I have been pushing hard, trying to get my new book Sweet Tea And Jesus finished, and doing a lot of binge writing to get it accomplished. Yesterday was a marathon writing day, I went at it pretty much nonstop and by the end of the day I had another 11,237 words under my belt. That puts me at close to 73,000 words total, and hopefully I’ll be able to finish sometime this weekend. I’m looking forward to it.
After I’m done, I’ll print it out for Terry to edit and proof, then it will be Beverly’s turn. And since she’s living here with us now, the turnaround time should be a lot quicker. Then it will be on to proofreader number three. Meanwhile, my wonderful cover designer, Elizabeth Mackey, is working up some ideas for the cover now.
In other news, I got an email from some folks the other day telling me how crooked the dealer they bought their motorhome from is. That doesn’t surprise me, since there are a lot of shady dealers out there. Not all of them are bad by any means, but there are enough bad apples that the entire bunch begins to be suspect.
However, in this case the customers are being completely unrealistic. They wrote that they decided to try the snowbird thing to get out of the cold Minnesota winters and bought a new motorhome in October.
They headed for the Mission, Texas area in late November and it didn’t take long for them to realize that the RV lifestyle is not for them. They hate everything about it, from the cramped living quarters inside the motorhome to being parked so close to so many other RVs, having to do the Navy shower thing to conserve hot water, and missing their family and friends so far away.
That happens sometimes and is the biggest reason I always urge people to “try it before they buy it” by renting an RV and taking a few short trips to get their feet wet and see what it’s all about before they make a major purchase like that. Apparently these folks didn’t.
Now they are back home in Minnesota and they are more than a little upset that the dealer wouldn’t take their rig back. They said they didn’t expect to get the money they had been paying on it for the last few months, but they really, truly believe the dealer should buy the rig back minus their five or six months payments, including refunding their down payment. They say there’s nothing wrong with the RV, they just don’t like it and they don’t like RVing.
I’ve heard of buyer’s remorse, but this is taking it to a whole new level. If they bought a car and drove it for six months, would they expect the dealer and take it back and give them their money back? Come to think of it, judging by the tone of their email, they probably would. I hope they never go to Las Vegas and expect the casinos to give them back the money they spend gambling because they weren’t having fun. Sorry folks, life doesn’t work that way.
Today I will read through what I wrote yesterday and make any corrections I see, and then it will be back at it, sitting here in my office, talking to myself and watching words suddenly appear on my computer screen. It’s like magic!
Before I go, here’s another chuckle to start your day, from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. And in this case, at the end of a long day on the road, I sometimes do find it refreshing.
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Thought For The Day – My therapist told me to write letters to the people I hate, then burn them, so I did. Now what do I do with the letters?