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DOG SITTING, THE LAKE, FUN AND FAMILY

Good morning all. Once again we are at Lake Cumberland for the weekend. My daughter’s little dog is blind and is terrified of the boat, so since I don’t swim, we said we would stay with Zoe. Plus we love the peace and quiet here.
I was supposed to do this blog yesterday, but by the time I finished all I had to do, plus throw my rags in a bag, then sit still as a stone on the I75 due to rush hour traffic, we did not get here till late and I just deflated like a blow up doll.
I love it when I am with family. We have such a good time when we are together. After all, family is what it’s about, and with the world going to Hell in a hand basket, we need to stick together.
Okay, so much for preaching. I hope y’all have been able to get some work done this week. I am going to try and work on THE STONE KILLER some, but it is a two hour trip to any large super market.  That’s fun.  But then, it is Saturday and all country people go to town on Saturday.  So, that is my day.  So much for relaxing amid the peace and quiet. I just realized. Today is the first of the month, so it is bill paying day. Lordy, I love when your plan works out. Ha.
Y’all take it easy if you can. I hope you have a Blessed day and we’ll talk later.

1/2/DREAMAH

 

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SEVERE WINTER WEATHER HEADED OUR WAY, SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES, PYEWACKET, ADVERTISING ON WHIZBUZZ BOOKS

Since it is after midnight and officially Saturday, the weatherman has predicted eight to ten inch of snow for us starting this afternoon.  We also have a winter storm warning in effect.  Thank God I went to Walmart and bought salt to put on the front steps.  Not that we are planning on leaving the house, especially since we’re supposed to have such heavy snowfall.  The high for today is twenty-eight.  Chilly.  I brought the snow shovel out of the garage and put it on the back porch so I can shovel a place for the pup to go do their business.  Titan is so short when we get three inches of snow, it is up to his belly.  Jo has longer legs and can manage, but boy when his feet get cold, I have to carry him.  They both have sweaters and little coats to wear outside to stay warm.  I’ve brought out my boots and down coat, so we are prepared.

I was unable to reach Pyewacket’s vet for the last two days.  I don’t know if she’s on vacation or what.  Pye is on insulin shots twice a day, and his medication was getting close to being none.  I thank God for the organization Stop the Overpopulation which takes care of about 90 cats.  Diana was able to order the insulin for me as they have treated him before for diabetes.  I’ll buy it from them from now on. 

Everyone wish me luck.  I am advertising THE STONE KILLER on Whizbuzz Books.  I’m slowly but surely learning how to market my novels.  If everything works out, I will also advertise THE HANGMAN, A CIRCLE OF MURDER and CREATING KATHRYN CROWN WITH THEM.  I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes.

Since it is late and I’m getting sleepy for a change (I have a tendency to be a night owl) I’m going to bed.  Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe.

Remember: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.

Dreamah �


FREEZING TEMPERATURES, PREDICTION FOR COLDER WEATHER, MY PUPS DON’T LIKE THE SNOW, BANDIT AND THE HEAT VENT, WORKING ON FOR THE LOVE OF HANNAH AS USUAL, MARKETING MY NOVELS AND SUCH

Not this bad, but close

Right now the outside temperature is 15 degrees.  Thank God the wind is barely two miles per hour or the wind chill would be much colder.  Here in Ohio, we’re going to have warmer weather until Saturday, all the way up into the thirties.  Yepeeee.  Sorry if I sound sarcastic, but I’m not used to temperatures this cold and humid.  Where I came from in Colorado Springs, sure we have snow once in a while, but the humidity is a lot less.  The Springs has the most perfect weather of any place I have lived.  And I have lived in a lot of cities in the U.S. mainland, Hawaii and even Europe.  Most winters I’ve lived in the Springs, the winters are a lot milder than most places.  We have Pike’s Peak to catch the snow unless it comes up from New Mexico.  Then we get hammered by bad weather.  It snows like mad and is gone by the next afternoon.  It’s great.

One thing is certain, Jo and Titan hate when the snow is up to their bellies.  That makes for a chilly run to do their business.  It’s get out, get the job done and rush back inside where it’s warm.  Of course, the cats have their litter box and don’t have to go out into the cold. 

