About Me (The Cool Stuff)

Name:  Scott L Vannatter  Email:  bookman23@comcast.net

Note added – 8/20/2015:  I realized it has been 1 1/2 years since I did much of anything to update this page.  Things have happened; and, as always, some good and some bad.  I do not do the crossword puzzle business nor the IMD for Team National.  Both helped me grow some and I appreciate all that happened and all that I did.  I do still sell on Amazon for our local library.  They appreciate my work and I appreciate getting to help them in some small way.  I now have 2 great nieces!  look at my Facebook page for some of the pictures.  If you can’t see them, send me a friend’s notice.  I may ask who you are, just tell me the website or that you follow me on WordPress.  I will add you.  Finally, my father is very ill, improving though.  He takes a lot of my time (I don’t mind).  I had a disaster (my fault) with Windows 10 and lost everything including my WIP book and all my stories and ideas.  This will be a slow recovery, but I will recover!

Note added – 2/14/2014:  Happy Valentine’s Day (actually, it’s after midnight, but oh well).  The four stories I had published by Kevin Bufton are now going out of print, pretty much as of today.  It was fun while it lasted, but I am still published!  I have taken up two more pursuits now:  First, I am an IMD for Team National.  It is a business should I choose to do so with it.  After several months, I decided that, while it is a great company, the business is not for me at this time.  Second, I have purchased a bit of software and am in the process of creating crossword puzzles to sell.  I have sent 2 to the National Group for Higher Learning (or something really close to that) and both have been turned down.  However, I was given specifics on the whys, so I can try again with new information.

Note added 12/31/2013:  This has been a wonderful year.  One of my stories was not published due to lack of funds.  Currently, I have added a page to my blog about “Carolyn”.  This is a multi-part  story which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world.  Carolyn is a strong leading figure and her character keeps becoming more and more complicated.  I am enjoying this project.  To date there are many short prompted sections about her and I have written 4 parts of the longer story which I hope to publish as either a novella or a novelette in 2014.  I have reduced my blog to 4 times a week.  On Tuesday nights, I write a lengthy (1000-1500 word) section of Carolyn’s story or do a normal blog.  Wed, Thu, Fri are set up for me to do prompt writing.  I hope you enjoy; I am.

*New Note (10/2012) I am now a published author!  I have sold (signed contracts for 7 of my short stories.  I will keep you updated.  I have even been paid for 1.

I live in Middletown, IN (about 3500-4000 people)

I am divorced (twice) living now with my cat, Tamika (she was named after one of my favorite characters in the video game “Oblivion”).  In June 2013, she will be 7 .

I have worked in a lot of fields, especially, security, computers, and, lastly, teaching special education.  I have about 70 hours past my Master’s Degree.

In May of 2010 (7th, to be exact) I was at dinner in Indianapolis and suffered a hemorrhagic, 3rd nerve, brain stroke.  This one is kinda rare and is usually fatal.  I am too stubborn to give in that easily, so, with God’s help (and a host of others) I chose to remain. It totally changed my life, attitudes, and my perceptions.  I think I am better for it, but would rather have figured out another way (teach me not to listen!).

I am now considered disabled (went back to school in 2011 and made it until Feb. 2012) and stay at home doing a conglomeration of things. I :

Read, Write, Email, Play Video Games (Oblivion and Skyrim rock), have added the Video Game “Wizard101″(Online at http://www.wizard101.com).  Now, I play Minecraft (survival mode) a great deal.  I have also written some well-received Modification files to Oblivion.

I do this Blog (which I love), Play “Words with Friends” on Facebook , Do a lot of other things on Facebook, Sell Books, DVDs, Tapes, and CDs on Amazon (mostly, for the local library, but I also sell for myself and a few others), and try to figure out how to do other things I enjoy.

If you want to drop me an email, feel free, just know that I may not see it for a while as this is not my main one:  bookman232@yahoo.com.  If you do, let me know in a comment here, so I do see it sooner.

