Finished Bear! No Work on Novella-to my dismay

I finished the bear. Yay!

Clan MacLean

And I went to do the novella changes yesterday so I could focus on Wolff brother today, but can’t open my editor’s file. We have this problem all the time, but I was so sick when she contacted me, I didn’t even think to try and open the file. Ugh. Or else I would have done that. So until I get a file I can open, it’s not done.

My fever returned last night, much higher. I was reading that you feel worse at night–that fevers return, which are raising your temps to kill off the germs. I’d prefer not to get antibiotics if I don’t have to because your germs can become resistant to the antibiotics. I’m dead tired this morning because of all the coughing last night, and I’m continuing with the coughing today. So do I go in to see a doctor? Expose others with what I have and others expose me with what they’re in for? Or just figure it’s running it’s course and will be over within its own good time?

Sunflower from Birdseed

Usually, I’d say I’d rather write. But I’m so tired….I can’t think straight. Time is of an essence though. One day goes by, and then another, and then all of a sudden, it’s time to turn in the book. So, tired or not, I’ve got to write. It’s not like I haven’t been thinking about it either. A scene keeps playing out in my mind, so today, I’ll figure out where it needs to go and write it.

I think I’ll tough it out for another day, no doctor. If the fever returneth tonight, I’ll see how I feel in the morning. Sound like a plan?

Max is sitting on my lap, his head over my left typing arm. Wait. You did not just go to sleep on my arm, sitting up, Max, did you?

They are concerned about me being sick. They are such good little dogs. They are goofy too. I feed them breakfast right away or they will perish first thing in the morning. Really. That’s what they tell me. But when I eat breakfast, maybe 3 hours later, they want to eat again too–lunch. No, it’s not lunch time. But if I eat, it means it’s lunch time.

Then later, I will eat lunch, and they really do have to be fed. Dinner is no problem. Only I get it. It’s just the issue of breakfast and lunch that confuses them.

Okay, off to think about writing as I’m coughing my head off. Hope you are in a sick-free zone this week! Have a great one!

Terry

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Trying to Focus on Goals Again

I know I”m sick when I don’t blog, don’t take pictures, don’t pull up weeds, can’t remember if I’ve fed the dogs or not…Writing and other deadline goals? Are you kidding me? Now I have no voice, lost 4 lbs (which is a good thing, now if I could keep it off), fevers have subsided but woke up in a sweat this morning. And I’m coughing ALL NIGHT long. I need to sleep. I think there was one 3-hour stretch where I actually slept straight through before I started coughing again. I cough all day too. I’ll be so glad when I’m feeling better.

I had taken these pictures before I got sick when we had a couple of days hard freeze, but guess what? I’d done everything I could to weatherproof stuff and totally forgot about turning off the water fountain. Thankfully, it’s running fine and it’s been warm ever since. The birds, squirrels, and yes, my dogs, drink from it, so it’s important they have the water to drink from.

Despite being so under the weather, I finally made up the bear for the order on Friday, embroidered the paws last night, struggling to stay awake until they were done, and got some more of my tax stuff together Friday night and spent all day yesterday finding all the stuff, doing the excel sheets, to turn in to the CPA. I used to do my taxes on my own, but I couldn’t keep up with tax laws and I was paying more than I should have. So it was well worth having a CPA do them. I still need to make a sash and bonnet for the bear–it’s a bigger bear, so I’ll have to create a new pattern for it, and turn in my paperwork to the CPA hopefully on Monday.

To top it all off, my editor wanted me to look at her suggestions for a change on the novella. I really couldn’t think when she sent it to me Friday, I think, and told her I’d try to get it back to her this weekend. So today, I want to get that done and the bear done, and them Monday, hopefully I’ll be back on track for Wolff Brother. I told you being sick really doesn’t work with my schedule!

But with no more fevers, I’m hoping I’m on the road to recovery! If I can get some uninterrupted sleep. And I feel great about the taxes and finishing the bear hopefully today too. I’ve been totally stressed over all of it, knowing that time is drawing short for everything. I have to turn in Wolff Brothers in just 20 days . I’m nearly at word count, but need to do a lot more work on it.

I’m off to check out the novella and hope you are having a sick-less day!

