DEATH OF A FRIEND, DEEP SORRY, SISTER NEW COMPUTER, STILL EDITING, THE RECKONING

On July 15, in northern Ohio, my dear friend, Bill, lost his life in a motorcycle accident.  My other dear friend, his wife, is in the hospital with critical injuries.  Please keep my friend’s wife and family in your prayers.  She has a lot of injuries to overcome.  My heart breaks for the family,  and I wish I could offer some comforting words, but what can I possibly say other than I will keep praying for your mother and your family.  I wish I could do more than offer just words, but I can’t.

Bill was a big man and the  sweetest and kindest man I have ever known.  He would tease me saying I was always killing off all the men in my novels.  I always answered that I was an equal opportunity killer and killed off an equal amount of women.  He’d just laugh at that.  He was my nephew’s best friend, he was Veteran of the US Air Force, he believed in the plight of the American Indians; he was an avid motorcyclist and loved to ride his bikes.  He said it made him feel free riding down an empty highway, and most of all, he loved his wife and family.  They meant more to him than anything.   He was all those things and so much more.

I have felt numb inside since the accident.  Working has not been possible, until yesterday when I forced myself to do something other than sleep.  Sleep is one of my means of escape.  I slept for the majority of three days.  I am at last making myself stay awake, and I try to write in between bouts of sadness.  Writing is my other means of escape.  I put my feelings on paper to relieve the ache in my heart.  I try to keep busy and not think of Bill’s death, but I do, it’s always on my mind.  I can’t help but think of him.  I keep his wife and family in my prayers daily and ask that you do the same.

I will always miss my dear friend.

Anyway, my sister bought a new laptop, an HP instead of a MAC.  Well, she is having problems with Microsoft Word 2013 as I have learned from the Internet other people have also.  Thank goodness  the GEEK  squad is coming today to help fix the problem, then maybe we can return to editing THE STONE KILLER.   Work is good to occupy our minds.

Everyone have a great day and stay safe.

Dreamah

 

 

 

 

I HATE EDITING, SLOW PROCESS, IT’S BEEN HOTTER THAN THE HUBS, AT LAST A COOL SPELL

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRI know all of you authors hate to edit as much as we do.  But we owe it to our readers to do the best job we possibly can, and if that’s not enough, hire a professional.  I know, I know, I can’t afford one either.  That’s why I have friend proficient in English grammar and such to review what I’ve written.

I started to read a book on my tablet the other day.  It was a good story, but the mistakes in the text stopped me from enjoying what I was reading.  I found myself editing.  If you don’t have a clean copy, free of errors, don’t upload.  Hey, I make as many mistakes as everyone else.  I leave out words, insert extra words and leave off or add letters.  And our first two novels we uploaded had plenty of errors, but we corrected those mistakes and uploaded new versions.  I pray that there are no more errors in those books.  See my folded hands.  If you have errors, go back correct the original file and upload again.  Our readers deserve our best efforts.

Editing on THE STONE KILLER is going slow.  Sister has been forced to purchase a new computer and doesn’t have it yet.  Software is being added.  Remember when we could purchase a computer and all the software was already on it, Microsoft, games, security and of a lot of other programs.  Well, now they come naked as a newborn baby and you have to buy all the various programs and have them installed.  AND, you don’t get a manual or a disc.  No, you have to download from the internet.   These companies are a trip.   Okay, I’m off my soapbox.

Yesterday we had a nice rain for a change.  The sun at this altitude will cook even the heartiest plants, especially when it’s in the mid nineties as it was this past week.  And when you water, it barely soaks into the ground before it evaporates.   And, I don’t have A/C.  I have six fan on in my house at all times.  I have to keep a fan blowing on my computer when I’m trying to work or it keeps shutting down.  What we writers don’t do to get a story written.  We’re to have cooler weather all this coming week.  Thank you God.

Well folks, I have started THE RECKONING.   The story has been waiting to be written and wants to write itself .  I will let it.  All the same characters are in the new book and will continue to be for a time.  But over time, things change and people move on with their lives.  We’ll see what happens.  I really like these characters and hope you will care about them too.

Well, I’d best get back to work or we’ll miss our deadline for uploading THE STONE KILLER.

Everyone have a great day and stay safe.

Dreamah

 

 

 

 

THE STONE KILLER FIRST DRAFT FINISHED!, NOW COMES EDITING, EDITING, AND MORE EDITING

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRI typed the last line to THE STONE KILLER only minutes ago.  I also called my sister to let her know it will be on its way to her for her marvelous job of editing and her valuable input on making changes to the storyline.  While she is fixing all my mistakes, I will be working on the storyline for THE RECKONING.  Hopefully, we will have the perfect book cover created for the novel and another book for you to look forward to.

