Yesterday started with some bad news. Our friend Paul Anderson, had been hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest almost two weeks ago, and he came home under hospice care. Paul passed away early yesterday morning. Paul was an easy going guy who always had a smile on his face, who loved the RV lifestyle, never complained about his health issues, and never met a stranger. Rest in peace, dear friend. We miss you already.
I spent most of the last two days pounding the keyboard, working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. By the end of yesterday evening, I had ten out of 36 pages done. A good start.
Some people have been asking me when, and if, I’ll have a sequel to my mystery Big Lake, and if so, when will it be out. Yes, I have something in the works, but writing a novel isn’t the same as writing a blog, or even a newspaper, as far as that goes. But I’m always working at my various projects.
I took a break mid-day to run to the post office, and our mail had arrived. So we’ll probably leave here today, and go up to the Elks lodge in Newport. Or maybe not. I’ll know what I decided by this time tomorrow. 🙂 Hopefully we’ll have faster service on our Verizon air card there. Even though we have full bars of 3G signal here in Florence, the service is really slow. Overall, Verizon service is better than AT&T’s in most places, but I have seen a steady slowdown in service over the last year or two, just about anywhere in the country we have been traveling. Many other RVers tell me they have been experiencing the same deterioration in speeds.
The other day somebody sent me a link to the Stamp Pad, the newsletter for the National Park Travelers Club. Members of the club are dedicated to visiting our nation’s National Parks and National Historic Sites, and as part of their travels, collect stamps in their National Parks Passport books. I don’t belong to the club, but I have been filling up my Passport book ever since we started RVing. After reading the sample of the Stamp Pad, with its in-depth coverage of National Parks and Historic Sites, I think I’ll have to join.
I worked on the new issue of the paper until about 10:30 p.m., then stopped to write this blog, and to post a new self-publishing blog about our e-book sales numbers to this point. It’s been almost three weeks since I uploaded my mystery novel Big Lake to the Amazon Kindle bookstore, and since then I have added four non-fiction books, and overall sales have been very good. I appreciate the support of all of you who have downloaded the book, and especially those of you who have left such positive reviews on Amazon. That really helps sell books.
Thought For The Day – You are an angel. Beware of those who collect feathers.