Archive | March 2015

Spring Rains…

Rain Soaked Puppies

Pear Blossoms Falling

rain soaked puppies (640x502) (2)

Rain-Soaked Puppies

Sharp Shinned Hawk

Sharp Shinned Hawk

A hawk hit my window, trying to catch a sparrow trying to catch a yellow jacket building a nest in the eaves while I was writing.

Unfortunately, the rain-soaked puppies were all curled up on my lap in towels and I couldn’t unload them fast enough to get my camera and get a shot of the hawk. He sat up on the roof for a moment as I looked at him and he looked at me. He appeared to be a different hawk than the one that was after my birds at the feeders last year, golden wings underneath, more golden outer feathers.

The one pictured was the one that I had last year. It might be the same hawk.

right sideview hawk

But the one I witnessed last night just looked lighter colored to me in the few glimpses I had of him than this one.

This is an interesting corner to observe wildlife. Doves court on the windowsill and my roadrunner would often sit there. I just never expected a hawk to come visiting in the front like that.

Okay, back to the business of writing. Still way behind on She-Wolf. Now remember, it’s due Jun 1, and hopefully today I’ll catch up and I’ll be halfway done with the book. My word count deadlines are meant to be WAY earlier than my actual deadlines. That’s because things happen, like having to stop to do edits on another book, taxes, life gets in the way. So my goal is it will be done in April before conferences intrude. 🙂

I’m already thinking of the next book too. I start doing that and so it’s sort of at the back of my mind, just trying to come up with scenarios for the book. With this one, I had NO synopsis. My editor just suggested the title, The Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing, and that’s it. Sold it, and what’s neat about that, is I can really just come up with a brand new story without any constraints. I love it.

That’s why I had so much fun with Hero of a Highland Wolf, just had an idea for a new wolf pack, and then tied it in with an “old” wolf pack, so I had some continuity.

Have a super great Thursday! Max gets his second group training tonight!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day! And More Signs of Spring!

Leprechan Holding A Pot Of Gold

https://www.facebook.com/events/1105870642880619/

Puppies and St Patrick's Day Wishes!

Puppies and St Patrick’s Day Wishes!

white daffodil (2) (640x427)

Pear Blossoms

Pear Blossoms

5500 words behind, but we had puppy group training last night. Max was the smallest dog there among 3 german shepherds, another large dog and a blue tick healer.  He barked at one of the dogs at first, but then settled down and we had a really great session for our very first group session with dogs there! 🙂  We wound around other dogs and their owners, greeted other dogs and their owners, walked in formation behind other dogs and their owners. All an exercise to keep the dogs under control while not being distracted by other dogs. He did really good on the round about stuff, greeting other owners, but when we had to walk past the dogs and their owners, he was pulling away a bit into the grass to get away from them. Following them or leading them he was fine with. But it’s our first session, so he’s doing great. 🙂 <3

Off to whittle down some more of the mss.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!!

I’m wearing green. Are you? 🙂

 

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

Puppies in Macro Photography

Max sleeping on Tanner's neck

Max sleeping on Tanner’s neck

I’m certain Tanner has eyes. I’ve seen them on occasion, but rarely. Yesterday I pulled his hair back, trying to get a picture of it. And by the way, I do try to brush out his whiskers, but he’s still JAWS when it comes to the brush getting near his nose. The hairs are unruly curls, but that makes Tanner, Tanner.

Okay, I’m BEHIND on word count on She-Wolf, but that’s because I spent ALL day yesterday working on taxes. Really, I need to be better organized. Then my daughter mentioned that if I had energy efficient improvements made to the house–like a new water heater and the windows, (which truly have been great–no ice on the INSIDE of windows), and that means finding all the receipts. In the future, I need to really be better organized.

🙂 <3 Okay, working some on word count, and then back to taxes!

Have a lovely tax-free Sunday!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

Sold to Tantor! Again!

