Looking Pretty Again

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 172021
 

We have had our 2005 Ford Explorer Limited for about eleven years now, and it has always been a good vehicle for us. We set it up to tow behind our motorhome, and in addition to the 133,000 or so driven miles that it has on the odometer, we probably towed it another 75,000 miles. […]

Historic Launch

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 162021
 

Yesterday was a busy day for me. My third proofreader, Roberta, sent back the last chapters of my new John Lee Quarrels book, Ka-Bar Karma, and after I made all of her changes and tweaked a couple of things that seemed a little flat, I printed out the entire manuscript for Terry to start proofreading […]

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 […]

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 […]

Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 232021
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I don’t have anything else to talk about […]

Feb 152021
 

My son had an incident Saturday night that could have gone bad but fortunately did not, because everyone involved kept their cool. He is an amazing photographer, and one thing he is doing a lot of is something called light painting, where you turn off all the lights, or go out on a dark night, […]

That Time I Got Rabies

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 292020
 

Many readers tell me they enjoy my Newspaper Days columns about my years running small town newspapers, and a few have asked about my time in the Army. I don’t feel the need to tell any war stories here, and most people don’t want to hear them anyhow. But I will tell you about the […]

Stealing My Job

 Posted by at 1:21 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 282020
 

I believe that one of the things that makes our marriage successful is that Miss Terry and I have a clear understanding of who does what in our household. For example, I write books and she edits and proofreads them. I promote the books so that their sales give us a comfortable income, and Terry […]

Back To Real Life

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 272020
 

I hope your Thanksgiving was as nice as ours. Terry spent the whole day in the kitchen, making a delicious meal of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie, and lots of other goodies. That seems like a lot of work to me, but she loves it, and the end result is fabulous. As for […]

Oct 122020
 

For a guy who makes his living with a computer, I am absolutely techno challenged. I know how to turn it on and off, how to write, and how to do some basic photo manipulation, but that’s about it. Saturday night after I had the blog ready to post, I decided to pull up the […]

Oct 112020
 

When a wildfire erupts in the rugged backcountry of the American West, getting firefighters on the scene as quickly as possible can make the difference between a minor problem and a major catastrophe. The men and women of the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers are specially trained to parachute into the fire zone, carrying everything they […]

Watering And Writing

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 102020
 

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the last few days, watering the new plants we put in and writing my next Big Lake book. As I said in a blog the other day, our yard guy didn’t realize the perennial peanut plants we put in were supposed to be there. He thought they […]

Oct 082020
 

We have a small blocked in flower garden area attached to the front of our house that has been home to a few flowers and some scraggly bushes. Terry has wanted to get out there and do some work on it once things cool down and decided she wanted some kind of a garden cart […]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 272020
 

I mentioned a few days ago that I had done an interview with Jim and Chris Guld from the Geeks on Tour about self-publishing. It will air on their YouTube channel today at 2 PM Eastern time and you can watch it at this link. It was a fun interview and I think you might […]

A Christmas Story

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 152019
 

Ah, the holidays. Christmas trees and lights and snow and good cheer everywhere. There’s a reason a song calls it the most wonderful time of the year. And let’s not forget the great holiday TV shows and movies. Frosty and the Grinch, and of course Santa, will make an appearance on everybody’s TV screen between […]

Dec 142019
 

I woke up Friday morning to more messages from readers that they were getting the same damn Adobe Flash and Google Play popups when they tried to access the blog. I expected it, but had foolishly hoped the dweebs at Go Daddy would have actually done something for a change. Once again I called Go […]

Dec 132019
 

Well, if you tried to log onto the blog yesterday and got the same darned Adobe flash pop-up or another from Google Play Protect if you were on a smart phone or tablet, you know that all of the hours I spent on the phone with Go Daddy’s tech support on Wednesday accomplished absolutely nothing. […]

Dismals Canyon

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
May 202019
 

When asked what is the one piece of advice I would give to new RVers, whether they be fulltimers, snowbirds, or weekend warriors, the answer is always the same. Slow down. Not just slow down, but sloooow dooooown! New RVers all fall into the same trap – they want to see as much as they […]

Things That Go Boom

 Posted by at 1:08 am  Nick's Blog
May 192019
 

No, I haven’t been playing with dynamite or hand grenades, though I have in the past and somehow managed not to blow myself up. But I don’t do that anymore, deciding that I should quit while I was ahead. Or still had a head. No, yesterday Miss Terry and I went to the gun show […]

May 182019
 

Theirs was a love that could never be. A passion that had to be hidden from the cultural mores of the time. But even death could not deny them their devotion to each other. The proof lives on in a simple tombstone in Tampa’s Oaklawn Cemetery. Virginia native William Ashley arrived in Tampa in 1837 […]