Terry

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The Problem with Baby Being Sick…

Now grandma’s sick. ugh. And it’s nowhere on my schedule. Make teddy bear, work on finishing up Wolff brother, and do TAXES. I see nothing that makes allowances for being sick.

When you’re sick, the best thing you can do is…sleep.

Ugh. So I coughed all night long, have a whopper of a headache, teeth ache, sore throat, and all day coughing. Baby had a fever again yesterday. So far I don’t, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m miserable anyway. I want a do over day. I knew when I started coughing yesterday, it wasn’t good news.

I will probably go back to bed soon. My doggies will be happy. Lazy day for them. Missed opportunity to get a lot of work done for me. BUT, if I rest, maybe I will get over this faster.

Hope you avoid the germ warfare–that all started with…kids.

Terry

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The Problem with Little Ones is…

They get sick. Lots. Day care germs. Church baby room germs. On Monday, she was running a fever and she slept in my arms for 4 1/2 hours, while I tried to edit my book with scribbles that I had to decipher later. Poor little thing. I hope she’s feeling better today.

The Elf and the Hummingbird

So yesterday, I actually managed to write 5,000 words. I couldn’t get on the computer to post my blog in the morning and finally gave up and wrote on the book. No internet, spinning dial, so I figured I’d try to get it preposted for Wednesday, and NOT do the dumb thing and accidentally publish it Tuesday night, but for Wednesday morning, because between baby being here and my internet problems in the morning, it takes me forever to blog.

And that’s my story…

I’m only 5,000 words away from minimum word count, though the story usually is much longer. I have a long ways to go on it, but finally had some time and some inspiration for some ideas I needed to add. Still need to do the taxes too, and a bear! I am ahead on the book, but it doesn’t seem like it because I have so much else to do. And who knows when I will really finish the book. April 1st is not an April Fool’s Day but a deadline day.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, and NO deadlines!!

Terry

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Art in the Making

I could tell you all about the story, but sometimes it’s fun to make it up yourself. What do you think it’s all about?

Off to play with baby!

Terry

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Adoration

There’s something about a dog that makes you feel good. They love you when you love them back. I can be quietly working, but if I begin reading out a passage to see if it sounds right, both will look up at me to see if I’m talking to them.

And once I glance at them, then it’s all tail wags because I’m looking at them. Sometimes, they seem like a nuisance–when I have to keep taking them outside to potty when I’m in the middle of something, or Tanner barks when baby is sleeping, BUT they are a pure joy too, curled up on my lap or lying beside me while I’m working away on my laptop or on the PC.

I wasn’t going to get another dog after I lost my last one, and it was maybe 4 years before I bit the bullet, and I’m glad I did. Because adoration goes both ways.

Terry

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Audiobooks–Cougar’s Mate–Love Them!

Cougar’s Mate

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Cougar’s Mate: Instinct told her to run…

Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Now she’s on the run, trying to avoid being murdered by his cougar shifter brothers and uncle. If that isn’t bad enough, a deputy sheriff hunts her down while she’s running as a cougar and trying to survive in the Colorado wilderness. He vows to protect her no matter what she’s done. With three dead boyfriends to her name, she’s sure she will be the death of Chase Buchanan before either of them can prevent it. No matter how much she knows she has to run again, he soon holds her heart hostage. But will that be enough to keep them both alive?

Chase Buchanan – as wilderness cabin resort owner, former US Army Special Forces, and part time deputy of the small town of Yuma, Colorado, that boasts a love of cougars – is tasked to track down a cougar reported to be hunting human prey. Chase soon learns she’s a shifter, not a full-time cougar, and she’s on the run. When he takes her in, he vows to protect her. After losing his wife and baby to the human kind of predator years earlier, he’s not letting Shannon’s hunters kill her, too. But how is he going to hold onto the wild-cat woman, who is unpredictable at every turn, without losing his heart to her, and then losing her as well?

I’m not sure I did this right, but I was trying to share a sample of Cougar’s Mate Audiobook. I LOVE audiobooks. It’s amazing how much work I can get done when I’m listening to a book. Or on a drive, how I can get places without realizing how long it took me to get there.

A disclaimer: Sometimes I have gotten so lost in a book while driving long-distance, that I’ve missed my turnoff. And the first book I listened to while I was painting a bedroom made me want to paint the whole house so I could finish the book. When I listened to them on the drive home from working at the library, I have been known to sit in my car listening to the darn book, not wanting to get out because, ack, the author left me hanging!

