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Monday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 022021

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. We went to two of your Gypsy Journal rallies and really enjoyed them, and always went to your seminars when you spoke at Escapades. I know you guys have hung up the keys, but is there any possibility you might come and present any of your seminars at an RV rally somewhere in the future? We would go to see you no matter where it was.

A. One of the things I miss most about our life as fulltime RVers is presenting seminars at rallies. I haven’t given any thought to it, and I haven’t been asked to do any, so we have no plans for something like that in the future. But who knows? Maybe things will change someday.

Q. I love reading and read books every day. I myself am not a fan of audiobooks, but I know many people enjoy them. Although I know probably all of the books are donated for the drawings and you get what you get, any chance of any e-books?  I used to read paperbacks, but went to e-books and love them.

A. Amazon makes it difficult for authors to donate free e-books as prizes, and since the cost is usually relatively low ($3.99 for mine, for example) and because not all readers have e-reading devices, or they have Nooks or other e-readers that are not in Kindle format, the times we have offered an e-book as a blog drawing prize the response has been very low.

Q. We just bought our first motorhome and plan to do a month-long shakedown cruise starting next week through the Smoky Mountains and then into Kentucky and Tennessee. My husband wants to bring along his shotgun for self-defense even though neither one of us think it’s really necessary since we’ll be staying at campgrounds every night. But I’m afraid of what the laws might be traveling in different states with a gun. Is that legal?

A. Gun laws vary by state, and I wouldn’t begin to give you legal advice in a blog. I will say that it’s easier to travel with a shotgun than a handgun in some areas, but there are still places where you don’t want to take anything if you want to completely avoid the possibility of legal trouble. I would advise you to get yourself a copy of the book 2021 Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States. It has up-to-date information that will guide you to making the best decision.

Q. When I saw the cover of your new Big Lake Shootout book, I thought you were starting to write westerns, but then you said it was a modern-day western. I’m sure I sound dense, but what the heck is a modern-day western?

A. Well, it is a book that is set in the West, but in the present day, not in the days of cowboys and Indians and shootouts on Main Street. Oh wait, it does start with a shootout on Main Street and the sheriff getting killed! The book will be out in just a few days and you’ll be able to find out what happened.

Q. I know there’s some website or magazine or something that helps RVers find part-time jobs, but I’m having a brain fart and can’t find it. I know you’re gonna know, Nick. What is it?

A. I am sure you are referring to Workamper News, which is a wonderful resource for RVers seeking part-time employment as they travel.

Q. We are new to the whole RV lifestyle and will be taking an extended trip from September through November. I wanted to get travelers’ checks to take with us, but several people have told us that they are pretty much a thing of the past these days. Is that true? And if not, where would we get them?

A. These days, debit and credit cards have pretty much replaced travelers checks, but they are still out there and still available. Contact your bank. If they can’t supply them, they can probably point you in the right direction.

Q. Congrats on your new book Nick! I don’t know how you do it and have a million questions. I’m sure others do, too. A blog on “this is how I work” would be a great blog post. Do you write at night, in the day, is it silent, do you listen to music, do you isolate yourself or not, etc.?

A. I’m not sure very many people would be interested in that, but if I get some comments saying they are, I’ll post something.

Congratulations Chris Yust, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Pirate Trials: Dastardly Deeds & Last Words, the first book in my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials series. We had 29 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. 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.

Thought For The Day – Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

The Right Time

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 012021

Who decides when it’s the right time for anything? I’ve heard people say that they are waiting for the right time to have children, or to retire and hit the road as fulltime RVers, or to hang up the keys and get off the road. But when is the right time? I think it’s different […]

Soo Locks

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312021

Note: I was busy making edits to my new book yesterday and time got away from me, so today I am reposting a blog about one of the most interesting places we visited during our days as fulltime RVers.   After a lazy morning at home, playing catch up from our last few days of traveling, […]

And It’s Done

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 302021

In yesterday’s blog I said I hope to wrap up my newest book, Big Lake Shootout, by the end of the day, and yesterday evening I finished it. I started working on it June 13, and finished July 29, so it took just a little under seven weeks. The book came in at 83,559 words […]

Is Today The Day?

