Nick’s Blog

Jul 162019

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t have anything else to talk about today.

I don’t know what’s going on with Amazon these days, but something is really messed up there. Last week some of my books were marked “unavailable” for several hours and then they were back with no explanation as to why it happened. Then yesterday morning my newest book, Big Lake Ninja, had seven 5 star reviews. Every author appreciates reviews, the more the better. So I was disappointed when I happened to check it around 5 PM and all of its reviews had disappeared. An hour later they were back, and then they were gone again. Hopefully they will be back to stay soon, but with Amazon you never know.

In other news, it seems like the ongoing website issues I have been having with the blog seem to be fixed now. For a long time people who subscribed to it were not getting the daily blog, only the previous day’s post. Then suddenly people trying to log on were getting a message saying that the website had been hijacked. We ran all kinds of scans on it and nothing showed up, and finally I had to pay Go Daddy even more money than I already am and they did something to remedy the issue. But when I asked them how to prevent it from happening again, they really weren’t too clear on that. I guess their answer is always, “just throw more money at us.”

Something weird happened while we were having dinner Sunday afternoon. I started feeling very lightheaded and disoriented and had a tingly feeling in my head. I’m glad Terry and our friend Jim Lewis were with me, because there is no way I could have driven home. It was hard enough just standing up and walking out to the car.

I’m not sure what caused it, but it persisted into the evening. By bedtime it had pretty much gone away, but I had a headache and was very tired. Yesterday morning I woke up and felt like I had a hangover, but by the afternoon I was feeling a lot better. Not completely back to my old self, but better than I was. I put a call in to my doctor and am waiting for him to get back to me.

I spent some time working on my next John Lee Quarrels book, Dead Romeos, yesterday but my head was still kind of foggy and I was having trouble concentrating. I managed to get 3,000 words in, which fell short of the 5,000 word goal I had for the day, but it’s a start.

Since I’m still not at 100%, this is about all you’re going to get out of me today. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to do a better blog for you.

But before I go, 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. I’ve never been a fan of veggies in any form, but when they take the fat away, what’s left? Just lettuce?

Thought For The Day – We are sometimes taken into troubled waters not to be drowned, but to be cleansed.

Big Fish

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Jul 152019

You never know what you’re going to find when you get off the interstate highways and start exploring America’s back roads. That is where we have found some of our most memorable experiences. An example is when we visited Spectre, Alabama. Don’t bother looking for Spectre on any map, because you won’t find it. The […]

Jul 142019

While you might picture the wide open spaces out west when you think about wild horses, you really don’t have to venture any further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina to see some of these beautiful creatures living wild and free. Shackleford Banks, an island located three miles from the mainland in Cape Lookout […]

Jul 132019

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’s Alive!

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Jul 122019

Yesterday was a crazy busy day. Just as promised, Wednesday evening the final proofreader finished Big Lake Ninja and sent the manuscript back to me so I could start working on it yesterday morning. Unfortunately, lately my back has been giving me a lot of problems again, so Wednesday night I could hardly sleep. No […]

Jul 112019

I love hearing from blog readers, and in an average week I will get well over 100 personal emails. Many of those emails have questions about RVing or other things I’ve written about, and I’m always happy to answer to the best of my ability. If I don’t know the answer, I try to refer […]

Jul 102019

And some days you’re the bug. I definitely knew which one I was yesterday. It was just one of those days. It started out on a good note. After Miss Terry made a delicious breakfast of made from scratch blueberry pancakes (that’s the only way Terry cooks; from scratch), I answered a bunch of email, […]

Gunk’s Boys

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Jul 092019

Some of you are probably aware that I collect badges. My main interests are police badges, like these. Or this display that focuses on my father’s career. But I also collect other badges, including chauffeur badges, taxicab driver badges, company employee badges, and whatever happens to catch my fancy. Several blog readers have been kind […]

Jul 082019

Born into slavery sometime in the early to mid-1860s in Missouri, George Washington Carver recognized the value of an education at a very young age. In that time and place in America it wasn’t an easy goal to achieve, but we can all be grateful he never gave up on his quest for knowledge. It […]

How Did I Miss That?

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Jul 072019

Until blog reader Misty Farrell brought it to my attention yesterday, I did not realize I had failed to start a new drawing for the last week. Usually our free drawings begin on Thursday and the winner is drawn Sunday evening. How did I miss that? The only excuse I have is that between the […]