You know how particular cats are! Thanks to my cat lovers and fans for sending me their adorable cat photos.
I’m off to finish making changes to Claiming the White Bear! I had another thought about Silver Town and had to incorporate it.
Oh, and so I was looking at plot ideas to give me a jump start to write the Wolff brother’s story, and one was: turn one of your dreams into a story. Are you kidding me????? You don’t even want to know about the bizarre dream I was having this morning.
Okay, off to edit!!!
Have a super day, and if anyone gets catty with you, sic one of the BIG cats on them.
Storm clouds are paintings in progress! Ever changing.
Okay, finished the proofing of Silver and then oops, had a thought. With the 10th Anniversary release of Destiny of the Wolf this year, I added two new characters to Silver Town. Since the original book’s release, I’ve written several books set in Silver Town and no mention of these characters, naturally, so this will give me–and readers–an opportunity to see the characters again.
Baby’s on her way. I’ll try to make those changes today on the book sometime today and otherwise, I’m off to play with a toddler.
I love to take photos but it’s fun to get prompts on what to photograph. So I joined this Facebook group to do it. But had to post a bunch of pictures to kind of catch up.
In the meantime, I finished proofreading 100 pages of Silver Town Wolves and need to finish another 140 pages. So off to do that in a minute.
I had taken the first picture at a big cat reserve in Dallas where they take in cat rescues. Though they also had a pack of Arctic wolves and bears. The second version was using Photoshop’s Curves adjustment. I like the original photo, but the Curves adjustment helps to bring the color in line with what it really looked like. Not sure what settings I had my camera on that made it look so golden. And the third picture is an “oil” version with Topaz Studio.
Okay, I’m off to work! And back to exercising while I proof! Have a great day!!!
It helps to have pictures when I’m writing about the wolves so I was playing around with some that I took when I went to the International Wolf Center in Minnesota. Aidan is the alpha male and lying on the rock, taking a rest from his alpha duties. Though you see he’s on top of the world, ready to take charge if he needs to. Luna was the alpha female and she has Aidan’s brother, Denali, pinned down in dominant play. Luna and Aidan are now retired and they live with Grizzle, retired before we saw the wolves, and they all live happily together out of view of the visitors.
Denali and the young Arctic wolves and Boltz are still in the public’s view.
Baby’s back today while her mom and dad celebrate their anniversary. But I’m going to start proofreading all of Silver Town Wolves: Home for the Holidays today. This morning. And once she goes home. I’m hoping to have it done by the weekend and get started on the Wolff book. I decided not to go with the idea I had. Which means, I’m looking for another winning idea. *sigh*
I’m off and running! What about you? Have any great plans for today?
I’m still going over issues my editor had with my book, but took a break to play with bears. And shipped the other bear I had for an order. Today, I’ll be continuing to work on the edits. I worked on Claiming the White Bear edits from my first beta reader too.
I need to get started on the new wolf book too though. I still need to figure out the characters.
Who are they really? The fun with having a new sub-series, even though it’s still in Silver Town, and that’s an established wolf series, these characters are all new, so it will be fun to start fresh. Blank slates. Babes in the woods.
So what kind of characters should they be? What dark pasts? Secrets? What are their goals? What motivates them toward that goal? What makes it so pressing? Without urgency, there isn’t a story. What conflicts can I throw in their path? The Wolff brothers and sisters run the ski lodge, so they have occupations. But what about the heroine who shows up? What does she do?
With the brothers and sisters, what makes each of them perfectly unique? I might not have the sisters show up right away. Overpopulating stories with characters can make it hard for readers to keep up.
Those are things I keep pondering, until I finally just start writing.
I’m off to work on edits. Have a super great TGIF!!!
My daughter, a dietician for one of the school districts, was telling me a story about what happened at her work one day. You have to be let into the building. You can’t just walk in, but they pretty much let anyone in who buzzes because parents have to come in to fill out dietary plans and such for stuff at the school district. And their cafe is open to anyone.
So one day, they let in a possible knife-wielding murderer.
This is how the story goes: Man is buzzed in and he hurries to the men’s room. He’s in there for 40 minutes, and they know something’s not right. They send in the only man in their department to check it out. The guy is shirtless, wet from washing his chest and hands. And when the staff member asked why he was there, he said he was hiding.
Now, they hadn’t heard the news that a police bulletin for a knife-wielding murderer had just gone out, not until after the staff member said he couldn’t stay there. He was thinking the guy was hiding from bad guys, not that he could be hiding from police. But after they learned they were looking for a man who had committed murder, they called the police and gave a statement.
Story idea for fiction from real life?
When I worked at the library, we had a man rush inside and then “hide” between books, pretending to be reading. The police came in right after that and asked if I’d seen a man fitting his description. Luckily, I had, and they arrested him. I don’t know what for, but you just never know when you might find trouble at a job where you never thought you might! And it can make for great fiction!
Okay, so I did get all my promo blogs done, and the bear done, but my editor sent a note that she didn’t like my ghosts in the last book I turned in. She’s lucky she didn’t see it when I had 12 other ghosts in the story, but I took those out before she even saw it. lol
I even had a really neat grizzly shifter in one of my stories, but I figured she might not like it so I took him out. I still loved those scenes. I’ll have to write a book with him in it later.
I had baby all day, so hadn’t had time to really read my editor’s notes…but one change can mean rewriting the whole book. And I like the way I wrote it. It’s one thing if you write a book that needs to be rewritten because it doesn’t make sense or has major flaws. Another, if someone just doesn’t like something. My editor doesn’t like ghosts or psychics.
So I’m off to look it over and see what needs to be done about it. On my indie books, I don’t have issues like that. My readers love them. Thankfully!
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!! I’m determined to have one too!
