Archive | June 2016

Birds at the Old Place, and New Place

bluebird closeupblue birds 039 (640x427)These pictures show the difference between capturing birds in shots here, compared to at my old house.

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cardinals 019 (640x427) (2)blue jays in love (640x462)I couldn’t find the blue jay photo at the other house, but believe me, it wasn’t good. He was in the shrubs and between the window screens, branch and twig clutter and a bird on the move, they were a lot harder to capture. I think in all the years I was there, I only saw one once.

Now what I don’t have here are these kinds of photos.

roadrunner two 002 (640x556) croppedroad runner on barn 005hawk closeup on electric poleThey have hawks here, but thankfully not near my feeders. 🙂 They might have roadrunners, but I’ve never seen one here.

And one of these days I’m going to capture a snowy egret. They fly overhead here, but I never have my camera with me when they do. I had hummingbirds at the other house, but didn’t have my camera with me the couple of times I saw her around the flowers.

hummingbird 014 (3)With clear windows, no screens, up-close feeders, and a perfect “window seat” to capture them as I write away on my books and have my camera next to the keyboard, it’s perfect. AC, no bugs,  fill the feeders, and I’m good to go. At the other house, I also had to climb a kitchen stool to get up high enough to capture the birds on the back patio, which meant half the time they’d fly away.

Okay, so I’m back to work, finished SEAL Wolf Undercover and it’s off to the beta reader and promo blogs are done, and now I’m ready to do the rewrites on Between a Wolf and a Hard Place.

It’s a little cooler this morning because of storms last night so I was going to walk the puppies, but no insect repellent. I was sure I had tons of it. 🙁

Have a great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Grapevine, Really? & Happy Father’s Day!!!

maple life is sweet in a garden 002 (640x427)grapevine (439x640)Okay, skip writing, after cutting down the “maple” tree that was on top of the pine tree and the fence, I learn it wasn’t a maple tree at all. It was a wild grapevine. Think of the possibilities! Wine jellies. Wine wine. Hey, you know that some of our most famous writers were either high or…well, anyway, maybe THAT’S what I need for my muse. 🙂

Soooo, methinks I need to rethink this situation. I look them up. Are they going to take over my other plants in that area? Probably. BUT, I cut the trunk down already, and look how it’s sprouting from the roots again. So getting rid of it isn’t easy anyway. Now, what’s the good thing about it? It’s growing!!! No water needed. It’s native. AND it has grapes which both the birds and butterflies love. Since I’ve been so hard at work trying to coax butterflies and birds into the garden, maybe a well-trained grapevine could work.

Or not.

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Oh, found a picture of the tree before I cut it down. Yes, it looks like a maple tree. I did good. 🙂

Since I didn’t kill the grapevine already anyway, might as well give it a chance to prove to me it is good for the garden. If that doesn’t work? Off with its head!

maple life is sweet in a garden 006 (533x640)Life is Sweet in the Garden. Yep. But sometimes ruthless. See the beautiful butterfly ornament? Very heavy and during the night, it fell over. Have no idea how it could have because it was stuck in the soil. But it did. And it didn’t fall toward the fence. It fell forward and crushed the coneflower in front of it. 🙁

So I moved the butterfly ornament for exhibiting bad behavior, found a spot where I could sink it deeper, and HOPEFULLY, it will behave itself.

Life is a story.

Have a super great day. I did all my promo blogs yesterday for my publisher. Hope! And then I worked on SEAL. I’m conflicted. Keep the story as it is? Or take out a few extra bad guys?

Remember, one change, changes all….

I hate that line they’re using in all the shows nowadays: It’s complicated. Are you as sick of it as I am? It’s a cop-out. But I think my base of villains might be too complicated. So I’m still thinking on it…what will the damage be if I take out some of them?

How many more rewrites?