Bandit, when she gets chilled finds the heat vent under sister’s desk and lays on it all day to keep toasty.  She’s a smart cat.  Stanley burrows under the blankets on my bed.  Tigger, well he can find more places to curl up than you can imagine.  Bless my Pyewacket, my sweet black baby cat, he goes to his bed for his naps.  My beautiful boy has diabetes and gets insulin shots twice a day.  I almost lost him last year, but he has rallied and is doing well. 

I continue to edit and rewrite FOR LOVE OF HANNAH.  I started from the beginning again and added more emotion for my characters.  I am pleased with what I have done so far.  Of course, I need to find a few local beta readers to give me their opinion.  My friends in Florida preview my work, but they’re not critical enough and always like what I write.  My friend Janice tells me I’m too hard on myself when it comes to my writing.  I don’t believe, as an author, we can ever stop trying to improve our stories.  I still feel I could rewrite all my novels and add to the quality of the storyline.  Even with my oil paintings, I’m never satisfied with the completed work.  Doing a painting as with a book, we can overwork our colors until they become muddy and confusing.  I guess the motto should be:  Do your best, then give it a rest.

I’ve worked on Hannah most of the day, and so I’m tired tonight.  Everyone have a great week.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.

Dreamah

WE HAVE SNOW, LOTS OF SNOW AND COLD, THE POND LOOKS FROZEN, SUET FOR THE BIRDS, JUST WORKING ON BOOKS

TITAN
JOJO

I had to take the pups out around four o’clock this morning.  It had just started to snow.  By the time I got out of bed, the ground was covered, and of course, the pups had to go out again.  Thank God for my boots.  The dogs have sweaters and coats but no boots.  I know they make doggie boots, but no way would the boys let me put them on their feet.  Besides, Titan has such tiny feet he’d never keep them on.  I’m just glad I have mine.  The pups run out, do their business and hurry back inside as we have lots of snow and it is still coming down.  I went out earlier and swept off the porch and cleared an area in the yard for the dogs so the snow would not be up to their tummies.  Yes, I love my animals.  They are my children and are treated as such.  I have Stanley, Bandit, Pyewacket, plus Tigger are the four cats.  JoJo and Titan are the pups.  I present my kids.

STANLEY
BANDIT
PYEWACKET
TIGGER

Where my sister lives, there is a community pond.  In the summer children in the neighborhood spend the day fishing, sometimes all day.  It has a catch and release rule.  Today, since it’s been so cold, the pond has started to freeze.  It’s all white and frosty and looks beautiful.  I have an idea cooking in my brain about the pond.  I’ll type up the idea and put in in my file of story suggestions to revisit later.

Each winter, sister puts out suet for the chickadees, plus a lot of other birds, which stay in the thick pine tree next to the porch.  The tree is a wind blocker for the back porch.  Late last week, she put a block of suet out, and the little birds have been busy stuffing their beaks since then.  I love chickadees.  I love all birds, but chickadees hold a special place in my heart.

I am reviewing FOR LOVE OF HANNAH from the beginning once again.  As I read, I keep adding things I feel will enhance the story.  Anyway, I hope so.  I keep working to create better descriptions, narratives, dialogue and action, along with the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch as well as the who, what, when, where, and the biggy WHY.  I want this story to be so impacting it will make you cry and love it too.

Well, it’s late, and I need to rest my brain.  Everyone have a great Sunday.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.

Dreamah

NEW BOOK COVER, SNOW, SNOW, SNOW, COLD, COLD, COLD, CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ARE DOWN, HOUSE CLEANING TIME,

For several months I have been looking at the book cover for A CIRCLE OF MURDERS. Finally, I came to a conclusion, I didn’t like it. As my college commercial art teacher used to say to me. KISS IT. Of course, Gene Yancey, a great commercial artist, liked to be funny in class. I asked him once what he meant by KISS IT. He told me that it meant KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. Gene wasn’t calling any of his students stupid. He just wanted us to keep our drawings simplified as we were studying cartooning at the time. I really enjoyed his class. So when I kept looking at the book cover for A CIRCLE OF MURDERS, I knew I had to change it. So I have done just that. It’s a much cleaner, and I feel sharper image for the title. I kept it simple. So let me know what you think about it. I would greatly appreciate it.

