Where Did The Year Go?

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 142023

Can you believe there are only eleven days until Christmas, and less than three weeks before the year ends? Where did the year go? They say time speeds up when you get older, and Terry and I think we must be ancient, as fast as the months are going by.

It’s been an incredibly busy year for us, buying our house here in Alabama and moving up from Florida, selling our place back there, and making a lot of improvements and changes to our new house and property. It feels like it’s been non-stop activity.

That’s fine, and we feel like we’ve accomplished quite a bit, though we still have a lot to do. Unfortunately, everything comes with a price, and I don’t mean just the monetary outlay. My writing schedule went to hell in 2023. While I usually publish four books a year and have managed to turn out six a time or two,as many as six sometimes, I am working at breakneck speed trying to get Jackpot, my next John Lee Quarrels mystery novel, out by the end of the year. I managed another 4,000 words yesterday.

I think I’ve only got a few chapters to go, but things keep changing in the story, so who knows? Will I make my deadline? I’ll try, but I won’t sacrifice quality just to get it done by the end of the year. The story and my readers deserve more than that.

As I said, we still have a lot of things we want to get done, and there are several projects pending for after the first of the year. I’ll tell you more about them as time goes on. But for now, it’s late and I need to wrap up this blog and take advantage of that hot tub.

Speaking of which, my dear friend Joyce Space left a comment in yesterday’s blog asking if we wore suits or no suits in the hot tub. Do birthday suits count? 😉

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. And just like last week, this week’s prize is a big one, another Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader with a 6.8” display, adjustable warm light, up to 10 weeks of battery life, and 20% faster page turns than previous models. You are going to love this or make somebody on your Christmas shopping list very happy.

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. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back 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 – One of the hardest pills to swallow was realizing that I meant nothing to people that meant a lot to me.

Nick Russell

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

  4 Responses to “Where Did The Year Go?”

  1. hey –
    how many hours do you have on the tractor?
    do you know how many grease fittings are on it?
    which works best the bush hog or belly mower?
    (just wondering)

  2. Glad to hear you wear birthday suits in the hot tub. That’s the best kind to wear there. We had friends who had a hot tub on their deck where no one could see them and they still could not bring themselves to wear only birthday suits. I never understood that!

  3. Joyce, I’m with you. However, my husband would be one of those to wear swim trunks (if I could even get him in the hot tub). I remember being shocked on our first Christmas as a married couple that he was fully dressed, including shoes, when he gathered with the rest of us at the tree. Jammies all the way for me.

  4. Nick, I noticed that all of my comments (and my last three drawing entries) say that they are “awaiting moderation” since I switched my email address. I didn’t think much about it the first time, since I figured you needed to verify that I was not entering the drawing more than once a week, but wondered if this was going to be an ongoing thing. BTW, I promise that I only enter each drawing (in which I choose to participate) one time, using only my real name and current email address.

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