Sep 152020
 

I have a problem with my wife and I just don’t know what to do about it. I know what I should do about it, but that’s not going to happen. You see, my wife is the best cook in the world, and she makes wonderful treats all the time. It’s something she loves to […]

Aug 072020
 

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 don’t have anything else to talk about […]

A Poorly Planned Scam

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 022020
 

We all know there is a scammer born every minute, and sometimes two or three, I think. And while some of them are quite clever, others are so poorly planned that it’s almost pathetic. The other day a friend contacted me asking how far we are from Port Orange, Florida, which is a suburb of […]

I Have Been Ablated!

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 202020
 

Thanks to all of you who sent e-mails, text messages, and made Facebook comments about the RF nerve ablation on my back yesterday. We had to be at Park Place Surgical Center in Maitland, Florida, at 2 p.m. We always try to arrive early for an appointment, especially to a place we haven’t been to […]

Terry’s New Toy

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 142020
 

A few years ago when my first novel, Big Lake, made the New York Times bestseller list, we celebrated by buying a new Breville toaster oven for Terry. She has said many times that it’s one of the best purchases we ever made, and she has used it for everything from baking bread to making […]

It’s Not Over

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 062020
 

Just because the media has been focusing on George Floyd’s murder and all of the protests and looting that have followed, don’t think for a minute that coronavirus isn’t still out there. Two weeks after they opened the beaches here in Volusia County, Florida and huge crowds showed up from all over the state, the […]

Feb 232020
 

The hardest part of any visit with the people we love is saying goodbye. Especially as we get older and realize that any goodbye could be the last one. And so it was yesterday when it came time to leave our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona. We were up and all packed and had […]

Shaving The Mango

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 102020
 

Boy, doesn’t that sound like the title to a bad 1970s porn movie? Not that I’ve ever seen a porn movie, mind you, but I had a friend who saw one and he told me all about it. But we’ll get to that in a minute. First, let me tell you about yesterday morning. You […]

Building Stuff

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 072019
 

Our two Honda EU2200i generators weigh 46.5 pounds empty, and when you add almost a gallon of gasoline, which weighs about 6 pounds, they far exceed the 25 pounds my doctor told me I should limit myself to with my bad back. So moving them around and taking them outside to use is problematic. We […]

Sep 052019
 

As I write this, a little before midnight on Wednesday, I keep thinking about the fact that when I wrote my blog 24 hours ago, Hurricane Dorian was bearing down on us and we didn’t know what the night might bring. What it brought was a lot of wind and a lot of rain, but […]

Another Project Done

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
May 192018
 

My goal on Thursday was to get another 5,000 words done on my new Big Lake book since I’m behind schedule and trying to catch up. But it always seems like when I’m in a situation like that the gremlins go to work overtime. My Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation program suddenly began putting the type on […]

Dec 032017
 

Miss Terry was busy editing and proofing my new book yesterday and I didn’t have anything to do. So when my buddy Jim Lewis invited me over to check out the trailer he had bought for his Old Town Predator PDL kayak, I told him I was on my way. The pedal-powered Predator PDL is […]

10 Q&A

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 152016
 

I get a lot of questions from Gypsy Journal subscribers and blog readers, and while I try to answer all of them individually, occasionally I like to share some with the folks here, usually because they are ones I receive more than once from different people. Q. Now that you and Terry have bought a […]

Jul 282015
 

Yesterday was pretty much a stay at home day for us. Terry is working on a new weaving project that is coming out great and I was writing. In the last three days I knocked out another 6,000 words or so to my next Big Lake book and the end is near, as the doomsayers […]

They Come, They Go

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 102015
 

We have been on the go a lot lately, so when we awoke to a heavy overcast yesterday morning, we decided that it would be a good day to stay at home. I had a lot of writing to do and Terry wanted to plan her next weaving project. Except for the fact that we […]

A Milestone

 Posted by at 1:29 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 042015
 

I hit a milestone yesterday, 500 reviews of the original Big Lake book on Amazon, and it’s still going strong with a four star rating. Thank you to everybody who has read the book, posted reviews, and told their friends about it. You all have helped make my dreams come true. I’ve spent the last […]

My Lucky Day

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 282015
 

I guess yesterday was my lucky day. I started out with several very nice reviews for Big Lake and for Big Lake Burning, the first and latest books in my Big Lake mystery series. Reviews are very important to authors in terms of marketing our books, and positive reviews are especially nice both for sales […]

Number 1!!!!!

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 082014
 

If you heard a lot of excited and happy shouting coming from my direction yesterday, I had a good reason. A very good reason! As I’ve told you the last couple of days, I’m running a special on Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series, this week. It’s free on Amazon […]

Feb 072014
 

Especially in the lives of fulltime RVers. If you’re not familiar with the term, we always say that our schedules are written in Jello and we never know when something will come up to change our plans at the last minute. We’re in Jello mode right now. From here, we had planned to go over […]

Feb 062014
 

As I reported in Tuesday’s blog, All American Direct, the company that has been providing distant network service (DNS) to Dish Network customers who want to get the east and west coast feeds, is going out of business and it looked like Dish was not going to do anything to help. As with most calls […]