Fall colors and waterfalls. See? We do get some fall colors in Texas!
I finished proofreading Claiming the White Bear! Woohoo! I sent it early this morning to my sleeping beta readers. Now I have a million things to do: write up several promo blogs for You Had Me at Jaguar, finish the white teddy bear, work on the cover for Claiming the White Bear some more, properly format the book, purchase an ISBN, copyright it…and start working on the next book. I don’t think I’ll have time for it today. I’m not sure I’ll have time for all this today. But I’m off and running…after I have my 2nd cup of hot lavender tea. Though the puppies are sitting at my feet waiting for me to feed them. I might have to do that first.
Wait. I’m the alpha. My tea comes first.
Hope you do what needs to be done today, and have lots of fun and free time just to goof off too!!
Baby’s back! I have only 8 more chapters to proof on Claiming the White Bear, finished 11 yesterday and the prologue, and I so want to get it done today because I still need to finish up the white bear for a wedding order and I still need to do those promo blogs for You Had Me at Jaguar. Granted, the promo blogs are due early Feb, but I like to get things done early because you never know what’s going to come up and then whoops, no time to do this stuff. Plus, I’ve been thinking about the new Wolff brother’s story in Silver Town. I need to get started! And finished.
I was wracking my brain for a new idea. For weeks, I have been. And then, I had it. And it’s stuck. The Wolff brothers, and their sisters, but they still are back east trying to sell their ski lodge there, are in Silver Town. So we’ll be back to the much beloved Silver Town wolves. Only this time, it will be at the ski lodge. I mention them in the Silver wolf Christmas book coming out in Sept this year, briefly. Anyway, you see two sisters arrive at the ski lodge, and one begins to howl in the room that night. Can you imagine how upsetting that would be for the owners, and of course, the other guests? Yes, the town is run by the Silver wolf pack, but no way do they want the word to get out to humans that they exist. And that’s it! Yes! The beginning of a whole book.
So in the meantime, no extra puppies this week, but baby’s back! Which is fun and work and fun. I’m going to try and take her to the children’s museum on Wednesday for Critter Hour. They’re closed on Mondays, unfortunately. It all depends on how she is. I went to take her to the grocery store one day and she had an absolute fit. I waited until later after she’d had a nap. So I might try to be on a schedule, but sometimes it doesn’t work for her. *sigh*
Okay, she’s nearly here and I have to run. Have a super lovely day!!!
If you’re a public figure, you need to know that if you get on a rant about something on social media, it could come back to bite you. I avoid political, religious and other issues because it’s not my purpose in life. I want to share what I love: writing, photography, gardening.
Life is too short to spend it going off on tirades that won’t change anything.
Though, I do want to say that I am all for cutting out plastic, and I’m doing something about it. I don’t have to rant about it. I just have to do something. And hope everyone else does too, because in the end, I can’t make anyone do anything. So it’s up to everyone to get on the bandwagon, or not. And yes, I read lots of articles about it, and those are helpful, inspiring articles, well worth the time to read.
A fan posted on my FB page about a certain model and owner of a site that sells pictures of himself for authors’ books because I’m a FB friend (as in bought a couple of covers from him early on when there were little to no sites that had romantic couples for covers–though the problem was that it meant all the covers featured him as the male, no other male models, and you can’t have one man on all your covers.) lol
But he went on a rant about fat people. Obesity. He’s in a business! I’m sure not all of his customers are lean and muscled like he is. He’s a bodybuilder. That’s his business. Having pictures taken of him for his covers. He got mad because he doesn’t like going to the gym anymore, but he has to so that he can keep in shape. For. His. Business.
Hey, I need to lose 10 lbs myself! Been working on it, but I gained back 4 pounds over the holidays. ugh. I could maybe even lose 15, but then I’d probably have to have plastic surgery.
I think people forget that when they’re on social media, they can spill their guts, get angry about something–even when it doesn’t affect them–and say what they want to say when it’s a sore point with so many. Would they feel the same if they were given a podium to stand at and talk to all the obese people he’s addressing in such a degrading way? It’s easy to shout to the rooftops when you’re on social media. But it’s also a good way to sabotage your business and public image.
A good friend of mine is in weight watchers, and I love how she’s really worked to get the weight off, changed her eating habits and exercises, and I probably about killed her, making her walk all over Minnesota when we were out there in the heat. But she realized she could walk a lot further than she thought and she’s kept it up. We keep up with each other on weight loss and steps we walk. But that’s what people need. Not a head-bashing, because guess what? It doesn’t work. We don’t need his “wake-up” call, as he says. We need to decide for ourselves that this is important enough for us and to get on with it, with encouragement from friends and family.
Just like the articles on plastic garbage have done for me. I didn’t realize it was such an issue!
So say something nice, encouraging, inspiring and have a happy life.
For me, I need to finish a bear for an order and I finished Claiming the White Bear, woohoo!!!! But now I am in the process of proofreading it before it goes to my beta readers, who are my lifesavers!
Hope you are having a great day! And remember to say something positive, even if you are feeling negative. Maybe you’ll even feel better, and your readers definitely will.
So, my pictures show up fine here, but when they are shared on Gooodreads and FB, they don’t show up. It used to be (before the new WordPress upgrade), that at least a link would be given at Goodreads, if the photos didn’t show up, so that readers could click on it to see the picture.
Not sure what the problem is! I’m trying a 72 dpi picture today to see if it works.
Anyone have any good recommendations for a waterproof camera? This was shot with a Go Pro, my son said. I used Topaz Studio AI to improve the details on the turtle and remove some of the noise in the picture.
I’m off to write. I wrote 2,000 words yesterday, filling in scenes and making changes, but now I still need to write the last scene that will finish the book. Yay!
Have a grand one. Hope the picture issue gets resolved!!!