But in the end, it doesn’t matter. I want it to be the best read it can be. 🙂

To the Moon

And Happy Father’s Day! When I have a chance to figure out one of my dad’s stories–I will write it! He was wearing goggles when he was little, and he was in the Army Air Corp, shot down during WWII, called up for the Cuban Missile Crisis on standby, and ended up working on the space program with our first mission to the moon. Soooo, it seemed just perfect. Thanks, Dad, for all the wonderful adventures you shared with me growing up. You will always be remembered.

Have a super great day!!! I’m off to make mine just as super!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Having Fun with Birdhouses

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My mother did the paintings and I’m so glad I can display them here with all my other “blue-ware.”

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Everything shown is old, except some of the flowers, and most of the birdhouses. And the lantern. The birdhouse at the bottom is old. My mother got it, but had it out in all the weather. It’s the most exquisitely hand-painted birdhouse I’ve ever seen, and it was a shame it was out in all the elements for so many years. I rescued it and had it in the sunroom. But in the new house, it’s on top of the world on my kitchen cabinets. can't get out of bed, send booksI felt like that this morning. Tanner decided he needed a bathroom break. I ignored him. Then finally gave up and remembered I could just let him outside. I didn’t have to take him out on leash. So I went back to bed. Tanner barks. Ugh. Then I’m so awake, forget going back to sleep. And I took Max out, cleaned up the house, and it’s time to settle down to work. When really, wouldn’t it be so nice to just skip working and get right to reading? Yeah.

Oh, and the proof of A Very Jaguar Christmas is done! But now it’s back to finishing SEAL Wolf Undercover. 🙂

Have a super day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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More Deadlines!

So yesterday, I was adding more clues to SEAL Wolf Undercover, stopped to fixed lunch, and got a call from my editor, who wants more stuff in Between and Wolf and a Hard Place. Or she wants me to take out a bunch of characters. She wants more wolf stuff, less ghost stuff. Have I ever told you how if you change ONE thing. ONE little thing…even as much as moving a kiss to an earlier page in the book will change EVERYTHING. It’s like a tiny current that turns into a tidal wave.

I was reading over my sold synopsis of SEAL Wolf Undercover after I had written over 75% of the book and realized, horrors, the man attacked in the beginning of the book wasn’t dead. Really? So I had to go back and find all the killed, dead, murdered, and everything else that referenced it, and still as I edit and edit I keep finding dead man references using some other terminology. 🙂 Plus, he’s no longer just gone, he’s another person I have to mention–they have to check on him, be concerned, he has to come out of the coma, tell them things. I mean, I love it, but it’s amazing how going from dead to nearly dead really changes the story. lol

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I told my editor I’m juggling 3 books, just finished with edits on another, and am having a hard time stopping one and starting over and over. So she gave me a little later date on edits, though I have a conference in the middle of that. So I stopped working on SEAL yesterday, and started proofing Jaguar, because I knew it would take only a couple of days to do it. I’d already read through the 5 or so comments, everything easily fixed, but I still need to read every single sentence to make sure they didn’t leave words out, which they did, when they did all their cutting and changing. And I found some words that needed to be changed because I had the same word, like dropped three times in a paragraph. It might not be really noticeable if you’re a fast reader, but if it’s made into an audiobook, it’s really noticeable.

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I’m still proofing A Very Jaguar Christmas and was thrilled I should have that done today. This morning, if my daughter didn’t want me to follow her to the car dealership and make sure her bumper doesn’t fall off. But it should be done today. I think I have about 70 pages left, 230 done. I would have been more thrilled to have finished it, but now I have a major bunch of rewrites on the other book, and so it’s definitely not a time for celebration. So after proofing Jaguar and turning it in, I’m back to rereading SEAL, adding clues, making changes. I still need to get it to my beta reader, and the book is due in 13 days. ugh.

And Max kept wanting on my lap and I had to stop and wash them because they rolled in something. Tanner said it was Max’s fault that they got a bath because if he wasn’t such a momma’s boy and wanting on my lap all the time, they wouldn’t have gotten a bath.

He’s right.