Exciting News!!! Savage Hunger is already in audiobook. Jaguar Fever is being narrated now. And Sourcebooks Casablanca just sold the rights to Tantor for Jaguar Hunt! So they should be up next! 🙂 <3 Now, just need them to pick up Jaguar Pride! http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Savage-Hunger-Audiobook/B00NAGI2KQ
http://www.audible.com/…/Romance/Savage-Hunger-A…/B00NAGI2KQHeart of the Jaguar Series Collage

Savage Hunger (Book 1)

B&N

Amazon

Chapters Indigo

Kobo

IndieBound

Jaguar Fever(Book 2)

 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Books-a-Million

Indigo/Chapters

IndieBound

Discover a New Love

Sourcebooks

Kobo

Jaguar Hunt (Book 3)
Jaguar Pride (Book 4)
Have a super Saturday! Back to the world of wolves! 🙂 She-Wolf is the 2nd book of the 4 book contract. If I have time, I’m supposed to write the Wolf in Billionaire’s Clothing. And then Jaguar Jingle Bells. They’re all on the schedule, but my editor wants Jaguar Jingle Bells no matter what if I fall behind for some reason. 🙂
Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

Daffodils Survive Ice, Snow, Torrential Rains! Spring has Sprung!

 

daffodil alone (640x427) copydaffodil dancing (640x427) copydaffodils in sync (640x427) copydaffodils center stage (640x519) copydaffodils getting ready to open (640x427) copy

Spring is here in Central Texas. Not that we won’t have more bad weather, but love the hardy daffodils. 🙂

Off to write to reach 25K today. Have a super great TGIF!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

Puppy Portraits, and St Patty’s Day Party!

Tanner 5 mos old Havanese

Tanner 5 mos old Havanese

Do you see the eyes? Can he see me? They love having their pictures taken.

Tanner Sleeping

Tanner Sleeping

I thought I could get a better still shot if he was sleeping, but, nope. All his whiskers and eyebrows were fluttering in sleep. Can you see his nose?

Max and his untidy coiffure

Max and his untidy coiffure

Max’s beard is in that in between stage. It won’t lie down and instead crimps up in odd ways no matter how much I brush him, especially the hair around the eyes. It’s too short to pull up, and it needs to lie down and form his beard. Sometimes I can get it to behave, and then he shakes his head and we’re back to this. When it gets longer, it will probably be better.

I have to say that all dogs are different, just like people. Just like wolves. A wolf biologist was studying a pack of wolves and one had hair that went every which way. I thought that was funny, and so added it to one of my stories.

Off to write! Been keeping up with word count–20,000 words done on She-Wolf, figure they’ll change the title because I have a man on my covers all the time, with 60,000 words to go. 1/4 of the way done! And to think just a few days ago, I had just Chapter 1, the title, written.

It’s amazing what setting goals can do for a body–if I keep working at them.

I’m also working on 4 Matheson bears. I’ll be trying to get their heads together today–adding eyes, attaching the heads to the bodies. Tomorrow, it will be ear day. That’s 8 ears to sew on, and I’ll sew up their backs. Once that’s done, need noses, and it’s time to embroider their paws, finish their hats, and sew them on and their sashes on. The sashes are ready to go.

Also, we’re having a FB party for Kissing the Highlander. Lots of my ancestors were born and raised in Ireland. One was Welsh and he married into the Kelly family, which is like Smith is in the States. My Hawthorns were also there, and one of them was born on a ship crossing the Irish Sea, then others were born in Scotland.

It is said that the MacNeills descended from the Irish king, Niall of the Nine Hostages. My MacNeills and Campbells were from Scotland, but what if the MacNeill had originated from Niall, the Irish king? Possibly. So I’m all for celebrating St Patty’s Day! It’s in celebration of our Kissing the Highlander anthology!

One of my prizes for the St Patty’s Day party!
Confetti Bear is coming to celebrate Kissing the Highlander Luck o’ the Irish party!!!

"'One

He comes with his daddy’s pipe. You didn’t think baby bear was using one that early, did you? And no drinking green beer either!

www.celticbears.com

I make the bears from scratch and they’ve won awards for them, they’ve been featured in magazines and newspapers, and they’ve found homes all over the world.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1105870642880619/

Kissing the Highlander… a fun Highland anthology filled with romance and adventure!

His Wild Highland Lass by Terry Spear

Lady Sorcha Barclay fled her brother-in-law’s castle because of his unwanted advances. An awe-inspiring circle of standing stones captures her attention and she captures the attention of the laird who owns the land.

Laird Ronan Daziel takes Sorcha to his castle to protect her and give her a home. Before long, he wants much more. He’s duty-bound to take a wife whose clan wishes an alliance with his. So why does he long to have something more? Everyone loves the lass as much as he does. But he has pledged his loyalty to his clan. Taking Sorcha to wife could lead to battle on several fronts. How can he wed another when she stole his heart from the first moment he laid eyes on her near the ancient standing stones on his lands?

