Much of yesterday was spent getting my author’s newsletter announcing my new book, Big Lake Ranger, sent out to my subscribers, sending out announcements about the new book to different people, and posting in various social media groups for mystery readers.
There were also a lot of e-mails to deal with, including one from the winner of last week’s blog drawing saying that audible.com had rejected the download code for the audiobook she won. This happens every so often, and it can be very aggravating. Sometimes it takes two or three days to get things worked out between audible, the book’s author, and myself. But we got lucky this time around and it was all resolved within about an hour or so, and she was able to download her book and start listening to it.
With all that out of the way, I needed to get away from my desk and my computer for a little bit, so I spent some time just goofing off; visiting with our neighbor Jennifer from across the street, calling a couple of people to chat, and then after a delicious dinner of Terry’s homemade chalupa, we binge-watched the last three episodes of the first season of Joe Pickett, based upon author CJ Box’s excellent mystery series about a Wyoming game warden.
As I said in yesterday’s blog, I’ll be taking a little bit of a breather before I jump into writing my next Tinder Street book. I want to resolve the issues I’m having when dictating with my computer, which slowed me down so much working on this last book, once and for all. I have tried every remedy I can find, and that has been suggested by many people who know a lot more about these things than I do, and nothing seems to be working. My accountant says I need to spend some more money by the end of the year, which is running out quickly, so I may take advantage of an after-Christmas sale and just buy a new one and hope for the best.
Today I’m going into Daytona Beach with some friends who need to replace their car and have not had a lot of experience dealing with automobile salesmen. I spent some time in that business in my misspent youth, and I also did a seminar during our fulltime RVing days called How To Be A Smart RV Shopper. When it comes to buying recreational vehicles or RVs, the same kind of salesmen play the same kind of games. Over the years, I heard from many attendees who sat through my seminar telling me that it was amazing that they were able to beat the fast talkers at their own game, once they knew how it’s played and the tricks they use. Hopefully, I can do these folks some good, too.
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. I bet this person would be tons of fun to have for a neighbor.
Thought For The Day – There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try themselves, and those who are afraid you will succeed.