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Okay, off to help my daughter out and then back to work!

Have a super wonderful day!!! Mine is destined for deadlines.

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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I Love it When…

My mind keeps working when I’m trying to sleep. Yes. Really.

I need more clues in the book. What have I missed? What can I add? I have some more ideas, but then I’m thinking, yeah, but, if I do  this, why was it important? How come the hero or heroine would even be clued in that this might be a clue?

I was a huge mystery reader, still love mystery and thrillers to watch, and I know it’s not fair when the author doesn’t give clues and just springs something on the reader at the end. Author prerogative. Nope. The whole point is to leave bread crumbs, but enough twists and turns that the reader has fun on the journey. When I am trying to guess whodunit and why…and I think I know who did, and I get to the end of the story, and I’m like, yes!…or, awwww, I thought it might be him, but I guessed wrong…I’m happy. I want my readers to be satisfied too.

I have so many deadlines, that yesterday I forgot to blog! Yep! Unfortunately, my mind has limited memory.

In truth, I have been trying to run errands really early every morning as we’re having a heat index of 105 degrees each day and it’s just too hot to get out and drive. Soooo, yesterday I HAD to get groceries.

I had these great coupons, for one. Oh, no, this one expired, that one expired, so did this one. I ended up with free orange juice and dog beggin strips. Yes! And groceries that I had to have. And forgot others that were not on the list. There goes that memory again. But this morning, I had other errands I fully intended running, but then…

My daughter had to take my car today, so I was glad I hadn’t put grocery shopping off. She’s fine, her car isn’t. She was in a 4-car pileup, and she has a super little car. Great for gas efficiency, but not great for accidents. She stopped because the guy in front of her stopped. The guy behind her didn’t. He ran into her, shoved her into the Suburban in front of her, that didn’t get a scratch, and the guy behind the one that hit her plowed into him. Four car pileup. Fast. Easy.

To the two people who caused the accident: Pay attention and quit riding people’s bumpers! Didn’t you learn that you need so many feet between cars for certain speeds so that if someone suddenly stops in front of you, you can stop? Stay off other people’s bumpers.

jenn's car (640x360)This is the first car she’s bought, and she was still paying on it. 🙁  This was when she first bought it, before crash.

Luckily everyone was really nice, and that helps. With as hot as it is, tempers can really flare. Her trunk was badly damaged, and her front had damage too. So while she’s still waiting for an insurance investigator to bother checking out her case, she’s borrowing my car.

But we had a nice visit last night, I took some pictures of her plants to share them on Facebook so that maybe someone can identify what she’s growing, because she doesn’t know–see, not only do I have memory issues–and I showed her where I’m at with my landscaping. She loves my gardens. It’s whimsical and fun.

The fairies visited yesterday too.

medieval door 001 (640x406)medieval door 002 (640x502)A little whimsy can make the fantasy real.

Okay, since I have sooooo many deadlines, I’m off to begin to add clues to the book, wait, got to get the garbage out, take the puppies out, get another cup of tea, and then nose to the grindstone.

Have a super wonderful day! I’m determined to get SOMETHING completed today!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Bluebird and House Finches, Zombies and More…

house finiches and the fountain 057 (640x362)They found the fountain!

house finiches and the fountain 070 (640x326)When the bolder male flew up to the wrought iron, I didn’t realize his male and female friends were already perched up there.

house finiches and the fountain 071 (640x352)bluebird (640x427)And a beautiful male bluebird perched on the fence for pictures. Now, I saw him feeding the female on the fence yesterday, but they wouldn’t sit still long enough for me to capture them.

I finally found a couple of chairs I wanted. They rock and are super comfortable. But now I need cool weather to enjoy them. I actually wrote a couple of pages by hand earlier yesterday when we had a breeze and it was really nice. I tried in the early evening, mosquito landed on me, despite the breeze, and called it a night. We’ve had 5 case of West Nile Virus in this area, so don’t want to risk it.

