Feb 212020
 

Get your mind out of the gutter. The title of today’s blog has nothing to do with one of those “gentlemen’s clubs” where guys go to be anything but gentlemen. I’m talking about being surrounded by beautiful girls here in our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona. This is me with my daughter Tiffany, and […]

Feb 202020
 

We spent eight days at the Superstition Springs La Quinta in Mesa, Arizona while we were in town to celebrate Terry’s parents’ birthdays, which included a family reunion with relatives coming in from as far away as New York for the festivities. We also spent some time browsing the local antique shops, me looking for […]

Jan 052020
 

As a former newspaperman and an independent book author and self-publisher, I hate typos. But I’ve also been at this game long enough to know that they are a part of life, and no matter how carefully you watch for them, they slip in. I have at least three or four proofreaders for every book […]

Jan 032020
 

Here’s another tale from the Nick Happens file, a collection of true stories about my adventures and misadventures over the years. We all know you can save a lot of money by doing your own vehicle maintenance and simple repairs. I even suggest it in my book The Frugal RVer. The problem is that there […]

Where The Buoys Are

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 022020
 

An oversize visitor from the north cloaked in red came to visit New Smyrna Beach for the holidays and has been generating a lot of excitement around here. No, I’m not talking about jolly old St. Nick. He comes around every year. This event is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing. News reports say that this huge […]

Trip Q&A

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 062019
 

I have received quite a few questions about our trip to Ohio and thought I’d answer a few of them in today’s blog. Q. Why did you wait until it got cold up north to go up there instead of making the trip earlier in the year when it was so hot in Florida? A. […]

October Q&A

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 062019
 

I’m back with more questions from blog readers about RVing, what’s happening in our lives since we hung up the keys, and all kinds of other things. While I try to answer all questions individually, I also share some here occasionally. Q. You said your daughter is flying in to visit you. As I recall […]

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. […]