Apr 212015

That is the question. While I’d really love to take my iMac out to the local cinder pit and blow it to pieces with my AR-15, that’s probably juvenile, right? And besides, it would make a mess and I’d spend the rest of the day picking up pieces of it to haul away. No, not a good idea at all.

Childish, that’s what it is. Childish! A minute or two of satisfaction as I officially kill it, and then all of that time bending over and picking up shards of plastic, glass, and pot metal to leave the place as clean as I found it. No, it’s really not worth it.

Nick AR15

But then again, I do need the exercise……

My new computer arrived yesterday and I’ll be setting it up today. It’s a Dell XPS 8700 Desktop desktop with Intel Quad Core 3.9 GHz, 24GB DDR3 SDRAM, and 2 TB hard drive. That’s all Greek to me, but Greg White picked it out and I trust his judgment a lot more than mine. After all, I’m the one who insisted on buying the iMac.


I already have a 21 inch Dell monitor that I’ve been using with my laptop, which I’ll be using with the new computer now.

On Greg’s suggestion I also ordered an APC BE550G Back-UPS 550VA 8-outlet uninterruptible power supply. It will provide battery backup power during outages and unsafe voltage fluctuations, as well as surge protection.


Since I was spending money like a drunken sailor, I also bought an HP LaserJet Pro 400 printer to replace our ancient HP P3005 laser jet. For the last couple of months it has been making terrible noises as the gears turn, it doesn’t want to feed paper, and it jams a lot. So it’s time to put it out to pasture. But I can’t complain because it has given us faithful service for almost seven years of very hard work, printing tens of thousands of pages every year.


Our computers, printers, and digital cameras are tools, and to get our job done we need the best ones available. I really appreciate Greg’s input on helping us find the right equipment. Left to my own devices, who knows what I’d do. Oh, that’s right, we already know that, don’t we?

Once I get the new computer and printer set up, I need to finish my new book, Big Lake Honeymoon. I’m really looking forward to getting it out because I’ve already got much of the plot for the one after that roiling around inside my head.

Speaking of books, if you are into fantasy, my friend C. Craig Coleman’s The Dragon Ring, the first book in his Neuyokkasinian Arc of Empire series, is on sale on Amazon for just 99¢ for a limited time starting today.

Thought For The Day – Now I understand why Peter Pan didn’t want to grow up.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  15 Responses to “To Shoot Or Not To Shoot”

  1. Boy, there are some tax write offs, “business equipment”! Oh but you have to depreciate them off a few years at a time.

  2. I can’t believe how you crank out the words…..and they come out not just making sense, but in wonderful articles and books! I’ve always thought it would be awesome to be an author (yeah, I was going to write the sequel to “Gone With the Wind”…..sure) but I really don’t enjoy writing. Duh.

    So, I’ll just continue to enjoy YOUR books!

  3. Have you thought about drowning it????

  4. Take the Grand kids to pick up the pieces?

  5. Very recently found your site and have been enjoying your writing/gaining a ton of info for our full time RV retirement plans. Just wondering how secure your firearms on the RV. Hubby and I have been trying to figure out how to take the gun safe with us. There’s prob a simple/safe/legal way but we are newer then new to this planning process.

    Thank you

  6. Firemom, there’s not much room for a gun safe in an RV. I have seen some small handgun safes but for long guns careful hiding is about the best you can home for. Some folks b=keep them in the closet and have a long plastic coated cable that runs through the trigger guards, around the clothes road and is secured by a lock. The problem with this is that the guns are then exposed to scratches and damage that they would not get if kept in cases.

  7. Thank you. I kind of figured that would be the case. Going to miss my safe but will certainly make one of the kids happy.

  8. C 4…. Leaves smaller pieces……………

  9. I wish you’d hurry up and finish that book so I can order it.

  10. My wife and I are fans of your Big Lake Books so I’m glad to hear that you are almost finished with the book you are working on now and already have a plot for your next. I am curious, what software platform do you use when writing your books?

  11. nick, I can’t access this months gj

  12. Warren, I just use Microsoft Word, nothing fancy

  13. With the speed and available RAM your speech software may just work perfectly. Worth another try.

  14. Love your writing! Just wanted to tell you that here in the Portland, OR, area, where I live, there was a story on the morning news that someone had gotten so frustrated with his computer, he took it out to his alley and shot it with his gun! He got ticketed by the police for shooting it in the area he was in, not an area shooting is allowed. But when I heard this, I thought of you! I have been in your shoes, frustrated with my computers. And will be again, I’m sure. Happy travels!

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