Max kept wanting on my lap. More comfortable than the cement patio. But much hotter for the both of us.

The chairs aren’t as cute as the rattan that seems to be all the rage, but for durability, comfort, and easier cleaner, these will be better. I’m much more into comfort and ease of maintenance, not cute anyway.  But now I need to get more of something to match, or I can only have one guest at a time. 🙂

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I’m fast and furiously, well, when I quit writing this blog, writing the end of SEAL Wolf Undercover. I have 4,000 words to go, wrote some of it last night by hand and am typing it up now, and then got to thinking about all the holes in my story while I was waking up. First, I’m having a nightmare about getting past zombies and not having my ticket properly punched to get on the bus and out of there. Then, I am running around trying to get it properly punched, and return with my friend to find the buses are all gone. Have you ever had days like that?

Then I wake up enough to realize I’m having a nightmare and start thinking about the problems with some of my plot ideas and now must go in and fix all the minor discrepancies while writing the rest of the book. It’s great. Really. When I get to this point, I’m in seventh heaven. Writing the end, means I get to start really editing, and make a fun story.

Then I got another promo blog to do, yikes, hold on, I’m sinking. And then two more this morning for a conference I’m going to next year. Ack.

Okay, okay, it will ALL get done. Eventually. Maybe that’s why I am feeling like the zombies are out to get me and I missed the bus.

Have a super great day.

 

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Mine!

Tanner and the balloon (640x505)“Mommy said I could have the balloon to play with. Really.” ~~ Tanner

puppies and balloon 017 (640x468)“Now that it’s not floating in the air, I can really sink my teeth into it!”

puppies and balloon 019 (640x427)“Yes, it’s mine! Conquered!”

puppies and balloon 020 (640x427)“Don’t even think of it, Max. It’s mine!”

 

puppies and balloon 021 (640x427)“Mommy, tell Max it’s mine!”

puppies and balloon 029 (640x427)“I am wolf. Hear me growl.”

puppies and balloon 031 (640x255)“You did not try to steal that from me!”

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And then…it was mine again.

6,000 words to go on SEAL Wolf Undercover! Still need to write 3 blogs for promo for Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing. And proof A Very Jaguar Christmas. New book title for Loving the Silver Wolf is Between a Wolf and Hard Place.

Have a super great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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I LOVE Dragonflies and Their Wings of Stained Glass

Female Dasher Dragonfly

Female Dasher Dragonfly

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Blue Dasher baby

dragonfly 010 (640x570)A blue dasher female dragonfly. Isn’t she beautiful? She’s eating aphids on the snapdragon plant. The top three were taken at my home here. I’ve seen more, but not that have settled for me to take a picture. I saw another baby dasher, but so tiny and it was flying, it was barely visible.

Green, Green Dragonfly

Green, Green Dragonfly–A green darner?

Lightened up the background a little so the dragonfly is easier to see against the cement slab.

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Common Whitetail Skimmer–Male

I caught a shot of this dragonfly, but the puppies kept chasing him off, not seeing him, but wondering what I was trying to photograph. Do you see where his wings appear to disappear? They were transparent and the moss covered cement showed right through them.

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Duel between two large insect predators, both good, but deadly to each other.

Blue, Blue Dragonfly

Blue, Blue Dragonfly–Blue Dasher

Eating aphids on a crepe myrtle bush.

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold–Skimmer Female

On the brown and gold dragonfly, you can see the wood grain through her wings also. I caught this picture of her a couple of years ago.

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Dragonfly with fine lines on transparent wings–Skimmer Female

And the brick through this dragonfly’s wings.

I thought this was the same dragonfly as I captured in the shot earlier. But the other has a blue tail.:)

Notice the shadow her wings create?

Notice the shadow her wings create?

Whenever I see a dragonfly settle somewhere, I run in and hope by the time I retrieve my camera, he or she will still be waiting for me to have his or her picture taken. So the top female skinner was on a plant or rock, not sure, when I was watering my coneflowers and disturbed her. She settled on the rock nearby and I happily ran inside to get my camera (after I finished watering my plants), returned, and found she was still waiting patiently for me.

