I guess we timed our arrival at Elkhart Campground well on Sunday because the wind came up and it started raining in the wee hours of the morning yesterday and kept it up for much of the day. I was glad we weren’t out on the road in that kind of weather! A few RVs did pull into the campground and I saw at least one leaving. Where does somebody have to be that they’d drive in weather like we’ve been having?
We slept in, then stayed in our comfy sweats all day long and never poked our noses outside, and it sure felt good after our fast four day trip across the country. We love our new Night Therapy Elite 12" MyGel Ultimate Memory Foam Mattress we just got from Sam’s Club. After spending over $2,000 on a Sleep Number bed and $1,200 on a Simmons Beautyrest Georgetown pillow top mattress, neither of which gave us a good night’s sleep, it’s amazing that a $462 mattress can be so comfortable. We both fall asleep quickly, sleep soundly, and wake up rested and refreshed.
I am finding the Verizon internet service here to be slower than in past years. So much for Verizon’s claims that they are continually expanding and improving service nationwide. Not in the parts of the nation where I’ve been traveling! Every year it seems to get just a little bit worse.
We spent most of the day playing catch up, answering e-mails, printing out RV guides to fill new orders, bookkeeping for Terry, and during the evening I sent the link to the new issue of the Gypsy Journal out to our digital subscribers.
We also spent time watching the news and the reports of so much bad weather across the country. My son Travis and his wife Geli live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which was devastated a couple of years ago by a tornado, and they were in the path again with this storm system. A lot of our friends are on the road headed here for Escapade or starting off on their summer RV travels, and we hope everyone stays safe.
Today we are driving 65 miles up to Allegan, Michigan to pick up the new issue from the printer, and then it will be a mad rush to get envelopes stuffed and get them in the mail.
I have been very fortunate to make my living as a writer for much of my adult life. Somebody suggested that I put on a one or two day workshop on self-publishing after the Escapade in Goshen. If I were to do that here at Elkhart Campground, would anybody be interested? It would cover things like blogging, niche publishing, e-books, and other ways to make money with the printed (or digital) word. This would not be a writing clinic where your manuscripts are read and evaluated. The focus would be on producing and marketing content.
Speaking of books and self-publishing, my friend Randy Morris just released a new e-book every RVer should check out; Traveling the U.S.: Utah, and it is free today on Amazon! Randy’s book is a photo-based tour of Utah, with over 60 pictures from historic locations like the Salt Lake Temple, Utah State Capitol, the Beehive House, the Lion House, Temple Square, the railroad town of Echo, Park City and the Utah Olympic Park.
Thought For The Day – If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker