Feeling Much Better

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 282024
 

Thank you to everyone who sent e-mails, text messages, or blog comments expressing concern about my recent medical episode. I’m happy to say that the antibiotics they have me on seem to be working because I’m feeling much better now. Even so, I didn’t get a lot accomplished yesterday. I started the day by answering […]

Double Nickle

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242024
 

More years ago than I care to remember, I had a birthday coming up and told Miss Terry I was going to hit the double nickels, 55 years old. Terry corrected me and told me I was already 55, and the next day I would turn 56. I didn’t believe her and had to check […]

The Real Work

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 232023
 

I spent all day yesterday fine tuning my new John Lee Quarrels book, Jackpot. After making the corrections suggested by my proofreaders, I then spent several hours running it through ProWritingAid. It is a program I recently acquired that is designed to help authors polish their work before publication. It has a lot of tools, […]

Dec 222023
 

In yesterday’s blog I told you about all the work our son Travis and I accomplished on Wednesday, cutting up some downed trees and limbs and running them through the wood chipper. But I didn’t tell you about the beautiful Christmas gift Travis made for us. I’ve shown you some of the barn quilts he […]

Dec 232022
 

Battling computer problems all the way, yesterday I managed to finish all of the read-through and corrections to Big Lake Drunk and print the rest of the pages out for Terry to edit and proofread. Then I wrote the teaser chapter for the next book in the series, Big Lake Assault. Terry is past the […]

Dec 212022
 

With one delay after another, I said that I was going to try to get my new book, Big Lake Drunk, out by Christmas. Then Roberta, one of my proofreaders, started having computer problems, and I was afraid that would postpone things even more. But she managed to pull it off and got the last […]

Another Step Done

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 182022
 

Note: Several readers who have entered this week’s drawing have reported that they are getting e-mail notices every time somebody else enters. At the bottom of the drawing page, just above the Submit Comment tab, there is a box that they apparently checked that says Notify Me Of New Comments. If this happens to you, you should […]

Apr 052022
 

I spent most of yesterday correcting the last chapters I wrote in my new book, The Hard Years, then printed them out for Terry to edit and proofread. After I did that, I looked through the whole manuscript, correcting a couple of other errors that got missed. One of the problems with doing a series […]

Sep 152021
 

In response to questions about my writing, I posted a blog titled A Day In The Life a while back describing a typical day in my life as an author. That blog led to other questions about the process that goes into it all, getting a book from concept to finished and available for my […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Proofing Frenzy

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
May 262020
 

After reading Sunday’s Newspaper Days blog post titled Jaws, a reader asked how we kept the giant shark from decaying. It was packed in ice on the boat, and once we got it to my friend’s taxidermy shop, he and his son went to work skinning it. I didn’t stay around to watch that, just […]

#32? Is That Possible?

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032018
 

Miss Terry and my other proofreaders all went the extra mile, like they always do, and finished with my latest book, Strawberry Slugbug, Monday evening. So yesterday I went through the manuscript making their corrections and getting it formatted to publish. It’s always a crap shoot as to how long Amazon’s Kindle publishing program takes […]

Sorry To Disappoint

 Posted by at 3:03 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 132014
 

It seems like I’ve been spending a lot of time telling people no lately, and as much as I try to be accommodating to others whenever I can, I know that I’ve disappointed some folks. In the last two days alone, four different people have asked if Terry or I would look at their book […]

Aug 092009
 

When we got back to Elkhart Campground on Thursday, we had a huge box of mail awaiting us, so we spent most of Friday getting orders ready to mail out, and we managed to make it to the post office a few minutes before closing time. Yesterday we spent the day logging in all of […]