Because I have to do so much research on everything for the time period, I’m behind schedule on my new Tinder Street book. I need to really pick up the pace if I want to meet my self-imposed deadline of having it out by the end of the month. Especially since my daughter Tiffany is going to be here on the 25th for a visit, and I don’t want to be working when I could be spending precious time with her. So yesterday I started laying down words, knocking out just under 6,000 by the end of the day. Hopefully, I can get another couple of chapters done today.
Fortunately, I have the entire plot laid out in my mind, it’s just getting it from there onto the computer screen, and then making sure I have all of the details right. Of all of the books I’ve ever written, except for possibly the two books in the Dog’s Run series, these are my favorites.
I based Tinder Street on the area where I lived in the rough-and-tumble Old South End of Toledo, Ohio when I was in high school. My parents were a young married couple in the same time frame as the books, and much of what I write about comes from hearing family stories about events and people they knew from those days.
We don’t really have any plans for Easter, though Terry was going to smoke a turkey breast in our Orion smoker. However, it hasn’t thawed out enough yet, so we may have to wait and do that tomorrow. Which means maybe we will have that other traditional Easter dinner instead; pizza. What else can we do, since all of the Chinese buffets are closed?
How about you? What are you doing for Easter? Gathering with family and friends in a COVID-safe way? Just having a quiet day at home? Or maybe getting together to worship with your church, either online or in person? Whatever it is and wherever you are, Happy Easter. Stay safe.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Buck Fever, the first book in my friend Ben Rehder’s immensely popular Blanco County mystery series. If you’re not a fan of Ben’s books you have no idea what you are missing out on. Wacky characters, great humor, and superb writing. Give them a try. You won’t be disappointed. To enter, 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. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – You know you’re getting old when you have upstairs ibuprofen and downstairs ibuprofen.