I Always Wondered

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 192021
 

We’ve all seen those big metals storage pods that people use when they’re moving or just have things they need to find a place to keep  for a while, and I always wondered how they moved them around. Did they use some giant forklift to load the pods onto the back of a flatbed truck, […]

Friday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 172021
 

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. My brother owns a farm and uses agricultural diesel fuel for his equipment. […]

Didn’t Quite Make It

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 162021
 

In yesterday’s blog, I said that if the stars aligned properly I hoped to finish my new Big Lake book by the end of the day. I don’t know if it was because the stars didn’t cooperate or because those darn characters of mine wouldn’t cooperate, but either way, they made a liar out of […]

Words, Books, And Rain

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262021
 

I had such a good time knocking out 7,000 words in my new book, Big Lake Ranger, on Sunday that I did the same thing again yesterday! That puts me at over 34,000 words, and with a couple more days like that, I will be well past the halfway mark. I never know exactly what […]

Oct 192021
 

Yesterday was a researching and writing day for me. I got a couple of e-mails back from the Toledo History Museum and the Toledo Police Museum with some links and information about some things I needed for my next Tinder Street book. This means I can probably start working on it once I finish my […]

Oct 032021
 

Longtime reader Gerri Poth Beckman and her hubby John are spending some time in our old stomping grounds, the White Mountains of Arizona. Before we went on the road as fulltime RVers, Terry and I lived there and I published the weekly newspaper. The White Mountains are also the setting for my Big Lake mystery […]

Back To Work

 Posted by at 1:12 am  Main Dish
Sep 302021
 

Well, my latest book, Ka-Bar Karma, is out and doing well on Amazon, and I’ve goofed off as long as I can so it’s time to get back to work. As I said a while back, the normal progression of my writing schedule would be to write the fourth book in my Tinder Street series […]

We Got Boosted!

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262021
 

We had appointments yesterday in DeLand at 11 AM to get our Covid-19 booster shots. We got there about 25 minutes early and decided to go inside and see if they wanted us to wait inside or in the car. Instead, they handed us paperwork when we came in, and within a few minutes, we […]

Ka-Bar Karma Is Out!

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 252021
 

Yesterday afternoon I got the final read-through of my new John Lee Quarrels book, Ka-Bar Karma, back from my final proofreader, made her corrections, and uploaded it to Amazon at 5:15 p.m. Less than an hour later, I got a message back that it was available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. As soon as I […]

Sep 232021
 

Thank you to everyone who sent good wishes for my appointment with the neurologist yesterday. We still really don’t know much more than I did when we went in, except that the headaches I have been having are not signs of another stroke. The nurse practitioner we talked to said that strokes take things away, […]

Sep 052021
 

It took a long time and a lot of digging and frustration, but I finally got the last of the root balls from our banana palms dug out, and no more shoots were coming up over the last month or so. Now it was time to plant something else where those nasty, shedding things were. […]

Five Quick Q&A

 Posted by at 1:09 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 042021
 

It’s late and I have to be up early, so all you’re going to get today are some quick questions and answers that have come in recently. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be able to have a longer blog for you. Q. My sister and her husband had been displaced by Hurricane Ida and we’re letting them […]

Sep 032021
 

In a blog post a couple of days ago, I said that in anticipation of Hurricane Ida hitting the Gulf Coast and shutting down refineries and oil rigs, as well as the Labor Day weekend coming up, I thought it might be a good idea to fill up the gas tank on Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica. […]

Pawn Shops And Puppets

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 292021
 

Note: I was busy editing the chapters for my new book that I narrated the other day and ran out of time to write a new blog post, so here is one about a visit to Las Vegas during our days as fulltime RVers.   Terry likes opals, and a while back the stone fell out […]

I’m A Whore

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 232021
 

We’ve all heard the saying that truth is stranger than fiction, and there’s no question about that. More than once someone has asked me if the oddball questions I get and sometimes share here are real. Oh yeah, they’re real. I don’t have the imagination to come up with some of the things people ask […]

Aug 222021
 

The life of a small town newspaper publisher is always interesting, and though we didn’t usually deal with a lot of crime and political nonsense, I covered a few murders in my time and definitely uncovered a lot of crime and political nonsense. And along the way, I made some enemies. I’ve had my nose […]

Why Would You Do That?

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 212021
 

I got an e-mail yesterday from someone telling me that they are in New England and asking if I knew of any RV parks close to the ocean in the Boston area that would have vacancies on such short notice. I replied that with Hurricane Henri headed that way that the last place I would […]

Losing Wars

 Posted by at 1:02 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 202021
 

News reports are full of stories about the fall of Afghanistan, and though a lot of people are distressed by what they are seeing, it was inevitable. When the US went in there 20 years ago, I told my wife that it would be another Vietnam, and that’s exactly what happened. We were fighting a […]

It Gets Frustrating

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 192021
 

Overall, I love my job. I get to stay up late at night, sleep late in the morning, and spend my days sitting on my butt telling stories. It darn sure beats working for a living! But that doesn’t mean it can’t be frustrating at times. Yesterday I started the day close to the halfway […]

Aug 062021
 

Yesterday I was formatting the e-book version of Big Lake Shootout, and when I was about halfway through, my darned computer froze up. I had to reboot it before I could work anymore, and since I broke one of my own rules and hadn’t saved very much as I went, I lost about half of […]