Nov 252018

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad Thanksgiving is over. It used to be my least favorite holiday, except for Easter. Even as a kid I couldn’t understand how the Savior of the Christian world dying on the cross and then being resurrected morphed into some guy in a bunny suit hiding eggs in the backyard.

My problem with Thanksgiving was twofold; I always thought it was unfair that the ladies spent hours cooking, then everybody sat down and stuffed themselves for twenty minutes, and when they were done the guys went in the living room and fell asleep in front of the TV watching football while the women were left to clean up the mess. I guess I was a feminist at a young age.

The other reason I never cared for Thanksgiving was because I had never eaten turkey that wasn’t so dry it was hard to swallow. That all changed when Terry and I got married. Her turkey is so tender and delicious that it melts in your mouth. Now I love Thanksgiving!

Well, except for the calories. I’ve been walking a mile on the treadmill every day, trying to lose a little bit of weight, and Friday morning when I got on the bathroom scale I could swear I heard it groan. How is it possible to erase two weeks of exercising and staying away from goodies at one meal? Thank you turkey, and mashed potatoes, and gravy, and cranberry relish, and pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Thank you very much!

And not only is Thanksgiving over, so is Black Friday! Watching news footage of the people pushing and shoving and kicking and screaming trying to get that special deal for only a little more than they can pay for it the day after Christmas was enough to convince me that I never want to take part in that scene. Among the multitude of things I appreciate about my wife is that she is not a shopper either. You’d have a better chance of dragging her through a bed of hot coals then you would to a store on Black Friday.

I tried to work off some of the extra calories I put on at Thanksgiving dinner by going into a frenzy of writing yesterday. I’m not sure if I lost any weight, but I did add another 5,500 words to my new Big Lake book. I would think getting all of them outside of my head and onto a computer screen with take some of the weight off, wouldn’t you?

Speaking of my books, Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series is now available as an audiobook. The next three books in the series will be released between now and the end of January. As with any new series, it took a while for this one to get off the ground, but these days it’s outselling my Big Lake books. People seem to like John Lee in spite of his chaotic life and confusing relationship status.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audio book of undone, the first book in my buddy Jason Deas’ new Burt Bigsley 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 this evening.

Thought For The Day – Do not let bitter, unhappy people drag you down to their level. Instead, use their behavior as an example of how not to live your life.

Nick Russell

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

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