OLD BOOK COVER
NEW BOOK COVER
Not this much snow, but enough

Well, when I got up this morning to take the dogs out, I was surprised to see the ground covered with snow, lots of snow. Not only that, the temperature was about 30° colder than yesterday morning. We got up yesterday to almost 60°. Today it was probably close to 30° if it made it that high, and I think the temperature dropped the rest of the day. It is colder. The temperature right now is 19° with a windchill of 6°. Thrill, thrill, thrill. Needless to say, I don’t like cold humid weather. But, you can’t control mother nature.

Well, sister and I spent the afternoon taking down the Christmas decorations, boxing them up and taking them down to the basement. I’m rather glad Christmas is over so I can get on to writing my books. I’ll start back to work on the books right after I cleaned the house. I may wait a day or two as I keep tracking in snow.

I really want to get Hannah done as well as THE SNATCHER and TO CATCH A DREAM. I change the title to FOR THE LOVE OF HANNAH instead of ALL FOR THE LOVE OF HANNAH. I think it’s a better title. I may even shorten it some more and just make the book titled HANNAH. Anyway, I found a photograph that I think is a perfect picture of my character. So I created a book cover and would like your opinion of that as well if you all would be so kind as to post a comment.

Anyway, you all have a great finish to the week and a great weekend. Be careful out there and stay safe. Remember: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.

Dreamah

MARKETING, A LOT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE, GIVING IT MY BEST SHOT FOR THE JONAS BLACK SERIES, TRYING TO FIND RIGHT PHOTO FOR NEW BOOK COVER, VISITING FAMILY HAS RETURNED HOME, LAST THREE DAYS SUNNY AND WARMER

For the last few days, I have been researching marketing my books. This is a new field for me, and I intend to learn as much about it as I possibly can. I’ve spent the last few days trying to upload my book, THE STONE KILLER, to Whizbuzz Books. I am still trying to get the information uploaded to their website. Part of it was my fault for not updating information through my bank and on PayPal. But, tonight I was all set to fill out the required spaces with my information, and I made the mistake of having to go back to figure out a bit of information, and now I have to wait until I can be contacted by this company to complete the upload. They are in Europe, I understand England, and I have to wait until tomorrow when they will be in the office. So far I haven’t been able to find a lot of information out about, and I do believe in investigating companies claim to do what they claim to do. They claim to do a lot for an author which makes me look feel a little dubious about them. I shall see how it all works out and let you know.

If, and it’s a big IF, I see good results for THE STONE KILLER, then I will promote THE HANGMAN and my other two novels with them. This company was recommended on one site giving information on how to promote and market your own novels. That is the only reason I am trying it. We shall see what happens. Wish me luck. By the way, I’m going to create a new book cover for A CIRCLE OF MURDERS. Watch for it.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS PHOTO FOR HANNAH?

I am still trying to find the right photograph to use in the book cover for ALL FOR THE LOVE OF HANNAH. Hannah is such an unusual story. It will take just the right book cover to set it apart from all the others I have done. In many ways, it’s one of my favorite stories, mainly because it deals with coming to terms with losing someone you love. I know I have that in all my novels because I lost so many family members in 2005. And some in 2006. 2012 was not much better, but not as many as 05. So I know what it’s like to lose someone you have loved so much. And for Hannah, who loses the love of her life, learning to cope and move on is a difficult thing. So this will take a very specific picture to create the perfect book cover. I may have found one and I would like your opinion. Post a comment, please.

The relatives have returned to Colorado. It was a great visit. The children were a delight to see. How fast they grow. The pups miss then and enjoyed playing with the kids. Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate while they were here. For the last three days, we’ve had warmer weather and lots of sunshine.

Tomorrow begins the new week. Everyone have a great time and stay safe. Remember: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.

