Thanks to all of you who wrote with get well wishes. I appreciate it. I think a combination of side affects from a new medicine my doctor put me on, as well as stress from being drawn into some family drama I really don’t want to deal with, that combined to knock my feet out from under me for a while. But I’ll handle it, and get back on track.
Terry and I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. If we had to admit to one addiction, it would be books. We love books. We love reading them, we love sharing them, and we love bookstores. While I can read e-books on my iPad, or even my Droid Incredible, I still can’t pass up a bookstore. Especially a good used bookstore.
Fortunately for us, one of my best buddies in the world, Jim Lewis, owns a great used bookstore in the next town, so whenever we come back to our old hometown of Show Low, we spend a lot of time at Jim’s Pinetop Book Exchange. Friday, after running some errands, Terry and I met Greg and Jan at the bookstore, and spent a couple of hours visiting with Jim and browsing the shelves. We all came away with some good selections, and who can ever regret an afternoon spent having lots of laughs with good friends?
Jim’s pretty wife, Sharleen, joined us, and when it was time to close for the store for the day, we all went to a great restaurant called Stolen Recipe BBQ. Apparently the name comes from the fact that their secret barbecue recipe was purloined from an old cowboy who spent years developing it. They use a dry barbecue method, in which the meat is slow cooked over a pecan wood fire, and then you put the sauce on yourself. Since the sauce had onions in it, to which I am very allergic, I just ate mine plain, and it was still delicious. The other five in our party all had one or more of the different sauces with their dinners, and said it was excellent.
So I had a day with good buddies, good books, and good barbecue. It just doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂
Yesterday I was still pretty wiped out, so we spent the day here at the campground. I worked on a writing project most of the day, trying to get a mystery I wrote a while back formatted as an e-book. I think I’ve about got it done, except for the cover, which I am unhappy with and will redo before I actually publish it to Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, if I do.
In the meantime, I have it in both Kindle format and as a PDF file for those who use other types of e-book readers. Several of you have asked to read it, and with a lot of apprehension, I’ll e-mail it to you if you care to take a look. Just let me know which format works for you. I have to admit, this scares the hell out of me. I’m comfortable with the writing I do for the Gypsy Journal and my blogs, but I don’t have a lot of confidence in my abilities as a fiction writer yet. I’d appreciate your honest feedback.
Miss Terry has been wanting to do some cooking, and who am I to deny her that pleasure? So while I was busy at the computer, she made a delicious lasagna dinner, and Greg and Jan came over to join us. We all came away from the table well stuffed, but not so much so that we couldn’t enjoy Jan’s yummy lemon bars. I’ll never be a thin man! 🙂
Thought For The Day – If it ain’t broke, keep fixing it until it is.