Archive | June 2021

The Question is Why?

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I walked and then worked on weeding part of one flowerbed out front. My flowers and and crepe myrtles and sunshine ligustrum are getting bigger, but the the grass and weeds still manage to take over. I think once it’s a little more shaded out, it will help, or not.

In any event, it’s so hot and muggy even at 8 in the morning, my sunglasses steamed up. It just zaps you of strength. 93 heat index already! And this is the coolest part of the day. If I could have weeded in the dark, it would have been better. lol

Stormy weather over the cornfields in Crawford.

Well, I’ve managed 2,000 words a day for a couple of days. My publisher wants the long synopsis, etc, for red wolf Christmas. They did this to me last year too. I have deadlines of April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st. October is the Christmas book. I was just finishing up the July book. So now they don’t want the July book for July but they want the Christmas book instead? And I worked like crazy to meet a July deadline just so the book is pushed back to publication in January of 2023? I work all the time to meet deadlines. I can’t pull a full length novel out of my head in a few days. I wish!!! Just think of all the books I could write. The question is why did I get myself into this predicament again this year? Because I have a contract, AGAIN, that states when my deadlines are for each book. And Christmas isn’t due until October.

But I’m not going to do this again for a 3rd year in a row.

What am I writing on the Christmas story? I have no idea! I just finished with Billionaire. I have to have time to think of writing the next book.

Anyway, so I’m back to cougar and hope you all have a truly fantastic day! I’m staying in and keeping cool. And writing.

Terry
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The Alpha Pair

I took the picture of the clouds and alpha wolves. Then added a new backdrop, which is under the clouds in part.

Yesterday was a hectic, but fun day and I managed to lose 2.2 lbs. Now that’s more like it! So I walked and am going swimming in a few, did a little weeding and I’m going to get back to the book. I managed to get 1,000 words yesterday. I tell myself I can’t get out to walk–too hot, or take the time to swim, because I’ll lose so much time writing. Ha! I waste so much time not writing, doing other stuff, and I need the exercise.

Less hectic today, but still need to pick up my granddaughter at preschool this afternoon.

Have a great day!

Terry
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Beta Wolf in All Her Glory

I worked on this wolf, a beta, a picture I took at a wolf reserve in Texas. And then I added one of my own cloud pictures, grass, water. I love water and I enjoy adding it to a composite. I did give the wolf a reflection, but then the water didn’t look realistic enough, so I added a different water on top and it was more rippled, so the reflection of her legs was more hidden. Ripples in water would distort a reflection anyway. I’ve been working on another wolf photo I took, but it’s still not done. And added more of my clouds–Texas has some spectacular cloud formations.

I’m going to try and get more done on You Had Me at Cougar today, but most of the day will be crazy busy. I was going to walk last night, but the heat index was 98. This morning it is 77 degrees, much better. So after I feed the dogs, I’m off to get my walk in! I did manage 1,000 words yesterday, but was doing a lot of cutting and adding so it meant I only managed 1,000 instead of more. I did write a new scene last night and need to type it up, but I’m afraid I’ll be cutting some of the old stuff too.

Okay, I’ve got to get going before little one is here. Because after that, it’s hectic. Well, more so than usual.

Have a wonderful day!!

Terry

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Steamy Jungle

amazing waterfall with lush foliage on rocks
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It feels like a steamy jungle today!

I turned in Best of Both Wolves and I worked on You Had Me at Cougar, took my walk, and I’m ready to write. I decided to move a couple of scenes from one book to this, because it fits better and now I’m up to 42K and have 28K to go! So really getting there! Now that I’m incorporating this one though, I’m going to have to make changes throughout the book, but it’s all good.

Maybe I’ll dig up that crepe myrtle for my daughter. I keep planning on it and then everything else comes up.

Off to work!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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Puffin and Friend Photo Art

This is the puffin I’ve been working on, on and off for a few days. I used Photoshop mixture brushes to digitally paint him and added a texture background.

In the meantime, I have 9 more chapters to read on Best of Both Wolves. Yay! And I couldn’t sleep, thinking of how I want to get back to You Had Me at Cougar and work on the elusive Christmas novella also.

I’m excited about that! I really enjoyed both the books I was proofing/editing. I love it when they’re nearly done and ready to be released and it gives me one or two (in the case of Best of Both Wolves when it comes back for final proofing) last time to enjoy them, not in a way that I’m trying to figure out a beginning, middle and end, how to pump up conflict, or make them more romantic, or more wolfish, but that the little mistakes are being fixed and for the most part, I can read them for enjoyment.

I’ve got to run errands this morning, but hoping I can get some of the chapters read early and then when I get home, finish them up. My granddaughter and I played in the water for an hour and a half yesterday and she actually wanted to stay longer, but it was getting too crowded, so when the lifeguard blew the whistle, we went home and ate and then took a walk later. We had a 96 degree heat index, just so hot, though the water was cold still! But it was hot enough to make it enjoyable.

