I appreciate everybody who bought a copy of my new book, Big Lake Ninja, and told their family and friends about it. It’s off to a very good start. If I could ask one more favor of you, once you finish reading the book would you please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads? It really helps other readers choose books to add to their libraries.
To those who asked how my back pain is doing, thank you for your concern. I’ve seen a little bit of relief and was able to sleep through the night on Thursday. Well, except for the usual trips to the bathroom. Getting older is so much fun. But it does beat the heck out of the alternative!
In yesterday’s blog I said I would probably goof off for a day or two before starting my next book, Dead Romeos. Well, that idea didn’t last. As I have shared with you before, I have been mulling over the idea of writing a family saga, and when Miss Terry had a dream about a story like that a while back, it lit a fire in my brain and the series has been unfolding in my head ever since. So yesterday I wrote the first chapter, just to see what I thought about it. I liked it, but I’m prejudiced, so I showed it to Terry. And she liked it, too! I’m not sure when I’ll go forward with it because I have enough on my plate already, once a story gets to working in my head, I have to let it out sooner or later.
While I was doing that, Terry spent some time working on a project she’s weaving on one of her looms. She tells me it’s an intricate pattern that takes a lot of concentration, which is Terry-speak for “go away and leave me alone, I’m busy.” I think it’s going to look great once it’s done.
Later she stopped working on the weaving project and launched into something else she loves and is outstanding at, which is making dinner. In this case, it was shrimp and grits with peppered bacon bits, which were beyond delicious. Yes, I know, I’m a very lucky man.
Besides writing the first chapter of the family saga I mentioned above, I also finished formatting my authors newsletter and sent it out to my 1200 or so subscribers. This time around, I included a list of blogs by some of my author friends that I thought some of you might find interesting. If you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter yet, you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you added to the mailing list. I only send the newsletter out a few times a year, to introduce new books and talk about the writing life, and I never share your information with anyone else.
In other news, the lady with the “Cherokee” husband has unfriended me on Facebook and canceled her subscription to the blog, not because of what I wrote about her quest to prove her husband’s Native American heritage, even though there’s nothing to support it, but rather because I doubted her word. I’m sorry, but if your grandparents immigrated from Germany and Ireland, you’re not a full-blooded Indian. I don’t make those rules, I just report them.
We are on the east coast of Florida and away from the bad weather in the Gulf, but we are still seeing a lot of rain, which is the typical pattern for Florida in the summertime. No problem, we’ve got plenty to keep us busy here at home. I imagine today will be more of the same, weaving and writing.
And in closing, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. Thank you for this one, Jim Harper.
So far over 125 people have entered our Free Drawing for an autographed copy of Terry’s cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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.
Thought For The Day – The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. – Benjamin Franklin