Apparently people are getting spam e-mails (not on Facebook) that say they are from me. They are NOT from me so please don’t open anything that has my name or this address [email protected]
No, that’s not the speed of our old MCI bus conversion going up a steep hill, that’s the average of how many copies of my new book were selling per hour yesterday after it finally went live, sometime around 11 AM, until the last time I checked, around 8:30 PM. And that was just on Amazon alone! It’s also available on iTunes, Kobo, Oyster, Scribd, Page Foundry, and Tolino. We’re still waiting for Barnes & Noble to get it listed, so I’m afraid you Nook readers will have to wait a little bit longer. Hopefully, sometime today.
I appreciate all of you who downloaded Black Friday, shared links to it with your friends and family, and mentioned it on Facebook. My blog readers are some of the most faithful people in the world!
In yesterday’s blog I said that I planned to get some more writing done, but instead I spent time working on the formatting of my last two Big Lake books to get them ready to produce printed versions. I’d like to get those wrapped up before we leave for Tucson just after Christmas, if I can. It’s a slow process sometimes.
Somewhere around 2 PM we left to go to Terry’s parents’ house for dinner. She had put together one of her delicious homemade lasagnas, and once we got to their house she popped it in the oven. An hour or so later we were gathered around the table enjoying the good food and the good company. There was enough left over to give her parents another meal, or maybe even two. I would have sniveled, except I knew there were two more sitting in the freezer here at home!
Back at home, I went through my email and answered those that needed attention. One was from a fellow who has a half ton pickup truck with a V-6 engine, and recently bought a fifth wheel trailer that is nearly 1000 pounds over his vehicle’s weight limit. He can’t seem to understand why it keeps overheating and has no power climbing mountains that he used to zip right over without the trailer.
I’m a motorhome guy, and I don’t have any experience with travel trailers or fifth wheels, but I do know the first rule is to use enough truck. Otherwise, it’s not a question of if you’re going to get into trouble, but rather when, and how much trouble it will be. If you’re lucky, the worst that may happen will be overheating and a loss of power, but then again you could blow an engine or transmission. Or even worse, you could get into a situation where the tail is wagging the dog and you wind up laying both of them in a ditch someplace. If you’re lucky! Remember that not only do you have to have enough truck to pull your trailer, you need enough truck to stop it.
And don’t believe what the salesman tells you at the RV dealer. He could give a damn what happens to you once you sign that contract and take delivery. When Terry and I were first researching fulltiming, she had a half ton four-wheel-drive Ford pickup with a six cylinder engine. I still remember a salesman assuring us that we could tow a 38 foot fifth wheel with no problem at all. “All you have to do is stick it in four-wheel-drive and you can go anywhere,” he said. Instead, we told him to stick it and we went someplace else.
Congratulations Dave Spain, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Gun Shy, the fifth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County, Texas mystery series. We had 108 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
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Thought For The Day – It’s hard to win an argument with an intelligent person, but it’s almost impossible with a stupid one.