A Change Of Plans

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212022
 

After telling you in yesterday’s blog about our upcoming trip to Alabama to visit our son Travis and his wife Geli, we got a call yesterday morning that changed all of that. Travis came down with a bad headache the day before, and by yesterday morning he had all the signs of COVID. Geli, who […]

She Can Fix Anything!

 Posted by at 12:17 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 102022
 

Anybody who has been reading the blog for very long knows that there’s not much that Miss Terry can’t do. From building all the cabinets and doing all of the interior work on our MCI bus conversion to replacing a window in a friend’s truck, to maintenance around the house, if it needs done, Terry […]

Aug 092022
 

When we hear about violent crime, we always tend to think it’s something that happens somewhere else, not where we are. It can happen anytime, anywhere. It’s always in some far off place, usually a big city, and the people involved are anonymous. But my long career publishing small town newspapers in the Pacific Northwest […]

It’s Done!

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072022
 

Well, I missed my goal of finishing Pucker Factor, my next John Lee Quarrels book, by the end of July. There was just too much going on. But I’m happy to say that I finished it late yesterday afternoon. Today I will make corrections to the final chapters I wrote yesterday and print them out […]

Jul 102022
 

We awoke yesterday morning to the sound of our neighbor Jesse Bolton putting the hurricane shutters on our windows. Yes, it’s that time of year again. June through the end of November marks hurricane season here on the Florida coast. Last year Jesse installed the hardware for the clear polycarbonate hurricane shutters and put them […]

Happy Birthday Kenny

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 062022
 

Before I do anything else with the blog today, I want to wish our son-in-law Kenny Conrad a happy birthday. Kenny is a hardworking family man dedicated to his wife and kids, and when he and our daughter Tiffany got married and brought their blended family together, I knew there would be a lot of […]

Dodged Another Bullet

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 252022
 

We woke up to tornado warnings on our telephones yesterday and turned on the news to see that we were in the path of a suspected tornado that was heading right at us. Since we live in a mobile home that has been added to on all four sides, the safest place for us is […]

Mar 122022
 

I received a message the other day from my dear friend Donna McNicol, author of both the excellent Klondike and C’Mon Inn mystery series, along with other great books and stories, telling me that she and her handsome husband Stu are getting off of a cruise ship at Port Canaveral this morning and would be […]

Past The Halfway Point

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 082022
 

Yesterday was another day spent working on my new Tinder Street book, The Hard Years. I know some of you are probably tired of hearing about it by now, but that’s what’s taking up most of my time these days. I started the day by making corrections to several chapters that Roberta had sent me […]

Back To Writing

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 072022
 

Except for my daily blog, I’ve been slacking off in the writing department since the release of Big Lake Ranger right after Christmas. I did bring out Murder, Mayhem, And Main Street a week or so ago, which is an e-book bundle with the first books in my three different mystery series along with a […]

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 […]

Still Sniveling

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 082021
 

Yes, I’m still sniveling about the cold. It was so cold Saturday night that I woke up shivering and had to pull the comforter over myself. Then I snuggled up to Miss Terry and tried to warm up. That helped a bit, but I was still cold. I think it’s time to give some serious […]

A Mellow Birthday

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 162021
 

Thank you to everybody who sent me e-mails, text messages, and left comments on Facebook wishing me a happy birthday. There were way too many for me to possibly answer individually, but please know that I read each one and cherish them, and I cherish all of you. Now, if someone could just tell me […]

Oct 122021
 

Yesterday was a writing day for me, after being away from it for several days. I started the day answering e-mails, then checking some details online for my newest Big Lake book, then I wrote about 6,000 words. That puts me at about 14,000 words since I started it on September 30th. That’s slow progress […]

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 […]