Nick’s Blog

Housekeeping

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
May 152021
 

Yesterday I was busy with a lot of housekeeping details. No, not the kind where I have to use a vacuum cleaner or a mop, that always turns out badly, but housekeeping details as far as the publishing end of things.

The first order of the day was to contact my brilliant cover artist, Elizabeth Mackey, and have her format the paperback cover for Fresh Out Of Mojo, which came out a while back in e-book format. Elizabeth always does an amazing job and has super quick turnaround, and a few hours later, she sent it to me. I submitted the cover and formatted content to Amazon, now it’s just a case of waiting for the printed version of the book to go live.

With that out of the way, I did some promotion work on my new Tinder Street book, Boom And Bust, sending out notices to several blogs that promote new books. I always tell new authors that writing the book is the easy part. The promotion afterward is what takes most of your time and effort.

Then I wrote three new blogs to be posted later when our kids come to visit in two weeks so I will not have to take time away from our family time to do that every day. I will still have some occasional new blogs while they are here, updating you on the visit, but they are my priority.

I was also waiting on an Amazon delivery to come with a new Kodak PixPro WPZ2 waterproof digital camera. Since I’m a klutz, I don’t like taking my phone on my kayak to take pictures because I’m always afraid I’ll drop it overboard. This small, inexpensive 16-megapixel camera is waterproof down to 15 meters (almost 50 feet), and comes with some nice bells and whistles.

I also ordered this floating wrist band for it since even though the camera is waterproof, it doesn’t float.

Everything I read about the camera seemed positive, and I was excited to get it. But when it arrived, I was disappointed to discover that the battery was swollen so badly that the paper label was peeling off of it, and I could not insert it into the camera. I tried to call Kodak’s customer service number, but they were closed for the weekend, so I sent them an e-mail, hoping to hear back on Monday. Don’t you hate it when you get a new toy and it’s broken on arrival?

To Kodak’s credit, I was really surprised that within less than an hour I received a call from one of their customer service managers, who said she happened to check e-mail as she was leaving the office. She apologized for the problem and told me she would put a new, fully charged battery in the mail to me today by Priority Mail. She also added that once I get the battery, if I am not happy with the camera for any reason, she will send me a brand-new replacement. That’s pretty darned good customer service if you ask me!

While I was doing all that, Terry was busy with some bookkeeping and research on her computer. She is still trying to decide which new computer to go with, but I think she’s narrowing it down. She’s got a birthday coming up soon, and I wish she would tell me so I can buy it for her birthday. Actually, she can get anything she wants any time she wants, but she always says there’s nothing she needs. I keep telling her it’s not about what she needs (though she really does need a new computer) it’s about what she wants. Oh, and did I mention the delicious batch of oatmeal, raisin, nut, chocolate chip cookies she made yesterday? Now, I won’t lie to you, I didn’t need them, but I wanted those!

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Thought For The Day – I am a multitasker. I can listen, ignore, and forget all at the same time.

May 142021
 

It was a busy day around here yesterday. The local pollen has had my head clogged up, so I took some Benadryl before I went to bed the night before and wound up sleeping later than I usually do. After a light breakfast, or more like lunch, I started working on my free author’s newsletter, […]

Boom And Bust Is Done

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
May 132021
 

Boom And Bust, the third book in my Tinder Street historical saga, is now available on Amazon. This is my 45th book and my second new book so far this year. And even though this latest book in the series stays with the historical theme of the first two, I have thrown in a bit of […]

May 122021
 

You can’t turn on the news right now without hearing about the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline operation that has disrupted gasoline deliveries in many eastern states. But why let facts get in the way of a good rumor, right? Just yesterday, I saw posts on Facebook saying that someone heard that President Biden had […]

May 112021
 

We love finding strange museums in our travels around the country, and in 18+ years of fulltiming we  discovered some real finds exploring this great land of ours. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order. Warther Carving Museum; Dover, Ohio – Showcasing the life work of master carver Ernest “Mooney” Warther, this […]

