Double Nickle

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242024

More years ago than I care to remember, I had a birthday coming up and told Miss Terry I was going to hit the double nickels, 55 years old. Terry corrected me and told me I was already 55, and the next day I would turn 56. I didn’t believe her and had to check my driver’s license, and I’ll be darned if she wasn’t right! (She always is.) I had lost track of an entire year! That really concerned me, because that was the year I was going to lose weight, learn to type, and learn to play the saxophone. Now those opportunities were gone forever. ☹

But I’m happy to say that I hit another 55 yesterday. No, I’m not going back in time, although Terry sometimes suspects I’m in my second childhood (she doesn’t know I never left the first one). Better than that, yesterday evening I finished Big Lake Accident, my 55th book, and the 24th book in my Big Lake small town mystery series.

The book came in at 81,454 words, but that will change by the time it’s published. Today I will go over the last two chapters I wrote, making any corrections I see, then give the manuscript a quick read through looking for any plot holes I might have missed. Then I will print the last chapters out for Terry to edit and proofread. Once she’s done with them and I make the changes she feels are needed, I will send them off to Judy and Roberta for them to proofread. After that comes formatting.

I started the book on January 2nd, and hopefully before very long I will be able to upload the e-book version of it to Amazon. The printed edition will take another couple of weeks.

Once that’s all finished, I will be busy with book promotion, but I also plan to take a couple of days off and get some things done around here that are on my To Do List. But I know I can’t keep away from the keyboard very long, because I’m eager to get started on The War Years, the 6th book in my Tinder Street family saga.

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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. Seeing this on last night’s news reminded me again of the sorry state of education in our country.

Thought For The Day – Some drink deeply from the well of knowledge. Others just rinse and spit.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Double Nickle”

  1. Happy birthday, Nick! My husband and I share your special day…… it’s our 45th anniversary! (And that’s after 24 years of our previous marriages!)…….. yes, we’re old, (88) but happy to be still kickin’! Loving retirement in Florida! BTW, really looking forward to the latest Big Lake book! And, hurry up with “The War Years”!!!!!

  2. The War Years? which war?



  3. Maybe I am dense, but I miss the humor of todays funny sign. Usually they are great.

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