September Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 132020
 

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 […]

I Played Hooky

 Posted by at 12:19 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 122020
 

I have been working hard on the second book in the Tinder Street saga and I should be finishing it sometime in the coming week. I thought it would go quicker than this, but as with the first book in the series, there was a lot of research to be done. It’s important to me […]

Stepping On Toes

 Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 282020
 

Back in my small town newspaper days many editors and publishers, myself included, had a sign or plaque in their office that said some variation of, “The duty of the press is to print the truth and raise hell.” I have heard that phrase attributed to everyone from Mark Twain to a number of well […]

Oct 192019
 

I appreciate everybody indulging me for the last week while I re-posted old blogs so I could spend time with my kids while they were here visiting from out of state. Now they’re gone and I’m back, and I’ve got a lot to share with you. In fact, it will take me a few days […]

Sandbaggers

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 312019
 

When I was in the Army a lifetime ago we had a term for somebody who always found a way to escape work, or who did just enough to get by but not a bit more. We called them sandbaggers. Yesterday Miss Terry and I spent some time hanging out with some sandbaggers and did […]

A Good Writing Day

 Posted by at 12:39 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 042019
 

Yesterday was a good writing day for me. After spending an hour or so going over and making corrections to the 2,000 or so words  that I wrote on Friday, I got busy and cranked out another 8,300 words. That puts me somewhere around the 40% mark in this book, which I started July 15. […]

Jul 302019
 

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 […]

A Lazy Sunday

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 142019
 

Yesterday was a lazy Sunday with no pressing projects to work on and nothing we had to get done, which was just fine with us. Sometimes we need days like that. When we bought our Bennington pontoon boat, it came with two fishing chairs in front and two more in back, a comfortable captain’s chair […]

Dec 062018
 

I saw a news story the other day saying that many radio stations across the country have bowed to demands by the #Me Too movement not to play the Christmas classic song Baby, It’s Cold Outside, which has been a holiday favorite since 1944. According to those who object to the song, its lyrics encourage […]

Sad But Happy

 Posted by at 1:16 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 112018
 

Yesterday was a combination of sadness and happiness for us. Watching the news coverage of Hurricane Michael devastating the Florida Panhandle before moving into Georgia and causing even more damage was a terribly sad thing to see. Having dealt with two major hurricanes of our own in the last two years, we know the pain […]

Acadia National Park

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 102018
 

On the picturesque Maine coast there is a wild landscape where ocean crashes onto rocky shoreline. A place where visitors can hike miles of scenic trails, explore tide pools, visit small town resorts, book an expedition on a whale watching trip, ride bicycles through miles of visual delights, and paddle sea kayaks to their hearts’ […]

Mid-Day Sneak Away

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
May 042018
 

One of the nice things about being an independent author who works from home is that I can set my own schedule. There are days when I spend long hours at the keyboard, only taking occasional breaks for a snack and for dinner, and there are days when we have other things going on and […]

Me And Otis

 Posted by at 12:53 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 272018
 

Is there anyone who doesn’t love the old Otis Redding classic song (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay? I know I’ve tapped my feet to it a few thousand times in my life. Did you know that it was recorded by Redding just days before his death in an airplane crash in 1967? The […]

Making Some Headway

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 242018
 

I think we’re making some headway with my back problems but it seems like it’s two steps forward and one step back. After going back to the chiropractor on Tuesday and getting an adjustment, I was still experiencing some tenderness but nothing compared to the pain I had been dealing with for five days. In […]

We Have Visitors!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 082018
 

A few days ago in a blog titled The Snowbirds Are Back, I shared a picture of a pair of ospreys that return to the same tree across the street from our house to nest every year. They can be noisy, but we always enjoy watching them as they raise their little ones and get […]

A Very Relaxing Day

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 182017
 

Thank you to everybody who left comments, sent emails, or Facebook messages expressing concern about our unwelcome visitor Friday night. We are fine, just irritated by the fact that we have so many people like that in this world, running around bothering folks who are minding their own business and don’t want to be involved […]

12, 17, And 27

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 172017
 

It’s been a writing marathon for the last few days for me. I got 8,000 words done Tuesday, and another 8,000 yesterday, and finished my newest book, Big Lake Tragedy. Today I will give it a final read-through and make any corrections that I see, then I will print it out so Miss Terry can […]

My First In Florida

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 042016
 

One of the things that really sold us on our house is that the little manufactured home community we live in has its own private 300 foot fishing pier on the Indian River, along with a private boat launch. But we’ve been here over a month, and except for one quick adventure dipping shrimp with […]

Today Is The Day!

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282016
 

We closed on our house on the 17th, but because Hurricane Matthew had delayed everything in the area, the people we bought it from were not able to close and move into their new place on schedule. So we told them that rather than move all of their things into a storage locker and pay […]