I have managed to get a lot done on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal in the last couple of days, and I only have eight pages left to go. Barring any unexpected problems, I’ll easily make my deadline by the end of the week. I’m looking forward to getting it done so I can get back to work on my new Big Lake mystery.
But I won’t get a lot done this morning; Rob Gambol from Redlands Truck & RV Performance Center is supposed to be here first thing to install the new PacBrake PRXB on our Cummins diesel engine. The hardest part will be removing the steps that lead up to our bedroom closet so that Rob can get to the access door that is hidden under it. I’ve never been happy with how the exhaust brake works on our Winnebago and I’m looking forward to the improved braking power of the new unit.
It’s been up in the 90s the last few days, but we have a cold front coming through and they say daytime highs will be down to the mid-60s by the weekend. The weatherman is even talking about snow in Arizona’s high country! I think we’ll stay down in the desert a couple more weeks before we venture further north.
Good news for book lovers; my friend Dale Roberts released his new thriller, The Following, yesterday in Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. Dale designed the beautiful covers for both of my Big Lake books and he’s a darn good writer too. I had a sneak peek at The Following a while back and I can’t wait to read the whole book. Check it out, you’re going to like it.
Another interesting book, which I’m reading right now, is called The Story of the Rag, by Ken Rossignol. It is the story of his experiences publishing a small town newspaper in Maryland, called St. Marys Today. As a former small town newspaper publisher myself, who was known for stepping on toes and exposing what public official’s hand was caught in the cookie jar or under the wrong skirt, I related very well to Ken’s book. I’ve dealt with many of the same type of corrupt elected and appointed officials, including a county sheriff who stood in my office and vowed to stop my car and shoot me dead some dark night. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to peel the thin veneer of civility off a small town and look underneath, this book will do the trick. Ken Rossignol is the kind of courageous newspaperman I admire, and that I’d love to sit down and swap war stories with.
If you’re going to be in central Florida later this month, plan to spend some time at the TechnoGeek Learning Rally in Bushnell, April 22-28. Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour and Phil and Tracy May from TechnoRV are putting on an excellent workshop covering all kinds of high tech toys, from android phones and iPads to computers, digital cameras, GPS, and other gadgets. When you put those four techno-geeks together, you’re bound to learn a lot!
Thought For The Day – No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.