Jul 162014

I’ve never had writer’s block because I don’t believe in it. In my 25+ years of publishing small town newspapers I couldn’t put out 36 blank pages of newsprint and tell folks, “Sorry, no news this week, I’ve got writer’s block.” But sometimes I hit a spot where I have to back up and take another route. Yesterday I hit such a spot where it just wasn’t working for me and I couldn’t get past it.

Then I remembered what they taught me in the Army; if all else fails, kill somebody. So I killed somebody I had not expected to when I started the book, and in trying to figure out who took out that character and why, I was able to get back into the story and it started moving along again. By the end of the day I had another 2,000 words done on my new book.

I know that a couple of times blog readers have mentioned electronic devices that stop dogs from barking and I want to get one. Can anybody point me in the right direction? It seems like wherever we go we have neighbors with yappy little mutts that never shut up. I can write with the TV on, or music, or with Terry watching one of her weaving instruction DVDs. But a dog that just barks and barks drives me up the wall.

Good news for fulltime RVers thinking about making Florida their legal domicile. The Escapees RV Club, which operates one of the best mail forwarding services for RVers there is, has now opened a branch at the Sumter Oaks RV park in Bushnell, Florida. We’ve been seriously considering switching our domicile to Florida for a couple of years now, since that’s probably where we’ll be if we ever hang up the keys, and this makes it easier. When we get down to Florida this winter it’ll be a top priority.

I didn’t say anything until now, because there really wasn’t much to say, but a while back I was approached by the production company that produces the Unsolved Mysteries television program about optioning my two Highway History and Unsolved Mystery books for television. There was some discussion and a meeting last week and again on Monday, and it looks like that won’t happen at this time because of conflicts with another program in their queue. However, they did say they want to revisit the issue in a few months, so something may happen down the road. And if it doesn’t, that’s okay too. Life is still good.

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. In light of the above news, how about we do an autographed copy the original Highway History And Back Road Mystery book? 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.

Highway History Cover

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  10 Responses to “Sometimes You Just Have To Kill Somebody”

  1. Nick, for yappy dogs….I carry with treats laced with sleeping pills…Haven’t gotten caught in many years…Just make sure you use a very low dose..

  2. When we were TTN Las Vegas we had yappy dogs, talked to the manager and the dogs were stopped….They also had a dangerous dog removed from the park via the local spca..so you can try and hopefully the manager will do something,,,its in the rules…..

  3. You can try any pet store for bark collars. Maybe search for them on Amazon. Only problem I see is if the owner doesn’t consent you haven’t accomplished anything.

    Just talked to a long time FL resident that has a sticks and brick in TN but winters in FL in RV. JUst changed residency to TN because of change in gun laws…have to be a resident or a relative can have residency. If a relative they must go with you for proof.

    This is the first I’ve heard of this so don’t etch it in stone but worth looking into……..

  4. If I were staying for any length of time in a park, I’d pick one that has sections for pets and no pet sections.

  5. Here’s a link the device we got to stop dogs from barking: http://www.ultimatebarkcontrol.com/?gclid=CMeqnNbO86ECFRE8gwod0SIJDw

  6. There are free apps for smartphones that send a dog whistle that only dogs can hear.
    You’re supposed to be able to control the dogs with these. Give them a try and report the results if you don’t mind.

  7. Nick that is so cool about the Highway History books. Even if nothing comes from it right now it shows that people in the business are recognizing the caliber of your work, just like Amazon did a while back when they tried to buy the rights to one of your books. I think we will see some of your work in the movies someday.

  8. How can you NOT say anything about news like that????
    If Hollywood called me I’d be betting my pants!!!!

  9. We had one of those gadgets. Got it at a flea market. I think it was one of those “as seen on TV things”. After we got it we didn’t have to use as there weren’t any yappy dogs. Then we were camped with a friend and his dog barked so we used it. He was so impressed he bought it off us. Now we are back with yappy dogs and wish we had one again.

  10. I hate folks who leave yappy dogs and will not listen when someone complains, we have one of these just down the row from us at GNR, they were also parked at the visitor center and let it yap. The visitor center told them control or leave. Here in the back forty it seems to be alright to let the little bugger yap all day. We have what Nick calls a yappy little one, but ours has been trained not to bark when we are gone we check with the folks on either side and they say he is a good puppy, and yes he is just a pup.

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