The Highlander’s Charm by Eliza Knight

They should be enemies… But passion and love know no bounds.

Returning from battle to England, Samuel de Mowbray discovers that his two younger sisters have been stolen by Highlanders. Determined to save them from vicious warriors, he convinces the king to send him north. While there, he discovers that his loyalties are wavering and that a headstrong, feisty lass could destroy everything he believes.

Catriona Buchanan must travel north to ask for help in saving her brother and ridding her castle of brutal English knights. Unfortunately, to do so, she must trust in the thing she mistrusts the most—an Englishman. Minute by minute, the man who should be her enemy breaks down her defenses. There is something different about him and she can’t help but be captivated by Samuel, and his steamy kisses.

Heart of Stone by Willa Blair

Riding home after two years away, Gavan MacNabb encounters a lass and her deerhound in a moonlit circle of standing stones. Little does he know the garland of bluebells she weaves and the spell she sings will change the course of his life.

Marsali Murray doesn’t really believe the old wives’ tale that making a chain of bluebells by the standing stones under a waxing moon will bring true love, but she’s desperate to try anything to escape the boring, everlasting sameness of her life.

Gavan has already seen much of the world denied to Marsali. He’s ready to settle down. She is eager to spread her wings. Can they find what they need with each other?

Kilts and Kisses by Victoria Roberts

Since the deaths of her parents, Ceana Gunn has lived in the shadow of her uncle and his family. She wants nothing more than to see her clan the way it was when her father was still laird. But her uncle has other ideas. Ceana soon discovers that the only refuge to be found is in the last place she expects—the arms of her enemy.

Luthais MacKay wants to be left alone. His only interest is training his prized hawks. He certainly doesn’t have time to listen to the petty squabbling of his clan when his father travels to Edinburgh and leaves him in charge. But when Luthais discovers a mysterious woman on his lands, he’s determined to unravel her secrets…one layer at a time.

My Captive Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

Can unexpected passion and a little ancient magic turn enemies into lovers?

During a fierce storm on the west coast of Scotland, Shamus MacKenzie barely survives a galley wreck only to be captured and held for ransom by the enemy MacDonalds. Aided by the gift of second sight, Maili MacDonald, sister of the ruthless chief, senses the handsome, dark-haired stranger will somehow be important in her life. Compelled to help him, she insists on providing him food and a healer to see to his injuries. She knows she is daft to fall in love with this captivating warrior after one forbidden kiss but cannot help herself. With each visit from Maili, Shamus finds his thoughts consumed by the enchanting lass. Can he convince her to help him escape the dungeon and prevent the impending battle between the two clans?
http://amzn.com/1507544502
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-…/ebook/kissing-the-highlander
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/…/kissing-the-highlan…/id956950355…
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kissing-the-hig…/1121030718…
Print: http://amzn.com/1507544502
All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-kissingthehighland…

