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#5 Skye Cree: Truth in the Bones

Skye Cree is after a madman like no other. He’s cunning, smart, dangerous, a serial killer who preys on entire families. He’s gone undetected for five years until an analytical nerd stumbles on a pattern of murders across the U.S. with no apparent connections.

Slowly Skye begins to connect the dots. But with lives at stake, will she be able to figure out the link in time to catch this psychopath before he adds more victims to his tally? Or will she get outfoxed and jeopardize everything she loves one last time? Everything hinges on trying to end the reign of a serial killer who has nothing to lose. Will Skye take him down and find justice for the families or has she met her match?

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Solution to California’s drought?

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

~ W. H. Auden

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In case you haven’t heard, California has a water problem. Under dire drought conditions the state is slowly turning brown.  The state’s best hope for a drought-proof water supply is desalination plants. There were at one time, fifteen in the works, but as far as I know there is only one under construction now. It’s location: Carlsbad, a suburb of San Diego, approximately ninety miles south of me via the I-5. For years desalination plants have  been discussed in great detail. Even though the technology is used in arid regions of the world like Israel and Saudi Arabia, is California ready to turn to the Pacific Ocean for their drinking water supply? Or will the idea fall flat because it might cost too much, or some believe it’s too harmful for the environment, or it’s too improbable to work? After all, the state has tried desalination before in Santa Barbara. The plant opened in 1991, supplied water for a mere four months and once the drought ended, the city closed the place down. Why? Because water from reservoirs was much cheaper.

Below is a video I found on youtube that explains desalination.

Whatever the solution is, California needs to address the issue, sooner rather than later, and do something other than restricting watering a lawn. The issue has passed crisis mode. If the legislators aren’t willing to step up and fix the problem, then the public needs to put pressure on them to do so.

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Hello Mac

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Mac is all very cool with its magic and whistles

Like Time Machines, Air-Drops, and iCloud missives.

The keyboard is different, it’s all a bit strange

But putting up with Windows it’s time for a change.

 

Windows 7 is ancient history and caused me so many problems I couldn’t even begin to list them here if I wanted to do so. Because over the course of several months I got so fed up with the issues, I took matters in hand and finally upgraded shucking the awful operating system and the angst it brought. No, I didn’t go to Windows 10 but to a MAC.  In my house Apple now rules, the Mac has replaced my inferior PC and is home to connecting with all that I had before. As far as a PC goes, I won’t name names here but suffice to say I’m doing a happy dance right about now putting the thing away in the closet for good and forgetting I ever bought it in the first place. It’s taken me some time to transition but I’m a quick learner. Let’s hope I can catch up on all my emails, messages, and social media. Because I won’t kid you, it has been a learning curve but well worth putting Windows in my rearview mirror.

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Wise up, stalking is a crime

 Stalking and using technology to do it

If a narcissist refuses to accept a breakup, chances are they won’t admit that their acts of following you, calling, emailing and texting you non-stop, classify them as stalkers.

In order to write fiction, it takes research. Research yields realities that inspire life-like characters going through situations that make up life—breakups are often a part of life. But when one person won’t let go and move forward and leave the other alone, it becomes a real threat to a person’s safety and security. Being stalked by a former partner can turn violent when that refusal leads to a variety of bad conduct. One of my most popular boards on Pinterest is the one I have about narcissists. It isn’t unusual for people to contact me and relay the experiences they’ve had with this type of personality. It’s shocking how persistent the narcissist can be when it comes to pursuing someone after a relationship ends. A narcissist just won’t let go.

Even though Stalking Awareness Month was last month, after getting several emails from readers, I decided to use my blog to highlight the fact that stalking is a crime.

Yes, it is. Stalking is not okay. It isn’t funny, romantic, or cute. And it’s breaking the law. Anyone who physically follows another, or uses the Internet, social media, or any number of digital devices for the sole purpose of intimidation, is committing a felony,  punishable by one to five years in jail. Penalties vary from state to state but as of July 2014, all 50 states have beefed up their stalking laws. That’s because an estimated 7.5 million people are stalked each year in the U.S., with more than 85% of victims being stalked by someone they know, that includes family members, exes, girlfriends, boyfriends, neighbors, or business associates. And those are the ones reported.

Depending on state statutes, there are three categories—stalking, aggravated stalking and cyberstalking—all serious violations. Stalking is a unique crime, because stalkers are obsessed with controlling their victims’ actions and feelings. Whether it’s laying on guilt over a breakup, interrupting their normal course of life, their daily routine at work, calling 15 times until you pick up the phone or making sure the feeling of privacy is taken away from you, if a person won’t leave you alone at home or at work, state statutes consider it stalking.

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Let’s talk about parameters.  Many people don’t understand that a person commits a stalking violation each time (2 separate occasions count) he or she knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, and he or she knows that this course of conduct would cause a reasonable person to:

  • fear for his or her life
  • suffer emotional distress

Just because a person is upset over the end of a relationship does not give that person the right to knowingly harass you. It doesn’t give them the right to follow another person or place the person under surveillance or any combination thereof. If they do, it constitutes stalking.

If a person uses any type of digital device to text, email, or make use of the phone to repeatedly call until you pick up, threaten, bully or harass you, causing you emotional or psychological distress, it constitutes stalking.

If a person tracks you using a global positioning system (GPS), monitors your computer or cell phone use, that type of action falls into stalking.

Transmitting a threat means a verbal or written threat implied by a pattern of conduct or a combination of verbal or written statements or conduct, and it constitutes stalking.

An ex or soon to be ex does not have the right to harass  or stalk you any more than a total stranger does. Stalking is abuse.

Despite the perceptions that some people don’t take stalking seriously, think again. Recent actions by federal and state law enforcements have shown they’ve actually cracked down on this type of crime.

Whether it’s an ex or soon to be ex. or a stranger online, be aware there’s a psychology involved in people who stalk. And it isn’t pretty. Know the danger behind people who take this type of action. Remember it doesn’t matter if it’s someone you know or a stranger, it’s still a crime and you should contact the police and get them involved. If you’re going through a divorce or breakup it is wise to let your attorney know about the constant barrage of phone calls, text messages, or emails.

If someone is harassing you either physically or online, take action. Contact your local authorities and let them handle the problem. Stalking should never be ignored. Law enforcement certainly sees it as a serious issue.

Facts and figures provided by the people at Stalking Resource Center

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