PISSED OFF ABOUT MY COMPUTER PROBLEMS, STILL COLD, 3 MORE INCHES OF SNOW, BEEF STEW DAY, HIDDEN MOUNTAINS

imagesBDJX3DZCI need to rant!  It started this blog yesterday, right before my blasted computer decided to give me problems.  It shut down and I lost what I had written.  I purchased this HP computer on January 21, 2015, right after my DELL computer crashed and died for the second time.  The first time was January 2014 and January 2015.  Well folks, when we purchase an expensive item, like a computer or any high-priced electronic or anything, IT SHOULD WORK PROPERLY.   Since around the 14 of January 2015, I tried an ASUS computer.  It died the within one day.  Then I brought home this HP.  I have had to call the Geek Squad five times within 36 days, for a two or three-hour process to fix the thing.  Do you get the impression that I’m pissed off.  You’re damn right.

These computer companies don’t care if their merchandise works or not.  They buy cheap labor and parts from out of country and expect the American consumer to eat their inefficiency.  And we do, because we have no other choice.  As writers, we are attached at the hip to our computers.  They are a necessary part of our lives, and we are being cheated of our writing time by big companies like Dell, ASUS and HP because they have crappy merchandise.  Well, I’ll get off my soap box, but I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about, and I hope you agree with me.  I hope my computer keeps working.  I’m sure the poor Geek Squad hopes so too.  Thank God for them or I’d be crazier than I am.

images8OEW8AWXimagesYW79DRE4Anyway, we got three more inches of snow on Thursday.  It was a light snow all day and until late last night.  The roads are snow packed and look slick.  Me, I don’t get out until the roads are clear.  I can’t really bitch about the cold and snow, as Colorado hasn’t had as much as the Midwest and east, so I won’t.  But, I keep thinking about planting yellow rose bushes, hollyhocks  and other flowers.  I guess I’m feeling housebound.  I am ready for warmer weather. But as the temperature was very cold, I made a big pot of beef stew for dinner.  To me, it tasted great.  Not everyone likes my cooking.  I don’t season it enough for some people.  Titan like his serving of the beef chunks.

I was going to write in detail about creating characters, but I will save that for the next blog.  It’s not hard, just time-consuming, but it has to be done before you write the book so you know everything about your people.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVREveryone have a great weekend and stay safe.  Thank you for listening to me bitch about computer companies.  And, give THE STONE KILLER a read.  amazon.com/dp/B00NBB8SZO  Try it, you’ll like it.

Dreamah

SISTER’S COMPUTER PROBLEMS, WRITING, SHOVELING ICE, SISTER’S DOGS, MORE SNOW AND COLD FOR US

 

IMG_0740Sister is about to throw her laptop against a wall.  She thought she was calling the Geek Squad yesterday and misdialed the phone number and got some scammer.  She caught on right away and hung up the phone, but not before he got into her computer and downloaded a bunch of junk software.  She had the real Geek Squad remove it today, but her computer still is not working correctly.  It is frozen up.

Sister hasn’t had the best week,  Monday, she fell over her dog Bella, above, and smashed her face into the frig and almost broke her nose,  and then hit the floor on her poor tailbone and slammed the back of her head into the wall, then fell on her elbow.  She’s a little bruised and battered, not to mention scaring the hell out of the dog.  She did all this after she had been out trying to shovel the snow from her deck.

11-F3861162-675487-960We talk every day so I know she is fine.  I told her to be more careful.  Our fur babies do like to sneak up behind us.  My biggest offender for such a habit is my big black cat Pyewacket, in the photo with Bandit.  He’ll follow behind me like a puppy whenever I head for the kitchen, thinking he is going to get a snack.  I’ve almost fallen over him.  I’ve almost broke him of the habit.  Last time, I accidently stepped on hit tail.  Poor boy.  He’s such a good, sweet cat.  Another one of my rescues.

Well, winter returned here this afternoon.  The temperature was supposed to get up to around 42 at noon.  I drove to the store to pick up a few things like food for my critter, some ham and cheese, and cat litter.  I came out of the store a little after 1:00 and boy had the temperature dropped and it was snowing.  It snows and then stops, snows and then stops.  The weatherman say tomorrow it may snow all day.  Oh well, we can’t really complain.  The east has had it a lot rougher.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVR2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRConstantine - Season 1Finished my character folders and have sent my detectives out searching for potential suspects.  Marilyn, my ghost,  is still with us. I can’t seem to let her go.  Maybe because I know how her sister and twin, Morgan, feels since I have lost three of my sisters.   To the left is a picture of how Morgan and Marilyn look.  If you haven’t read THE STONE KILLER, you won’t know who she is in THE HANGMAN.  So give the first book in the series a read, email me and let me know what you think.  I would appreciate it.  e-mail dreamah.lockwood@aol.com  I value my reader’s opinion.

