Well, I didn’t make my goal of finishing my new John Lee Quarrels book by the end of July. I’ve got about two chapters to go yet, maybe three at the most. I promise it won’t be long now.
I spent much of yesterday making corrections to the last chapters I wrote. While it’s fairly easy for me to narrate 5,000 or more words in a day when I’m on a roll, transcribing everything through Dragon Naturally Speaking is always problematic. Regardless of what their television commercials might want you to believe, it’s far from perfect, and for every day that I spend narrating, I sometimes need another full day making the corrections that it throws in or the garbled words that come out.
I also had to fix a couple of glaring mistakes that I have no idea how I managed to make. Somewhere along the line, I realized that I had started referring to Maddy, John Lee’s fellow deputy and love interest, as Robyn, who is a deputy in my Big Lake mystery series. Is that what it’s like when you get old and start calling your kids by their siblings’ names? I guess I’m lucky that I only had two kids, aren’t I?
At any rate, that was easy to fix with a quick find and replace. The other mistake was when I was describing one of the main characters, Sheriff Swindle. I had his physical description wrong from what it was in the first ten books in the series. That took a little more effort to correct.
I knocked off about 3:30 because we were going to Dustin’s Barbeque for dinner with our friends Jesse and Jennifer. We try to do that at least once a week, depending on their schedules. It’s always a good time, and the food is always very good. Our waitress was a very nice lady named Cindy with a good sense of humor. It was her first day on the job and she was trying hard, but I think she was a bit overwhelmed. Her coworkers were helping her out when she got a bit behind, and we tried to reassure her that everything was fine.
Back at home, I finished correcting the chapter I had been working on and then answered a few e-mails before Terry and I retired to the living room to watch TV. She likes the Netflix series Virgin River, and we had been binge-watching Season Four the last few nights. Both of us agreed that it was not as good as the first three seasons, and they made some very obvious mistakes. But it’s Hollywood, what do you expect?
I will be back at it today, making more corrections, and if I get enough done, I’ll jump into the last chapters of the book. Wish me luck.
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.
Congratulations Lisa Boozer, winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series about a small town deputy in a rural Florida county whose life is already complicated enough, what with his estranged wife dropping in for unannounced sleepovers, her oversexed sister tempting him, his pot smoking pony-tailed grandfather growing his own stash, his Elvis obsessed grandmother, and being caught smack dab in the middle of a power struggle between the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. But when a road construction crew unearths the skeletons of three murder victims, John Lee suddenly finds himself on the trail of a killer who may well have died long before the deputy was even born. And then a mysterious sniper begins shooting at deputies…
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Thought For The Day – Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.