Dog’s Run Is Done!

 Posted by at 3:56 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 072013

It’s been raining off and on for two days now, which was fine with me because I had work to do. I parked myself at my computer yesterday morning and stayed there all day, with only a couple of short breaks. But it was worth it.

A little after midnight last night I finished the first draft of my latest book; Dog’s Run. It was a marathon writing day of over 7,500 words, but toward the end I just couldn’t stop. I wanted to learn how the story worked out! This is my fifteenth book, not including a self-publishing book I co-wrote a while back, and it’s my fifth novel.

This new book is different from the Big Lake books, grittier is the best way I can explain that, and I’m a bit apprehensive about how readers of the Big Lake mystery series will respond to it. It’s a mystery story set in a small Ohio town in 1951, and I like it. But then again, it’s my baby, I’m probably prejudiced. Here is the cover, which was created by my friend Elizabeth Mackey, a very talented young graphic designer.


I have to go through the book and double check some facts, now that I have a decent internet connection, and then I’ll print the manuscript and Terry will give it the initial proofreading. From there it will go to a couple more beta readers, and then Chris Yust, who does the final read before it get’s published. Once it’s out, I’ll get back to Big Lake and start on my next book in the series. I wonder what Sheriff Weber and the folks in that little mountain hamlet have been up to.

During the afternoon I took a couple of short breaks when Lynn Cross came by to drop off some of her delicious matzo ball soup for Miss Terry, and again when Wil and Cyncy Olsen stopped by for a visit before heading out for a family visit in Washington today. It was nice to see them one last time before they go, and we look forward to catching up with them again somewhere down the road.

Today I’ll probably take a little break to catch my breath before I start putting the finishing touches on the book. Terry wants to go back to Astoria tomorrow for the Farmers Market, so I’d better work fast!

Thought For The Day – Politicians have mastered the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

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  7 Responses to “Dog’s Run Is Done!”

  1. The picture on the front cover of the buildings reminds me of the town in Ohio we are from. Do you know which town it was?

  2. You had me worried for a moment when I read the title of today’s blog, Nick. I thought you might have had another encounter with a neighbor’s yapping dog and took drastic action. Relieved to find it was just the title of your latest novel. Look forward to reading it when it is published.

  3. Oh boy your new book is finally finished, I cannot wait for it to be published. I loved the Big Lake series, and looking forward to the new one in that series also.

  4. Cool cover. Can’t wait to read it. If you ever need more beta readers – I know a guy (me).

  5. Donna, It’s a composite. The police car belongs to the Apache Junction, AZ police department. I took the picture of it and sent it to Elizabeth, who came up with the background somewhere.

  6. Thank you for the compliment.

  7. Looking forward to when it is available. Let us know. Your kite sounds interesting, like to see it in action sometime when you get back to Az.

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