We were supposed to have storms last night, but if so, I didn’t hear them. It’s supposed to just be hot today and all week long. Okay, I’m off to edit some more before I have to run. Have a wonderful day!

Terry

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Hot, Hot, Hot Today!

It started out feeling like 86 at 6 in the morning, which means a sizzler of a day.

I’m digitally hand painting a puffin, which is taking me a while, so I played with orange flowers and turned them blue instead to show off here. Eye pleasing? Probably not. lol If I had more time, I’d do something more with it.

I finished Jingle Bell Wolf–the 2nd red wolf story. And I’m on chapter 12 of Best of Both Wolves, have 29 chapters to go with it. I need to return a broken in shipment item to the post office first thing, and then we’re going to swim. I hope to get maybe 5 chapters done today. I’m going to dig up a crepe myrtle volunteer to take to my daughter’s when I drop off little one and hold the baby while she plants it. The last one never got planted and died. I noticed my first crepe myrtle is in bloom and I need to take a picture! It’s hot pink. They’re so pretty. Even with their peeling bark, the trees are pretty. I just read where you should leave trunks in combinations that make for odd numbers which is more appealing. Huh, I didn’t know that. So 3, 5, 7 trunks.

I hear the Delta variation of the virus is bad news. And I’m off to try and get something done before little one gets here!

Have a great day!!!

Terry

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Country Road

Old country roads make me think of the past. This one is in Salado, Texas, an old stagecoach town.

I managed to reach chapter 19 on Jingle Bells, and have 6 more chapters to proof and then I’m off to work on The Best of Both Wolves edits.

We had 5″ of rain yesterday all at once. It looks like we’re not going to have any rain for at least a couple of days. I wish it would spread out and last all summer instead of one big deluge!

I’m off to work! Have a great day!!!

Terry

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Steampunk in the Sky

The clouds in the photo are mine, the steampunk plane and birds are 3D creations!
This is short and sweet because I need to get to work! I turned in Billionaire, yay! But then I got the proofing for Jingle Bell Wolf, which is fun, final read, and also Best Both of Wolves edits. The 2nd book is due in 9 days, the first book due in 13. But I’m doing the proofing one first because it’s easier, quicker, and hopefully I’ll have it done this weekend.

Hope you all have a great day! I told you it would be sweet and short! You didn’t believe me, did you? lol

Terry

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Blue Blue Dragonfly

I took these photos on Memorial Day. I keep trying to get shots of a green one in my yard, but the dogs chase it off, not on purpose, just running by it. By the time I’ve gotten them inside and I’m ready, the dragonfly has vanished. I’m not giving up. lol

Four chapters left to proof and the epilogue, though I want to reread the first two chapters that I had made several changes to. And then it’s ready to turn in!  I need to write the synopsis for it also while the story is fresh on my mind because they’ll be requesting that soon also.

I had one of those awful nights. I slept a full five hours, yay! But then woke and could not sleep. At all. I mulled about the Christmas story I need to write, about the next red wolf Christmas story, about Angel Fae, about You Had Me at Cougar, Bear in Mind. Hmm, no wonder I couldn’t sleep!

On WW, I’ve lost 1.8 lbs so far this week. I was paddling around in the water for an hour and a half with my granddaughter yesterday which helped. Instead of just sitting at my desk editing.

We took her to her first dance class and she didn’t want to go in. I took the baby and my daughter finally got her to start participating, so she’s signing her up. She wanted to do what they were doing, tumbling, dancing, jumping around. I think she’ll be fine once she gets used to the girls, and the building. She was so tense when she started doing things with them, that she was bouncing around like I’d given her a pound of chocolate candy before we went there. She hadn’t had any dessert, but I think she was so scared, that she was hyped up on adrenaline. lol

Well, I’m off like a turtle to finish Billionaire so I can get back to the others! Have a great day!!!

Terry

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Honeybee, Flower, and Natural Bokeh

I took the photo of the bee on the flower and the pretty bubble bokeh, but it was just brown, so I added a texture overlay to add color to them.

Okay, missed my blog this morning. I was running late, just trying to get the dogs fed, garbage out and then little one was here. I wanted to go to the grocery store and so we did that and it was so hot, I wanted to take her to the pool. Trying to rush her out the door because the lifeguards take a break and I was afraid we’d get in and then have to get out. But we were there for half an hour and then 10 minute break and then we were there for another hour. It was perfect. It’s just so hot, that’s the way to go. I’ve been trying to teach her to swim, but she’s reluctant to get her face in the water.

I made it to chapter 20 last night, but stayed up too late doing it. Anyway, I’m still trying to finish that chapter with all that’s going on. Have to take her to a dance class to see if she’ll do it or not in an hour and a half. We tried gymnastics, but she wanted Grandma there with her every step of the way. lol But that was 2 years ago, pre-COVID. She’s 2 years older now, so we’ll see.

Have a great day! Even if it’s half over! 

Terry

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