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Almost Ready

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 272022
 

I said in yesterday’s blog that the print edition of The Hard Years, the fourth book in my Tinder Street family saga, was being formatted and that I hoped to have it back any day. Then it would be a simple matter of getting the print cover formatted and uploading it to Amazon.

As it turns out, my book formatter returned the manuscript to me yesterday, all ready to go. So I reached out to Elizabeth Mackey, my cover artist, with the final page count for print and ask her to get started on the cover. Elizabeth is a whiz at what she does and very fast, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets it back to me sometime today or this evening. If so, it will only take an hour or so to get the book uploaded to Amazon, and then we have to wait for them to do their thing before it is ready to go.

They always say that can take up to 72 hours, but it’s been my experience that it’s very seldom more than three or four hours. Maybe that’s because I’ve published so many books by now that they don’t have to give every page scrutiny. Then again, it’s probably some sort of artificial intelligence that reviews things and I’ve just been lucky. Either way, the book is almost ready and as soon as it’s out I’ll be letting people know.

In other book news, I cranked out another three chapters in Pucker Factor, my latest work in progress, and printed them out for Miss Terry to proofread. And for the first time in a long time, I actually think I know who did it and how this one is going to turn out. But, of course, my characters may know something I don’t. This is often the case, and the story might take off in a whole different direction by the time it’s done. I’m looking forward to finding out.

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.

Congratulations Margaret Bergen, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Luminous: The Story of a Radium Girl by Samantha Wilcoxson. It’s a novel about Catherine Donohue, who worked at Radium Dial in Ottawa, Illinois, and the secret lurking in the greenish-grey paint the company used that magically made things glow in the dark.

We had 27 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 – 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.

Jun 262022
 

You can tell it’s summertime in Florida because doctors are warning people to drink plenty of water and stay inside until November 2nd. No, seriously, it’s so hot that I have been leaving the toilet seat up just to get those icy stares from Miss Terry when she splashes down in the middle of the […]

Jun 252022
 

While watching a documentary on the Civil War a few days ago, there was mention of an act during that bloody conflict that shows us that no matter how cruel and inhumane war is, there can also be amazing acts of sympathy and love for one’s fellow man. The small town of Fredericksburg, Virginia was […]

Making New Friends

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 242022
 

One of the great things about taking road trips as we did recently is being able to make new friends along the way, whether they are someone I know online or somebody I meet along the way. Many of those folks are authors, which is always a treat. While we were in Arizona, I got […]

A Day With My Girl

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 232022
 

We started yesterday with a phone call from our son Travis, wishing Terry a happy birthday. They chatted for a little bit, and then we got ready to head into Holly Hill, a northern suburb of Daytona Beach. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we had an appointment at Global Mobile Detailing to have them […]

A Very Special Day

 Posted by at 1:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 222022
 

Today is a very special day because it is Miss Terry’s birthday. My beautiful wife is not someone who likes to have a fuss made over her or to be the center of attention, and she says it’s no big deal, but I know she’s wrong. It is a big deal, at least to me. […]

Jun 212022
 

Two years ago yesterday, when I had the first RF ablations done on the nerves in my left lower back, it was almost instant relief that lasted until recently. I went from using two canes to walk and taking pain meds daily to no canes, no pain meds, and was back out on my kayak […]

Jun 202022
 

I like most critters, though I will admit, some more than others. I like dogs. Real dogs, not those yappy little barking rats that so many people seem to think are dogs. If it weighs less than 25 pounds, it’s not a dog, it’s an annoyance. I will admit that I don’t really like cats. […]

Firearms And Fools

 Posted by at 1:10 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 192022
 

Having been a firearms instructor in the military and in civilian life, and a lifelong gun owner, gun safety is always at the top of my mind anytime anyone is handling a weapon. So even though Terry and I both checked three times to make sure it was unloaded, and she was positioned off to […]

Jun 182022
 

Some of you may recall that in a blog post during our trip out west, I reported that just as we were leaving El Paso, Texas, to cross into New Mexico, a small stone flew up and chipped the windshield in our Laramie pickup. I had planned to get it fixed while we were in […]

Q&A

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 172022
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, my writing activities, 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. Before you and Miss Terry left on your trip, you […]

Sanford And Son

 Posted by at 1:08 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 162022
 

Anybody who ever watched the old 1970s television sitcom Sanford and Son, starring comedian Redd Foxx, would have experienced a sense of déjà vu if they had been with us when our daughter Tiffany and her husband Kenny took us to visit Lamell Lewis at his place just outside of our old hometown of Show […]

Catching Up With Us

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 152022
 

Terry and I have been trying to catch up with things that got neglected, or we just didn’t get around to doing in the month that we were on the road visiting family members in Alabama and Arizona. That included a lot of e-mails I received while we were gone. On average, I get over […]

Laughing Gas

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 142022
 

We had to be up very early yesterday morning because I had an appointment at the surgical center in Maitland, about an hour’s drive from us, for the first of two RF nerve ablation procedures to help relieve some of my lower back pain. Of course, when you do something like this, it’s always hurry […]

Handyman Nick

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 132022
 

Is that an oxymoron or what? Kind of like military intelligence. But believe it or not, I actually can fix things once in a while. A lifetime of experience has taught me that the best and quickest way to accomplish repairs around the house is to tell Miss Terry about them and let her handle […]

Jun 122022
 

Somebody asked me what it was like coming from the hot, dry desert of Arizona back to hot, humid, central Florida. I lived in Arizona for many years and never believed any of that “it’s a dry heat” nonsense they tell you about the desert. Hot is hot. It’s dry inside an oven, too, but […]

Trip Update

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 112022
 

After being gone from home for a month, only posting a blog once a week or so during that time, today I thought I would update you on the overall trip. Before you start, I warn you, it’s going to be a long blog, and I will have some other more specific blogs about things […]

Jun 102022
 

There really is no place like home, and we are so glad to be back in ours after a month on the road. I will have a lot to tell you about our trip in the next few days, but right now, Terry and I are both tired and more than ready to sleep in […]

Just A Quickie

 Posted by at 10:11 pm  Nick's Blog
Jun 012022
 

Oh, get your mind out of the gutter! I mean a quickie update on our travels. 😊 All good things must end, so we said goodbye to our daughter Tiffany and her family and left Show Low, Arizona on Tuesday morning, heading east on US Highway 60, through the twin towns of Pinetop-Lakeside and then […]

Oh, Those Girls!

 Posted by at 1:28 am  Nick's Blog
May 282022
 

The temperature here in Show Low, in Arizona’s White Mountains, is a lot nicer than it was during the week we spent down in the Mesa/Apache Junction area. It has been at least 20 degrees cooler every day. It being a holiday weekend, a lot of people are coming up here to escape the blast […]