So Many Rabbit Holes

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 292024
 

The hardest part about writing the Tinder Street series is all the research that has to be done to get the historical events right. Actually, that’s not the hard part, that’s the fun part as far as I’m concerned. The hard part is that there are so many rabbit holes that I find myself going […]

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 […]

Jul 132023
 

Note: For some reason, some blog subscribers are not getting the pictures in today’s blog. If that includes you, please try this link https://www.gypsyjournal.net/2023/07/a-project-for-terry-2/ I started yesterday with a telephone interview with someone who is writing an article about going to school in Toledo, Ohio back in the so-called good old days, and she wanted […]

Jul 132023
 

I started yesterday with a telephone interview with someone who is writing an article about going to school in Toledo, Ohio back in the so-called good old days, and she wanted to talk to me about my experiences as a student in junior high and high school, and also about the books in my Tinder […]

Q&A

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 122023
 

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 know you guys sold your bus a long time […]

Jun 112023
 

While we were in Tuscaloosa a couple of days ago, we stopped at PetSmart to pick up a couple of things, one of them an identification tag for Alli. They have a neat machine there called TagWorks, where you purchase a blank ID tag from several different styles, colors, and sizes to choose from. Once […]

Jun 092023
 

Sometimes when people come to me for advice, I have to burst their bubble, as much as I hate to. Such was the case the other day when a neighbor stopped by to tell me about a book of poetry he had self-published a couple of years ago, asking me how he could get people […]

Mar 282023
 

I’m sure we’ve all heard the old thing about telling a lie so many times you begin to believe it’s true. Apparently that also can happen when you tell a story in fiction often enough. Let me explain. My Tinder Street family saga is set in the Old South End of Toledo, Ohio. I know […]

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 […]

I’m Back!

 Posted by at 12:29 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162021
 

I’m just like a bad rash. Just about the time you think you got rid of me, here I come again! The blog crashed sometime Saturday afternoon and people were getting an error saying that it couldn’t connect with the server and to please try again. I waited an hour or two and tried again, […]

Apr 072021
 

One of the perks of running a small town newspaper is that you get first shot at some pretty good deals now and then. I’ve always been into guns, classic cars, and motorcycles, and the people working the front desk at all of my newspapers knew that if somebody came in wanting to place an […]

Aug 272020
 

His name was Dave, and the first time I met him I thought he was an old geezer. What hair he had left was white and he walked with a noticeable limp, aided by a cane. But there was nothing old about Dave. Not at all! His daughter was visiting from California and called my […]

Jul 092020
 

I thought it would take me several more days but I got at it hard yesterday and by dinnertime, exactly a month and a week after I started, the first book in my Tinder Street family saga series is finished. Before edits, it came in at 105K words. But as I said in yesterday’s blog, […]

Veterans Day

 Posted by at 8:22 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112019
 

In yesterday’s blog I said that today I would talk about our return trip from Ohio to Florida. But instead, I want to share some thoughts on veterans and Veterans Day. My family has a long tradition of military service. At least two great grandfathers that I know of were in the Civil War. Yes, […]

Trip Q&A

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 062019
 

I have received quite a few questions about our trip to Ohio and thought I’d answer a few of them in today’s blog. Q. Why did you wait until it got cold up north to go up there instead of making the trip earlier in the year when it was so hot in Florida? A. […]

Nov 022019
 

While I have had more success with my mystery books than I ever could have imagined, thanks to loyal readers like you wonderful folks, for a while now I have been toying with the idea of writing a family saga type series spanning several generations from the early 1900s through the Vietnam War. One reason […]

May 272019
 

Many people believe that Memorial Day is a day for celebrating military veterans, but that’s not true. That’s what Veterans Day is for. On Memorial Day we honor the men and women of the Armed Forces who gave their lives for our country. Some of them died in battle, some died due to accidents or […]

USS Turner Joy

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 112019
 

Navy ships are about as common a sight as Starbucks coffee shops in Bremerton, Washington, thanks to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. On one of our visits there were three or four old aircraft carriers and a few other vessels painted Navy gray. But one ship, the USS Turner Joy, has a special place in […]

Soon, I Promise

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 092019
 

I have received a number of emails and messages wanting to know when my new John Lee Quarrels book, Sweet Tea And Jesus, will be out. It’s with the final proofreader and I expect to get back from her at any time. As soon as she does, I will make any final corrections she pointed […]

Fallen Heroes

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 072018
 

Some come alone, others bring their families, and some arrive in small groups. They come for many reasons. For some it is a place to remember. For others it is a place to heal. For everybody who comes here, it is a place to pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to their […]