Aug 252014

Yesterday was a very good day in more ways than one. I was really sick Saturday night, so just waking up and seeing the light of day was a good way to start things off. Especially when I looked over and saw Miss Terry there beside me in bed. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

Terry worked hard stuffing envelopes all day, while I worked on my next book. I didn’t get as much written as I would have liked to, but I did get a lot of research done on some things I needed to know for the story. I spend a lot of time online doing research for my books and for stories in the Gypsy Journal. Or at least that’s what I tell Terry when she sees me looking at scantily clad young ladies on the internet. Yeah, honey, it’s just research. Nothing to see here, go on about your business and let me get my work done.

When we were at the Washington State Kite Festival last year I got hooked on the hobby and quickly found myself the owner of several kites, including two Revolution quad line kites, which can do amazing things in the right hands. Unfortunately, mine are not the right hands. I have a lot to learn yet.

Formation flying 2

A few weeks later, when we were staying at the Seaside Thousand Trails preserve in Oregon, I got to meet John Barresi, a 25-time U.S. National Champion flier who can do magical things with a kite. He literally makes them dance in the air. John is a heck of a nice guy and spent a few minutes chatting with us between flights. I vowed then that someday I’d get the opportunity to fly with him.

Yesterday I discovered that this week John will be in York, just 20 miles from where we are, and this coming Sunday he will be holding a free flying clinic at Sam Lewis State Park. I bet you can guess where I’ll be! I’m looking forward to getting some tips from the master.

I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for my next Big Lake book to come out, and so have I. Well, yesterday my buddy Chris Yust finished the final edit and sent it back to me. I started making the corrections and should have them finished by today and start formatting it. If everything goes according to plan, it should be live on Amazon sometime tomorrow. I’m excited! Thanks for all your hard work, Chris. I appreciate you.

All of that, and then Miss Terry made me a batch of her delicious chocolate chip cookies last night. Like I said, I had a lot of reasons to smile!

Congratulations to Stan Hildebrand, the winner of this week’s drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run! We had 175 entries this week. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

I have a couple of book deals to tell you about today. The first is SODIUM:1 Harbinger, an action adventure of an alien encounter in the 1950s. It’s the first book in Stephen Arseneault’s popular Sodium science fiction series and is currently ranked #1 in two categories on Amazon. And best of all, it’s free!

And my buddy Randy Morris is running a special sale on his latest travel photo book, Traveling the U.S.: San Diego, for just 99¢. I have all of Randy’s travel books and they’re excellent. Check it out.

Thought For The Day – Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

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  6 Responses to “Lots Of Reasons To Smile”

  1. Awww you lucky guy Nick!! Getting to fly with John will be amazing, second only to Miss Terry!! My poor Revolution hasn’t been out of the bag. I plan on spending all next summer on the Washington Oregon coast so I can fly!!! Have a great time … let me know if you pick up any good tips … I seem to be all thumbs!!

  2. Wouldn’t it be nice if some on the RV rallies had seminars on kites for those of us who are curious about the hobby?

  3. love your books and adventures. any advice on a wannabee author getting a book published and selling on Amazon?

  4. now I know the book is almost at the end of the journey I am so excited to hear it is on Amazon. If it is like the other ones I know it will be great. Thank you Nick for such a great series

  5. left out a word on the previous post, meant it to be almost on Amazon.

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