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Where ya been, Nick?

Hi there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Looking back, I can see the last post I made here was back in June, for which I apologize. Ugh. I’ll try to do better in the future. Promise.

Back in August, my wife got a new job in Crescent City, CA. If you don’t know where it is, don’t be surprised. It’s way the hell up on the North Coast, just south of the Oregon border, and it’s only got like eight thousand people.

Needless to say, for a couple of life-long Los Angelinos, it’s quite a change. Surprisingly, our nine-year-old, Tommy took it all in stride. He’s already got more friends than I can keep track of. That kid rolls with the punches better than anyone I’ve ever met.

Anyway, all this put a wrench into my plans to complete The Power Broker since her new gig started right away and it left me alone in Torrance to pack up the house and get it ready to sell. It’s amazing how much crap you accumulate over the years. Fortunately, between my father-in-law, son and some damned good friends, we managed to get the place cleared out in time to go on the market.

I know it ain’t much in some parts, but this is the most land I’ve ever been responsible for.

Eventually, the old house sold and we found a new place just before Thanksgiving. We landed on an acre and a half out in the country. We have a great main house to live in, and we even have a small rental property with a wonderful tenant who’s always on time with the rent. I gotta say, we love it here. Up here, “traffic” means you got yourself stuck behind a logging truck coming through the mountains.

Doughboy, circa 1921

Now that the turmoil has died down a bit, I’m back at work. I found an editor for The Power Broker and just finished a rewrite based on his feedback. I’m planning to do one more pass in the upcoming week and send it off for proofreading. Then I’ll go into publishing mode and get the damned thing up for sale. Let’s call that March’s project.

Meanwhile, I’ve been plotting out the next Reuben Conway book. The working title is The Temporary Hero and it picks up about nine months after the events of Power Broker. I won’t say too much more than that, since it would spoil the surprise. Let’s just say I’m itching to continue the adventures of Reuben and The Angels. I’ve got at least two more novels in the series bouncing around in my head, a few short stories, and a couple of side novels that tell the stories of other characters in that universe. I’m kind of excited at the prospect of telling these stories. As long as people keep enjoying them, I’ll keep writing them.

 

Comments

  1. So good being able to talk with you…you sound great & I look forward to seeing more of where you live & how “tall” Tommy has grown:)….Hugs 2 U & Charlotte & lets keep in touch with all these airwaves around us all…Happy writing in finishing your 2nd book…

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