TIMELINES, PROGRESSION OF EVENTS, WEATHER, RAIN, RAIN, AND MORE RAIN, FLOODING, CATS

NEW HANGMAN SINGLEWell, I was writing like a manic last night on THE HANGMAN, when it suddenly dawned on me, in the novel, what time of day was the story at.  So, I start at the beginning and list the hours as the story progresses.  Since my story open early on a Wednesday at 1:45 in the morning, I had to determine what was happening and who was doing what during that day.  I had to go back and do this with THE STONE KILLER.  You would think I would remember to start a timeline chart when I begin writing a new novel.  Duh! Oh well, as long as I get it done. My advice to you, don’t do as I do, keep track of the time in your story and what each character is doing when you’re writing,  It will save time and effort and your story will flow right along.

I have added the pseudonym D. H. Lockwood for the crime fiction book we have published so far on Amazon.  If you look up either name on Amazon, it will take you to our novels listed under Dreamah or D. H.  Lockwood.

12-5FD1B8B8-548836-960Right at this minute, I’m having trouble seeing my computer monitor.  I have a Siamese cat in the way.  Bandit loves to sit on my desk and be petted, but it is always when I am trying to type.  She needs lots of love as she is so jealous of Titan.

 

The rain, which we have needed, is starting to get ridiculous.  It has sprinkled off and on all day and now the weather report is for more rain  until who knows when.  The ground is saturated, the creeks and rivers are raging and it has rained every day since the first of May.  The last time this happened was in 1935.  Again, I NEED TO SEE SOME SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!  Fountain Creek is a rushing, roaring almost river instead of a creek.   With all the coming rain, I hope we don’t have a lot of flooding.

Back to work on THE HANGMAN.  My writing is again flowing and the characters are talking loud and clear to me.  So it is work, work, work until the first draft is finished and then comes the edits and rewrites.  An author’s work is never completely finished.  We can always find something to add or cut.

Everyone have a great evening and stay safe.

Dreamah  (D.H.)

 

 

NAME CHANGE, NEW BOOK COVERS, NEW BLURB FOR THE STONE KILLER, THE REWRITE

CREATING KATHRYN CROWNSINGLE COVER, A C OF MWe have heard from several friends and others who tell us the name Dreamah is frilly, girly and is great for a romantic suspense author, but does not fit as a murder and mayhem author.  So any romantic suspense novels on our list to be written will still be listed under the name of Dreamah H. Lockwood.

STONE KILLER SGNLE, NEWAny crime fiction novel, including THE STONE KILLER, in progress will be written under the pseudonym, D. H. LOCKWOOD.  We believe this name fits better for an author who kills people off in books.  Anyway, we hope you like the change.  To the left is the book cover changes to he new name.

I have also rewritten THE STONE KILLER  blurb.  It is basically the same, but with a much tighter edit, and a new paragraph at the beginning.  Below is the new paragraph.

“Detective Lieutenant Jonas Black is aware that monsters walk the city streets. They disguise themselves as ordinary, every day citizens.  But beneath their normal looking mask, lives a dark beast waiting to be unleashed on the innocent.

Now, such a beast walks the streets of Colorado Springs, Colorado”

Well, I have a lot of changes to make at different sites, so I’ll talk with you later.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe.

Dreamah

AKA D.H. Lockwood

 

 

 

 

BEANS AND TOMATOES, ETC.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVR

WOO HOO!  HOT DAMN, and all that crap.  The beans are planted, the tomatoes are in the ground, well some of them.  I’m waiting for the seed co.  to send the rest.  They should be here next week, the planting will start all over.  But it will be worth it once we have fresh picked veggies on the table.

I cannot believe I had to turn my heat on this morning, and I am still cold.   I even have on a sweat shirt.  Went out and put a few cucumbers in the ground.  Then in a couple of weeks,  we will add more tomatoes, cukes and etc.  That way  we won’t have everything ready at one time.

