A. "Persistence counts."
A. Hey, it's December: it's mighty hard to beat Arizona! Which is where I am.
A. My vision went bad in grade school and prevented me from becoming a military aviator.
A. "We are ruled by idiots. But you knew that." It has ended many of my emails since about 1990.
A. Earning a living as a free-lance author for so much of my life. Others who've done it will tell you that it's extremely rare--and satisfying.