Terry has finished proofing the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and today I’ll make the final corrections, and then upload it to our printer’s webserver. This is issue 84, which is our fourteen year anniversary issue. That’s a lot of miles of RV travel!
I have some author friends whose output amazes me. Some are putting out a new book every six to eight weeks and I wonder how they can do it. But the other day I got to crunching numbers and realized that six issues of the Gypsy Journal a year comes out to somewhere around 180,000 to 185,000 words. Between my daily RV blog, my self-publishing blog, and the Bad Nick Blog, I write an average of another 255,000 words a year, for a total of 435,000 words. Since my novels average about 75,000 words, that comes out to 5.8 books a year. Last year I released four books, so I guess if you put it all together, my output is about the same. Okay, is that enough math for today? I hope so, since I failed just about every math class I ever took.
While we’re on the subject of books, between Amazon and Smashwords my latest book, Big Lake Blizzard, hit 500 sales yesterday, in just twelve days since it was released. Thank you all for your support, for telling your friends about the book, and for the wonderful reviews on Amazon.
For another good read, my friend Chris Ward, the acclaimed author of the The Tube Riders trilogy and the supernatural thriller The Man Who Built the World has a brand new book out on Amazon called Head of Words. Chris is a good writer, check out his newest release.
Speaking of good guys, we lost a dear friend Thursday when Jerry Ray passed away after a long battle with lung cancer. Not only was Jerry a popular driving instructor for Dick Reed’s RV Driving School and a fellow Life on Wheels instructor, he was also one of the kindest, nicest men I have ever known. When we first bought our old MCI bus conversion, Jerry, an experienced bus driver, spent a lot of time with us, explaining the quirks of the underpowered old two-stroke Detroit diesels and how to get the most out of them. I still remember Jerry saying, “These things were made to run and you can’t hurt it unless you try to baby it. Wind that engine up and get yourself some RPMs and drive it like you just had a fight with your wife and you’re mad at the world.” Rest in peace, my dear friend.
As I shared here before, for a long time now I have been very frustrated with my iMac computer and the lack of support from Apple I have received. When I tried to get it repaired at several Apple stores, most recently in Orlando, they told me they were swamped and my best bet was to take it back where I bought it. Since I bought it at the Apple store in Mishawaka, Indiana, that presented a problem.
Three weeks ago I got a promotional e-mail from the Mishawaka store, inviting me to come in and see their newest toys. I replied that since I was fed up with my iMac, I wouldn’t be purchasing any more Apple products, and got a reply from the new business manager at that store saying that he’d like to “gain my trust back with Apple.” So I wrote and explained all of the problems my machine has. Three weeks later there was still no response from him. Well, that sure helps gain my trust, doesn’t it?
So when I got another promo e-mail the other day I replied and let them know what I thought of their company and the most recent way they had dropped the ball. The next day I received a reply from somebody else, saying the business manager is out of town, but now this person wants to “rebuild a relationship with you, and repair your past experiences with Apple.” At least when I replied to her, she got back to me the next day and apologized for the problems we have had and said that both my iMac and Terry’s, which were bought on the same day, have AppleCare extended warranties covering them until September 2014. (Of course, that doesn’t matter if I have to go all the way back to Indiana for service.) So we’ll see where things go from here. At this point, I’m still not impressed.
Thought For The Day – I’m good enough to forgive you, but not dumb enough to trust you again.