Well, Sister is making me feel bad.  She is moving right along with THE HANGMAN and I am just plodding along with the re-edit of TSK.  We are trying to come up with a new cover for TSK.  Some folks who read it said the cover is more like a book of horror.  I personally like the one with the scary eyes, but perhaps we can do better.

It is now dinner time, so I will talk later.  You all take care and spend a few hours on your writing everyday.

1/2 DREAMAH

 

 

SPRING, WEATHER, EDITING, GARDEN

Good morning all.  I hope you mothers had a wonderful day yesterday.

Spring is here and we are all busy tilling and planting.  I have pots and pots on my back deck now.  I can’t wait for the purple Petunia to grow and spread.  The odor of cinnamon fills the air when you have the purple ones.  I love the Wave Petunias too. The vegetable garden is almost ready and I doubt we will have any more really cold weather, so we can get our tomatoes and other stuff in the ground.

I have been trying to work on TSK.  Sister has finished the rewrite and now it is up to me.  I have to spend more time on it.  I think I’m going to get to it after I get the housework done, or whatever I have on my list of things to do, but it just doesn’t seem to work.  I don’t blame Sister for getting upset.  So starting today editing is going to be my priority.  It has to be.  The same as your writing.  Write when the baby takes its nap.   Run the vacuum another time.  If the husband complains about the dirty house or not having a clean shirt, well, I don’t know what to say. Some husbands can be your worst enemy in that department.  I happened to luck out and get one that never complains.  in fact, he will jump in and help with whatever needs doing. In fact, he is in kitchen now cooking breakfast.

You all take it easy and spend as much time on your craft as you can.  Just remember, EDIT EDIT EDIT.NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVR    1/2 DREAMAH

COME ON SPRING

COME ON SPRING

 

STORMS, WRITING FRUSTRATIONS, FILE OF STORY IDEAS, PLUGGING AWAY WRITING, COMPLETING A PAINTING

images[2]This afternoon, we have had thunder storms traveling up from New Mexico.  We call it an Albuquerque Low.  I started this blog on the 4th.  Well, that Albuquerque Low has stayed along the front range and today we had a downpour of hail that covered the roof and yard like snow.  The road in front of my house was more like a river, than a street.  We even had a funnel cloud form over this area, but thank God, it didn’t touch down.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRWhen you complete a novel and think you have included everything necessary, it is so crappy when you find that you actually left out a lot of information that should have been included.  I am in a dilemma as that is what has happened to THE STONE KILLER.  I realized after I uploaded it for publication, that I had excluded a lot of the investigative information.  I have added over four thousand words to the book.  Now my poor sister is in the process of another edit on the novel.  I did this because several of my dearest friends, who read my novels before they are published, told me the story seemed rushed, but not in what way.  I love my friends and value their opinion, but wish they’d be a little more detailed and a bit brutal in their critique.  When a writer spends hours, days and months on a book, we sometimes become a little blind to seeing what needs to be added or deleted.  Writers don’t need flattery from friends, just the truth.  So when the final edit is done, I’ll either upload the novel again or pull it altogether and try the traditional route.  I may flip a coin on that decision.  I’ll wait and see if I get any responses on this blog about it.

I was looking for a piece of writing I had done a few years ago, which is still missing, and found an old file entitled “story ideas”.  I was surprised at how many brief storylines I had jotted down that will fit right in to the Jonas Black series.  So whenever you get stumped on what to write next, check out your old files.  You never know what you’ll find.  Have fun.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRTHE HANGMAN is coming along great.  I have a list of things that have to be included for the investigation, who my killer is and what trips him up to keep me on track.  Hopefully, it will help  as I’m taking it slow to make sure I do.  My killer is a hard man and will have his justice.  This book is loosely based on a criminal act.  The criminal got off way too light as far as I was concerned, and  that irritated the hell out of me.  I am a firm believer in the appropriate punishment for horrendous crime.  My killer believes in that also and dishes out what he deems is the right justice.  He is not a nice man.

