May Q&A

 Posted by at 1:23 am  Nick's Blog
May 172024
 

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. I finished Jackpot, book 12 in the John Lee Quarrels […]

Friday Q&A

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 262024
 

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. You wrote about the Real Relax massage chair that Terry […]

One More To Go

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 202024
 

Yesterday I uploaded the audiobook of The Hard Years, the fourth book in my Tinder Street family saga, and it is now available on Amazon and audible.com. That leaves just one more audiobook in the Tinder Street series to be formatted and uploaded, A Changing World, at least for the time being. Somebody asked if […]

Apr 082024
 

Sometimes you live with something because it works, even if it’s not always convenient. I do that with the characters in my books. For each series, I have a list of the main and recurring characters, their physical traits, and a small bit of their history that I can refer to as I’m writing. That […]

Newspaper Days Reboot

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 122024
 

For much of my working life I published small town weekly newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in northern Arizona’s White Mountains. A while back I wrote about those days in a series of blog posts that readers seemed to enjoy, and I have had several requests from new blog readers to repeat the […]

An Entire Tower?

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 082024
 

No matter where you go in America, small town or big city, thieves are always hard at work. We’ve all heard news stories about people stealing catalytic converters from automobiles and copper wire from air conditioning units. But some Alabama crooks have taken things to a whole new level. AM radio station WJLX, located in […]

Dec 272023
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, now that Jackpot, my new John Lee Quarrels book, is out, I need to start whittling away at a lot of other chores I need to get done that have been sitting on the back burner. The first order of business was to get my free author’s newsletter announcing […]

Merry Christmas!

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 252023
 

Merry Christmas, everybody! Did Santa bring you everything you wanted for Christmas? I hope so, and I hope you are surrounded by people, or at least one special person that you love today. A year ago today, my Christmas present to all of you was the release of Big Lake Drunk, the 22nd book in […]

Dec 152023
 

No, I’m not Santa Claus, although I am a jolly little fat man. And I used to dress up and play Santa for the kids at the women’s shelter I was involved with years ago. But I’m talking about a different kind of list. Quite a few readers have asked me how I keep track […]

Keeping Busy

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192023
 

After our day in town on Friday, we stayed busy at home yesterday. After a light breakfast of mixed berries and a half bagel each, I spent an hour or so answering emails. One was from an old friend who lives in Minnesota, telling me that she was not ready for their long, cold winter […]

Fire Pit

 Posted by at 1:22 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 142023
 

We enjoy sitting out on our back deck, but with cooler weather coming we knew that would limit how much we could take advantage of it. So we decided to look into getting a propane heater or fire pit to use in the coming months. Terry did a lot of research online and settled on […]

Crunching Words

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 132023
 

We didn’t get all the rain over the weekend that the weatherman had predicted, but every little bit helps. We are supposed to have more rain off and on throughout this coming week, and the temperature has dropped a bit, making it a good time to stay inside and crunch words. And that’s what I’ve […]

A Few More Days

 Posted by at 1:20 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 242023
 

If the weatherman is to be believed, we should have a few more days of this blistering hot weather with triple-digit temperatures and high humidity before things start to break on Monday or Tuesday. He says that early next week we will see the 80s again, and possibly some rain. I can’t wait. I am […]

Crunching Words

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 222023
 

We are still dealing with oppressive heat here in west central Alabama, and with temperatures predicted to be in the triple digits most of this week, it’s a good time to stay inside as much as possible, which is exactly what we are doing. There’s only so much goofing off I can do, especially when […]

Feb 262023
 

I spent most of yesterday working on my new Tinder Street book, A Changing World, and as always with this series, a lot of time was dedicated to research and checking facts to get the timeline correct for the events that were happening in the last half of the Great Depression. I’m about 8,500 words […]

The Big 50!

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162022
 

I have a birthday coming up in the next few weeks, but that’s not the reason for today’s blog title. That birthday happened almost 20 years ago. But I achieved another milestone yesterday when Pucker Factor, the 11th book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series, went live on Amazon. This is my 50th book, […]

Close But No Cigar

 Posted by at 12:54 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312022
 

I said in yesterday’s blog that I had written 9,000 words and if I could do the same thing for the next day or two, I would finish my new John Lee book. Well, I had another good writing day, but not quite that good. By the end of the day, I had knocked out […]

Cataracts And Kayaks

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 292022
 

A week or so ago, I mentioned that Terry’s eye doctor said it’s about time to consider cataract surgery for her. We knew it was coming, and she’s been wanting to get it over with, but just needed to wait for the doctor to give the okay. She had an appointment at Kutryb Eye Institute in […]

Not Going To Do It

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 282022
 

I had my RF nerve ablations done on June 13th and 20th. They were outpatient procedures, and a couple of weeks after the second one I had a follow-up appointment with the doctor’s office in Orlando. If traffic isn’t bad we can make the trip in about an hour and 15 minutes, but you never […]

Jul 242022
 

No, I’m not Santa Claus, although I am a jolly little fat man. And I used to dress up and play Santa for the kids at the women’s shelter I was involved with years ago. But I’m talking about a different kind of list. Quite a few readers have asked me how I keep track […]