She’s At It Again

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072016

There’s a lot happening in the area this weekend, from a craft fair in Nappanee to an RV show at the RV Museum here in Elkhart, to a gun show in Shipshewana. We didn’t go to any of them. In fact, the only time I went outside yesterday was to dump our holding tanks.

But that doesn’t mean we were idle. Far from it. We started our day with our snuggle time that we always have every morning, where we just lay in bed talking and holding each other and enjoying being together. Then Miss Terry finished making some of her overnight yeasted brown butter waffles. They were beyond delicious.

Terry is at it again, creating more beautiful things on her loom. This time around she’s making a colorful set of kitchen towels. Here is the backside of the loom, with 604 individual threads.

Loom rear

And here’s what the pattern looks like on the other side as it’s being woven. Yeah, I know, I’ve said it before and I’ll be saying it again. I am constantly amazed at how creative she is and how she can take thread and turn it into something both beautiful and useful.

Loom front

As for me, I spent most of the day writing again. I knocked out a little over 3,200 words in my new book. I’m closing in on 54,000 words total since I started the book on July 20th. I hope to get it finished in the next week or so, before I start working on the next issue of the Gypsy Journal.

I set a goal this year to write 1,000 words a day in my books, and to turn out a minimum of four novels by the end of the year. That doesn’t include all the writing I do for the Gypsy Journal or this blog, which averages 600+ words a day. I’m well ahead of schedule. This is the 189th day of the year, and as of last night, in my books alone, I’ve written 272,471 words. Between the books, blog, and all of the stories for the paper, I estimate I’m close to half a million words total so far. The result of all of this writing has been three new novels out so far this year (Big Lake Brewpub, Return to Dog’s Run, and Big Lake Abduction), and I’ll be releasing this new book by the end of the month. I’m sure I’ll get out another one, or maybe two more by year’s end, depending on our travel schedule when we leave here in early September.

Speaking of books, today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small town in Ohio in 1951. To enter, all you have to do is click on this 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.

Dogs Run Audio small

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  4 Responses to “She’s At It Again”

  1. Yikes!!!! That was some crazy warping there Miss Terry!!! They are going to be beautiful!!!

    Congrats on all your writing Nick …. we appreciate your hard work. Keep ’em coming!!

  2. Beautiful Work! Can you show a wider shot of Miss Terry’s set up when she is weaving? Wondering how weaving/quilting fits in an RV when you are full timing.

  3. OK, I get tired when it comes to writing in the comment section
    how do you know how many words you have in your writing. Is there some kind of counter ?
    When you write a book you seem to do it by how many words are in the book
    is there a rule of thumb for this for writers That constitutes The amount of words for a novelette novel or short story. Amongst different authors and writers ?

  4. Ed, I use Microsoft Word, which has a word counter as you go. I don’t write to a certain word count per book, I just write until the story is over. They seem average about 75,000 words per book, though some are longer and some are a bit shorter. I don’t know of any established rule of thumb. I know authors whose books run over 100,000 words, and others whose books top out at about 60,000 words.

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