Before I do anything else, I want to take a minute to wish my daughter Tiffany happy birthday. I love you, Tiff, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in a few days.
Yesterday I made the final changes to the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and uploaded it to the printer’s server. It always feels good to put a new issue to bed, and this one feels extra special, because it is Number 72, our twelve year anniversary issue.
Somebody who interviewed us for a magazine article several years ago estimated that every issue of the Gypsy Journal contains approximately 25,000 words, and that with six issues a year, that comes out to 150,000 words a year, or the equivalent of two paperback mystery novels a year. That’s a lot of writing! Somebody asked me a while back how I find the time to write the paper, the daily RV blog, the Bad Nick Blog, an occasional book, and my websites, along with hosting two rallies a year, and traveling too. I explained that if you want to accomplish something in life, sometimes you have to make sacrifices, and give up something else. In my case, I gave up diet and exercise. 🙂
After I uploaded the files for the new issue to the printer, I sent out a link for our Digital Edition to our digital subscribers. Since we launched the Digital Edition two years ago, it has really become popular. Subscribers like getting the paper fast, not having to pay to have it forwarded, and not having something else to carry around in their RV. One reader wrote me back yesterday, after getting the link, “I always feel so special, because I get the paper on my iPad a week or two before everybody else does!”
These days, there are so many folks with e-book readers like Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and such that it is revolutionizing who we read, and how books are published. Just as Print on Demand technology allowed people to self-publish their own books without the hassles of agents and commercial publishers, e-bookstores are making it easy for anybody to become a published author, and a lot of great new fiction is out there that can be had for a buck or two. I’m curious, how many of you have e-book readers, and if so, what do you have? And do you read any of the low cost novels offered on Amazon.com and other online bookstores, or do you stick with the more expensive works by well known authors? Thirty years ago I had a couple of mystery novels published, but never really followed up on that aspect of my writing. I’ve got a couple more sitting in my computer that I keep toying with the idea of publishing as e-books, but I’m not sure I have the confidence to do so.
Even if you don’t have an e-book reader, most of us have come to depend on our computers for everything from reading blogs, to sending e-mails, paying bills online, trip planning, and so much more. If you want to learn how to get the most out of your computer, make plans to arrive in Celina, Ohio a couple of days before our Eastern Gypsy Journal Rally in September so you can attend the excellent Computer Boot Camp that Jim and Chris from Geeks on Tour will be presenting. Miss Terry attended the Boot Camp a couple of years ago, and has nothing but praise for it, and how much she learned. I’ve heard the same thing from everybody who has been to the Boot Camp. For more information, just click this Computer Boot Camp link, and Chris and Jim will get you registered.
And if you haven’t registered for the rally yet, what are you waiting for? It’s going to be a lot of fun!
Thought For The Day – Life’s tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid.