I think he thought I could see him. See the aphids on the milkweed below him on the leaf?
Okay, so I spent the day running errands with my daughter yesterday, put up a spice rack, and a peg board in the garage for my gardening tools, trying to get more organized, but I still managed to fill in more scenes and got 2,000 words.
We might go to the pool this morning. I’m trying to finish this book. Does that sound familiar???
Okay, off to work on it some more. Have a shelf to put together too, and more pegboard to hang up to get more organized.
I have a ton of things I’m doing, like repainting wrought iron furniture too, and I picked some more flower seeds (perennials, so they’ll come back next year too) and a couple of more plants. Am I crazy, or what? Have a super fun day!
I’m off to type up edits and begin writing again next, but I had to play with some artwork first. You know. Just because I have to blog and I needed something new to post. Right.
Any excuse to play with photos, right?
I added several layers of water, two different kinds, sky, and texture. It’s not perfect, but I have 4 dogs I have to keep taking in and out and I have to get back to the real work at hand. But isn’t the artwork pretty?
I took the picture of the African ducks at a zoo and they just wouldn’t all look at me or hold still, yet it captures the essence of ducks, don’t you think? One grooming himself, two cuddling, another standing on one leg in rest.
In other news, Barnes and Noble is now beta testing an author bio page and guess what???? I was asked to participate. That rarely happens to me. Well…uhm, never. But yay! I felt honored.
Okay, I’m back to writing. Maybe I’ll take the dogs all out one more time. Kill milkweed bugs. And THEN get back to writing.
I am. Really. The dogs love me. Rilo is a beta corgi, and he’s always sleeping at my feet. If I go anywhere, all the dogs follow me. Luna, the other corgi and Tanner the black havanese are the alphas. Max, the white havanese is the other beta and he’s usually on my lap. It’s pouring out, so they all did their thing this morning and wanted right back inside and it was so wearing, they’re all asleep. Sooooo, I’m off to edit some more!
I love the rain! I was so glad to hear it this morning. Rain? Really? We haven’t had any in weeks, and even when we were supposed to get some, we haven’t.
So I’m ready to dance in the rain. But I have to edit and write instead.
Always the work ethic.
Have a beautiful and productive and fun day! It’s pouring again. Yay!
Milkweed bugs–the juveniles. They’re horrible. Oh sure, they have families, they probably love each other, and I’m the monster, but they they will destroy milkweed plants that monarch butterfly caterpillars have to have to survive. These bugs go after the seeds that will produce new plants so I never have to buy new ones.
I haven’t seen this many milkweed bugs ever. It’s like they’re in plague proportions. I had been cutting off the seed pods and dumping the whole lot of them into a soapy water container. But since then, I’ve been just shaking the seed pods using a stick, and dumping them into the witch’s brew, and that’s been working.
I also have these. They’re milkweed assassin bugs but they’re NOT doing their job. I think there are just way too many of the milkweed bugs. I was getting rid of the mating pairs of milkweed bugs as fast as I could, but obviously I didn’t get rid of enough of them. The good news is that I THINK I’m getting a handle on them. I’m not finding the huge numbers on the seed pods. But I have to be diligent and every time I go outside with the dogs (I’ve gained two more, dogsitting), I get rid of more of the milkweed bugs.
Okay, the pack of dogs has gone out, eaten, gone out, it’s time to settle down and write.
Have a great day! I will be thinking of bugs in my nightmares….
No wolf is safe in USA Today bestseller Terry Spear’s new installment of the SEAL Wolf series.
Never be so foolish as to fall for the enemy…
Special wolf agent Jillian Matthews has joined the jaguar-run United
Shifter Force to track down a deadly criminal. She’s even willing to
work with PI Vaughn Greystroke—until the hot, growly SEAL wolf makes the
mistake of getting in her way. Naturally, she shoots him. Who could
Vaughn Greystroke has always worked alone. But when a string of
attempted murders puts him in the crosshairs, teaming up with the
Shifter Force begins to sound like a good idea. Even if he has to work
with alluring—and potentially treacherous—Jillian Matthews. Vaughn is a
trained SEAL, after all. He can surely keep his distance from Jillian…no
matter how much she’s getting under his skin.
SEAL Wolf Series:
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing (Book 1)
A SEAL Wolf for Christmas (Book 2)
SEAL Wolf Hunting (Book 3)
SEAL Wolf in Too Deep (Book 4)
SEAL Wolf Undercover (Book 5)
Having an awful time getting connected to my internet this morning. Just wanted to post this. Ended up writing 3,000 words on Billionaire on my babysitting day. Woohoo!
Took pictures of the books that came in for SEAL Wolf Surrender that releases in 10 days. I also have to proof Destiny of the Wolf for the re-release 10th Anniversary. *sigh* I think I’m catching up on my word count and then another thing saps my time.
Okay, I’m off to feed the dogs who wonder why I didn’t feed them two hours ago. Sometimes, life gets in the way.
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!!!