Okay guys, what did you give your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Flowers? Candy? Something slinky from one of those stores at the mall? Did you take her out to a nice dinner? Those are all great things, but I like to give Miss Terry something much more personal. So I gave her my cold.
Yes, she’s got it too. We ought to own stock in the Kleenex company because we’re really going through them here in our motorhome! Actually, I’m feeling a little bit better just about the time that Terry is going downhill. I’d like to say that now I get to take care of her, but she doesn’t let anybody take care of her. She’s much too independent for that. I don’t hesitate to snivel and whine when I don’t feel good, as you all well know. But Terry could have a root canal and her appendix taken out at the same time, and keep right on making dinner or baking bread.
Actually, Terry did get something special for Valentine’s Day, although we actually ordered it a while back. It’s an antique circular sock knitter, and it’s got more gears and moving parts then I would ever be able to figure out. Which means Terry will have the darn thing mastered in about 30 minutes. She loves working with natural fibers, and discovered that these machines are still being used today. It’s a LeGare, made in Canada, and though it’s older than either of us, it’s been gone through and works perfectly.
The bad news is that we will be so busy getting the new issue out, and then with our Yuma rally, that it will be a while before she ever gets to play with it. It’s like giving a kid a new bicycle for Christmas when there is three feet of snow on the ground! It just doesn’t seem fair, does it?
A cold front has come through Arizona, and yesterday morning the Superstition Mountains had a dusting of snow. We got a lot of rain here in East Mesa/Apache Junction, and the temperature dropped quite a bit. The high yesterday was 61° and it dropped down to 39° overnight. It will be in the mid-60s for the next couple of days, and then start climbing up into the low 70s. Obviously, a lot of snowbirds here in Arizona are not real happy to see me!
If you have a Nook e-book reader and have been waiting for my new mystery, Big Lake Lynching, to be formatted for the Nook, I have good news and bad news. The Smashwords website has been down for a couple of days now and they still don’t have the book up. However, following a suggestion from my friend Greg White, I was able to convert the book to the Epub format myself. So if you don’t want to wait for Smashwords to get back in gear, you can just log onto www.PayPal.com and send $2.99 to me at [email protected], and I’ll send you the book. Just give me the e-mail address you want it to go to and you’ll be reading away!
As of last night, Big Lake Lynching had sold 1,000 books so far this month. Sales of the original Big Lake have dropped off somewhat, from a high of over 1,000 books a day down to somewhere around 500 copies a day. But I’m not complaining, it’s still doing much better than I ever imagined. I thank all of you who bought my books, left reviews for them on Amazon, and told your friends and family about them.
I think I finally have the schedule filled for our Yuma rally. I will still have to shuffle a couple of seminars around from one time slot to another, but I think that’s about it. I had two different vendors contact me yesterday wanting to register, who got mad and backed out because the people who registered weeks ago have seminars locked in and there is no more room for their seminars. I’m sorry, folks, but we only have a certain number of time slots and when they’re gone, they’re gone. If you snooze, you lose!
Besides the seminars, we will also have some other things going on at the rally, including a book exchange table, a Craft and Hobby show and sell, and we’re going to try something new. On Tuesday, during the 90 minute lunch break, we are encouraging everybody to get together inside the main building for a brown bag lunch and a chance to visit and get acquainted with each other. So pack yourself a sandwich, grab a bag of chips and something to drink, and come join the party!
Now that my head has cleared up and I can think, I was able to get a lot of work done on the new issue and should have it wrapped up in a couple of days. I appreciate so many of you who have e-mailed telling me that if it goes out a few days late it’s not the end of the world, and to just concentrate on getting well again. A couple of decades of publishing small town newspapers, where deadlines are set in stone, are hard to put behind me.
Thought For The Day – It’s not an inside joke if only you and the voices in your head understand it.