Aug 112014

I spent most of the weekend working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and by the time I knocked off last night, I had gotten a lot accomplished. I should be on track to make our deadline for the printer with no problem.

Actually, I did take some time away from the keyboard to give my friend John Huggins my input on a new page he added to his Living The RV Dream website comparing the pros and cons of Motorhomes vs Fifth Wheel Trailers.

I also spent some time in my online authors group sharing some advice on blogging and how to monetize a blog. A lot of people don’t realize the amount of work involved in creating a successful blog, nor how financially rewarding it can be. When I hear from RVers looking for ways to supplement their income on the road, my first reaction is to suggest a blog. If you can string words together reasonably well and are just a little bit creative it can be a great part time job.

While I was doing all that, Miss Terry was busy planning her next weaving project, which she says is going to be her most complicated one yet. It has 578 separate threads to be wound onto the warping frame, and then carefully removed keeping the cross. The next step will be to actually warp the loom. Which means that each one of those 578 threads must be threaded through the reed and sleyed through the metal heddles on the eight shafts of her loom and then wound unto the warping beam, all before she can actually start weaving!


If that is confusing to read, imagine what it’s like to actually see the complicated process. But Terry thrives on the challenge, and I know her, once she’s got this one finished she’ll find something even more demanding to create. I’m constantly amazed at what she can do, and it’s all self-taught, relying on books, DVDs and You Tube videos. (Can you tell that my wife impresses the hell out of me?)

Congratulations Marlene Tillery, this week’s winner of an audiobook of Carol Ann Newsome’s Maximum Security the third book in her Dog Park mystery series. We had 106 entries in this week’s contest and stay tuned because a new contest starts soon.

A few readers have asked how we choose our winners. I use a random number generator on a free website called, entering in the number of valid entries, and it spits out a winner. Quick and easy. I say valid entries, because every week we get a few duplicate entries and I delete the extra ones. I like to believe that it’s an honest mistake, though there have been a very few people who I’ve banned because they entered five or ten times in one week. I can understand the occasional accidental duplicate, but when the same person enters that many times in a five day contest I warn them once and then ban them the next time it happens.

I have some new books to suggest to you for your reading pleasure today. My buddy Cleve Sylcox has a new mystery on Amazon; Death In Gravely Falls: Sometimes, Justice Isn’t Enough, which is set in a small Colorado town on the outskirts of ski country.

If you like fantasy books, check out The Road To Cordia by Allison Blake, a fantasy tale filled with tricksters, slavers, warlords, and werewolves, that will keep you turning the pages.

And if your taste runs toward metaphysical fantasy, my pal Randy Morris’ first full-length novel, Minor Demons, is free today. It follows Shadow, Leech, and Lilith as demons-in-training as they fight in Hell and on Earth to become minor demons.

I mentioned RVers looking for ways to supplement their income above. You can learn just about everything there is to learn about workamping in John and Kathy Huggins’ excellent book, So, You Want to be a Workamper. I know it’s a good book, because I helped proofread it! Smile

Thought For The Day – It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.

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  13 Responses to “That’s A Lot Of Thread!”

  1. I look forward to reading your blog each day. It always has something interesting to see in the photos or think about in the copy and often I find something in both. Thanks for your effort. Please pass on to Miss Terry how lovely her thread is for her new project. The colors are luscious and look so silky. I would want to keep touching them. I hope she will share a picture of her project when it is finished, or maybe even along the way. Thanks to you both. My best for safe journeys and good days!

  2. I so admire someone doing as Terry is!! I am looking forward to seeing the finished product!!

  3. I can’t wait to see Terry’s finished project. Does she keep track of how many hours it takes to complete a project.

  4. Jan,
    No, she doesn’t keep track. A lot of people have asked for a custom project but if she charged by the hour it would be unaffordable.

  5. Can’t wait to see Terry’s new project come together! Know it will be beautiful.

  6. Nick please consider doing a blog about blogging and how to earn money with it. We could not make it to your self-publishing workshop but would have loved to.

  7. I love the way you love your wife Nick. You are always so complimentary and supportive of everything she does. Do you have any brothers? LOL The world needs more relationships like the one you two have. You set an example for the rest of us.

  8. Would love to learn more on making an income from blogging

  9. Hello, Nick. I look forward to reading your blog through my email every day. But I haven’t receved an email for a week now and thought something was wrong with you or Miss Terry (God Forbid!) so I came to the website to check. Nope you guys still have blogged every day. I then thought my email had fallen off but it says you have it.

    Who do I contatct about this? The last email I received was August 3, 2014.

    Every morning I get so excited about getting these emails which I read on my morning break with coffee. Our dream is to full time in 4 years when we retire and your travels are so informative.

    I am just starting your Big Lake Blizzard book. I read the others in the series this weekend. Great books!


  10. Hi Carla,
    The blog crashed a couple of weeks ago and when I came back online it seems like some subscriptions were lost. Try unsubscribing and then re-subscribing again. I’m glad you are enjoying my Big Lake books. I hope to have the new one out by the end of the month if at all possible.

  11. Thanks, I have done that and will see if it shows up tomorrow.


  12. Here she goes again, I do not believe there is one thing on this earth that Terry cannot do, she writes a cook book that is full of delicious meal, she does awesome things on the loom, is there any thing she cannot do. I am so envious of her. Wish we could meet up again I miss you both so much. Cannot wait to see the results of the latest project

  13. jim spain

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