On To Stage Two

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 132021
 

I finished all of Terry’s suggested corrections for my new John Lee Quarrels book yesterday and then sent it off to Judy Rinehimer, my second proofreader, to begin stage two of the process. And then, when she’s done and I make her changes, I will send it off to Roberta for stage three. When those […]

Weaving Away

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 092021
 

Now that Terry has finally gotten her Glimakra loom set up, she is weaving away on her latest project, a blanket for our son-in-law Kenny. Kenny is a big guy. I don’t know exactly how tall he is, but he has to duck his head when there’s a full moon outside. Terry said the finished […]

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 […]

A Day Spent Running

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 042021
 

With the first rounds of editing and proofreading done, Terry finished her read-through of the manuscript of Big Lake Shootout, and after I made her corrections I sent it off to Roberta to do one final read-through. As soon as I get it back from her I will format and upload the e-book version to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feb 052021
 

Wednesday night I finished Fresh Out Of Mojo, my 9th John Lee Quarrels book. It was about 86,000 words before final edits began. The writing took seven weeks and three days. It is in final editing and proofing now, and it will be out next week. It’s a gritty tale with violence and some strong […]

Punched In the Heart

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 052021
 

It has cooled down considerably here on the Central Florida Coast, with daytime temperatures this week in the mid to high 60s and overnight lows in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Perfect sleeping and snuggling weather, and the fish are biting, too! And some of them are big. Look at this monster drum that one […]

Nov 302020
 

We are getting closer to the release of my new book, Big Lake Hoarder. Roberta Jensen finished proofing the last chapters on Saturday and sent them to me, and yesterday morning I made her corrections then printed the entire manuscript out for Terry to go over again. Once she does that and I make her […]

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 […]

I’m Back (Again)

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192020
 

I apologize for not being able to post a blog yesterday, but I’m back again. Last night I spent two hours trying to log onto Go Daddy to post a blog, and I kept getting an error message saying that there was a problem on their end that was blocking communication. I finally gave up […]

Will It Ever End?

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 052020
 

I think most of America has spent the last two days on pins and needles, wondering what was going to happen on Election Day and then how the final count would come out. As of midnight last night, it was still up in the air, although Joe Biden had a commanding lead. But as they […]

Over 100K

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082020
 

I was back at it yesterday, cranking out words in the first book in my new Tinder Street historical family saga series. I got a little more than 3,200 words done by the end of the day, which puts me over 100,000 words total in the book. Actually, I am at 102,879 words, but who’s […]

Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 172020
 

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 […]

Two Down, One To Go

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222019
 

Yesterday afternoon my second proofreader finished Dead Romeos, and this morning I will make her corrections, then send it on to my last proofreader. With any luck at all, the book should be out by the end of this coming week. I know many writers who seem to agonize over every page of a manuscript […]

On the Mend

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 082019
 

Thank you everybody who sent emails and messages expressing concern about my health. I feel a lot better than I did Sunday and Sunday night. Not great, but better. Terry thought of something yesterday morning that may explain what’s going on with me. A week ago last Sunday I started a new medication for diabetes, […]

Dec 012017
 

Do you remember when I said in yesterday’s blog that after I got my latest book, Big Lake Snowdaze, out how I planned to goof off for a couple of weeks? I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. As it turns out, I don’t do leisure well. Yesterday morning I gave the new […]