Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Anniversary

Today marks eight years since Survivor's Affair, the first John Logan novel, hit the shelves. It was a long process--10 years from the first rough manuscript until I held the cover in my hands. LOTS of rewrites and mistakes and fixing them and redoing those fixes until the end result came about.

There have been five others that followed (number 6 later this year) and I guess the question I'm asked most often is DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE LOGAN NOVELS IN THE WORKS?

No, at this writing. I have a couple of ideas that need developed but one thing I promised myself was that I didn't want to start repeating myself. I wanted fresh storylines and if I find one that delivers, you bet I'll get it out. I was looking to write something concerning the often mentioned Sorenson kidnapping but a computer virus wiped it and my back-up files (I'm now storing things on the cloud).
I love Logan and Coral Bay. I love Teri and Killian and Jake Ross. And I love them too much to write something that I don't think is worthy. I've seen that happen with a series, even Parker's Spenser books got very inconsistent as the years went by.

The Judas Man is due out this year and I think it's a good one. I plan on more Logan novels in the future.

Anyway, Survivor's Affair was the genesis and it's been a fantastic eight years. I'm working on a new mystery novel that I hope to get out next year, if not with my publisher, then through another venue. Only time will tell.

Thanks so much for your support and remember, if you want to email me, it's ricknichols45@gmail.com.

Peace.

R

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter

Hey everyone. Just a quick note to wish you all who celebrate a Happy Easter and Passover from me and my family.

R

Friday, February 2, 2018

Angry?

Someone at work told me today that I always seem so happy, that I always seem to take each day and sail calmly on. Don't I ever get angry? Upset?

Of course I do.

But have you noticed that there are a lot of angry people? Road rage abounds, politics have devolved into the WWE and social media can be nothing but rant after angry rant.

Why are we so angry?

I have a theory. Every morning I wake up and someone somewhere is telling me that there is something happening that I need to be upset or angry about. Or afraid of. And God forbid I'm not as equally outraged about it as they are. Then the labels come: racist, anti-American, bigot...oh, the labels and name calling are endless, it seems.

Well, I'm sorry, but I refuse to be told what I should and shouldn't feel about something. Anger and fear are two powerful emotions and they are very useful at controlling and manipulating people. I've seen five things on social media in the past five minutes that I'm supposed to be angry about.

Well, I refuse to be manipulated. I simply refuse to be told what I should and should not feel about something. I will make that decision myself. And most of these things I should feel outraged about will change in a week to something else. I don't have the time or the energy to waste on such things. I've got stuff to do. I will be concerned about it, give money if I can, or (sometimes) simply don't care about it. But I will decide that. And I refuse to spend my day ticked off about stuff I can't change.

Have a great weekend. Peace.

R

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018

Happy New Year, everyone.

It's January 1 and very cold here in Florida, so I'm hunkering down in my office and trying to stay warm. I know...I was raised in West Virginia so I grew up in the cold so I should be used to it, right? Well that was a long time ago and I've lived in Florida long enough to know that I hate cold weather. It was in the sixties yesterday and I played golf; today it's not even 50 and it's cold.

As 2018 arrives I have the same resolution that I always have. To be a better husband, father, Christian, and friend. If I can accomplish that, then it will be a good year.

On the microcosm of things, I want to improve my chess rating, and handle some personal issues that I refuse to let control me this year.

As for the books, The Judas Man will be out this year and I'm working on another Logan novel for probably 2019.

Thank you for your support and please feel free to write me. I enjoy hearing from you.

ricknichols45@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rick-Nichols-Author-334081495279/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: RickNichols3

I wish you the best for the New Year. May it be a good one for us all!

R

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday Greetings

It's a bit late, I know, but wanted to wish all of you Happy Holidays, a belated Merry Christmas, and wish you a very happy 2018.

Don't forget, THE JUDAS MAN comes out in 2018! Can't wait!

Peace.

R

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tough love

Hey, gang....

I hope your Thanksgiving was nice and wonderful and all those great adverbs. Something got posted on social media today that--well, I'm sorry, but it really gripes my cookies.

Being a writer, I get exposed to a lot of writer's groups, social media pages, and hangouts for writers. Today someone complained about not being able to get their novel looked at by an agent or published by a publisher and they couldn't figure out why.

Judging by their post I could see why. Misspellings, bad grammar, and just poor writing filled their media rant. Did I mention the use of the word YOU'RE instead of YOUR? If their manuscript looks like that, it's already gone in the trash pile if it's been seen.

There are hundreds of books published every year--many more if you count self published. Your name is on that book--for God's sakes, do everything you can to make it the best you can be. Writing takes practice and lots of work. Brush up on your English, use spellcheck, and get an editor. A friend who is good in grammar is a valuable friend. He/she might not be able to help you with plot holes or story pace, but nothing can wreck a good story for me than to see bad spelling, punctuation, and grammar. True, none of us are perfect and that's why we all have editors, but really?

You might even be able to go to a local college and snag an English student to proof it for a few bucks. Anything would be better than letting it go as it is.

Even my social media posts get edited before I hit the send button. How can I expect people to take me seriously as a writer if I can't string a sentence together on Facebook? And I see it all the time from people who want to know why they can't seem to get a brake (see what I did there?)

English is one of your major tools. You need to learn to use it well. I keep a copy of The Elements of Style  on the shelf next to my desk for easy reference. It can usually handle most any grammar problem I have. The better my copy is, the less work for the editor and the better writer you become.

It really does annoy me. Don't be that annoying person. Take the time and go through your manuscript and clean it up. It will always be beneficial to you in the end.

Rick

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving wishes

I would like to wish all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving from all of my family to yours.
We have so much to be thankful for here in the Nichols household. I will get to spend this week with both of my children, my wife of course, and my brother, whom I haven't shared a holiday with in some time.

May your Thanksgiving be full of family, friends, and food. Please take a moment and give thanks for all that we have and remember those less fortunate than us. Please remember those soldiers who are away from family this holiday season, and for those first responders out there working while we are enjoying the time off.

As always, thanks for your support.

R