I finished the new issue of the paper yesterday, and after Terry gave it a final proof and I made the corrections I uploaded it to our printer’s web server. They’ll check it again today and get it ready to put on the press. It always feels good to get a new issue done.
This is issue 91 of the Gypsy Journal, and since every issue is 36 pages, that comes out to 3,276 pages over the last 15 years. I’ve never counted, but somebody did an estimate once and said every issue has between 50 and 70K words in it, depending on how many photos I use. Even at 50K that’s 4,550,000 words. And I write a 500 word minimum blog every day. That’s about 65 mystery novels. No wonder I’m so fat! Who has time to exercise?
When she wasn’t proofing things for me Terry was busy dealing with the never-ending paperwork that seems to multiply overnight. She also made dinner and then baked a strawberry rhubarb pie from scratch. I don’t like rhubarb, so about 8:30 I called Greg and Jan to ask if they would help me out and come over and eat some of it. And once again Greg was right there for me. And I mean right there! I think he was at our door before I was off the phone. We had a nice visit and they both enjoyed the pie. They even took a couple of extra pieces home with them. Thanks for having my back, Greg.
Since I’ve been working pretty much nonstop all week, today I plan to spoil myself and sleep in. Then we have a few chores to do around the motorhome, including changing our water filters. We love Elkhart, but the water here is terrible. There is so much iron in the water that it stains sinks and toilets yellow if you don’t keep on top of it. We usually change both our primary and secondary filters at least every month when we’re here.
Several people have contacted me in the last couple of days to say that my e-mail had been hacked, because they were getting spam from me. According to Greg, who is a computer guru, it’s not my e-mail that has been hacked. The spam isn’t coming from me so changing my password won’t help, though I did it anyway. Greg notes that the actual email is from firstname.lastname@example.org, which is a legitimate company located in Melbourne, Florida. He says that’s who has actually been hacked and where the e-mails are almost certainly coming from. One clue is that they are spelling my last name with only one L instead of two. All this is way above my pay grade and I don’t understand any of it, but it sure is a pain in the rear.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small town in the Midwest in 1951. With 75 reviews and a five star rating on Amazon, people tell me that this is my best book yet, and I tend to agree. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
My author friend Trish Marie Dawson has been busy, too. Today she released the fourth book in her teen and young adult Station series, Niles: A Station Series Novelette. My pal Russell Blake never slows down. He recently published BLACK To Reality, the fourth book in his acclaimed BLACK series of noir detective fiction featuring Artemus Black, the world’s most unsuccessful Hollywood private investigator. And last but not least, R.E.M.: The Hidden World, the first book in Corrie Fischer’s Shattered Sky series, is free on Amazon and also on Barnes & Noble for Nook e-book readers.
Thought For The Day – Why does the need to pee intensify by a million when you are trying to unlock your door?