From fall of 2012 until March of 2013, I sold 7 short horror stories; 6 have been published to date (4/10/2013).  One of the stories is for sale in print on Amazon and on the Kindle – both in an anthology entitled “The Dead Sea” edited by Kevin Bufton.  There are three other anthologies like it.  They are:  “Under the Knife,  “Another 100 Horrors”, and “War is Hell”.  All are published under Kevin G. Bufton.

A current claim to fame:  My cousin, Dale Vannatter, singer.  He’s good!  Listen to him here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1sm5v6TYRs

Comments

  • Opinionated Man  On March 2, 2016 at 1:20 am

    I am sure you have seen my book promotions I am doing, but if you know of any authors looking for help with title exposure please let me know or send them my way! Below is the link to the page about my book promotions in general! Thanks! 🙂

    https://aopinionatedman.com/book-promotion-terms/
    -OM

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  • Thumbup  On February 13, 2016 at 11:36 pm

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  • Nicola Jenkins  On July 8, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Dear Scott…Congratulations on all you have achieved. From reading different parts of your blog I am amazed. You do so much. I too am a SAH survivor like you. I will be checking out much more of your blog, as time allows. Thank you for sharing.

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  • married2arod  On April 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I found you on this weekend’s blog party. Thought I’d stop by and check things out. 5 years is amazing for keeping a blog going. I’m also from Indiana but northern, known as the region, but I live in southern California now. I do a flash fiction friday post weekly part of a flash fiction blog I follow, we all post off a prompt and read each others stuff, it’s fun. You should join in and follow them. Write on!

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  • writercookie  On March 30, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the real neat blog award. Here is the link: https://writercookie.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/the-real-neat-blog-award/

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    • kindredspirit23  On March 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you. I will try to get to the acceptance and qualifying things in the next couple of days!

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  • Sheila  On January 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    What a wonderful and inspirational background. I’m thrilled you are now published and under contract. May God continue to bless you in your endeavors, whatever they may be.

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  • Lucy  On May 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    It’s a small world. I’m an anthropologist but had stage III cancer and the treatment left me disabled. So, I blog and try to keep busy. You are so lucky to be alive. At first I was sorrowful being disabled and not able to continue my career but I still write for journals and keep my hand in. Nice to meet you. Lucy

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    • kindredspirit23  On May 25, 2014 at 1:00 am

      Thank you, Lucy. If you are interested in corresponding on a longer level, please drop me an email at bookman23@comcast.net
      Please, also remind me of who this is as the email address doesn’t always let me know enough.
      I would enjoy hearing from you.
      Scott

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      • Lucy  On May 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

        Sounds good to me. I’ll drop you a line later today. Lucy

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  • Andy Oldham  On January 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Nice to meet you! I graduated from Anderson High School in ’69

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  • Ahmed  On January 5, 2014 at 12:27 am

    the best thing about WordPress is that you get to know people and read diversified stories from all sides of the word, some are new but you can relate to many others. Your blog looks promising, i’m looking forward to start reading it, hope 2013 was a blast for you. Happy New Year 🙂

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    • kindredspirit23  On January 5, 2014 at 3:04 am

      Thank you. It was both: in some ways very rough, but in others very redeeming. I look forward to this year. Thank you for stopping by.

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  • andthreetogo  On January 3, 2014 at 7:35 am

    So nice to have met you through Susie’s blog, I have started reading your stories and am interested! I will keep checking in and reading. Thanks again for stopping by my page!

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  • Subhan Zein  On January 3, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Hello Scott, congratulations on your published stories! It is great to be acquainted with you, I am humbled. I would like to sincerely thank you for following my blog. I do hope you benefit from reading my Saturday posts.

    Thank you again, blessings and love to you ♥

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  • znjavid  On January 2, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Congratulations on all your success as a writer. That is great! And a big thank you for following my blog. Best wishes for a great new year! `Zainab

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  • gotmeghan  On December 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Hey Scott,

    Since you are always commenting and liking my stuff, I thought you deserved this award. I don’t know if you allow any awards or not, but I wanted to include you in it. Thanks for reading!

    http://gotmeghan.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/dragons-loyalty-award/

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  • reganking2013  On September 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    You have a fascinating bio! I have to admit though, when I first read “I’ve worked in a lot of fields,” my mind immediately jumped to the kinds of fields where corn and whatnot is grown, and I had a mental image of you picking fruit and dragging a plough… 😉

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  • wepoetsshowit  On August 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you so much for joining us!

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  • Insung  On July 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    It is amazing that you published three amazing books! I will check them out soon!
    and what a great blog you got!

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  • brickhousechick  On May 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Hi There!
    Would you be willing to participate in something we are doing for Susie Lindau on Friday morning? I am contacting as many of her followers as possible. My thought is that we all post on our own blogs on Friday with the same title, “Susie Strong”. The content would say something simple like, We are thinking of you. I haven’t known Susie for long but this blogging world is such a family. I thought it would be nice for her to see this message from as many of us as possible. Her husband is going to be updating us after her surgery. He can tell her or she can see it once she is up to it. Are you in? Thanks, Maria aka brickhousechick

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  • Joe Owens  On April 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hey tell me about the Blogoholic Social Network. Is it a good way to connect with other bloggers?

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Seems to be. For me, it was new people that I posted with once. I couldn’t tell you how many people or if any people followed me after I did.

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      • kindredspirit23  On April 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        Joe, take a look at it. Click on the icon and see. If I remember correctly, you don’t have to be invited to join and it is free.
        Scott

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  • I like the way you put yourself out there for us to read and feel as though we get to know you as a person. You have an informative and fun blog.

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 17, 2013 at 7:57 am

      That’s what I want in my blog. I want people to see me as me and to understand what I feel and what I am going through. It is important to me to put myself out there as I have been through things and I believe God would like for me to share it in order to help others in whatever way it can.
      Scott

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  • Cafe  On April 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Love this collection of About You facts, Scott 🙂
    So is there anything else you want to add to this list in the near future? (anything else you want to be “about you”?) =P

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  • Melody Biddle  On March 30, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Hello Scott,

    I worked as a receptionist and then legal transcriptionist for Shouse and Langlois from 2000 to 2006.

    I was sad to hear of your stroke but glad that you were stubborn and remained here. 🙂

    I am reading through your blog so I should be “caught up” on life according to Scott soon.

    I recently began yoga and I am finding it a very positive experience.

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  • kz  On March 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    hi Scott ^^ nominated you for the ABC- awesome blog content award ^^ http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/blog-candy/
    have a great day ^^

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  • Insight  On March 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Wow! You are such a great being, Scott. I’m looking forward for your future posts. Have a great day ahead. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂

    Rahul

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  • Java Girl  On March 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Oh wow. You’re an incredible person. 🙂 Hope things are much better for you now. You’re quite the inspiration. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing  On February 5, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Always like to hear about others who have experienced miracles. 🙂

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  • Denise Hisey  On December 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Congrats on the contract! Sounds like you’ve lived as many lives as your cat! 😉

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  • Carrie Rubin  On November 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Glad to meet someone else who’s had oodles of education and is now publishing books. Thanks for stopping by my site. 🙂

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  • ivonprefontaine  On November 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Scott, thank you for stopping and liking today’s post. I am glad your A type personality prevailed and you are still with us to share more cool stuff. I look forward to following the cool stuff on your blog as we journey together.

    Take care,

    Ivon

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  • Enchanted Seashells  On November 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Hi, a few emails got sent to a weird folder so I never got to properly thank you for visiting my blog, but I will now. Thank you!

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  • qtracregal  On September 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Kudos from a Closeby Poet; See “About QtrAcreGal in the upper left hand corner of MY WordPress page to learn about me! Glad I stumbled onto your reference to this blog on the infamous “POF…You and I could do such amazing work together, I hope you’ll be in touch!

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  • lostbythesea  On August 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I like your Spirit Scott. My old Blog was entitled Touching Spirits. But I haven’t written much in a while, though I am hearing the wheels grinding again and hope to separate the wheat from the chaff again soon. I’m a live music nut and enjoy bringing people together, to celebrate life through it. I was born with a congenital condition, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) which affected all four of my limbs, one hip and spine. It left me with no measurable manual dexterity and little lower leg strength. But since I came into the world this way I feel I got it easy compared to those who have had the rug pulled out from under them halfway through their journey.

