Yesterday was just one of those days. I woke up with every intention of getting a lot of things done and managed to accomplish nothing. Sometimes it just goes that way, I guess.
I had planned to knock out at least another 5,000 words in my new John Lee Quarrels book, but my back was acting up again and I couldn’t focus. I managed to get in just under 1,000 words and that was it. That happens sometimes.
When they delivered our new adjustable bed on Saturday we discovered that the legs are too long for short people like us, meaning we have to hoist ourselves up a couple of inches to get our butts on the bed, and when we sit on the side our feet don’t touch the floor. There are six tubular legs under the bed that screw on and off, and they have about a four-inch extension on them. It would seem be a simple matter to unscrew the legs from the bed frame, remove the extensions, then put the legs back on.
Yeah, it would seem that way. But we know real life never works out as planned. Unscrewing the legs themselves was not a problem, but the extensions are screwed on to the legs so tightly that we could only get one off. None of the adjustable wrenches or channel locks I have are big enough for the diameter of the legs and extensions, so I need a vice or a couple of strap wrenches or something like that. I’ll figure out something on that today.
I have 34 or 35 books out now, I can’t remember which it is. 10 of them are nonfiction, mostly about RVing and travel, and the others are all small-town mysteries. I have been alternating between the Big Lake mystery series and the John Lee Quarrels series, turning out four books a year, but I’ve always wanted to write some type of family saga.
While we were on our recent trip to Arizona, Terry had a dream about a family in the 1920s and 30s trying to make ends meet and do the right thing even though they were faced with all kinds of challenges along the way. She told me about it and it’s been rolling around in my head ever since. I am seriously thinking about trying to fit it into my writing schedule.
Ironically, as some of you know, I dreamed the entire plot of the first Big Lake book and then sat down and wrote it in a weekend, and it became a New York Times bestseller. Could history repeat itself? Maybe not, but I think it would be fun to write the series anyhow. Now if I could just find some way to cram an extra 8 or 12 hours into every day to find time to do it.
The other day I got a six month subscription to Newspapers.com to help research the family saga and it is fascinating to read the old papers. There is everything from the news of the day to gossip to police reports, all written in a style that often includes the reporter or editor’s feelings about an event.
One article I read from a Michigan newspaper, in the summer of 1903 reported that three young women (I forget their names) were “hauled before the judge after being charged with public indecency and a breach of morals.” They were arrested for drinking in a bar with several men and singing. And we worry about the kids of today? Even the newspaper advertisements from that time are interesting. How about a peck of onions for 24 cents? Or a “three-bedroom cottage with coal oil heat and indoor plumbing on a nice corner lot” for just $900? Ahh, the good old days!
Congratulations Doris W. Thye, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels series. We had 68 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!
Thought For The Day – You have permission to rest. You don’t have to be responsible for fixing everything and everyone that is broken.