Archive | May 2021

Do NOT Swim in the Water!

I took the picture of the jellyfish at the Houston Zoo. They’re so pretty, but swimming with them would be a stinging mistake.

I’m getting closer to finishing Billionaire, yay! I can’t wait so I can begin reading it through again from beginning to end to see what else I need to correct in it, but it’s fun when it’s practically all done. We’re working on coming up with a name for our Christmas wolf shifter novella anthology. I can’t wait to get started on my novella–The United Shifter Force Christmas. I’ve “started” it with different variations of the story, so I’m hoping that some of my prethinking on it will help me to charge ahead once Billionaire is ready to go.

My granddaughter and I had a nice walk to feed the turtles, naptime didn’t happen. We had a cool breeze on the walk and apparently her sunglasses were fogging up. It was very hot otherwise, so once we had fed all the happy little turtles, we headed for home. We went shopping, wearing masks and picked up supplies for the Highlight’s craft we wanted to work on. I already had cupcake liners from my daughter, but I needed to get some pompoms. I have them for my Celtic bear hats, but they’re black and I didn’t want to use them for craft projects. Plus we wanted to do colorful. They were needed for another craft project a while ago, so I figure we’ll get some use out of the huge selection. She has a ball helping me with it, and we made flowers for her momma for Mother’s Day.

So I haven’t taken her shopping anywhere since Covid happened. And it’s a shame because she’s easier to manage now that she’s getting older. The first time, I had to rush her to the grocery store to go potty. Note to self: She potties AT daycare before I take her home. But we had an issue when she saw Paw Patrol stuffed toys in a machine and wanted one. It’s one of those “games” where you pay all kinds of money to pick up a toy, I think and I wasn’t about to do that. So she had a fit and I didn’t think I’d get her out of there without a humongous meltdown.

At the store yesterday, I told her we’re just picking up the crafts we need for our project and machine screws and I had to look at plants, naturally. “I want those cheese puff balls.”

“Nope, Grandma will blow up like Bubbles the Elephant if we have those in the house.” Then we had lots of discussions about the elephant in her preschool that teaches words.

Then she saw kids’ clothes and said, “I need lots of bathing suits.”

No, she doesn’t. She has some that fit from last year, and I got her two this year. We do lots of sprinkler time when it’s hot out and not stormy, but she has plenty!

So Grandma actually ended up leaving the store with only a few crafts, no machine screws, and no plants. We went to ACE Hardware for the machine screws, but they didn’t work either. I was disappointed to see two of their staff unmasked.  Everyone else, including customers, were masked.

Okay, that’s about it. Little one will be here shortly, but she’s leaving to get her regular kids’ vaccinations early, so we’ll probably take our walk, work on some more activity books, have lunch and then I’ll have the rest of the afternoon to work on Billionaire. I’m picking her up after school tomorrow, but just maybe doing a sprinkler time and then dropping her home.

I’m still making some progress on it. I’m nearly up to 84K!

Have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Black and White Butterfly on Flowers–Sulfur Butterfly Photo Art

Like the other picture, I took the photo of the flowers with natural bokeh coming from the esperanza in sunlight. I was thinking about that since last year, these were my Mother’s Day flowers that had come in May, and the esperenza were huge and in full bloom and beautiful. This year with the hard freeze, they are trying to come back, slowly but surely. So no flowers, just some new leaf growth at the base. Last year, we had such a mild winter, they practically bloomed the whole time. Like on the other photo art I did of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, I got the Sulfur Butterfly from Daily Textures. She has a collection of butterflies to purchase, but you have to cut them out yourself. They’re not an overlay.

So my friend was telling me, a little late, about doing a little May Day basket of flowers for friends, a tradition of usually putting a cone of flowers and treats hanging from their doors. I want to do that next year with my granddaughter and make it a tradition. I think it would be fun. But it is for May 1st, no Maypole.

