Spring Ride All Set

So that everyone has the same information at the same time, all of the slots for the upcoming Spring Ride are taken.  I was able to move a handful of people from the waiting list, but it appears there won’t be any more changes.  If spaces open up, I’ll be in touch with those next on the waiting list.

Thanks to each and every one of you who will join us on our ride and to all of you who patiently waited to learn if you’d be able to join us.  A yip of the riding helmet to all of the volunteers who make the rides so successful and special.  I couldn’t do it without your unwavering assistance and creative ideas.

In answer to a common question I heard, the photos from this ride will be posted on a private page that only those who participated in the excursion will be able to access.  Please keep any images you want posted as family-friendly as possible.

If you’d like to share your thoughts, opinions, or comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

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Goodbye to an Old Friend

I took a short trip recently and brought along one of my favorite cameras.  It’s not the newest, most expensive, cheapest, or any other superlative you can think of, but I have used it for so long that it felt almost like an old friend.  It never let me down and always did things that I should have never asked or expected it to do.

While I was taking photos with it on my last short trip, it began to have trouble focusing and then flashed an error code in its viewfinder.  I looked up the error and learned that some of the internal parts had failed.  I tried several things to prolong its life, but each effort eventually met with failure.

When I returned to my home, I called the manufacturer to pursue repairing my old, faithful camera.  I received an estimate from them on the total cost of repairs and about suffered a heart attack.  I can buy another camera, albeit not the same discontinued model, far cheaper than I can get my current ailing one repaired.

The current one has more bells and whistles and all kinds of gizmos that my version one doesn’t have, but I don’t need all of the new features,  I didn’t use all the features on my present camera.  Most of the equipment I use far exceeds my abilities, but that’s another story for another time.

Rather than discard my faithful, trusty companion of many years, I’ve decided to keep it.  I cleared off a perch for it on one of my bookcases so that it can watch me as I go about reviewing and editing the future images I take.  Having my old, trusted camera with me seemed far more dignified than tossing it into a recycle center.  Maybe I’m too sentimental.

If you’d like to share your thoughts, opinions, or comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Ride Set

I hadn’t planned on getting so involved in a discussion about my novels, but the result was a wealth of information.  Thank you!

I need to share with you that the date, time, and location for our Spring Ride is set and all of the open slots are filled.  If there are any last-second changes, I’ll let you know.

If you haven’t already heard from me on the logistics of our Spring Ride, please contact me.  I want to make sure that everyone involved has the latest information.

Special thanks and a tip of the motorcycle helmet to Steve, Brenda, Rhonda, Becky, Bob, Justin, and Laurie for their efforts in pulling everything together as quickly and as seamlessly as they did.  Well done, one and all!

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Tentative Novel Solution

I’ve spent a lot of time in the recent past looking over your thoughts, comments, and suggestions.  I’ve been in touch with several of you, asking for additional information or clarification.

After all of that, I think I’m going to move ahead with getting my novel published and work on the issues discussed over the past several weeks after that.  I won’t bore you with the details, but there are a number of things that I need to investigate before I come to a conclusion.

Thanks to each of you who took the time to share your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions with me.  I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that you offered whatever assistance your could.  Thank you!

If you’d like to send me a comment, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Creative Suggestions

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve received a number of creative suggestions about what I should do to expedite the release of my next novel.  Some of them were incredibly funny and some were incredibly illegal.  I hope some of the comments were made in jest.

A number of you suggested that I seek out Amazon publishing because they had done right by you.  Based on your feedback, I’m looking into precisely that.

If you have any other suggestions, comments, or thoughts that you think I need to be aware of, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Novel Update Follow-up

Last week I shared with you that I might be changing publishers.  I also asked if you’d like me to give you updates on this in the days ahead.

The number one response I’ve received, so far, is that you want to get your hands on my next novel, regardless of who publishes it.  A majority of respondents also indicated that you’d like to get semi-regular updates on the book’s status in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this issue, please contact me.  I intend to keep the poll open for another week or so.  I’ll let you know how it all shakes out.

If you’d like to send along your comments or opinions, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Novel Update

I’ve been asked when my next novel will become available.  The short answer is, “I don’t know.”  The long answer is, “I’m in the middle of a possible change of publishers.  I can’t get into the details, but suffice it to say that any changes along this line would result in a slow down in the usual publishing cycle.”  If there’s enough interest in this topic, I’ll keep you updated.

Please contact me and share your thoughts with me on this issue.  That will give me a sense of the number of you who want updates in the days ahead.

If you have any comments, questions, or opinions you’d like to share with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!