Later, I’ll tell you all about what I put in each character’s folder.  I’ll give you a list of questions you need answered so you will know your people from birth.

Everyone take care of yourselves and stay safe, warm and drink a hot toddy for me and my friend Shirley.  I would appreciate it.  Have a fantastic weekend.

Dreamah

 

OH BOY, OUR TURN FOR SNOW, THE STONE KILLER, THE HANGMAN, PERSISTENCE, LOUSY AT MARKETING

P1010737Well folks, here in Colorado Springs, we’ve lucked out on the snow so far.  We’ve had a lot of above average warm weather so far this winter.  But , starting tomorrow, I think it’s our turn for a lot of snow.  We’re supposed to get between 8 to 16 inches on Sat, Sun and possibly Monday.  I’m scheduled for x-rays on Monday, I hope I’m able to make it.  It is way on the north side of town and I live on the south side.  Still, we can’t complain as “we need the moisture”.  It’s been really dry here, so much so that a stray bullet, on the firing range at Ft Carson, started a small grass fire a week or so ago.  It was quickly contained, which we’re all thankful for.  We don’t need a repeat of 2012 or 2013, please Lord.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRSINGLE COVER, A C OF MSister and I just finished another edit on THE STONE KILLER, which I will be uploading to Smashwords along with A CIRCLE OF MURDERS.  We will no longer be utilizing Amazon’s KDP, but will format and upload to Amazon, Smashwords and Lightning Source within a week of each other.  That way our books will be available on all e-readers, and book stores can order hard copies for their store.  It is an ambitious endeavor, but I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. We’ll keep you posted.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRTHE HANGMAN is coming along.  I continue to come across questions about procedures and legal issues that have to be answered, but that is to be expected.  I’ll keep plugging along as always.  The only way to succeed is persistence even though I’m lousy at marketing.  I spend so much time trying to market our books that it is taking away from my writing time.

So, everyone have a great weekend and stay safe.   I hope the snow doesn’t get too deep or it will be over Titan’s back.  He’s not too tall.

Dreamah

 

COLD, SNOW, DOGS, ETC.

I have the Weather channel app on my phone.  I’m thinking of deleting the darn thing.  I have come to the conclusion that what I don’t know won’t matter anyway.  I got up to -2deg. with a wind chill of -21.  Not only that, but we got 7 1/2 inches of snow on Monday.  Then another 3 inches on Tuesday.  Now I know that is nothing compared to Boston, and if I thought my poor little shovel would help, I would go up there and try to help those people.  Just as soon as I get my driveway shoveled.

Now I must call the Geek Squad.  I had a long paragraph (it was fascinating too) and all of a sudden it turned blue and as my son used to say when he was about 3 years old. “It pisstappeared.”  I am so frustrated with this thing I could chew nails and spit rust.  I’ll talk to y’all

later.  Have a good day, keep warm and for God’s sake DON’T LEAVE YOUR ANIMALS OUTSIDE.

1/2 DreamahNEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVR

 

 

 

WIND, COLD, DOGS, EDITING

Happy Valentines Day to you all.  I certainly hope you all have a wonderful day.

There just isn’t much going on around here.  It seems like weeks since I started the editing of TSK for Smashword.  I sure hope it goes through okay.

the wind is blowing like mad this morning.  The temp is supposed to drop throughout the day until it gets down to 4deg. tonight.  We’re going out to dinner tonight and I have no idea what to put on to keep from freezing.

I swear I have given up on keeping my floors clean.  Just as soon as I get them all clean and shiny, it either rains or snows and we are right back where we started.  I am tired of picking mud from dog toes too.  I got up this morning to one of the house plants chewed to pieces.  I don’t know who did it, but I hope it  makes them sick.  No.  No I don’t.  I would just have to clean that up too.

I’m just sitting here staring out the window.  Sister will be calling soon and she is sure to ask if I did a blog.  If I say no she is just going to be pissed.  I want to avoid that if I can.  I know I don’t do my share, but my mind does not work like hers.  Actually, my mind seldom works at all.

