May 102012

Miss Terry spent all day yesterday working on the backlog of paperwork we have been trying to get through, while I helped as much as I could. I really hate dealing with this end of our business. It’s all work and no fun at all. But I think we are seeing a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope it’s not an oncoming train!

Hopefully today we can get things wrapped up and start enjoying some downtime. We sure need it.

A blog reader sent me an e-mail asking how I like the Dragon Dictate voice to text software that I purchased a few months ago. Like me, she has arthritis and her stiff fingers have been giving her a lot of problems.

At this point, I have to say that the software is not all that I expected or hoped for. I use it for my blog, and find that I spend as much time going back and correcting errors as I would spend if I had just typed the whole thing.

But that may be partly my fault. There is a learning curve, for the software to learn my speech patterns, and I don’t think I gave it enough time before I started using it. The program does not come with much in the way of instructions, just a four page Quick Start Guide on how to install the software and connect a microphone. Yesterday I ordered a training DVD from Amazon, and hopefully it will help me get the most out of the program.

Yesterday, one of the authors I know from the Amazon Kindle Authors forum wrote to tell me that she is a nurse and when she started her shift, she overheard two of her coworkers discussing my mystery novel, Big Lake. She said it was amazing to hear them talk about a book whose author she knew from the forum. She asked them if they liked the book and they said they loved it! She then told them about the sequel, Big Lake Lynching, and they didn’t even know it was out. One of the nurses bought it that very moment. How cool is that?

It’s always interesting to know what others think of your work, and sometimes it can be downright funny. Years ago when I owned the weekly newspaper in Pinetop, Arizona, I was standing in line in a coffee shop the morning the paper hit the street and I overheard four ladies at a table talking about that week’s editorial, which they obviously did not agree with. Her friends were all nodding in agreement as one said "I’d really like to meet this Nick Russell, I’d tell him what a horse’s a$$ I think he is!" I just couldn’t help myself, I pulled up a chair, sat down at their table and said "Hi ladies, I’m Nick Russell." Talk about a sudden uncomfortable silence!

Thought For The Day – I’m not really rude, I just say what everyone else is thinking about you.

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  11 Responses to “Light At The End Of The Tunnel”

  1. The ladies in the coffee shop story…gave hubby and me a laugh as he was heading off to work this AM (only a few more days however till retirement!!) Thanks for the laugh!!

    Nice for you that your books are getting noticed…one never knows such things as the lady shared with you…

  2. Your story about the ladies in the coffee shop was hilarious! I am a professional musician, so my name gets put on a lot of programs for music accompaniment in the area in which we live. When my husband goes to a program that I’m participating in, he gets a big kick out of listening to people talk about “that Dee Fisher” they see in the program. Once in a while he identifies himself; then they get all flustered, even if what they’re saying is good. And it usually is! Music is not something people agree with or disagree with, like an editorial.

    By the way, keep working on that new book! I’m anxious to read it if it’s even half as good as the first two were.

  3. Nick,
    Our website is back up at Thanks to Chris Guld from Geeks we were able to get it all sorted out. We are still rebuilding some of the pages though so that could take some time but I hope we will have it all back on line in the next few weeks. The link on your page is still directed at the old site so if you could please update it. Thanks and hugs to you and Miss Terry. Looking forward to seeing you both later this year.

  4. See – I knew Bad Nick was not a young sprout – he’s been around a lonnng time

  5. I just finished “Big Lake” last night myself and have to say I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a surprise ending. The intro to the 2d book sounded like I will like that too.

  6. First I laughed at your story about the ladies discussing your editorial.
    Second I really enjoyed Big Lake and Big Lake Lynching and read both of them twice. I am looking forward to your next book.
    Third For several years I worked for an R and D company working on speech to speech machine translation so I was around the development of the software. One of the projects was to develop software for Law Enforcement to use for Spanish to English and English to Spanish. I decided to play around with some of the software one afternoon and had a lot of laughs at what came out in text form from things I was trying to say in English. Not sure if you can do anything to get the software more accustomed to your voice.

    Glad to hear that you and Terry are enjoying a little bit of relaxing time .

  7. Nick – I must say that you have proven once again how much you and my Charley are alike. What you did to the ladies who were talking about you….. Charley would have done the same thing or something very similar!!

    And, BTW, I am currently reading Big Lake and loving it! Keep up the good work!!

  8. Nick,

    So how did that conversation go at the restaurant when you sat down with the four ladies?

  9. I tried the Dragon software for my PC when I broke my hand a couple of years back. I never could get it to perform well for me and I finally give up on it. But my sister uses it all the time and it works flawlessly for her.

  10. Nick do yourself and Terri a favor and farm out all of that paperwork that you can. Your lives will be much easier, and the time you spend on that can be put to better and more profitable use. It took me a very long time to learn and accept that in my business but it was the best thing I ever did.

  11. It must be really hard being a big celebrity, even in Pinetop, Arizona. 😉

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