Another Project Done

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
May 192018

My goal on Thursday was to get another 5,000 words done on my new Big Lake book since I’m behind schedule and trying to catch up. But it always seems like when I’m in a situation like that the gremlins go to work overtime.

My Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation program suddenly began putting the type on the screen in red italic letters with a green highlight behind them. If I manually typed, everything was fine and normal, but using Dragon I couldn’t get rid of the oddball type. I tried everything I could think of, checked on Dragon’s help forum, went online looking for a solution, and nothing would work.

After three or four hours of frustration, I finally deleted the whole program and reinstalled it, thinking that would do the job. Wrong, fat boy! It took three tries to get the program to load back in to my computer, and then it would not accept the password. So I had to request a temporary password and change it. With that done it wanted me to register the program but when I tried, I kept getting a message saying there was a technical error on their end and to try again later. Long story short, it’s still not working right, and I only got 3,000 words done instead of the 5,000 I was aiming for.

Since I didn’t feel like tackling that mess again yesterday, and it was still too wet outside to work on our retaining wall project, my buddy Jim Lewis came over and we installed a new ceiling fan in the garage. When we first bought this place it had an anemic 48 inch ceiling fan in the garage that only worked on one speed and was on its last legs. It didn’t seem to move any air at all. While we were at Lowe’s last week, we found a six speed Slinger V2 fan with a 72 inch blade spread. That ought to move some air!

I had never installed a ceiling fan before, and I don’t think Jim had either, but it wasn’t all that hard. Standing on the pontoon boat while we worked was a definite advantage. I turned off power to the old fan, unbolted it and disconnected the wiring, and it was time to start on the new one.

The only problem was, like with so many products these days, the instruction manual left a lot to be desired. But by looking at the pictures we figured it all out and were able to get it hung and wired up with no major problems. The original drop-down bar on the fan was only 6 inches long, but we bought a 12 inch one to use instead so it could get more airflow above it.

The fan is remote-controlled and there was some confusion with that because the instructions said to set its DIP switches to the desired position before using the remote control. But nothing in the instructions told us what the desired position was, so I decided to just leave it as it came and see what happened. I guess that worked, because the fan powered up and ran fine.

The reviews I read on the fan said that at the highest it was like standing in the middle of a hurricane. Well, not exactly. It moves a lot of air, and does the job we wanted it to do, but it’s not exactly a hurricane force wind.

Here is the completed job, LED light and all. Anytime we can do a project like this and nobody gets electrocuted or beheaded by the fan blades and we don’t burn the place down, I consider it a success.

So far over 70 people have entered our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Honeymoon, the seventh book in my Big Lake mystery series. 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 (first and last) 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 Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – Getting older is such an adventure. Like, is this chest pain indigestion or a heart attack? I can’t wait to see if I’m alive tomorrow so I can find out!

Nick Russell

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

  5 Responses to “Another Project Done”

  1. Hi Nick. Don’t know if you found an antique radio yet but there is one for sale in Michigan that you might be interested in. It’s on facebook Macomb online garage sale. It says it is a 1938 upright asking 75.00. Looks good in pictures..

  2. Mount that fancy wind sucker on your cartoon boat,, hook it up to that new Honda generator you ordered it will probably get you up to Daytona and back again in short order You could be the first in the neighborhood to have a redneck pontoon airboat

  3. Love the success photo of you and Jim.
    As for your Dragon software, it’s probably a good thing it didn’t capture your expletives while trying to finish your book word writing goal. I can’t see Chet swearing during a City Council meeting. Easiest solution is to just “highlight” the text that came in displayed wrong and select your desired font and style. But you probably know how to do that. LOL

  4. I did some text to speech “writing” in the car last week. I don’t seem to think fast enough to write actual chapters that way. I got a lot of character sketches and outlining done. Do you really just dictate the text of books smoothly without many fits and starts?

  5. Well, the blog program just dumped my comment, and it was long. Ho hum. I was here, anyway.

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