Dec 282012

Really, I can’t. I wish I could, but even I can’t write fiction as crazy as some of the things I see and hear. If I didn’t have Miss Terry here to occasionally pinch me so I know I’m not dreaming, I wouldn’t believe some of it myself.

I was involved in an online discussion about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week, and one person seemed to take real offense with what I had to say. In fact, it bothered him so much that he sent me three very nasty e-mails telling me that as a gun owner, I was just as guilty as the man who killed those poor children. In one, he added, "I hope you screw up and blow your nuts off with one of your precious guns." But that’s okay, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, and this is an emotional issue.

As most of you know, I have a lot of author friends, and I am always happy to share their good books with my readers. But yesterday, that same person sent me a link to his new book on Amazon, asking if I could help promote it like I do for so many other authors. Like I said, I can’t make this stuff up!

I’m beginning to think I made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up back in Ohio instead of Florida. The storm of the day before was long gone, but it was cold again yesterday and I spent much of my time shivering. Overnight lows were in the mid to upper 30s. The weatherman says it’s supposed to warm up a little bit today, but it’s going to be back down in the 30s again Saturday night.

One of my blog readers wrote to tell me that he and his wife are spending their first year as snowbirds, and are at an RV park near Ocala, Florida. He said that they were shocked to find out how cold it can get here this time of year. Florida isn’t all bikinis and Hawaiian shirts. Unless you’re south of Naples, you can expect some pretty cold weather. And this winter seems especially nasty; last week I got an e-mail from a friend who is down in the Keys and he said Marathon got down to 57o.

It’s been too cold to get our Sea Eagle kayaks wet, so I’ve managed to get a lot of writing done. Yesterday I did another 2,000 words or so in my new Big Lake book. It’s winter time in my little White Mountain town, but things are really heating up for Sheriff Weber and his crew!

I also let Bad Nick post a new Bad Nick Blog titled Evil Exists. He’s been too quiet for too long, but he had to weigh in on current events. Check it out.

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  9 Responses to “I Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

  1. So by his logic,….if he owns a car he is just as guilty as a drunk driver that kills someone?

  2. You should post the link to his book. Maybe some of us “crazy gun owners” can give him a real nice review. That should help his sales… ha ha

  3. Not much better here in AJ, AZ Nick. 38 this morning.

  4. I spent 6 winters in FL with my husband before he passed. The rule of thumb was to be south of the interstate between Tampa & Orlando. We went to Ft. Myers our first winter, then to Wachula area every year after. We would stay at the SKP park, TT, and Red Barn also there was a county park nearby.

  5. Ahhh….I had to re-read the part about the author wanting the “good review”, I missed that it was the very same guy who blasted you on your opinion about the shootings.
    How is it in this country, “Free Speech” is only by the ones who are talking?

  6. Long underwear! My Mom loves her Nikken set and has been hunkered down in Kerrville, TX where it’s been really cold. Her RV isn’t very well insulated, so she’s stayed in her longjohns for days (other than to wash/dry and reapply!). Am sure there are some other brands that Amazon sells, but for cold winter days, they really do help keep you warm! Just sayin’ 🙂

  7. Ed is so right on that one!! My brother, at age 20, a few weeks prior to his wedding date, was killed by a drunk driver. Lately people we know have been ranting about taking away guns. It does make as much sense to take away cars (OR LIQUOR). SO FAR, many more folks are killed by drunk drivers in cars…I have not heard anyone ranting about getting rid of all cars (or having no alcoholic drinks anymore) because of that!! Logic is an unknown to so many anymore…so sad!!

  8. Nope, Florida isn’t as warm as people expect. Twelve winters in Pinellas County has told us that. Probably should have bought further south, but we now see that Fort Myers gets pretty cold too. It’s better than Massachusetts though.

  9. Well, I’m reading the weather comments a day late, but at 7:28 a.m., I just opened all the windows because it’s 74° here in Bonita Springs, FL, this morning.

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