A Productive Day

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 022024

I was up earlier than normal yesterday because I had a busy day ahead of me. We had had rain and thunderstorms during the night, and when I took Alli outside, it was pleasant sitting on the front porch. After the requisite process of throwing balls for her to retrieve and her going potty, I fed her a turkey neck, her absolute favorite treat in the world.

Then I came inside and got ready to go to work. The Grand Canyon Writers chapter of Sisters in Crime had invited me to a Zoom interview for Mysteries & More Marketing Network meeting. Nicolette Lemmon, author of Write. Market. Succeed: An Author’s Marketing Playbook, conducted the interview, and she had a lot of excellent questions. I enjoyed it and hope the members found it interesting.

After I finished that and spent some time answering e-mails, I wrote another 2,800 words in The War Years, the sixth book in my Tinder Street series. That puts me somewhere around 51,000 words, so probably close to halfway through. Since my father and many of my uncles were World War II veterans, this part of the series is something close to my heart. While none of them ever talked much about their experiences, I picked up enough here and there over the years to know there’s a reason we call them the Greatest Generation. Of course, the book isn’t just about battles. A lot of it is about what was happening on the home front, from food rationing and shortages of everyday things, to the worries that families felt about their sons, brothers, and husbands serving their country in every corner of the world.

In the late afternoon I took a break and went outside with Alli and threw a toy for her. While I was out there, I stole some strawberries from Terry’s raised planter bed. They may be small, but they’re delicious. So was the great ham steak dinner she made, and the fresh peanut butter cookies right out of the oven for dessert. Life is good. 😊

Today is your last chance to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is a Camping Journal & RV Travel Logbook donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

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 30 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 – Some people won’t admit their faults. I would, if I had any.

Nick Russell

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

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