Yesterday was a busy day for us though we never left the motorhome. Which was fine because it was a rainy day and not really good for playing tourist anyway.
I worked on book projects most of the day and well into the evening. The first order of business was uploading Big Lake Scandal, my latest mystery, to ACX, the production arm of Audible.com and getting it open for auditions. I’d love to have Bruce Miles, the same narrator who did the other books in the Big Lake series do this one too, if we can work out the details.
Then most of the day was spent working on a new book project A few years ago I spent a lot of time putting together a travel book listing about a zillion offbeat and little known attractions from coast to coast. It was intended to be a handy reference for RVers and other travelers, but we got busy with other projects and I never did anything with it, though it was the basis for my Overlooked Florida and Overlooked Arizona travel books. A while back blog reader Donna Gates-Smeall offered to proof the book for me and I e-mailed her a copy of the manuscript. A few days ago she finished it and I’ve been wading through it making corrections. It’s a long book, over 165K words without photos or front matter. I’m almost halfway through it and hope to get it out sometime in October, just in time for snowbird travel season.
I also spent some time working on our winter travel plans and making reservations. We try to keep our schedule flexible, but spending time in Florida in the winter takes a bit of advance scheduling. We plan to arrive in Florida sometime in early November, stop in the Titusville area for a week or so and then hopefully spend a couple of weeks in the Keys. We’ll spend the last three weeks of December at the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve, then go to Three Flags RV Resort in Wildwood for two weeks. From there we’ll be at the Tampa RV show January 16 – 19, and from there back to the Orlando Thousand Trails for two more weeks. Then we may pop back into Wildwood or the Escapees Sumter Oaks park in Bushnell for a while before we hit the road headed back to Arizona in time for the Escapade RV rally in Tucson in March. Of course, like all fulltime RVers, our plans are set in Jello and you never know when we’ll shake it up and go off in some other direction.
While I was doing that, Terry was busy stringing 534 individual strands of thread onto her loom for her next weaving project. I really like the colors she is going to use on this one, a combination of two shades of blue, purple, and a separate variegated purple. Actually, I don’t care much for purple, but it works well in this. Once she gets it all warped up, sometime tomorrow, I’ll share a picture or two.
She also took time to make a delicious white pizza for dinner. This was a new recipe, and while I’ve always thought her regular pizza can’t be beat, I think she outdid herself this time around.
This is our last day here at Harbor View RV Resort in Colonial Beach. Monday we are moving about 70 miles south to the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails near Gloucester, Virginia. I hope we have better Verizon service there than we’ve had here. Early in our stay it worked fairly well, but the last few days it’s been somewhere between sludge speed and dead, making it really hard to get any research done or even answer e-mails.
A while back I mentioned an amazing product called Strike-Hold on Ken and Marilyn Murphy’s vendor table at an RV rally. Originally developed for the military to protect weapons from sand, Strike-Hold is a cleaner, lubricant, protector, and de-moisturizer. I’ve been using it when I plug my 50 amp electric cord into a campground’s utility hookup and it makes it a snap to unplug when we’re ready to leave. My buddy Greg White even sprayed a bit into his Kindle Fire’s charging socket when it wouldn’t charge anymore and the thing’s working great again! Unfortunately, when I wrote about Strike-Hold I gave you the wrong e-mail for Ken and Marilyn, so if you didn’t get a reply, it’s my fault, not theirs. Here is the correct e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Trust me, you need some of this stuff. It works great!
Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an autographed copy of John and Kathy Huggins’ excellent book, So, You Want to be a Workamper? To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page 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 this evening.
And before I close, I have good news for science fiction fans. My friend T.R. Harris has a brand new book and the first of a brand new series just out; The Enclaves of Sylox, the first book in his Jason King: Agent to the Stars series. Check it out!
Thought For The Day – Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. – Robert Frost