I am going to treat myself and go out to dinner.  I hope everyone has a great day and stay safe.

Dreamah

COMPUTER, EDITING, SO AND SO FORTH

It seems forever since I was able to do a blog.  I thought my computer was broken, but as usual, it was me.  I am a complete computer ding-a-ling.  The man at Best Buy was so nice, he didn’t even charge me.
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Talk to you no I am so pissed. Till I get a new one. Take care.

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THE STONE KILLER, END IN SIGHT BUT NOT YET, MORE ADDITIONS, EDITING, EDITING AND MORE EDITING

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRHow foolish of me to believe THE STONE KILLER was only a few days from being finished,  Lying in bed last night trying to fall asleep, all the things we have left out of the book came rushing at me.  I had to get out of bed, grab a tablet and pen and jot them down.  There was no way I would remember them all this morning.  So, once again we have to go back and make corrections and additions to the book.  Oh well, we never write it perfectly in the first draft.  That’s wishing on a star to believe you can write a novel without making additions and correction.  We’re  perfectionists who are far from perfect, but we try hard to make our stories the best that we can.  Bear with us and we hope to give you a book that you will want say, “Damn, that was good book.” and refer it to other plus look forward to the next one in the series.

I have been a bit under the weather last week and part of this one.  Didn’t accomplish much in the way of writing.  Doing much better.  My brain has returned to almost normal.  Well what is normal for me.  Anyone who likes to kill people on paper must have a dark side, and most people do,  or we couldn’t create the stories we write.  In real life, we’d never harm a fly.  Well, maybe a fly.  What we enjoy is the solving of the puzzle of a crime and the riddle of the person who commits that homicide.  What made them do it?

Well, back to work.  Sister may kill me for making all these additions, but she has added her own, so maybe not.  Everyone have a great Fourth of July and stay safe.

Until we talk again,

Dreamah

 

TRIP, SISTER, HEAT AND ROCKS

 It seems strange that I have been home from vacation for almost two weeks.  We had such a wonderful time at sister’s house.   I’m not so sure about her tho.  She is used to being alone and it was a little overpowering to have 5 more people pile in on you.  But, I must say, she handled it well.  Unfortunately, she has no a/c.  Those people out there keep saying   “it’s not hot.”  The Hell it’s not. There was one evening I thought we would all wind up at the ER.  I lost count of the fans she bought.  We all had one to blow on us and one to blow around us.  And another thing about those people, they tell the weather by looking at rocks.  You’ll hear someone say, “it’s gonna be a nice day, the Peaks clear.”  or, “the Peaks socked in, it’s gonna rain.”  CO. is the only place I have ever heard of that tells the weather in that manner.   

Well, I have almost 3/4 of THE STONE KILLER TO EDIT.  It shouldn’t be long before it is up and available.  Then on to the next book.. Between editing, writing blogs, cleaning house and trying to get back to my knitting, I still have the garden to weed.  I actually have small cucumbers and small green tomatoes on the vine.  I can’t wait to pick some for the dinner table.  And yeah, I still have to cook.

So I will get my day started.  You all be good to yourselves and edit, edit, edit.

We’ll talk later.

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THE STONE KILLER, WINDING DOWN TO THE FINISH, LOVE LETTERS, EDITING, EDITING, EDITING

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRIt is hard to believe that in the last few days, I have written on THE STONE KILLER an average of 2,000 to 3,000 words a day.  That has not been in a single sitting, but with breaks in between.  One night I got out of bed at 1:00 a.m. and turned my computer on because a scene wouldn’t let me go to sleep until I typed it into the computer.  I feel like I have become obsessed about writing.  There are times, I can’t seem to stop pounding my keyboard.  The story just seems to keep pouring out of my brain and I have to type the information in the system before I can hope to rest.  I guess when the word are flowing, it’s best to keep writing.

I have a list of things on my desk that have to be included to resolve all questions and issues.  When my partner/sister starts the editing process, she will look for anything I have left out or needs added, and will tell me what makes sense and what doesn’t.  I am thankful that the finish of this novel is within sight.

I doubt I’ll get much of a break, because THE RECKONING is chomping at the bit to be told.  It will be the second in the Jonas Black series.  It will be an eye opener for certain guilty people who have escaped justice.   The guilty always receive their due punishment at some point.

I haven’t formulated a book cover for THE RECKONING yet, but I’ll try for one that will be as dramatic as THE STONE KILLER.  Wish me luck.

I am off to bed for some much-needed sleep.  Until we talk again, take care of yourselves and stay safe.

Dreamah