'Kissing the Highlander... a fun Highland anthology filled with romance and adventure!  His Wild Highland Lass by Terry Spear  Lady Sorcha Barclay fled her brother-in-law's castle because of his unwanted advances. An awe-inspiring circle of standing stones captures her attention and she captures the attention of the laird who owns the land.  Laird Ronan Daziel takes Sorcha to his castle to protect her and give her a home. Before long, he wants much more. He's duty-bound to take a wife whose clan wishes an alliance with his. So why does he long to have something more? Everyone loves the lass as much as he does. But he has pledged his loyalty to his clan. Taking Sorcha to wife could lead to battle on several fronts. How can he wed another when she stole his heart from the first moment he laid eyes on her near the ancient standing stones on his lands?  The Highlander's Charm by Eliza Knight  They should be enemies… But passion and love know no bounds.  Returning from battle to England, Samuel de Mowbray discovers that his two younger sisters have been stolen by Highlanders. Determined to save them from vicious warriors, he convinces the king to send him north. While there, he discovers that his loyalties are wavering and that a headstrong, feisty lass could destroy everything he believes.  Catriona Buchanan must travel north to ask for help in saving her brother and ridding her castle of brutal English knights. Unfortunately, to do so, she must trust in the thing she mistrusts the most—an Englishman. Minute by minute, the man who should be her enemy breaks down her defenses. There is something different about him and she can’t help but be captivated by Samuel, and his steamy kisses.  Heart of Stone by Willa Blair  Riding home after two years away, Gavan MacNabb encounters a lass and her deerhound in a moonlit circle of standing stones. Little does he know the garland of bluebells she weaves and the spell she sings will change the course of his life.  Marsali Murray doesn’t really believe the old wives’ tale that making a chain of bluebells by the standing stones under a waxing moon will bring true love, but she’s desperate to try anything to escape the boring, everlasting sameness of her life.  Gavan has already seen much of the world denied to Marsali. He’s ready to settle down. She is eager to spread her wings. Can they find what they need with each other?  Kilts and Kisses by Victoria Roberts  Since the deaths of her parents, Ceana Gunn has lived in the shadow of her uncle and his family. She wants nothing more than to see her clan the way it was when her father was still laird. But her uncle has other ideas. Ceana soon discovers that the only refuge to be found is in the last place she expects—the arms of her enemy.  Luthais MacKay wants to be left alone. His only interest is training his prized hawks. He certainly doesn’t have time to listen to the petty squabbling of his clan when his father travels to Edinburgh and leaves him in charge. But when Luthais discovers a mysterious woman on his lands, he’s determined to unravel her secrets…one layer at a time.  My Captive Highlander by Vonda Sinclair  Can unexpected passion and a little ancient magic turn enemies into lovers?  During a fierce storm on the west coast of Scotland, Shamus MacKenzie barely survives a galley wreck only to be captured and held for ransom by the enemy MacDonalds. Aided by the gift of second sight, Maili MacDonald, sister of the ruthless chief, senses the handsome, dark-haired stranger will somehow be important in her life. Compelled to help him, she insists on providing him food and a healer to see to his injuries. She knows she is daft to fall in love with this captivating warrior after one forbidden kiss but cannot help herself. With each visit from Maili, Shamus finds his thoughts consumed by the enchanting lass. Can he convince her to help him escape the dungeon and prevent the impending battle between the two clans?  Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00S313U7I Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/kissing-the-highlander iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kissing-the-highlander/id956950355?mt=11 B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kissing-the-highlander-terry-spear/1121030718?ean=2940046505580 Print: http://amzn.com/1507544502 All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-kissingthehighlander-1722006-161.html'
I was going to post 2 pictures and a line or two. As you can see, I can never be brief. 🙂
Have a terrific day! Off to write!

 

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

MacGregor Bear! Puppies’ Topknots! A Toad! Talk about Being Random!

MacGregor Clan Bear (640x551)

Three bears down, 7 to go. They’re all in process, like my current book.

I got up at 2 to take the puppies out. Tried the no leash trick. They had baths last night, so they didn’t sleep like they usually do. Tanner came right back to me. Max did, then ran off to explore some more. So I won’t do the no leash thing again. Not until Max is fully trained. Which is going to take a while.

Between days of ice and snow, workmen being out here, and then two days of pouring rain, my cupboards were bare. No treats for the puppies. No seed for the birds, and worst of all, no chocolate for me. Writers can’t live without chocolate! At least, not this one.

And I realized that it’s EASTER coming up! Which means Cadbury chocolate creme filled chocolate eggs. 🙂

puppies topknots (573x640)

Puppies and Topknots

Soooo I spent two hours running errands, shipping 3 bears, picking up stuff for my next readers convention, etc, and that meant that last night, I was behind on my word count. Partly because I was setting up another FB party to celebrate St Patty’s Day, and because I had given both puppies baths.

Now, I really did get my word count. I wrote the remaining 600 words by hand last night, and voila, at 2 am, I typed them out and yes!! I made it.

And look what we found when we went outside yesterday! Well, I found him. Max ran his nose right over him and didn’t see him.

Toad (640x427)toad up close (640x427)

And that’s all I have to say at 2 in the morning. Puppies are in their crate grumbling because I’m not coming back to bed. Well, Max is, just a little. They’re not barking. Usually Tanner will yip if I don’t come back, but he’s gone to sleep, which is the way it should be. Max gave up on me. I think.

I keep using up my internet time because of the cloud saving my stuff, so thought I’d post this during my “free” usage time. Since I was up anyway.