Hump day, yay! So little one is here today and it’s cold this morning, yay!! And we’re going to plant flower seeds–zinnia, shasta daisy, coneflowers, and some other seeds I saved from last year, I think more zinnia, and some more daylilies. We’re going to nature hike it, feed the turtles and anything else we can think of before it gets too hot. But we also have to run an errand too. We have a craft to make, paper flowers for Mother’s Day.

It was a wild day yesterday, but the good news was my teeth are in excellent shape even after not going to the dentist for a year and a half because of Covid! An electric toothbrush is the key. I brush longer and can reach places I can’t with the regular one. And flossing is so important. They had a cute sign up that said, “Which teeth should I floss? The ones I want to keep.”

I’m trying to come up with a name for my business. I’m thinking of Wilde Heart Publishing. I write romance. My daughter mentioned Howling Good Books, which I love, but I write so many more books then just wolf shifters. Highland books, fae stories, romantic suspense, cougar shifters, bear shifters, vampire romance, so I want something to encompass all of them.

And that’s all she wrote! Okay, off to get ready before little one gets here for another busy day! She got here…which delayed posting this for two hours. lol

Hope you all have a great one! I’m off to have fun with mine!

Terry

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Photo Art in Black and White–Butterfly on Flowers

I had taken the picture of the flowers and natural bokeh of bubbly light as the sun hit the esperanza flowers behind it. Then I added the lilac flowers to blend in with the giant yellow swallowtail butterfly that was perched on some lilac flowers (Daily Textures). It was really pretty with all the yellows, but I wondered how it would look as a black and white photo and I thought it was really beautiful that way as you can see more of the textures in the picture.


Well, I ended up with 3,000 words yesterday! So I’m over word count. Yay! I was so glad to be getting somewhere with the story, despite having to run errands. It’s another hectic day today for me–teeth cleaning this morning. Haven’t gone in since January of last year because of Covid. They’re starting to take patients again and I’m fully vaccinated, so I’m hoping that’s enough. Another appointment this afternoon. So I’ll have to write in short spurts as much as I can and do edits like yesterday.

I need to run in for a couple of groceries. I thought I just did that! So I’ll try to combine that with the teeth cleaning–well, afterwards.

I finally took the dogs in to be groomed yesterday. They’re long-haired havanese and though I comb them out every day (they don’t shed), their faces and paws and tummies and rumps need to be trimmed and they can do it unlike how I can. I take them once every three months or so normally. But with Covid….no.

We’re supposed to have storms again today, hoping they’ll stay away while I’ve got to run to the appointments. People can’t drive here when it rains. I swear they think it means drive faster! And we have a lot more accidents. Hmm, just looked at the weather and it appears we’re going to have thunderstorms both times I’m out and about. Plus we still have two river flash flood warnings.

I was so hoping I’d have the book done by this weekend, but not sure. I want to get started on the Christmas anthology novella and get back to You Had Me at Cougar. I wish my brain could write these at night while I’m sleeping.

Have a wonderful day! Mine is just about to get started!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Playing Around with Scrap Art

I finally, finally figured out where I’m going with the Billionaire. Kind of. It helped not to have little one here every night and day for a couple of days. Anyway, I’m on the home stretch, I think. I need to run some errands this morning, ugh, and I have to pick up my granddaughter this afternoon, so that will cut into my writing time, and I’ve got a repeat of something like that tomorrow. But hopefully, I’ll get this done by the weekend. I’m 900 words shy of word count. While editing, I was adding and cutting so much that I would have had it if I hadn’t cut over a 1,000 words yesterday, but that was good. It’s all good.

I have a scene in mind to write today, and I have 3 chapters left to edit, and then I still need to finish the book, but it’s getting there!

I had a nice letter from a fan today that she couldn’t put The Wolf Wore Plaid down after she started reading it. That is the greatest compliment a writer can get. And she loved how I had Guy injure his back and write about it realistically since she has back pain. I’ve injured my back and it’s something you can’t undo. Through the years since then, if I twist and lift a certain way, I’m in pain for days. Sometimes, I can manage to only re-injure it slightly, but other times, I really throw it out of whack. So yep, I know all about it.