My next project for Smashword is Creating Kathryn crown.  Hopefully it won’t take me long to get it done.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.  Take care of yourselves and we’ll talk later when I have something interesting to say.

1/2 DreamahRose_sm

BOOK TITLES, WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? THE STONE KILLER, HOW THE STORY DEVELOPED

Several years ago, maybe more than several, I was working another rewrite of A CIRCLE OF MURDERS.  On the world news that night was a story about the stoning death of a woman in a middle eastern country for adultery.  She was put to death, but her rotten husband, who stood by and let it happen, was not.  Of course I was shocked by this ignorance, and wondered how such practices could still exist in a modern world.  I forgot that a large part of the middle east still lives in the dark ages believing women are nothing more than the property of some middle ages minded man.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRThe title THE STONE KILLER jumped out at me and stuck.  Here I had a unique title for a novel, but no storyline.  As I continued the rewrite of my current book, A Circle of Murders, THE STONE KILLER idea churned in my brain.  Who was my killer, why was he killing, how did he commit his murders, who were his victims, how did he select them, on and on and on, the questions raced through my head.  Then slowly over time I discovered exactly who my killer was and the who, what, when, why and how he did what he did.  All the facts fell into place.   I knew my villain, but my other characters still had to be found and created.  slowly, one by one, they emerged from my brain.  First on the scene, besides my killer, were the identical  twins, Morgan Jansen and Marilyn Heddrix.  As I began to create their lives, they began to talk to me.  We have several sets of twins in our family and a history of twins so I had a ‘little’ knowledge about them.  But I needed to learn more, a lot more about identical twins and the bond that exists between them.   It does exist, but I wanted to know to what extent.  So I began to research and fill my notebook with factual information to use and take a bit of license with.  One fact about identical twins,  when one twin dies, the other experiences an overwhelming grief that sometimes they never get over.  So emerged my ghost.

Next came my cast of characters.  When you want to know the physical features of a character, find a photograph of an actor you like and use that as a reference point.  My male character is physically based on a man I used to know, but not his personality.  I kept searching for photos of each of my people until I had all their physical appearance firmly established in my mind .  I could glance at each photograph and know who was Addison Clay, or Jose Fernandez, and so on.   Each has their one profile book, which I keep adding to and more information emerges about them.  You have to do that with characters in a series.  It lists all the good, the bad and the ugly things about them.  My characters are not perfect.  No one is perfect.

I started the story with the first murder because I wanted my readers to be introduced to a bad man, a very bad, crazy man.  Once I had the prologue done, I turned to chapter one and proceeded to let the story develop from there.

Sometimes, book titles jump out at you and then the story follows.  Other times, it works in reverse.  Book titles appear everywhere.  You just have to snatch them up when they appear.  But, the one constant thing I have discovered is you have to know the crime and your killer first, the rest of the story will follow.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe.

Dreamah

 

 

KNOW YOUR VILLIAN, STORYLINE, FIVE STAR REVIEWS, CRAZY WARM WEATHER

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRWell, I have finished the preliminary character sketch of all my suspects and my villain/killer for THE HANGMAN.  I know his history, what happened to warp his personality at a young age, and what triggers his killing rage.  I have my suspects, their angers, their pain, their loss and their weaknesses.  Now, my storyline will fall into place as I write.  It is the old cause and effect system.  You do this, and that has to happen.  I have a rough idea of how I want the story to go. but like with THE STONE KILLER, that doesn’t mean it will happen.  My characters will probably take over again and write their own story.  I’ll have to wait and see.  I do know it is vital to know your people in order to write their story.  Now, all I have to do is get it done.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRI was thrilled to read the five-star reviews we have received for THE STONE KILLER.  I only wish that the people who bought the book would write a review.  Reviews are important for writers and I’m glad I have received good ones.  Sister and I work hard on our novels and we do appreciate hearing from our readers.  So give THE STONE KILLER a read.  I think you’ll like it.

I can’t believe the warm weather we’ve had the last few days.  It has been in the high 60’s and mid 70’s.  Yesterday it was 74 here.  Of course the critters have loved having the doors open and stretching out in the sunbeams.  We will enjoy the great weather while we have it. It could change at any time.

I know this is a short blog.  I’ll write a longer one next time.  Everyone have a great Sunday and stay safe.

Dreamah