I moved my feeder next to the rosebush so that I could see it while I was writing. And guess what? The redheaded woodpecker I saw three years ago, or maybe a new one, showed up again! He feels like he’s far enough away from my window, but also, instead of a bare pine tree, I have lots of vegetation–crape mytles, youpon holly, and the rosebush around it and it might feel safer.
He’s a beautiful bird and I was thrilled to see him here.
Word count…? Ugh. I was revising White Wolf and that’s always a killer on word count. Add, take away, add, take away. We had an Easter egg hunt and barbecue yesterday, and when I got home, I couldn’t get into either story. So going to try and do better today. Hopefully.
Have a great day!!! I have to work! I want to plant flowers.
And they attract butterflies. Lilac pentas, red pentas, milkweed, blue columbine, esperanza and daylilies, a Garden of Eden for hummingbirds and butterflies, bumblebees and honeybees.
Okay, I managed 2,000 words on the new novella Legend of the White Wolf’s White Wolf to the Rescue, and that’s a start! I also wrote 1,000 on Billionaire She-Wolf, only 3,000 more words to catch up, and sent in excerpts for the promo blogs. I need to write 3 of them, and make some graphics, a video book trailer also.
But for now, I’m back to word count. Which book? The one that is due soonest, but I don’t want to lose ground on Billionaire. *sigh*
We had terrific storms all day yesterday, but I managed to plant the columbine and a new gerbera daisy. Post about it tomorrow. Oh, and found another new woodland fern growing, love ferns. They remind me of living in Oregon and California. That means I’m starting to have some shade gardens. I want to plant some hostas!
Sometimes you can claim something as your own, and sometimes you need to just give it up to someone, or something, that wants it worse.
I’m done!!!!! 17,000 words over word count and the book is finished and I did the marketing materials and it’s done! Now the book is with my beta readers, I sent the marketing materials in, and I finished planting dianthus, daylilies and flower seeds and weeded some more.
I set up a folder for the next book: Billionaire She-Wolf Ready for Action. That’s my working title anyway. I have Chapter 1 done. As in Chapter 1. Not the chapter. But hey, it’s a beginning!
But today, I’m cleaning the house. And then, I’m going to continue thinking about the new book, and then begin to write it!
Hope you are having a great weekend! Mine is looking up!
So I was trying to get to my granddaughters ENT appointment. She had tubes put in her ears for the constant infections. There were two bad accidents, the traffic was piled up for three miles, and I was late. Then I couldn’t find the children’s hospital. Then I couldn’t find the right place to go in the children’s hospital. AND she felt asleep on the way over, she really needed it, but I was trying to rush through the hospital with a 25 pound toddler sleeping on my shoulder, and a 15 pound diaper bag, and a 3 pound purse hanging off the other. I felt like I was on army maneuvers fighting against the enemy–time.
The good news was I was late and I didn’t have to wait any time at all. Oh, except I had to prove I should have the baby. Okay, folks, why would I take my granddaughter to an ear appointment if I wasn’t supposed to? I could think of a lot more fun things to do. Anyway, after they scanned my driver’s license, I was in the doctor’s office, and then the doctor said her ears looked great, no infection, no fluid in the ears, BUT, she thought she might have pink eye. UGH.
So after the doctor’s appointment, Grandma showed her the fish in the tanks (all fish are Dory), the pretty potted plants, which she delighted in seeing her own reflection in, the beautiful artwork sick children had created, and then the wall mural, had to get a pretty picture. Then I called her momma with the good news and the bad. Day cares mean that the sickness cycles through the place every two weeks. Remove clothes when she gets home from daycare and wash.
By the time we got home, I had an email from my daughter. New doctor’s appointment for that afternoon. At least that one is really close by, no accidents, and I left in plenty of time. She was sound asleep on the way over, I had to rock her in my arms while standing because if I sit, she would wake up, and she actually stayed asleep through the weighing, temperature check and other vital signs checks. Prognosis, both eyes have pink eye. Not bacterial (the eyes would have crusty discharge), but viral from all the stuff she’s been sick of for the last two weeks. So Grandma took her to the grocery store to pick up her eye drops, she has them for 5 days, and by then, she should be all cleared up. Before I have to take care of her again. lol
In any event, I’m glad she was fine otherwise. It meant I didn’t get to do anything with my writing except get through two more chapters to edit. So hoping I’ll get a LOT further today!
Have a super day and Be Cool, Keep Cool, Dog Days of Summer are on their way.
