Nick’s Blog

Aug 242017
 

If you are hanging out on the Texas Gulf Coast right now you should probably either hit the road or batten down the hatches because you’re gonna get wet! The weatherman here in Florida says tropical depression Harvey is headed toward the Texas coast and very likely will increase in strength before it gets there sometime Friday.



When we bought our place here on Florida’s Atlantic coast, a lot of people asked us if we weren’t afraid of hurricanes. Not really. In our 17+ years of fulltiming, we spent a lot of time in the Midwest during tornado season, and even had a couple of close calls. I have friends who are absolutely terrified of coming anywhere near Tornado Alley, even though tornadoes can hit anywhere. And I know other people who won’t go to California because they are afraid of earthquakes. Whether it be tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes or whatever, you can’t stop living just because something might happen someday. At least hurricanes give you lots of notice and plenty of time to get out of Dodge before they hit.

If I was going to be worried about being anyplace, it would be the Oregon and Washington coast. After all, when we were there two summers ago all the prognosticators were saying that the whole coastline was going to fall into the Pacific at any moment. Yeah, that didn’t happen either.

Actually, looking at the weather reports these days and reading our friend Nancy Kissack‘s blog, Terry and I are glad that we didn’t go to the Pacific Northwest this summer. Overall, it seems like it’s been a dreary, wet experience up there.

I spent all of yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, which is what I will be doing for a while yet. I made a lot of headway, formatting all the letters to the editor, and getting the Meandering Down The Highway travelogue done, as well as our columns on free campgrounds and RV dump stations.

Meanwhile, my new book, Big Lake Tragedy, is doing very well. Yesterday afternoon it hit #2349 in Amazon’s Kindle store and #68 in mystery/police procedurals. And I’m getting some nice comments from those of you who have read it. Thank you for your support.



Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Point Taken, the tenth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing 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.

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Thought For The Day – Never argue with a fool. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

It’s Live!

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 232017
 

My latest book, Big Lake Tragedy, is now available as an e-book on Amazon at this link, and if you are a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited you can read it there for free. The book went live around noon yesterday, and by midnight it was ranked #5418 in all of Amazon for paid e-books, and […]

Aug 222017
 

When I asked blog readers to share some of their RV tips, you folks responded with some great ideas. Some were things I’ve heard of before but had forgotten about, and others were new to me. Hopefully you will find some of them useful. Larry Merritt said before he ever backs into an RV site […]

Saved Some Money

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 212017
 

Anybody who knows me, or who has ever read this blog or the Gypsy Journal for very long knows that I am about the most un-handy man in the world. Seriously, if you ever see me with a tool in my hand, take it away quickly and scold me before I get into trouble. Because left […]

Two Down, One To Go

 Posted by at 1:29 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 202017
 

My new book, Big Lake Tragedy, has been through two proofreaders now, with one more to go. So it won’t be long now, folks! I don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited. Since we have been pretty much confined to the house while I was working on the new book, we decided to take […]

Getting Closer

 Posted by at 1:00 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 192017
 

Last night Terry finished the editing and first proofing of my new Big Lake book and I made the corrections. Then I sent it off to my other two proofreaders. It should be live sometime early next week. The book came in at just a little under 77,000 words. In looking at my notes, I […]

Watermen’s Museum

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 182017
 

Note: This story is from the January-February 2011 issue of the Gypsy Journal. On a visit to Yorktown, Virginia we discovered the charming little Watermen’s Museum, located on the bank of the York River, almost in the shadow of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge. We love small town museums, and this one was a […]

12, 17, And 27

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 172017
 

It’s been a writing marathon for the last few days for me. I got 8,000 words done Tuesday, and another 8,000 yesterday, and finished my newest book, Big Lake Tragedy. Today I will give it a final read-through and make any corrections that I see, then I will print it out so Miss Terry can […]

A Dozen More RV Tips

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 162017
 

You asked for them and you’ve got them! Here are twelve more RV tips learned in nearly two decades of fulltime RV travel or suggested by our readers. In my last blog about RV tips, I mentioned how important it was to know the actual height of your rig. Not just what the specs in […]

Q&A Time

 Posted by at 11:29 pm  Nick's Blog
Aug 142017
 

I get a lot of questions from Gypsy Journal subscribers and blog readers, and while I try to answer all of them individually, occasionally I like to share some with the folks here. Q. I am wondering if you have ever written any articles about starting your own blog – and/or website hosting services? If not, […]