Jun 072020
 

Publishing small-town newspapers on the Pacific Northwest coast and in Arizona was a lot of fun, and I like to think that sometimes my publications made a difference in the communities they served. I gained a reputation for stepping on toes, and that was all right with me because sometimes those toes really needed to […]

Sep 302019
 

Usually when I upload a new book to Amazon it goes live within eight hours, and sometimes much less. As I recall, Big Lake Ninja took about 90 minutes to go live. On one occasion, early on in my self-publishing experience, I seem to recall a book taking 24 hours, but that has been the […]

Sep 292019
 

After spending a few hours making the last corrections suggested by my proofreaders, at 3:43 yesterday afternoon I hit Publish on Dead Romeos, my seventh John Lee Quarrels mystery and my 38th book. It came in at 85,225 words, making it my third longest book, with only Big Lake Lynching at 100,113 words and Black […]

Sep 282019
 

I’m sorry to have flaked out on everybody and not post a blog yesterday. It’s something I try very hard not to ever allow to happen. But sometimes life gets in the way. When I had my biopsy surgery on Monday, they sent me home with something called Tramadol, which is an opioid-based pain medication. […]

No Blog Today

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 272019
 

Sorry, but no blog today. I was having a reaction to new meds most of the day and evening and just don’t have the energy. It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. […]

True Dignity

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262019
 

Travelers on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain, South Dakota are often delighted by a beautiful 50 foot tall sculpture of a Native American woman located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River between exits 263 and 265. This amazing work of art is called Dignity and represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota and […]

They Tied The Knot!

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 042019
 

I worked pretty much nonstop from the time I got up yesterday until around 8:30 in the evening, finishing my newest book, Big Lake Wedding. Yes, Sheriff Jimmy and Robyn finally got to walk down the aisle. But it wasn’t without plenty of challenges thrown in on their way to holy matrimony. This is my […]

#32? Is That Possible?

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032018
 

Miss Terry and my other proofreaders all went the extra mile, like they always do, and finished with my latest book, Strawberry Slugbug, Monday evening. So yesterday I went through the manuscript making their corrections and getting it formatted to publish. It’s always a crap shoot as to how long Amazon’s Kindle publishing program takes […]

Take That, Steve!

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 302018
 

Well, it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped, but on the other hand it wasn’t as difficult as I had feared. My new computer is up and running, and it seems like everything is working as it should. We started setting it up on Saturday and quickly realize that there was a problem with […]

Mar 192018
 

We had a busy weekend, and by the end of the day yesterday we had finished paneling one of the 50 foot long walls of the garage, except for trim pieces. Cutting the paneling to fit around the two windows was the most time-consuming part. That’s the longest continual wall. The front and back are […]

A Great Little Find

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182018
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, using the self-drilling screws to attach the furring strips in our garage wasn’t working out, and I planned to get some carbide tipped drill bits to make drilling pilot holes easier. We have a great little family owned business just a mile or so from us called Anchor Hardware, […]

Boy Scout Lessons

 Posted by at 12:15 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 242016
 

Like a lot of kids from my generation, I was a Boy Scout at one time. I enjoyed our weekly troop meetings and camping expeditions. Well, except for one scary incident when our leader took us on a hike across a frozen lake in Ohio. We were halfway across when I fell through the ice. […]

Nov 022015
 

We are having a great time hanging out here at Nancy Kissack‘s place in Atwater, California. A couple of days ago we rebuilt four security light fixtures on the front of her garage and installed an automatic dusk till dawn switch for them. Not wanting to overstay our welcome and looking for something else we […]

Nov 012015
 

Did you know there are three kinds of bees in the world? There are worker bees, drones, and the queen bee. The queen bee has it made. The rest of the bees in the hive are born to serve her. After all, she’s the queen, right? The worker bees are other female bees who do […]

Guy Rules

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 052015
 

Okay, fellows, this is for your eyes only. If your beautiful bride spots this we’re both in big trouble. These helpful hints are guaranteed to make things easier as you travel down the highway of life with the girl of your dreams. Strict adherence to these “guy rules” can add years of enjoyment to your […]

How Does She Do It?

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 102014
 

It’s rained so much the last couple of days that we spent the weekend at home, just waiting for things to dry out a little bit. We made good use of the time – I reformatted several of my print books for Amazon’s Create Space print division on Saturday while Miss Terry worked her way […]

A Slow 90 Miles

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 052014
 

The mid-term elections are finally over, and I for one say, not a minute too soon. Now we can finally stop with all of the endless political ads telling us how bad the other guy (or gal) is and get back to advertising from pharmaceutical companies that want us to tell our doctors what meds […]

I Broke It!

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
May 272014
 

Anybody who knows me well knows that I can keep a platoon of mechanics and handymen busy with all of the things I mess up in the course of a day. But yesterday I impressed even myself. Just by joining RVillage, the great new social network for RVers, I crashed the whole thing! Call me […]

A Milestone

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
May 232014
 

Yesterday Miss Terry reached an important milestone when she applied for Social Security. It won’t be a lot of money coming in every month, but every little bit helps, right? I’ll be doing the same thing in about three months. Yes, I married an older woman. Or Terry robbed the cradle, depending on how you […]

Which Four?

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
May 212014
 

I try to be a nice guy, I really do. I hold doors open for other people, I smile and say hello to strangers, and I wish my Facebook friends happy birthday even if we’ve never met in person. But sometimes I just can’t resist pulling someone’s chain. Several years ago I owned a beautiful […]