They are beautiful, eat the bad bugs, and are very much the part of a fairy garden. I keep seeing butterflies, but they won’t stop for pictures. *sigh*

Okay, I’ve written 10,000 words in the last couple of days, have 10,000 to go, and I need to proof A Very Jaguar Christmas, and write 3 promotional blogs. They’re due the 20th, the proof, the 29th, and the book, July 1st. So lots of deadlines, which means I shouldn’t be taking pictures of dragonflies, right? Nah….

Have a great dragonfly day!

Terry

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In the Bear Cave

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Bears sleep. It seems weird to go into my bear writing cave to work. Right? But that’s just what I need to do. Proof for A Very Jaguar Christmas came in, having to do promo for Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing, had issues with the title for Loving the Silver Wolf that was changed without asking me, and I hated the title, and now I like the new one they came up with, and will share it soon.
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And working on SEAL Wolf Undercover. 14,000 words to go!!!

Which is exactly why I’m headed for the bear cave. I want to go out and get bark mulch. I want to get more bricks. I want to keep working on my garden. 🙂 Before it gets too hot.

rose on transplanted rosebush 003 (640x427)rose on transplanted rosebush 004 (640x342)The Knockout Red rosebush I transplanted from the front yard to the back has doubled in size and is covered with buds eager to unfold and show off their beauty! 🙂

But…work calls, and so I’m off to work.

Have a great Saturday!!!!!

Terry

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Turning Real Life Issues into Books…

After over 6 hours of being on the phone with Expedia because my return flight was cancelled, no reason, numerous dropped calls, speaking with representatives about the situation, them “checking” them out, then having to get with the help desk (supervisor), more dropped calls, no call backs, two dropped calls with transfers to supervisors, I finally called United, but they said I had to go through the booking office.
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I just called the last two times and said I wanted to speak to a supervisor. One was dropped, the last time, the woman wasn’t really happy with me for not giving the details to her subordinate. And I explained why–at that point, I had been on the phone, and off, and on, and off, and on for five hours. I only counted the time I was on. 5 hours!
Like the characters in my books, I’m persistent. Dogged. Tenacious, Yet I was always polite, exasperated at the last because I didn’t think I’d ever get it resolved, but I waited a couple of hours before I tried the last time, but I’ve worked in customer relation type of fields all my life. I know what it’s like to deal with the public. And I didn’t want anyone feeling I was mad at them. Everyone was super nice. And they were trying.
But no results. No returned calls, which meant repeating myself over and over again as if no one had heard the story and everyone had to do all the checking over and over again. And get the supervisor. Over and over again.
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So I told the supervisor what one of the people told me, and she had to check into it herself. She took my phone number, which everyone did, but no one called back. While I spent over an hour with her, the call was dropped. I started to do some things, hoping she would call me back, and she finally did. So after over 6 hours of being on the phone, she said the $81 extra dollars I paid over and above the $368 credit I had, hadn’t gone through. I had to pay an extra $141 for some reason, but it would be refunded. So that was an additional $222 for a flight that cost $291. So much for having a credit, right???
I really hope the refund goes through because on my credit card, it showed I was charged twice for $221, which I told her and which she assured me, the one would “drop off,” which can take up to 5 days, because in no way do I want to call them back. And my tickets? Reinstated.
Now, when I’ve had a problem with flights before, I arrive at the airport and voila, still have a problem. Surely not this time. Oh, and she gave me a voucher for $200 for a hotel. Great. IF I didn’t have to book hotels through the conference sites. If it had been for airfare, great! Even so, I looked for my voucher on my site. No. Voucher. Maybe I don’t know where to look. Maybe if I call them…..
Air travel has been a nightmare for me on more flights that not. So I think I need to write an anthology of true airline misadventures and give them HEAs.
When I have time…
Have a super great day!!!

Terry

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