Yesterday was a busy day for Miss Terry. She and her mom had some errands to run so they had a girls’ day out, hitting some of their favorite grocery and specialty stores. Terry loves to cook and she likes using good ingredients when she does it. There are several stores here in the East Mesa area that she always looks forward to visiting when we’re here.
While they were doing that, I stayed home working on a lot of last-minute rally details, making some phone calls, and answering a bunch of e-mails. I’ve got the rally schedule just about finished. I had to shuffle a couple of seminars around to make things flow better and to make sure we didn’t have two very similar classes competing with each other at the same time. I still have to run the schedule by Terry and our advance staff to see if they can spot any mistakes or omissions that I missed. Meanwhile, I do have the current, as of now, rally schedule uploaded. Check it out, I think you’ll agree we’ve got a great lineup.
I also took the time to call the Sheriff’s office in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Our concealed weapon permits expire this summer and I have heard that we would now be required to be in the county 30 days before renewing. The lady I talked to the Sheriff’s office confirmed that, and said a receipt from a campground showing that we had been there 30 days would be required. Renewals are processed the same way as new applications. I don’t think we’re going to bother with it, I already have an Arizona CCW that is accepted in more states than the South Dakota one is, and I really don’t want to spend 30 days in Sioux Falls.
A while back the nice folks at Blue Ox contacted me offering to provide me with a TruCenter steering control to evaluate. The instructions they sent me look like it isn’t a major project, but then again, we are talking about me and tools. How could that possibly turn out good? So I called my friend Keith Shomaker at Redlands Truck and RV Performance Center and asked if he could have one of his guys install it on our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage while they are at the Yuma rally. Redlands is always a big supporter of our Western rallies, renting several booths, bringing techs in to perform work for rally attendees, and they even sponsor our morning coffee and donuts. They’re good folks to deal with.
Once Terry was back home, we had just enough time to unload everything from Explorer and get it put away, and then we went back to her parents’ house and picked them up to take them for a last dinner this trip together at Number 1 Eastern Buffet, one of our favorite Chinese buffets in the whole country. We’ve only been here a couple weeks and it has gone by way too fast. We’re looking forward to getting back together with Terry’s family after the rally is over and our business in Tucson is completed.
We’ll be on the road today, headed for Yuma, and the next few days will be a frenzy of getting the new issue of the Gypsy Journal stuffed into envelopes and mailed out, and handling 1,001 last-minute rally details, from printing nametags, to ordering donuts to, ordering pizzas for the pizza party, printing schedules, and so many other things that I can’t remember them all right now. That’s why we make lists!
People are asking me when the next book in the Big Lake series will be out. Come on folks, give me a break! 🙂 We’ve got instant oatmeal and instant coffee, but I don’t know of any instant novels. Yes, there will be a sequel, whose working title is Crazy Days in Big Lake. I’ve got it started and I’m deep into the first chapter. But it’s not going to happen overnight; I won’t even have time to look at the manuscript until after the rally is over, but I’m constantly running scenarios for my books through the back of my mind, sort of writing the story mentally before ever getting around to putting it down on paper.
The original mystery, Big Lake, spent 75 days on Amazon’s Top 100 list, and has now dropped down to somewhere around 160 or 170, depending on what time of day I check. Since I first uploaded the book in late May it has sold over 82,000 copies on Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. The printed version is also now available on Amazon and selling well. The sequel, Big Lake Lynching, is selling steadily, and currently both books are in the top 25 in Amazons Mysteries and Thrillers, Police Procedurals category.
Some readers have requested a seminar on how the original book came about and what is involved in publishing a book on Amazon. So I’ll be doing a seminar titled The Making of a Bestseller at the rally. Hey, who knows, maybe somebody at the rally will be Amazon’s next best-selling author. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Thought For The Day – Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the kind of misery you prefer.