December 9th, 2013

Dreams Come True


Have any of your dreams come true, lately? If you stop and make a list, I’ll bet you find at least one thing you were hoping for has actually turned into reality. I always wanted a pet, and I got these two cuddly girls …

Acting on our dreams, actually making them happen, sometimes seems impossible. But we’re happy so long as we’re dreaming, right? And there are things we can do to make them come true. I truly believe this.

You are hearing it here first: my next book has now gone to the formatter, and will go live on December 16th. That’s not a dream, that’s a fact. But many years ago, writing books was just a dream for me.

All I wanted for many years was to write. Now I’ve finished my fourth book, and I’m so excited about it I can hardly wait to hear how others will like it. The book is called “Saving Raine” and is the first book in a totally new series. More on that in a few days!

Let’s talk about relationships. In a recent blog I challenged you to take a test to determine whether your partner is a zombie. Take the test here. I hope your partner didn’t fail the test … but if he or she did, you certainly have something to dream about. Dream of the day when he won’t watch TV while you’re trying to say something important. Dream of him answering you with more than one-syllable answers. Dream of him taking the initiative, dream of him listening to you, dream of him spending more time with you.

Love, as we all know, does NOT conquer all. If your partner is a zombie, you’ll either have to teach him some new tricks, one by one, or find a new partner. What do I know? You might be dreaming of your freedom instead. Teaching a zombie to be human is a long, thankless job, and some say it can’t be done.

Every one of us has secret dreams we may or may not wish to share. But are you afraid of your dreams coming true? Are you afraid of a little happiness? Do not be afraid of happiness, because life has a way of throwing problems at you whether you’re happy or not. So you may as well grab a little happiness while you can, and hold on to it as long as possible.

Run away, stay where you are, do whatever you have to to make your dreams come true. No one else is going to do it for you. And you deserve a little happiness.


Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest

While we’re at it, let me congratulate our latest winner: congratulations Marsha B!!! You win the weekly $5 prize for your correct answer to the question of what Bob Olson was looking for — his boss’s missing Thinkpad.

And now I would like to announce the latest question in the Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest: What is Furey going out to buy at 10 o’clock at night as Annie and Bob observe him? You’ll find the answer in part 58, 59 or 60 right here on Venture Galleries. Send your answer by Sunday, December 22nd at 12 midnight PST to

Just a reminder of what you can win here: $5 goes to a randomly picked winner for each of the questions, while a grand prize of a $200 Amazon gift card goes to the grand prize winner, picked from all the correct entries at the end of the contest (when we finish the book). The second prize is $100 and the third prize is $50. With prizes like that, it pays to participate every week.


Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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