Dec 212022

With one delay after another, I said that I was going to try to get my new book, Big Lake Drunk, out by Christmas. Then Roberta, one of my proofreaders, started having computer problems, and I was afraid that would postpone things even more. But she managed to pull it off and got the last of the chapters to me last night. Today I will read through them and make her changes, print the entire manuscript out for Miss Terry to give a final read-through to, and finish the teaser chapter for the next book in the series. Then as soon as Terry gives it back to me, I will make any other changes she happens to find, format it, and hit Publish. Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise, I’ll make it by the skin of my teeth.

I usually put out four books a year, sometimes five or even six, but I feel like a slacker because I think this will only be my third book for the year. Hopefully, I can get back on track in 2023.

Some of the responses I got to yesterday’s blog, I Miss Global Warming, were downright funny. Several people left comments on the blog about temperatures where they are, which are all going to be much colder than here in Central Florida, and two people e-mailed me to tell me to stop my sniveling. Are you kidding me? I have built a career based upon sniveling and I’m damned good at it, if I do say so myself!

Then I had a person who sent me about an 8,000-word essay on how global warming is real and I shouldn’t joke about it because it’s not a laughing matter. Apparently, he has an alter ego because I also had someone send me something almost as wordy telling me that global warming is all a hoax put out by those damn leftist tree huggers. I guess folks don’t understand what sarcasm is all about, do they?

I can’t believe Christmas is just a few days away, followed by New Year’s. And though I’m sure it will upset a few people, I’m going to suspend the free drawings again for a while until we get past the holidays and some other things we have upcoming. Response to the drawings over Christmas and New Year’s is usually very slim anyway, and we’ll be out of town for a while in that time period. It’s just too hard to maintain the drawings when we are on the road. But I promise they’ll be back, and we’ll have some more good prizes for you. Just be patient.

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.

Thought For The Day – Everybody needs a friend they probably shouldn’t be allowed to sit next to at a serious function. I am usually that friend.

Nick Russell

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

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