It was in the upper 70s in Mesa, Arizona last week, and tomorrow we are looking at 62° and rain with a low of 38° predicted. Yes, Nick is in Arizona!
I have to apologize to my friend Mark Didelot. Mark called me yesterday morning but I was so out of it that I’m not sure what the conversation must have sounded like from his end. After I talked to Mark I rolled back over and fell asleep again and didn’t wake up until 1 P.M. Talk about a real slug! But the extra rest seemed to help, and I was much more clearheaded and felt a lot better when I finally did wake up.
I spent most of the afternoon working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal to get it ready to go. I’m behind schedule and trying to make up for lost time but it may go out a few days later than expected. I apologize in advance for the delay. I’ll be pushing hard in the next couple of days to get it done.
While I was busy with the paper, Miss Terry was working on rally registrations and other paperwork that seems to multiply overnight while we sleep. It makes life so much easier for me having a partner who takes care of so many details, freeing me up to write. Of course, that means she never seems to get any time to herself at all. People keep telling us we need to cut back, but where we do that? We never want to stop publishing the Gypsy Journal. This daily blog is a part of our lives and so many of our readers lives that we couldn’t give it up, and while our rallies are a tremendous amount of work, everybody seems to love them. I have slacked off on my other two blogs, my self-publishing blog and the Bad Nick Blog. Sometimes I just cannot find enough hours in the day to do everything I want to get done.
My mystery novels have really taken off, and some people have asked if we have considered just concentrating on that. Sure, I can’t lie that it wouldn’t be great to just sit around and write books all day long and not have printing or blogging schedules to meet. But we love what we do for a living, and who knows, the whole e-book bubble could burst tomorrow. We’ll keep plodding along doing what we’re doing, and we may slow down a little bit on some of our activities, but we’re here to stay.
Well, that’s what I’m saying right now. Talk to us halfway through the rally, when we have been running on adrenaline and three hours sleep per night, and you might get a completely different answer. 🙂
Speaking of my mysteries, I have to brag, if you’ll indulge me for just a bit. Big Lake, my first mystery, is currently number two in Amazon’s Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Police Procedurals category, and is number 16 in the Kindle store. It has been on Amazon’s Top 100 paid list for 72 days in a row now. The sequel, Big Lake Lynching, has been out for a couple of weeks and has already risen to number 19 in Amazon’s Thriller & Suspense, Police Procedurals category, and has risen to number 854 in the Kindle store. I really appreciate all of you who supported my work, left reviews, told your friends about the Big Lake series, and helped make the books a success.
Terry loves to cook and bake, and nobody in the world can top her in the kitchen. Yesterday she finally pushed her paperwork aside long enough to make a delicious dinner of buffalo hash, and also made a delightful chocolate sour cream bundt cake with chocolate ganache. We took it over to her parents house to share with them, as a belated birthday cake, and it was delicious.
Terry was pretty intimidated by the microwave/convection oven in our motorhome when we first bought the Winnebago, but I think she’s mastered it very well. She says she still misses the range/oven that we had in the bus conversion, but I think that between the microwave/convection and her new Breville toaster oven, she can do almost anything. You can see I sure haven’t been missing any meals!
We don’t have a lot of time here in the Valley of the Sun this trip and a lot of it will be spent working on the paper and getting ready for the rally. We plan to come back after the rally, either before or after my return visits to the VA hospital in Tucson, to spend some more time. Terry’s sister Lisa and her husband Jim want to get together one evening while we’re here, and we always enjoy spending time with them. We’re really looking forward to it.
Thought For The Day – Sarcasm is a literary device used for identifying the stupid.