Paula and I are very thankful that we were only on the edge of
the recent hurricane that stuck Southwest Florida. The full force
of the storm hit Fort Meyers area and was a true disaster. We got
some strong winds and some rain but nothing major. We are about 100
miles north of where the eye of the storm made landfall.
I belong to the local Rotary and will be helping load donated
relief supplies this afternoon. We feel terrible for those who lost
their homes down there. We can empathize. We survived two of
California's worst fire storms back in 2003 and 2007 - the Cedar
Fire and the Witch Creek Fire. We lost one of our homes, a brand
new barn (full of hay), fencing, and many trees. Though we cleaned
it all up and moved on, things were never the same after that. I'm
sure that's the way it is for all those who survive any big natural
disaster. We wish them well.
On a much brighter note: my newest novel, Trouble in Choctaw
County, hit #1 for native-American literature on Amazon on the
17th and 18th of September. I consider this my proverbial "15
minutes of glory". Today it is #1560 and #1,070,357 overall -
numbers I'm more used to seeing.
Nevertheless, I was very excited when I hit #1. My marketing
guy, Chris Gibson, assured me that it was a significant
achievement. I'm still waiting for a call from one of the
television morning shows asking me to appear on national TV. I've
been waiting near the phone.
In case you didn't hear, my marketing guy got me a spot for an
interview on The Authors Show podcast. I guess that was another 15
minutes of quasi-glory. The broadcast lasts 15 minutes. If you want
to listen to it, just go to Books on my
website and select Trouble in Choctaw County. You'll find it there.
Or, you can go to theauthorshow.com and scroll down to "Archived
I know I don't look a day over 80, but I turned 74 on October 4.
Yep, the ol' 74. Surprisingly, I feel great and apparently in good
health - for which I feel very fortunate. In fact, I'm thinking if
this whole author thing doesn't work out, I might start up a python
hunting guide business down in the Everglades. Plenty of 'em down
Seriously, I'm enjoying life here in our little swamp house. The
picture that accompanies this month's blog is the view from the
desk where I do my writing. It's very peaceful and quiet. We're
surrounded by pine woods and cypress swamp, with lots of wildlife
(I don't mean Paula - although she's pretty wild).
One more thing - READ A BOOK, preferably one of mine.