Dreamah

THE NEW YEAR IS HERE, VISIT FROM RELATIVES, OVEREATING, PLANS TO REACH MY GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR, HOW TO SCHEDULE MY WRITING TIME? OIL PAINTING TIME? A LITTLE TIME JUST FOR ME

My sister’s son, my nephew, his wife and two grandchildren came to visit New Year’s Eve. They are delightful people. The children have grown so much since I last saw them in Colorado. They are just beautiful and two of the sweetest kids I have ever met. So far the visit has been great, and I think they have been enjoying themselves. Anyway, I hope so as sister really enjoys seeing her son, daughter-in-law and the kids. Their visit is really too short as they have to leave Friday to return home to Colorado.

stuffed from dinner

My sister has cooked like mad the last two days, to big meals which were absolutely delicious. I do the cleanup. Tonight we had baked ham, sauerkraut as good luck for the new year, plus several other delicious dishes. Needless to say, I stuffed myself. Tonight I feel like the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey, stuffed to the gills, or should I say the windpipe. Tomorrow is going to be a lean day for me. I don’t need any extra pounds on my body as I am trying to get myself back in physical shape. It’s just another goal I have set for myself for this new year.

Well, folks, 2019 is here. I don’t know whether to be excited or apprehensive. I choose to be excited about the possibilities stretching out before me. The new year is a blank slate, and we each have the chalk to write on it anyway we choose. It’s all up to us whether we put forth the effort to achieve our goals are not.  I have set several for myself now I must plan the time to accomplish that goal to complete three novels this year. That is to produce one every four months. It seems like an impossible task I have set my for myself, but it isn’t really as one of the novels is almost finished, TO CATCH A DREAM. Now the next two are a different story. ALL FOR THE LOVE OF HANNAH ( I still need a bookcover for this one>) is outlined from beginning to end, the characters are listed, but it is in great need of rewriting, more character development, and expanding the storyline.

THE SNATCHER, the next book in the Jonas Black series, is in the beginning stages. I think I have 5000 words written so far on it. All the main characters are listed as they keep appearing in the Jonas Black books. I will be using the same detectives for a while until a story demands I lose one. Or they go away in a spinoff with their own story.

I have so many outlines for the Jonas Black books. They are all a brief synopsis of what is going to happen in each one without going into great detail. Once I get the three books finished for this year I have to choose the next Jonas Black book and two more romantic suspense novels. I have them all ready to be written. It is just a matter of having enough hours in a day.

Remember my motto, NEVER GIVE UP NEVER SURRENDER. I will achieve my goal. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but I will persevere to get it done.

Next comes finding the time to work on an oil painting I have promised the Colorado Springs Police Department. I need to get that done for them. A promise is a promise, and I don’t break mine. Plus I have several other painting ideas running around in my head. They are sort of an impressionistic style that I want to try. I’ll give it a go and let you know what happens.

Everyone have a fantastic week, stay safe and keep writing, and editing.

The best to you all for the new year.

Dreamah

LEFTOVERS, A PEACEFUL DAY, WATCHED A MOVIE WITH TOM HARDY, VENOM, 2019 GOAL

Today was a do as little as possible day, sort of.  After all that needed to be done from the first of December, it was wonderful to have a minimum of things to do.  This evening, we had leftovers from Christmas dinner.  It was great and just as good, if not better, than yesterday.  Needless to say I ate too much.

Later, I watched a crazy movie with Tom Hardy called Venom.  I like him.  It was so funny and far-fetched, but I enjoyed it.  I laughed out loud at several scenes.  I do recommend seeing it for a relaxing, nonserious, lose yourself in Syfy type of mindless evening.  I needed it.  Actually one hour and fifty-three minutes, but who’s counting.  I enjoyed the show.  Give it a try. 

The New Year is almost upon us, and my goal for2019 is to complete three novels, one every four months.  I’m certainly going to give it my best effort.  Wish me luck and good health.  I have started working out even before the New Year to keep my promise to myself to do just that, exercise each day.  Start small and build up to thirty minutes each day as I used to do.  All any of us can do is give it our best try.

This is going to be a short post as it is after midnight and I’m tired.  Everyone have a great New Year and stay safe.  Remember:  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.

Dreamah