More Q&A

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
May 102021
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. What are the blue pants you are wearing in the picture Terry took […]

May 092021
 

Friday night the weatherman on the Channel 6 news out of Orlando said that yesterday (Saturday) was probably going to be our last good day in terms of temperature before summer hits us hard. Usually, from mid-to-late May until November, the temperatures here on the Central Coast of Florida are in or near the 90s, […]

May 082021
 

We love exploring new places and seeing new sights but it seems that every time we visit someplace new, somebody tells us we missed something there that we really should have seen. Miss Terry tells them that we do that on purpose so we’ll have an excuse to go back. There are some places we’ve […]

The Real McCoy

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
May 072021
 

Florida has seen its share of outlaws, brigands, pirates, cutthroats, and smugglers, too. And I doubt few were as popular as Bill McCoy. Even today, old-timers who spent their life on or near the water remember hearing stories about him. Born in New York in 1877, William Frederick McCoy was the son of a man […]

We Snuck Out

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
May 062021
 

After being tied to my computer for so long getting my new Tinder Street book done, I told Terry I needed to get out of the house for a while. So yesterday we snuck off for a few hours, and it sure felt good. Our son Travis and his wife Geli have been talking about […]

May 052021
 

When Terry and I first got together, she was shocked by the way I treated the employees at my small town newspaper. No, I wasn’t Simon Legree expecting them to work their fingers to the bone for nothing. If anything, I went to the other extreme. I paid them well, gave them time off when […]

Better Late Than Never

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
May 042021
 

I usually put out four books a year but last year I did six. Part of that was because with the pandemic we weren’t doing any traveling, and part of it was because I wanted to get my new Tinder Street family saga off and running. I had hoped to maintain that schedule this year, […]

Me And Groucho

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
May 032021
 

There are more groups on Facebook dedicated to all kinds of special interests than there are fleas on a dog. More than there are fleas on a pack of dogs. I belong to and help moderate a few, including three or four authors’ groups and John Huggins’ Living the RV Dream group, and I occasionally […]

The View Is The Same

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 022021
 

Note: This is a repost from a few years back that I think is just as appropriate today. In a thread on an online RV forum, a woman shared her excitement about her recent motorhome purchase and acknowledged that while the RV was older and small, it fits her needs. I posted a reply to […]

Love Lost And Found

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
May 012021
 

Today we take our cell phones and e-mail for granted, but there was a time not too long ago when none of that was conceivable to most people. During my own youth, a telephone was something that hung on a wall or sat on a stand in the living room, connected to a cord. If […]

Some Quick Q&A

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 302021
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. When you got your rabies shots that you wrote about in yesterday’s blog, […]

Apr 292021
 

I was on a lot of Army bases during my time in the military, either getting basic and infantry training, or attending different schools and taking cadets from West Point to different bases for specialized schooling. And besides the olive drab vehicles, olive drab  uniforms, standard looking barricks and administration buildings, and close cropped haircuts, […]

Apr 282021
 

We can all blame my daughter Tiffany for the fact that I didn’t get much writing done yesterday. Well, not much narrating done, to be exact. Terry had an appointment at Kutryb Eye Institute in Titusville to get the plugs replaced in her eyes, which she has to have done every few months, and I took […]

Words And A Super Moon

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 272021
 

Yesterday was a wordy day for us. I got in another 3,500 words in my new Tinder Street book, and once I was done with that, I gave the last five or six chapters a read through, making corrections as I went. Then I ran them through Grammarly before printing them out for Terry to […]

Apr 262021
 

We stayed at a lot of campgrounds in our 18+ years of fulltime RV travel, some really nice places, and some not so nice. There are campgrounds that we returned to on a regular basis and others where one stop was more than enough. RVers would often ask us what our personal favorite campgrounds were. […]