We had a nice lunch–lobster sandwiches and for the toddler, mac and cheese, and then took a walk to a park and a lake that we tried to reach when the baby was just an infant, maybe 2 mos. old. It was about a 4-mile hike from her place, but the road had dead ended. Now it’s open and there’s a dock and we saw a great white heron and an egret, though what fascinated Keira most was the man walking his dog. She loves dogs. We drove this time, it was raining and neither Keira and I are well enough for long hikes right now. But we did walk the short distance from the parking area to the boat dock.
She is covering her hand with an ice pack I picked up for her on my trip to Minnesota. It’s perfect for when little fingers get into things they shouldn’t. But she very happily carried the ice pack around forever, constantly putting her hand down, and covering it with the ice pack. She’s so funny.
I went home with them afterward and watched the baby while momma hung lights outside on the patio cover. Momma wasn’t sick, but both Grandma and baby are still wiped out. So she and I watched The Little Mermaid, and then I went home to try and write. I’m just not getting enough sleep. I can’t think straight. I did better last night, more periods of not coughing and managing some sleep, but I need a few good nights of solid sleep. I’m already tired and I haven’t the day.
We had a terrific storm this morning. Luckily, it stopped by the time I got up to put the dogs and the garbage out.
I’m off to do something. Hopefully, like write the book! Hope you get to do some fun things today!!!
Every once in a while, there’s some major news about an author stealing passages from other authors’ books. Here’s a new one on me: taking recipes from online recipes, passages from Wikipedia in their entirety, AND stealing passages from authors’ books, THEN sending these to ghost writers to turn into books. Quickly! She’s a Brazilian “author” and a lawyer, she knows better, and she even was brash enough to enter one of her books in the RITA awards contest–which is a big deal in the romance writer’s association. She said that Fiverr folks did it, but then ghost writers have been coming out of the woodwork saying that she sent them the passages and told them to incorporate them in her books. They didn’t realize they’d been plagiarizing works.
Bent out of shape sunflower–where there’s a will, there’s a way!
So, she’s pulled her books down from sale’s sites, RWA has removed her book from the awards’ consideration, she’s closed her Facebook and other social networking sites, shut down her website, she’s been outed.
Okay, folks, here’s a hint: Readers read other authors’ books. When we write our books, they don’t read only OURS. If they love a certain genre, they will read several books in that genre. If a writer steals passages from other authors, guess what happens? Fans will notice! They do!
I’ve written a couple of romance time travels, one still needing revision and hasn’t been published, but I loved reading them. Mine isn’t like anyone else’s. I don’t want my books to be a copy of anyone else’s. But I remember reading reviews on one author’s work on her time travels on Amazon, thinking I’d buy her books because I love time travels and there aren’t that many of them, and man, was she being blasted for copying other time travel authors’ books’ (major authors), passages shared on the reviews–they had her number. Of course, I didn’t buy her books.
Lots of my readers re-read my books over and over again. They know them better than I do. So if they do that with mine, they do that with others, and if we’re copying each others’ books, what do you think will happen? Fans will tell on the offending writer! Really! It’s happened a number of times. No one knows until readers out them.
There was a YA writer who did the same thing. She made New York Times Bestseller! She is at one of the Ivy League colleges and her English instructor said he couldn’t believe it. Her writing was not exemplary. Her daddy had payed handsomely to get her into the college because she kept doing so poorly on the entrance exams. Then what happened? She was found out! Numerous fans of other YA works shared the plagiarized passages and all of a sudden, the famous college student was outed! She was proven to be a FRAUD.
What’s incredible too is that the plagiarizer of the romance books even dedicated a book to herself for all the hard work she does writing her books. Ha!
It’s frustrating for those of us who work and work and work at this stuff, trying to come up with new ideas, new ways of saying the same thing–falling in love, making the commitment, solving plots–when someone is gaming the system. See, it’s not just that she’s stealing other authors’ work, but she’s getting the books out there as fast as she can, and the more books you have out in a shorter period of time, the better your rankings. I’m a fast writer, but dang, I wish I could put out a book a week and not have to work so hard.
Yet, I truly love what I do, and I own the characters, the stories, and my name is on my work for MY work.
Okay, baby is on her way soon and I’ve got to get some writing done! I’m nearly 8,000 words ahead on my word count–all my words too! Even though I say I’m ahead, this is just to make minimum word count. The books usually run longer–by 10,000-20,000 words, so I need the extra time to write the extra words.
Since my granddaughter didn’t show up yesterday, holiday, surprise to me since her mom’s job means she often has to work some of the holidays, I managed to get some work done on Claiming the White Bear’s print book. See, a day off does not mean a day off. It means an extra day to work! And I was glad!!
