Crunching Words

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 132023

We didn’t get all the rain over the weekend that the weatherman had predicted, but every little bit helps. We are supposed to have more rain off and on throughout this coming week, and the temperature has dropped a bit, making it a good time to stay inside and crunch words. And that’s what I’ve been doing.

I spent most of Saturday and Sunday writing new chapters for Jackpot, my work in progress. This will be my twelfth John Lee Quarrels book, and that north Florida deputy has a lot going on with the brutal double murder of a couple who had already seen more than their share of heartache, even if some of it was due to their own neglect and lifestyle.

Besides writing, I also sent several finished chapters off to Judy and Roberta to be proofread. I also took advantage of a special sale that was going on and upgraded to the lifetime version of ProWritingAid, an excellent tool for authors to not only catch errors but also help polish their work. I’m interested in seeing what it will do for me.

During the afternoon yesterday a couple stopped by who collect scrap metal for recycling to pick up some aluminum cans we had, and I showed them some other stuff lying around that needs to go away that hopefully they can turn into dollars. I’m really disappointed that recycling seems to be neglected so much in this part of the country. I haven’t been able to find any place to drop off cardboard and paper to be recycled, and we go through a bunch of it. For a while I resorted to using a burn barrel, but because everything is so dry right now there is a statewide fire ban in place. So I’ve been breaking down Amazon boxes and hoping I can find some place that will take them.

Congratulations Tom Westerfield, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Hands of Onyx, book 2 in the Sav’ine series by Stacy Bender. It’s a story about cybernetic soldiers escorting a long haul space freighter to the outer rim planets, dealing with saboteurs who are trying to stop them and a crew that includes a half-blind medic, an explosives expert who is a sociopath, and an interrogator suffering from dementia. What could possibly go wrong?

We had 12 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. 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. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert to the drawing pool for a future contest.

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 – Not only did I fall off the diet wagon, I dragged it into the woods, set it on fire, and used the insurance money to buy doughnuts!

Nick Russell

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

  6 Responses to “Crunching Words”

  1. You have a chipper…shred the boxes and put them with the rest of the compost & they will break down and turn to soil in time.

  2. If Miss Terry has a recycle bin, why not take the cardboard and run it through your wood chipper add that to the recycle section it’ll decompose from the moisture along with everything else you throw in them

  3. The owners manual specifically says not to shred cardboard. The glue will gum up the chipper blades.

  4. After setting fire to the diet wagon, I hope you used it to roast wennies.

  5. See There are recycling facilities in Tuscaloosa. If you search by your zip code you may find other places.

  6. I just thought I would let you know. I’m reading Pucker Factor right now, and I have found several typos. Mostly they have been missing quotation marks. I’m reading it on my Kindle. Thanks for all your stories.

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