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Who are you and where did you come from?
My name is Joe Glynn. I was born in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1961. I got bachelor's and masters degree in history from Northern Illinois and Illinois State Universities, a master's degree in library science from Indiana University--Bloomington, and a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University in Chicago. I have been living in Louisville since 1996. I have just completed a book entitled Abandon Your Hopes, Ye Luckless Jobseeker. It details my odyssey of trying to find a decent job from the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2014. It is in the process of being edited, and I hope it will be published in the near future. I am the author/creator of two blogs: An Ordinary Joe's Soapbox and The Cub Writers Cubbyhole. In An Ordinary Joe's Soapbox, I give my opinions weekly on subjects that interest me. The Cub Writers Cubbyhole is more literary in nature and is published intermittently.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?
I hope to be a successful author and living my sunset years writing on a beach in Key West or an apartment in Paris or even on the mean streets of Louisville.

What is the biggest mistake you've made in your life?
Getting graduate degrees in history and library science. Believe me, the job market for historians has been, well, history for many years. As for library science, not only is the pay is pitiful, jobs are scarce thanks to government cutbacks since the 1970's. And the era where you can get a library entry-level job anywhere in the country with a master's degree is long gone.

What would you do for a Klondike bar?
Not much. I prefer Milky Way and Snickers bars myself.

Flash Round Favorites
Author: Too many to list
Color: Blue
Sound: Soft musical sounds
Season: Spring
Animal: Thoroughbreds
Smell: Aroma of good foods
Food: Ice cream
Place to Visit: Bloomington, Indiana
Place to Live: Louisville
Movie: Too many to list
Alien: Mr. Spock
Number: 23
Texture: Soft
Planet: Former planet Pluto
Favorite Memory: Junior high school. Unlike everybody else, junior high was the time of my life.

Favorite Place To Write
My bedroom (also known as the Dismal Dungeon).

Greatest Inspiration
My English teachers in high school. Without them, I probably would had never seriously consider myself as a writer.

Best Elevator Pitch For Latest Book. 300 words or less
Abandon Your Hopes, Ye Luckless Jobseeker is a book that chronicles the odyssey of an ordinary middle-aged man trying to find employment from the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2014. It is not a self-help book but rather a tragicomic memoir of the day-to-day frustrations and failures and rare successes in job hunting in dismal economic times.