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Getting A Lot Done

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 222014

I have had a lot of blog readers asking me what I suggest they do for internet access now that Verizon has acquired Millenicom’s accounts and it seems to be out of the internet business. I don’t really know what to advise anybody because at this point the entire industry seems to be in a state of flux. As I understand it, both Verizon and AT&T are offering double data deals through the end of this month. It might be a good idea to check them out. Chris and Cherie at Technomadia are much better informed than I am on all of this, and have an article on their website titled October Mobile Internet Cellular Shake-Up that you should check out.

We planned to go to Savannah yesterday and play tourist, but about 2 a.m. it started raining and continued all night long. This surprised us because the weather report was for clear skies for the next 7 – 10 days. When we got up yesterday morning the weatherman was saying he had no idea where the storm came from or if it was going to linger, so we postponed our trip until today.

Since we always have plenty to do, a last minute change of plans wasn’t a problem. Terry spent the day finishing her latest weaving project and I kept busy formatting the print edition of Big Lake Scandal. My cover artist, Elizabeth Mackey, finished the print cover last night, and today I will upload it to CreateSpace, Amazon’s book printing division.

In response to so many of your requests, I also enrolled Big Lake Scandal and Bad Nick in Amazon’s Select and Kindle Unlimited programs. It’s a great deal for readers who are Amazon Prime members or members of Kindle Unlimited; you can read all of my books for free! If you don’t belong to Kindle Unlimited, check it out. Your first 30 days are free and you can cancel if it doesn’t meet your needs. It’s also a good deal for authors. Whenever somebody downloads one of my books and reads at least ten percent of it, I get paid a commission. It’s not as much as for an outright sale, but it all adds up. I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to start a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Ohio town in 1951. If I had to name one of my books as my favorite, it would be this one. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawings link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


If you enjoy the outdoors and like a good chuckle, check out Ben Rehder’s Fun & Game Wardens. In my days as a small town newspaper publisher I did several ride-alongs with the local game wardens and they shared many stories with me. Ben’s book is a fun, true to life read that reflects those stories and the things I saw on those ride-alongs. Buy this book, I’m sure you’ll like it as much as I did.

Thought For The Day – When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. – Susan Heller

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Hilton Head Beach Day

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212014

When we spent a week in Key West, Florida a few years back, we were disappointed to find that even though it’s an island, access to the water was limited to a few narrow beaches and they were crowded with people elbow to elbow. So we didn’t know what to expect when we went to [...]

Oct 202014

Yesterday afternoon I finished the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and then Terry spent several hours giving it a final proofing before I uploaded it to the printer’s web server last night. We have a few days to relax before it gets shipped back to us, so is it time to play yet? I [...]

Almost Done

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 192014

Except for our trip here from Morehead City, I’ve spent the last few days working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and it’s almost done. All that’s left is to drop in Terry’s recipe column and for her to give it a final proofread. I think our readers are really going to enjoy [...]

Oct 182014

We were pretty worn out from waking up early and our nearly 400 mile trip Thursday, so we slept soundly our first night here at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort. I’d have liked to have slept in a little bit yesterday morning, but was awakened to the sound of a maintenance guy trimming the brush [...]

Oct 172014

First of all, I want to thank everybody for your birthday greetings on the blog, by e-mail and on Facebook. You all make me feel very special. And speaking of birthdays and special people, today is our friend Elaine Loscher’s birthday. It’s never polite to ask a lady her age, but I’m pretty sure Elaine [...]

Oct 162014

If we look like we are sporting nice suntans the next time you see us, take a closer look because it’s not what it seems. What you are actually seeing is rust. Yeah, it rained that much yesterday. The storm that has been raging across the country had lost a lot of its momentum by [...]

Oct 152014

We had planned to leave Morehead City today and continue our southward journey, but a nasty storm system tracking through the country is bringing lots of wind and rain to this region of the coast, so we’re going to stay here until it passes through. It’s part of that flexibility that all fulltime RVers have [...]

Oct 142014

In a blog post a few days ago I wrote that I had crossed something off my bucket list by catching a saltwater fish from the pier in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. But somebody said it wasn’t official, since a fellow who was fishing actually hooked the fish and then handed me the pole. And [...]

Oct 132014

Note: We are revisiting some of our favorite old places that we’ve been to before, and sharing some of their stories again from our previous visits. At the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, we found an impressive collection of nautical exhibits that tell the story of North Carolina’s seafaring past, and how it has [...]