Have a super great day!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

Ack! Change!!!

butterfly surreal (623x640)

Surreal Butterfly among flowers

Okay, this morning I had to blog on Blogger, and so it was fine. Popped up like it was supposed to. No problem. Now, you have to remember I get up early. So I like things to be the way they always are. I confuse my puppies because I do things differently in the morning before I settle down to drink my green tea and work on blogs. But when I open up my browser, I want things to be the same as they always are. IE, I go to the WordPress blog like I normally do, and get to work on the blog. Today, it took me to a different page, and I thought I had clicked on the wrong link, so I started over. And the same thing happened.

At 5:30 a.m., I really don’t want to have to figure things out. I do that with writing a new book and proofing the other. But other than that, I really don’t want to have to think. Not about that. Yes, I have to think about what I’m going to write on the blogs too. That’s enough thinking for the day, don’t you think?

It’s like going into the grocery store and, wait, where did the bread aisle go? I’ve been known to get everything else but the thing I went in for because they moved the item and I can’t find it. There’s never a clerk to tell you where they hid it either. I know that it’s supposed to be a good marketing ploy. Well, guess what? I didn’t buy the bread, and went without for two weeks until I made it into town again. And so they lost a sale! Oh, sure, I’m certain I was the only one who didn’t buy bread because they had moved it–by the way, it’s not only the bread, but anything. I’ve done that several times. Or even gone to Walmart instead of the grocery store and given up looking for something because I couldn’t find it. Oh, dishwasher soap. I’m down to my last little packages. Got to get them next time I’m in town. But I’ll go to the grocery store because I know where it is there. Walmart? Clueless.

Now, the puppies have an eating routine. They are little eating machines. Only yesterday, they decided they wanted to eat earlier than I normally feed them. So alpha that I am (because I made the decision, so I’m still going to hold onto the alpha moniker), I fed them earlier. The problem with that? After their second meal of the day, they wanted a third, you know, for the real time of the day when they normally eat their second meal.

puppies and chew toys 014 (640x590)

How did my goal of working on different goals make out yesterday? I was over halfway done on proofing SEAL Wolf Hunting (I meant to read over 162 pages–the halfway point, I read 216), and 814 words over on word count on She-Wolf. Some might say I should just write my 2500 word goal and that 800 is bonus. But I won’t. It’s part of the 2500 word goal. It makes me feel better to know that I only have 1700 words left to go. It’s a psychological game. Did you know that? It really is. I tell myself, I’m at 9314. I need to get to 10,000 today. Not too shabby when my goal was 1,000 for Tuesday and the rest of the week 2500 words a day. Anyway, I don’t tell myself that I need 10,000 today. I tell myself I need 9500, and then wait a minute, my count is off. I only need less than 700 today???????

Even better! Okay, so I tell myself I need 500 words at a time of the 2500 word goal. I just need to reach that next 500. And then I’m over it and I just need to reach that next 500. What happens is that I’m really on a roll, like I was yesterday, and kept writing. But I kept thinking I needed to get to proofing the other book. So I had to stop and work on that. And then on that, I was like I needed 162 pages. But a fourth of the way to my goal, I was like maybe I could spread this out over 4 days instead of 2. Then I felt better. I could do that. But then I kept reading and I only found one error, disagreed with one change they made, and agreed with 2 changes they made and kept reading. And then I made the halfway point and wanted to keep going until it was getting so late, I figured it really was time to go to bed. The point is, yes, there is a point to my ramblings–if a goal seems too difficult to attain in the time allotted, spread out the goal over several days until it’s doable, BUT then do over what you planned to do. That way you’re making progress toward the end result at a faster rate and I don’t know, for me, it makes me feel good. I get behind on word count and I feel like a dark cloud is hanging over me.

On bears? I sewed up one of the sashes for a bear and wound bobbins. So I didn’t get started on the bears, but I still did some things necessary to working on them. Now that the bobbins are wound, I can jump right in to sew them once my word goal is met and I’ve finished proofing the book.

But you see, I had to listen to 15 mins of The  Trouble with Demons (YA) audiobook, to approve it. And I had to do other things yesterday too, so, all in all, a really good day.

700 words for She-Wolf. I can’t believe it. I think I’ll finish those, get my 10,000 and finish proofing SEAL. Then I can work on bears, and then get back to working on She-Wolf and start on my word count for tomorrow. See, if I get my word count done, I can actually take a break later in the week. 🙂 Or if I have other stuff that pops up, I won’t be behind.