 

 

I also have been working on another painting and it is almost complete.  It is a gift to my nephew.  I’m sure by now I have filled up their walls.  The next painting I work on will be for me or maybe someone else.  I haven’t decided yet.  I am a person who has to write and create oil paintings.  I love both creative forms so much.  My creative abilities were stifled for too many years when I was married.  I am free now and enjoy what I do.

Well everyone, keep writing, painting or doing whatever creative process that makes you happy.  Have a great rest of the week and stay safe.

Dreamah

RAIN, SUN, LILACS, REWRITES, THE HANGMAN, WORKING ON MULTIPLE BOOKS, STORY IDEAS, BOOK COVERS

dsc04175[2]This is the second day in a row that it has continually rained, thank God.  Here in Colorado we worry a lot about grass fires as it doesn’t take much for to start.  Some idiot tossing a lit cigarette out a car window started several weeks ago.  Lightning strikes start them, and what is worse, there are some people who deliberately start them.  So PLEASE, everyone who lives in and loves this state, or any state that has hot dry summers, be careful that you don’t start a fire.  Well, off my soapbox.  All this glorious rain has brought out the flowers on the lilac bushes.  They are loaded with blossoms this year.  Granted, they’re a bit droopy from the rain, but still beautiful.

NEW SNGLE STONE KILLER CVRWell, I have been busy doing a rewrite of THE STONE KILLER.  Several people, who have read the book, tell me that is seems as if I was in a rush to get it finished and left a lot out.  After careful review and deep thought, they are right.  So over the last couple of weeks, I have gone through the story, from the beginning, and added information about the people, the investigation and the suspects.  I think this will make a better novel.  Why I was in such a rush with the story, I don’t know.  I normally don’t do that, and certainly will not do it again.  So folks, learn from my mistakes, don’t be in a hurry to publish a novel until you are completely sure you have told the full story.  Get other people’s opinion before you do publish.  Your readers are invaluable and we owe them a full story.

2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRI am hard at work on THE HANGMAN, and I am taking my own advice and making sure to write the story completely as it unfolds.  I’m not rushing this book.  Also, I add bits of information that jump in my head about the other books, THE SNATCHER, THE JUDGE, and THE  GARDNER.

Do any of you find it strange when story ideas just jump in your head, along with a mental picture of the book’s cover?  I had that happen to me while working on the rewrite of THE STONE KILLER.  I’ve jotted the outline for each down to be added to the long list of characters who are waiting for their stories to be told.  So, time to get back to work.  Unfortunately, these books will not write themselves.  I don’t know how some authors write more than one or two books a year.

Good luck everyone.  Also, have a great week and stay safe.

Dreamah

WEATHER(OF COURSE), DOGS, ETC.

Well, I’m thinking of doing my spring cleaning, starting with the office. I say this because I had to use my rescue inhaler this morning, and I think it is the dust on the blinds. It is pitiful when you’ve let a plant grow into the slats of your window blinds and when you try to take it out, the dust flies straight up your nose. Well, that’s ever so much better than a Bird of Paradise, like the song says. If you are not from the country, don’t ask.

Got up to cold weather this morning. Weather man said to cover our plants tonight. Thank goodness I haven’t put anything in the ground yet. Should be okay in another couple of weeks. I’m getting excited about my vegetable garden. I love fresh tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer.

I find myself anxious to get started on the editing of the next book. I know I will have to read it three or four times, but I don’t really care about that. Every time you go over a mss, you find a place you can add or delete something. Sister is writing. I am editing. I think she is way ahead of me. When I catch up to her, we will work together to finish the book. Maybe that will help us finish sooner with a better book. Although she is the better writer of the team.

Y’all take care of yourselves and get in a little work on your craft each and every day. I’m going to see if I can get something done today even if it’s wrong. I’ll talk with you later.

1/2 DREAMAH