I’ve heard that some readers love them because reading pages is too much of an eye strain.

So just throwing that out there, while I’m biting my nails (not really, I don’t really, really do that), gnashing teeth (also don’t really do), and pulling my hair out (it comes out way too much as it is, so no pulling hair out) while I’m trying to figure where to go on this book. And I’m working on taxes–more gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, and nail biting….

Have a super, wonderfully fun or relaxing or both day. I’m having fun!!! Really! I am! Despite the above mentioned problems, I’m having fun! I am!

You know why? Because I’m tackling the problems. And I know if I tackle them long enough, I will overcome and then both the book and taxes will be done and I’ll be on cloud nine again! Really! Until the next deadline. Which follows this one.

Terry

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Purple and Red

Ranunculus flowers in bloom. First came the red, and they’re still blooming. And now the purple. But the weather has taken a dive. But it’s warming up again, then cold next week and warming up. I like the warming up because it makes it the perfect weather before the heat settles in.

I only got 1,000 on the word count yesterday instead of at least 2,000, but I was working on taxes, and that takes days. I always tell myself I’ll get better organized in the new year and it won’t be such a mess by the beginning of the next year when I have to start this all over again. Ha!

I was reading an article on not beating yourself up about stuff. I agree! When you feel down about something you’re doing, your work, your appearance, your life, think of two things positive about yourself.

I find that doing something nice for someone else can make me feel better. Say something nice.

When I was at the grocery store with my granddaughter the other day, a man offered to take my basket and return it to the store for me when I’d unloaded everything but her from the basket. It’s the kind for kids, so he wouldn’t have used it. It was a nice gesture. I was so surprised and really appreciated it.

I had my hands full of books to ship and a man hurried to open the post office door yesterday. I do that when I see someone who needs help, moms with little kids, older people, both with baskets or kids. It makes me feel better because they appreciate it so much. Just doing something so simple as that can make someone else’s life less complicated for just a few seconds and yet can brighten their whole outlook for a bit.

I was feeling on cloud nine yesterday, maybe in part due to having a peppermint mocha, did you know that peppermint can make you feel better? It does me! Anyway, they said not to get the safety inspection done on my car until April, so I will wait on that. But after I shipped my books, I ran into a different grocery store for a couple of things I forgot to get and this store had 90% off on their Valentine’s stuff. Wow, a big ostrich and monkey and assorted soft pillows to play with for my granddaughter’s birthday , and two little items I can use for my bears for $3.50? Perfect! Yep, I was on cloud nine.

I’m off to write or work on taxes, it all has to be done! Probably both. Hope you have something fun to do today! TGIF!

Terry

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Fresh Pick for You Had Me at Jaguar!

You Had Me at Jaguar
Terry Spear

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February 28, 2019

Heart of the Shifter #1
Sourcebooks Casablanca
March 2019
On Sale: February 26, 2019
352 pages
ISBN: 1492677264
EAN: 9781492677260
Kindle: B07J6FHVV8
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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Romance Paranormal

He is only supposed to watch her back … not fall hard for her.

They’re not the only ones on the prowl…but they’re the most dangerous…

The United Shifter Force gives jaguar agent Howard Armstrong an impossible task—to protect fierce she-jaguar Valerie Chambers, when the last thing she wants is protecting. They’re going international to take down a killer and he can guard Valerie all day long. But guard his heart? He doesn’t stand a chance.

I’d rather write, but I need to ship some books and get my car safety inspected so I can get my new car registration. Don’t you hate it when other stuff gets in the way of stuff you have to and want to do?

Just get it done and get back to what you have to/need to do! Otherwise? It is hanging over your head like a big, dark cloud. And the worst of it is? Stuff like that starts to stack up. I also need to start gathering all my stuff for taxes. ugh. I want to finish this book, but I’ll probably start gathering stuff soon. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. And then? You’ll feel better. Hopefully. lol

Have a great day!!

Terry

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The Routine

Goes out the window when baby is here. But if it was a regular day, I’d be writing! She’s eating breakfast, watching Vikings riding dragons. It’s important to see good dragons and not always growly ones to have some perspective!

Have a great day. We’re headed for the weekend and that means??? More writing for me!

Terry

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