Jul 042016
 

Happy birthday to my country, the greatest nation the world has ever known. We’ve had a lot of problems along the way, and sometimes some of us have strayed from the path, but we all seem to get together when we need to and get the job done.



I know there’s a lot of turmoil in our country right now, and I hear a lot of doom and gloom from both sides, but the truth is, when push comes to shove, we’ll make it. I’m proud to be an American and proud to have served this wonderful land of ours. And I would gladly do it all over again if I was called.

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Yesterday was a record writing day for me, a little over 8,500 words. I don’t think l I’ve ever done that much in one day. As I recall, my best day before then was a little over 7,000 words. I’m real close to the halfway point in my new Big Lake mystery novel. It’s really flowing right along and if things keep going at this pace I’ll have it out by the end of the month. I said a while back that I plan to turn out at least four books this year, and hopefully five. This will be number three of that four, so it looks like I’m right on track.



I also set a goal of writing 1,000 words a day in my books this year. That doesn’t include the Gypsy Journal, or the 500+ word blog I do every day of the year. Yesterday was day number 185 of the year, and when I closed the manuscript file last night I had a total of 180,285 words done in my two finished books and my work in progress. So I’m moving right along and sticking pretty close to that goal.

Of course, except for the blog, I don’t write every day. Sometimes I’ll go two or three days without doing anything with the blog, and a few weeks ago when we were in Alabama visiting my son Travis and his wife Geli I didn’t write a word for the whole week, except the blog. Then I will have days where I routinely write 2,000 or 3,000 words, and the occasional marathon day like yesterday.

Even with all of that, after Terry made a delicious dinner of grilled cheese burgers with homemade French fries yesterday we decided to take advantage of the pleasant evening and go for a walk. We made two complete laps around Elkhart Campground, which according to the Run Keeper app on my phone, was 1.2 miles. Not bad for a fat guy. If I did that two or three times a day for a year or two, and stayed away from the junk food, I might work my way down to just being chubby. Naaa, we all know that’s probably not going to happen.

Then, later in the evening, longtime readers George and Linda Loutzenhiser stopped over for a visit. We had talked to Linda briefly on Saturday, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen George, so it was nice to catch up.

Congratulations Betsy Sposetta, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Northstar Angels romance series. We had 88 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – Life is a one-time offer. Use it well.

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  One Response to “Happy Birthday America!”

  1. Thank you for your service, Nick. I was in the Navy during the early 60’s and like you, would do it all over again if called. They were great years for a young boy that grew up in a small farming town south of Toledo, Ohio. I got to see the world, as the recruiting posters said, and what I saw made me appreciate that great country of ours even more.

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