She wanted to know if I would have more about Guy in a future story. Yes! I love it when readers are interested in new characters and want to see more of them. I figure when I write the last MacQuarrie’s brother’s story, I’ll pair him up in a movie with Guy like before, different castle, and then I’ll have to write Guy’s story.

While I’m running around on errands today, I think I’ll pick up more daylilies. When I put them in, they were pretty, but not that showy. Now that I’ve had some of them in for a few years, they are really showy. So it’s time for more. They do block out the weeds. And that’s what I really need. Showy flowers that bloom all the time and no weeds. A perfect garden!

Okay, got to get busy with the book, feeding the dogs, etcetera!

Hope you have a beautiful day! I’ve got to quit goofing off and get mine started!

Terry

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Grosbeak Photo Art

A Grosbeak came to visit. In seven years, I’ve only seen one about three times. I love their colors!

Well, we had 8″ of rain in two days. We had such bad thunderstorms, I had to put Max in the closet so he could sleep. For anyone who doesn’t know it, that’s a havanese, not a kid, grandkid, or a significant other. Just thought I’d clarify that. He finally slept fine so I could sleep!

I managed to get through another 5 chapters yesterday. It’s slow going, trying to fix timeline issues. This morning, I was trying to come up with a mystery still. I’m at nearly 76k. I need 80K for minimum word count. I need to write a bunch of more scenes, so that will easily make the word count, once I’m not just editing.

I went out early before it was even light to plant more flower seeds. They’re seeds I saved from flowers from last year–zinnia, marigold, gerbera daisy, coneflower. And I have a couple of packages of more seeds to plant. The ground is so wet, it’s the perfect time to plant them. Some seeds easily come up–I already have quite a few zinnia popping up from last year’s crop. And marigolds are too. I love it when the flowers reseed themselves and it makes literally no work for me. I had so many colors with them, I would take my granddaughter out, carrying her from flower to flower and she’d name all the colors for me. I’m not sure about the gerbera daisies. They might not come up that easily since I’ve never seen new ones from the seeds I’ve planted.

The daylilies are really getting prolific, finally, and making a really couple of showcase flowerbeds out front. I want to plant more so it’s a drift of daylilies. I love the Asiatic lilies, but one flower per season and they’re done. I love the gerbera daisies also that continue to bloom once it warms up and as long as it’s not too hot. But in the fall, they begin to bloom again. The same with the coneflowers. I need to plan better on what is in front of what though. I have some taller plants that are in front of shorter flowering plants in some places.

We’re supposed to get hot again today, unlike yesterday where we were cooler than Minnesota! And no rain, so I’m going to plant the rest of my flower seeds before it gets too hot. It’s nice out this morning.

I’m off to work on the book, hope to make some more headway! Want to finish this before more book edits come in for previous books.

Have a super lovely day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Curious Goat Photo Art

Curious Goat

This is a picture I took of a curious goat out in the country in Brenham, Texas on a walk during a writer’s retreat. And then I played with a texture background. I am trying to do a course on turning these into watercolors in Photoshop, but I’m not doing something right. I like this the way it is though.


Another lovely, rainy day! Love it!! We had 4″ yesterday and 2″ this morning so far. I’ve been getting baby and big sister pictures done for my daughter and SIL, and I don’t have little one today, so I’m working on the story as soon as I finish the blog. Though I’ll probably run over and do some more outfit changes on my baby model. He is so good at sleeping while I’m redressing him and taking photos. My granddaughter was a squirmy little thing!

I was just reading about how cold overnight oats are really good for you, so I’m going to try it–though with steel cut oats, not rolled oats. Steel cut is what I normally eat. So I added flax seed, milk, and set in the fridge for tomorrow. We shall see. Sometimes things that are good for me I like…sometimes not!! I love the cooked kind, but it’s not as great for the gut health.

Usually, I’ve got my blog done by now. Don’t you wonder where the time goes? But I was editing the photos, and so that takes time.

Have a super, lovely day! I’m enjoying the rain while I’m writing and editing.

Terry

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