There really is method to my madness. Really.

So do you get discombobulated when you’re hit with a change in your routine? Does it throw your whole day off, or can you deal with it and get back on track without too much trouble?

Do you ever leave the grocery store without the item you went in for because you couldn’t find it?

Have a super great day! Ice and snow this week, 70s for two days next week. 🙂

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

Are You a Multi-Tasker?

SEALWolfHunting_catalog

I am. Okay, today, I’ve got to start proofing the final copy of SEAL Wolf Hunting. Don’t you love this cover? Besides the guy, I LOVE the wolf. Since I write about wolves, as  in werewolves, but they’re so human and so wolf-like that it seems sacrilegious to call them werewolves–as in a horror version of them, I love to see a beautiful wolf on the cover taking up center stage too. Why? Because the man is not just a man, but a wolf. I love this time with the book–it’s nearly done–just checking to make sure there are no other mistakes, but there are so few, that it’s a time for me to have that one last read that’s more for pleasure than anything, before you get it!

So that’s one of my number one priorities. I also want to continue to work on bears. I finished two last night. I finished making a 3rd, but still need to embroider the paws. 🙂

Plum large bear (393x640)

Plum bear with plum faux suede paws, 19″

Purple Bear (557x640)

Purple Bear with faux suede paws, 10 1/2″

 

And I want to get my word count in on She-Wolf. 2500 words a day. I need to be at 8500 today. I’m at 7200 right now. So moving right along. Usually when I get in edits, I have to quit everything and concentrate on only the edits. Then I’m playing a horrible game of catch up. So I’m trying to work on my blogs, word count, then proofing, then bears so I don’t get behind on anything. 🙂

It’s kind of like playing an RPG, role-playing game. I’m playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for my break time at night once I have all my other stuff done. Yesterday, besides word count, I was critiquing 10 chapters of a critique partner’s book, and while I was playing the game, I was finishing up the bears. Now, I also have to constantly stop to take puppies out, to play with them, cuddle with them, train them, feed them. So I do have other stuff going on. But in the RPG–there’s always a decision to make. Do I concentrate on the Big Boss, the guy with all the strength that is really, really hard to kill, and then work on his minions after he’s dead? Or do I tackle everyone at once? Then once the little guys are dead, I can use all my strength against the big guy?

Well, oftentimes I’ll go after the big guy while the little guys are beating at me too. And when I’m working on my projects, often I’ll tackle the one that needs to be done first–just all day long for every day that it takes to get it done. Then my stack of things to do goes down a little before it goes up a lot again.

So this is kind of a new experiment for me. Working on all things–having a goal for each, and getting each of them done, and not just working on one big project. I think it’s working, so far, because I think when I do just one major thing, I tend to take breaks anyway, and I don’t get as much done. Time will tell.

I want to get half of the proof book done today, and the other half tomorrow. That’s my goal. I need to start sewing up the other bears–4 of them, so another goal. And word count on She-Wolf.

Other than that, that’s it! 🙂

When you have jobs to tackle, do you go after the tough ones first, or the little ones until you’re ready to tackle the big one? I do that with first line edits. The simple stuff first. Then I tackle the bigger issues. 🙂 When I see a page of issues, I want to reduce the number quickly. Then it doesn’t seem like so much.

Have a terrific Friday and hope all your issues are little ones. The Big Bosses can be a real chore to deal with.

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

 

More White Stuff

Everything is coated in ice and snow this morning. I have a protected entryway, but even so, I had snow up next to the door. We have a winter storm warning in effect until noon. Why didn’t I know that? I need to start checking out the weather report more often!!!20 mph winds and 13 degrees chill factor. And dummy me went out without a coat on, hurrying the puppies to do their thing. Max doesn’t like it when he can’t find the grass to go on. 🙂 Which is good, I suppose, as he doesn’t think he’s supposed to go on anything but grass.

I was supposed to take the puppies in for flu shots today (only because they’re being boarded later and they gave them shots when they were there the last time, but at 10 am. I’ll cancel and reschedule for when we have Texas weather again. 🙂

IMG_1348 (640x427) IMG_1349 (640x469)

Off to work on word count and bears!

Have a super great Thursday!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear: Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com