I spent part of the day yesterday helping Travis and Geli get the last load of manure from our barn over to their place, then stopped at the post office in Gordo to mail out a book order. From there, it was back home and back to the computer, working on my new Tinder Street book.
The first order of business was to make corrections to the first five chapters that proofreaders Judy and Roberta had finished and sent back to me. Once I have that done, I narrated another chapter into my Sony digital recorder and transcribed it with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium software, and added the new chapter to the manuscript.
As I’ve said before, I do a lot of research to get the details right in my books, but even so, I almost goofed. The part of the story I’m working on now takes place in the summer of 1935, and I had a scene where the characters were playing the board game Monopoly. But something didn’t seem quite right about that so I went back and checked my notes, and it turns out that Parker Brothers did not release the game until November of 1935. Oops. So instead, they ended up playing Parcheesi. It’s all in the details.
With any luck, I should be able to knock out a couple more chapters today. I’ve got some big events coming up in the next few chapters that are going to dramatically impact the lives of some of the folks on Tinder Street as they try to survive a family tragedy and keep their heads above water in the economic chaos brought on by the Great Depression.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. I know this week’s prize is going to get a lot of attention because it’s a biggie, folks. Joyce Counts from JG Wood Signs has donated a $100 gift certificate to be used to order one of their custom made signs. Check out their website, they have an amazing variety of beautiful signs for your home, RV, or any place else you can think of. After some spending some time looking over their website and all they have to offer, I’m almost wishing I could enter the contest myself!
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 Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
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 – You don’t need to have it all figured out. Sometimes taking the wrong path is all part of the process.