupted the flow of the lesson, the morning, the afternoon, the day. I especially hated that obnoxious buzz alerting all to evacuate when testing was underway.
But, there was this game we played while getting soaked, or freezing, or scrumming together to shoot the breeze. I called it the ABC Game, and here is how it played out. Someone would pick a category, say World War Two, or Harry Potter and we would take turns filling in the next word. A is for Azkaban, for example. And it was not only fun, but kept the kids together and occupied till the all-clear bell back to class.
So for your reading enjoyment, and to hopefully sell some books, I shall play the ABC’s of River of January. Ahem, here goes.