    I started using a power wheel chair when I was 28, (I’m now 56) when my 18 month old daughter got away from me in a shopping center parking lot. It was the best thing I ever did for myself, but it came with some interesting, yet unexpected new hurdles.

    Last weekend my sister was at a convention and had a freak little accident in which her foot was smashed by someone’s chair opposite her (she’s ok now). But in order not to put the kibosh on her fun-filled weekend she decided to rent a scooter to get her through the remainder of the convention. When she returned home she called me to share the unexpected experiences she witnessed through the eyes of others and tell me she finally ‘got’ a smidgen of what I go through each and every day of my life as a differently abled member of an oftentimes inhumane humanity.

    Life’s unexpected surprises bring some of our greatest tragedies, and gifts. Inclusive of years of hospitals, 15 surgeries and countless leg, body casts, leg/hand braces, physical therapy and pain I wouldn’t trade my experiences for a life absent of AMC. It has been my rock from which I have been able to see clearly and find meaning in the things in life have made it all worth living.

    By living out loud we enable others to find their own voices and learn to sing!

    Thank you for sharing yours..

    “Keep the faith, spread the love share the happiness.”

    Namaste’
    Kathleen

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    • kindredspirit23  On August 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Kathleen,
      I think your first post back should simply be a reposting of my initial letter followed by that beautiful reply. You touched me deeply. You would touch others.
      Scott

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      • lostbythesea  On August 2, 2012 at 1:38 am

        Thank you Scott. As you do too. Namaste’…
        K

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  • lostbythesea  On August 1, 2012 at 3:05 am

    You’re a hoot! Gotta keep ’em guessing and wondering what on earth keeps us going, when the rest of the world wants to roll over and die because they have hangnails! 😉

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  • Jan Brown  On July 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Enjoy your blog. I also became disabled late in life, had to retire early from a job that really loved. Faith kept me alive, and keeps me hanging on day-to-day. I wish you the best!

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    • kindredspirit23  On July 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

      We have to hang in there and let them know that it’s not over and that we, actually, enjoy ourselves.
      If you are not enjoying yourself, keep reading my blog. I sure do.
      Scott

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  • nightlake  On July 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you very much for following my blog:) Do let us know when the story gets published..

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  • robincoyle  On June 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for the follow. I look forward to seeing more of what you have going here.

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  • dilipnaidu  On May 27, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Very inspiring! I salute you Sir! Wish you happiness and good health.

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    • kindredspirit23  On May 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Thank you. I always try to be. It’s always wonderful to see / read a
      new face (profile) on this blog. I hope to hear from you again soon.
      Scott

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  • buckwheatsrisk  On May 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    i look forward to following, thank you for visiting my blog. i can’t imagine what it was like to go through what you went through.

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    • kindredspirit23  On May 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      I couldn’t imagine it either. The experience has, certainly, been something to share.
      Thanks so much for joining. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
      Scott

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  • Indira  On May 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    You survived that stroke means you are a fighter. Nice to know you.

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    • kindredspirit23  On May 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Glad to know you, too. Yes, I am a fighter – and stubborn. God has things for me to do.
      A lot of times, I just look forward to whatever is coming up. I hope I can keep saying that.
      It means my faith is strong!
      Scott

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      • inspireme1212  On November 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        I was told I had cancerous cells earlier this year and went through 4 surgeries; I redid my will, updated my trust for my kids and then did everything I could to visualize health, wellness, and survival. I am clear now and sure that I am here because God has something else for me to do, someone to encourage, someone else to love….Yet it’s a day to day decision to keep staying positive as there is a sense of heaviness on the earth–we have to keep seeing what we want, not what we don’t want and we have to overcome evil with good humor, good cheer, and good company. 🙂

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        • kindredspirit23  On November 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

          You are correct. It is up to us to keep concentrating on what is good. I concentrate on life and God, who is life and love. He kept me here on this Earth to help others and to live a full and happy life. I am glad to have you join me in these efforts for your own sake.
          Scott

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  • kindredspirit23  On June 27, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Thanks!

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