Jan 182021

About three books ago, something happened that I can’t explain. For some reason, some of the quotation marks were two straight lines and others were curly. I tried to post examples to show you what I’m talking about in the blog, but here they all come out curly. I’ve gone through the manuscripts and changed them so they are all consistent, but for some reason, they revert back to their original mixed up style.

As if that wasn’t frustrating enough, when I was working on my new book yesterday, there was a new quotation mark quirk. If a paragraph was supposed to read, “I don’t believe that story for a moment,” John Lee said. “He’s lying to us” somehow the quotation mark between John Lee said and He’s lying to us changed and is in the wrong place so it’s now, “I don’t believe that story for a moment,” John Lee said.” He’s lying to us” Note that the quotation mark is right after the word said, is facing the wrong direction, and there is a space between it and the word He’s.

And it’s that way through the whole manuscript. I don’t know how that happened, I don’t know why it happened, I just know it’s a pain in the rear trying to go back in and manually change everything. Somebody tell me again, why are computers our friends?

Even though I was frustrated with the manuscript yesterday, I did manage to fix something here in the house that’s been frustrating both of us for a long time. One of our bathroom doors would not stay in place unless it was completely closed. If it was open, it would move about halfway between the open and closed positions and stay there, and we had to use a small wooden wedge under it to hold it in place to keep it open. So I decided to fix that. Miss Terry was understandably nervous when she saw me walking through the house with a hammer and a punch, and who can blame her, given my history with tools?

But this time I actually knew what I was doing. One at a time, I drove the door’s hinge pins out of place, took them into the garage, set them on the cement floor on the edge of a hammer, and used a handheld sledgehammer to bend them just a bit. Then I took them back to the bathroom, pounded them back into place in their hinges, and repeated the process with the next one until all three were done. Bending the pins just a little bit creates enough friction that now the door stays wherever we set it, all the way open, partway open, wherever we want it to be. And I didn’t even hurt myself or break anything!

We all know that Terry never slows down for a minute, and yesterday she spent some time rearranging things in her office, then she did the same in our third bedroom, which serves as her sewing room.

Yes, she has a sewing room and a weaving room, but I don’t complain because the things she creates are just beautiful. Besides weaving and spinning and all of the other things she does, Terry also loves to knit. The other day she made this twisted knit turban for our daughter Tiffany to keep her ears warm when she takes her daily walk with her dogs at her home in northern Arizona.

And if that wasn’t enough, she made an absolutely amazing dinner of parmesan scampi scallops over linguine. To say it was delicious would be an understatement.

Every night after dinner, we relax for a couple of hours watching television, and last night was the second episode of All Creatures Great And Small on Masterpiece Theater. We liked it just as much as the first episode. We also watched the premiere of The Wild Life Of Dr. Ole on Nat Geo. Doctor Ole Alcumbrac runs a veterinary practice in the White Mountains where we used to live in northern Arizona, as well as working for the Arizona Game and Fish Department on special projects, and he’s involved in a lot of other activities. Terry and I both know him and like him, and highly respect him. He is an amazing guy, and I’m glad to see him getting some of the recognition he deserves. Do yourself a favor and check out both shows. I think you’ll like them.

Congratulations Tom Westerfield, winner of our drawing an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 40 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – It turns out that being an adult is mostly just Googling how to do stuff.

Nick Russell

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

  6 Responses to “Don’t Quote Me On This”

  1. Could the Computer be changing the Font Style of the Quotation Marks? As for relocating could it be your dictation program?
    Congratulations on your successful repair.
    Mice Ear Covers Terry.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  2. Thanks for the tip on the hinge pins. I have a bathroom door that won’t stay open too.

  3. Nick, thanks for the hinge pin tip — I’ll have to try it!

  4. I too watched Dr. Ole and noted how close to Show Low his practice is. Nat Geo and Nat Geo Wild are our go-to channels..

  5. Barbara, Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside are separate entities but you pretty much drive out of one and into the other.

  6. Sounds like your computer is using a different language style? Quotation marks change, even if you chose UK English vs American English. So I’d check that. Hope that helps.


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