I managed to create the print cover, formatted the book, and halfway proofed it. I wanted to finish it and get ahead on my word count on Wolff Brother, BUT, that was a little too much for one day.
Today, I need to get word count, run errands, yet, what I want to do is finish proofing the book. I’m going to try and do all of it today. Try.
Hope you are having a grand day!! I’m off to proof some more! Oh, and it is going to be 70 degrees today. Weird, weird weather. But enjoying it! Temperatures are dropping again tomorrow.
Not happening! Not if I want to get anything done!
I’m sure the fae were at work yesterday–hassling me. It all started with trying to get directions to an appointment I had that morning. Google Maps said it would take me 4 hours and 1 min to get there. Wait, what???? Walking.
That was only the BEGINNING of my wild morning. But baby’s here and I’ve got to run! No walking allowed. Not with a toddler on the go. I plan to take her to critter hour at the children’s museum, if everything works out.
And we have to run errands! It’s harder to run them with a toddler, but at the same time, I don’t get a lot done during the day when she’s here, so it gives me time to do things I really need to do and then I can write on the days she’s not here. Win-win for me! AND, sometimes she falls asleep! Which she really needs to do, but fights all the time.
I’m excited about the possibility of going to England. I’d LOVE to see the English castles and gardens and the countryside. I have a good friend whose husband may be working there for a couple of years, so I told her I’d love to visit if it works out! We were supposed to get together in NYC for a conference in July, but she was afraid she’d be in England. I’m not sure where they’ll be and they won’t even be going until spring, but she said that would be great!
I’ll be going to Hawaii this year for my son’s wedding…and I’m planning on signing books at the Barnes and Noble and visiting the zoo. I just can’t wait to write a few pages while listening to the waves and the wind blowing through the palm trees. If I could, I’d stay a month!
But coming back to earth, I’ve got deadlines to write for and pictures to send to my daughter of Christmas so that she can make her Christmas thank you cards, so I’m off and running.
Okay, so some of my stories are all fantasy, whereas some are contemporary fantasy–as in werewolves that live among us, and the fae have their own world, but come to ours to create havoc. But in my fantasies, I have the traditional fantastical creatures, including centaurs, unicorns, dragons, and some creatures made up. The three girls are coming of age and they have all kinds of ordeals to prove their mettle and worth as they battle through the kingdoms to save their kind. I still need to write the third book! They have a warrior dwarf who tags along, disagreeable and lovable.
The Magic of Inherian: Scepter of Salvation, Book 1
Talamaya turned 18 in the human kingdom of Damar, just like her twin
brother. Only when she comes of age, she must wed the king’s choice.
When her brother comes of age, he’s allowed to sit on the council. But
everything changes when a wizard pits beast and man against each other
in Inherian–all because of the loss of the Scepter of Salvation and she
must return it to their kingdom.
Talamaya and her friends, Lady Kersta and Lady Mexia, must retrieve the
Scepter of Salvation when her brother is poisoned.Visions plague
Talamaya of a world beyond her own, of a destiny she has to fulfill.But
the barbarian king is also after the scepter, and the black-hearted
wizard who is trying to gain control will do anything to keep them from
She must free a knight from his madness.
Help a female dwarf escape from the dwarven mines.
Aid an Amazon fighting the Dark Elves.
Rescue even the barbarian king.
Save a crusty old dwarf from the wolves of Elan Pass.
And outwit the dark wizard once more.
Above all else, she must always take the path of righteousness.
Which is much easier said than done.
An apprentice of the mage they had destroyed earlier, now
threatens Inherian once again. But when Mexia arrives at Langdon to
become school trained, she learns the school will not permit a woman to
attend. But she must destroy the mage’s apprentice, and she cannot do so
without the training. She must use the magic she has learned to
discover a way to defeat the apprentice before it is too late.
Mexia has already
done much more than most school- trained mages when she and her
companions had gone in search of the scepter of salvation. But now one
of the apprentices of the evil wizard they had destroyed, has stolen his
spell book and plans to take up where he had left off, and she has to
try and stop him.
Mexia believes the only way for her to defeat the mage is to become
school trained like he was with the eventual goal of becoming a high
wizard–the first of her kind in Inherian. But the current headmaster
denies her entrance because she’s a woman. Though if she can get the
former headmaster’s recommendation, she may attend.
And that’s the beginning of the trouble.
First, there’s the wizard.
Then, the immovable headmaster.
And then, the circle of misfortunes.
It all goes downhill from there… Amazon