Almost Tolerable

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 282024

The weatherman had predicted rain and the possibility of severe afternoon storms in our area for Wednesday, but sometimes I feel like I could throw darts at a weather chart and do as well as those guys. It was the usual hot, humid weather all day and all evening, but they almost got it right except for their timing. About 1:30 AM on Thursday we got a serious downpour that lasted for about half an hour or so.

And then, yesterday was almost tolerable. I don’t think the temperature got anywhere past the low to mid 80s, and the humidity was not out of sight. It was definitely much better than we have had in a while, or probably will have for the next couple of months. But when I rolled our garbage can out to the street about 10 PM the humidity had increased considerably. By the time I got back to the house I was drenched in sweat.

I have been avoiding the hot weather as much as possible by staying inside and writing, getting about 5,000 words done in my new book in the last two days. Unfortunately, part of that included the death of one of the characters. That can be hard because I almost feel like they’re my friends. But that’s life, and by its very nature, in a family saga some people will pass on as the story unfolds.

Every day for the next week or so we are looking at heat indexes of 100° to 105°. I don’t plan to spend time outside any more than I have to, so I expect to get a lot more writing done.

Be sure to enter our latest a Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of The High Ground, the ninth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s Roy Ballard mystery series. In a look back at one of Roy Ballard’s earliest cases, beautiful Kendyl Jordan’s eye-catching classic car goes missing, possibly with something of great value hidden inside it. Can Roy Ballard help her find it? Despite Ballard’s budding reputation, Kendyl learns he’s not even a private investigator, he’s a legal videographer with very little experience. Still, he seems to have a knack for the job, and it doesn’t take him long to identify a couple of dangerous suspects. That’s when the case takes more twists and turns than a winding Texas Hill Country road!

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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.

Thought For The Day – Don’t take people for granted. No matter how much they love you, people get tired eventually.

Nick Russell

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

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