Yesterday we put the final touches on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and after Miss Terry proofed it I sent it off to our printer back in Michigan. Well, I didn’t send it, I actually uploaded it to their web server. They’ll print it this coming week and get it shipped back to us so we can mail it out to our subscribers.
With that out of the way, it’s time to play. The annual Washington State International Kite Festival starts today and I’m sure we’ll be spending some time down on the beach. It, and kite flying itself, are two of the reasons we’re here this summer. The festival draws famous kite fliers from around the world, and tens of thousands spectators. There are kite flying demonstrations and lessons, as well as seminars on building kites, fighting kite contests, and choreographed flying events. And visitors are welcome to become a part of the fun by getting out on the beach to fly their own kites!
As for everybody else that’s here at the Long Beach Thousand Trails, salmon fishing seems to be the big attraction. No, this isn’t the parking lot at the local marina, it’s the overflow area here at the campground. They’re everywhere, along with lots of kids, lots of tent campers, and lots of yappy dogs.
For the last six weeks or so our friends Dan and Patty Chance have been in the same Thousand Trails campgrounds where we were, first in Newport and then Seaside, Oregon, and now here. They’re leaving today, headed for Elite Coach Renovation and Repair in Harrisburg, Oregon for some service work. We’ve enjoyed spending time with Dan and Patty and we’re looking forward to seeing them again in our travels.
Of course, life can’t be all about kites all of the time. My newest book, Big Lake Reckoning, is going through the proofing process and I hope to have it out soon. Meanwhile, I have started another book. This one is a stand alone mystery that has been rolling around inside my head for a while. It will be called Black Friday, and I’m already 5,000 words into it.
Speaking of books, if you enjoy historical fiction on an epic scale, check out The Hornet’s Nest A Novel of the Revolutionary War. Written by former President Jimmy Carter, it follows the lives of two brothers, Ethan and Henry Pratt as the war for independence sweeps across the deep South. Check it out, I think you’ll like it.
Congratulations to Reynald Fortier, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 117 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life.