Karma And Pasta

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 112021

I had quite a few interesting comments about yesterday’s blog, titled A Day In The Life, in which I shared a typical writing day for me. A number of readers had questions, some of which I answered in the comments section of the blog, or by e-mail if they contacted me that way. I responded to some other questions that were more about how I handle the business end of things as a self-published author, and I may do a separate blog post about that.

And thank you so much to the lady who sent me a message saying, “God, you really are fat, aren’t you?” Someone broke into our house a couple of years ago and stole every mirror in the place, and I had no idea. I know I’m far from perfect, but I’m comfortable with myself, fat and all.

Fortunately, it turns out you don’t have to be a skinny-mini to write books that readers enjoy, and thanks to all of your support, Big Lake Shootout is still riding high on the Amazon charts in several categories. I did get a comment from a faithful reader about several typos she found in the book. When I first uploaded it to Amazon, I goofed and used a version that had not had the final proofreading corrections made. I realized the mistake almost immediately and uploaded the correct version, but in the several hours it took Amazon to replace it, some people did get the wrong one. That’s embarrassing, and I apologize.

Terry has been busy setting up one of her big Glimakra looms for a new weaving project, and I honestly don’t know how she does it. There are so many string heddles that have to be positioned correctly with different foot pedals that I get a headache just watching her. And when that’s all done, she has to thread hundreds of pieces of yarn through the different heddles. It’s all I can do to push the button at the end of a pen to make the point come out the other end so I can write something.

While Terry was doing all of that, I spent most of the day yesterday working on my next John Lee Quarrels book, Ka-Bar Karma, getting in about 5,300 words by the time I knocked off for dinner.

And oh, what a dinner it was! Terry made scallop linguine, one of her specialties, and she tweaked the recipe a bit this time around. It’s always been one of my favorite dishes and I didn’t think it could ever be better than it already was, but whatever she did took it to an entirely different level. I told her she could cook that every day of the week for the next month and I wouldn’t complain. It was that good.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. Sometimes I feel like I need every one of these signs in front of my house!

Thought For The Day – You have no idea what somebody else is going through in their personal life. Just be nice. It’s not that hard to do.

Nick Russell

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

  8 Responses to “Karma And Pasta”

  1. Would love the pasta recipe! Our anniversary is coming up and this would be a wonderful celebration dinner

  2. No wonder you are ‘fat’, all those yummy (that is a technical term I use) food you show. Just from reading and viewing the pictures of that great food, I’ve gone, just in the year I’ve followed you, from 5’9″ and 160 lbs to 5’7″ and 230 pounds. No wonder you’ve put on the weight. lol

  3. Nick, maybe it was just a typo! Maybe she was remarking on how quickly you turned out new novels. Maybe the sentence should have read “God you really are fast, aren’t you?”….

  4. I love Karen’s comment. She and Miss Terry are certainly the master weavers. Such talent! I will have to check Miss Terry’s cookbook for the scallop recipe. If it isn’t in there, would she share it?

  5. I was the one who suggested you say I’m Nick…….and this is how I work because it is one of the number one things they do on Lifehacker. You could get a hundred thousand views on there. You poo poo’d me by saying no one would be interested. Then you called me a reader. I don’t care if you hold my email to your chest here but I think it’s really important in this new economy with RV sales going through the roof that people realize you can just be you and talk. You’ve always been Nick and that’s what’s wonderful about you. There’s new generations of people taking to RV life and you could be ahead of so much but…….you don’t maybe want to. I can understand and respect that but I know better, and I for one expect more of you. Suit up, show up and get things done. I can get that one blog post out to a million people. I don’t need a job. You feel me. Don’t be afraid of success. I see it all over you.

  6. Melissa and Liz, Terry will email you the recipe

  7. Thanks so much. Have a bag of scallops in the freezer and an anniversary coming up. Perfect dinner!

  8. That would be most appreciated as I didn’t find in my copy of the cookbook. Thanks!

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