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 292021

I knocked out another 5,000 words in my new Big Lake book yesterday, and I’m hoping today will be the day I finish it, given any unforeseen problems cropping up. Then I will give it a final check for any plot holes or errors before printing out the last chapters for Miss Terry to edit […]

Rest In Peace, George

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 282021

My heart is heavy with the news that my friend and fellow author George Wier has lost his battle with esophageal cancer. The world is a darker place without George’s sense of humor and many talents in it. Though we lived in different parts of the country, and most of our contact over the years […]

Closer Every Day

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

Yesterday was another 6,000 word day in my new Big Lake book. I’m getting closer to the end all the time and should be able to wrap it up in the next two or three days. Then it will go through the last stages of editing and proofreading, followed by formatting, and be out. I’m […]

Jul 262021

Note: This is a repost of a blog from a few years ago, but the message is just as important today. I am a big advocate for safety in the RV lifestyle and in everything we do. Sometimes I probably err on the side of caution, but so far I haven’t wrecked our motorhome and […]

Keeping Jesse Busy

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 252021

Jesse Bolton, our neighbor from across the street, has been busy helping us with some home improvement projects whenever he has time away from his regular job as a heavy equipment operator. Jesse is one of those guys who can do anything, and I do mean anything. When we replaced our original microwave with a […]

Jul 242021

Yesterday morning Terry and I had to go to LabCorp to get blood draws for upcoming doctor appointments. We finished there about noon, and since we had to fast before the appointment and we had some other things we wanted to do while we were out, we decided to try a small restaurant on U.S. […]

Thousand Trails Advice

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 232021

A longtime reader contacted me yesterday saying they are considering a Thousand Trails campground membership and asking me for my thoughts on the matter. Thousand Trails is like any other membership campground system. If you use it, it can be a good deal, and if you don’t, it’s a waste of time and money. We […]

Jul 222021

Terry had a routine appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville yesterday afternoon to check on her Interstim device and to meet her new doctor. Everything looks good and we really like the new doctor, who is very down to earth and has a great sense of humor. She took the time to listen to […]

Jul 212021

Note: This is a blog post from our days as fulltime RVers, exploring some interesting places on Cape Cod. Yesterday was another gloomy day, but since it was our last chance to play tourist in this area, we decided to take advantage of it. I’m sure glad we did! We drove the 26 miles into […]

The Squeaky Wheel

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 202021

Yes, the squeaky wheel does eventually get greased. But sometimes, it has to squeak loud and long before that happens. In a blog post a couple of weeks ago titled Stair Rails And Carpet Woes, I told you that we have been unhappy with the carpet we had installed in our house three years ago. […]

Jesse Makes A Door

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 192021

I’ve told you before about all of the things our neighbor Jessie Bolton does to help us with projects around the house, and we always appreciate him. He just finished another one that we really wanted to get done. When we bought the house, the door in our guest bedroom had a hole in the […]

I Snuck Out

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 182021

While Terry was editing and proofreading another six chapters of my new Big Lake book, I snuck out for a while yesterday afternoon and went to the gun show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in Deland. I’ve owned more guns in my life than I could begin to count, but only once have I owned […]

Nothing Changes

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172021

When I wrote that I was ordering a new truck a while back, someone asked if I had considered the Ford Lightning, their new electric pickup. No, it wouldn’t meet my needs at this time. But it’s interesting seeing all of the feedback on electric cars on social media. I can’t count the number of […]

Winnebago Factory Tour

 Posted by at 12:21 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 162021

Note: We were on the go all day yesterday grocery shopping and taking care of some things, so I didn’t have time to write a blog. So here is a re-post of a blog about our tour of the Winnebago factory in Forest City, Iowa from a few years ago. Yesterday was a horrible day […]

I Make The  Rules

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 152021

I really ticked off someone who is now a former blog reader because I deleted two comments he made in my post A Grim Reminder Of The Past about the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. I very seldom do that, but in this case, his comments were antisemitic and offensive, claiming that the Holocaust never happened and […]

A Correcting Day

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 142021

In Monday’s blog I admitted to being a slacker because I had fallen a bit short of my 5,000 word writing goal for Sunday, and that I hoped to make up for it that day. I guess I did because I knocked out a little over 7,700 words in my new Big Lake book by […]