To say that we are humbled by the many, many responses we got after our announcement that this was the last issue of the Gypsy Journal would be an understatement. All day long yesterday I answered emails and texts and Facebook messages, and read comments on the blog from so many people thanking us for all the years we published the paper, thanking us for our advice, thanking us for our rallies, and thanking us for being the inspiration they needed to follow their own dreams. I can’t tell you how much you all touched both of our hearts.
We said in our announcement that we were closing down the paper and that we would be processing refunds for the unused portions of people’s subscriptions, but about 80% of the ones we have heard from so far have told us not to send them any refund. Some said to pool the money together and treat ourselves to a great dinner or something. That’s very nice of you.
As I said before, this was not an easy decision to come to, and it has also been bittersweet. This will be the first time in well over 30 years that I have not been involved in some form of newspaper publishing.
But while we are no longer publishing the Gypsy Journal, we are not retiring. We will never be able to do that. We are just taking a new direction. I will continue doing the daily blog and I have a lot of books left to write. I have been turning out four books a year on average, but maybe with the extra time I can up that number to five or even six. Or, I may spend part of that time fishing or flying kites.
Several people have asked me if having more time available means that Bad Nick may show up once in a while. I’m not making any promises, but who knows? Anything’s possible.
Right now, I’m into my next book. On August 30 I began working on Badge Bunny and finished it October 13. Yesterday I started Big Lake Snowdaze, book #13 in the Big Lake mystery series. I didn’t have a lot of time, but still managed to get down about 2,000 words. I plan to have it out in mid-December.
But no writing for me today. I have an appointment at the VA clinic in Daytona Beach this afternoon. Since we haven’t been out much lately, we will take advantage of the opportunity while we are over there to do a bit of shopping for some things we can’t find here. And did I hear somebody say Chinese buffet? Oh, was that me? I guess it was!
We want to get home early enough to avoid any kids that may be out trick-or-treating. I don’t know how much people really do that anymore, but many years ago I had a couple of little ones in their costumes run right across the street in front of me. I wasn’t going very fast and managed to stop in plenty of time, but it still scared me more than any ghost or goblin who might be out there.
Last year we didn’t have one person come to the door on Halloween, but we bought a bag of candy just in case. Of course, we made sure it was a candy that we like ourselves. We wouldn’t want it to go to waste, would we?
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Thought For The Day – I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.