Our Shakedown Cruise

Posted On Oct 5 2014 by

Pictured above is Estrada Trailer #3. Four if you count the 24′ Starcraft we borrowed from my father-in-law. That was the trailer that convinced us to a) Get our own trailer and b) We’d end up divorced if the trailer we bought was 24′ long. We call this one the MT Nester. Now that the chillin’s are 18 and 20 years old, we figure that their days of camping with us are nearly over. Though the 18 year old did complain that there was nowhere for him to sleep. I pointed to a tent in the corner of the garage …


Trailer Hunting

Posted On Sep 13 2014 by

Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and A. Currell The Estrada’s set out this weekend on the Great Trailer Hunt. Actually, we already had a good idea which trailer we wanted. This will be trailer #3, so by that time you pretty much know what you love and what you hate about your last two trailers. Kelly and I both insisted on counter space. Our current trailer is huge. 33′ with four bunks and a queen-sized bed. Lots of room, but aboslutely nil for counter space. It’s always driven us nuts. I wanted a place to write. Most trailers come with …


Chap In The Box

Posted On Sep 11 2014 by

That title was actually a joke between me and Super G. But it’s a fitting name for a website that specializes in books delivered one chapter at a time. I may be wrong, though that hardly seems possible, but in ten years we won’t read books anywhere close to how we read them now. Here’s what I predict: Your smart phone will be your primary reading device. You will not have separate apps for every e-book retailer. You want to click the title and read. You will have an option with each book download of print or audio. At no …


Finish It

Posted On Sep 4 2014 by

Photo Courtesty of Flickr Creative Commons and Olivander   I don’t always write posts about another blogger’s post, but when I do, it’s probably about Kristen Lamb. Today, she hit a 9 run homer. She nailed it so far out of the park that the opposing team’s infield felt the need to round the bases as well. You can read it here. But I’ll add my 52 cents. Just about every writer I’ve ever met is following someone else’s game plan. They work on a book for years until it’s perfect. They submit to agents. They wait. They sign an …


You’ve Got Chapters!

Posted On Sep 3 2014 by

  Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons and MissMessy (I must meet this person) I hear the same question over and over: how to we get more people to read? The problem, I think, is in the question. We can’t make people read. While many prolific readers don’t mind going to book stores or libraries, most of us have built a world around our electronic devices. My friends, no building that requires me to get my car and drive is going to compete with that kind of convenience. Like I said, there are many who still love the book store. …


A New Way to Read Books

Posted On Sep 2 2014 by

  Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and Ed Yourdon   No doubt about it, the way we read books is changing. I know, a lot of you still like the feel of paper in your hands. But know what I like better? More paper in my wallet. The cost of traditional publishing has gone sky-high, which is why so many readers are switching to electronic versions of their favorite books. $8 for a paperback or $3 for an electronic copy. It’s not a hard choice. And I no longer live in fear that my stack of books on my nightstand …