It’s Like Christmas When a Flower Blooms

This is a red crepe myrtle and I planted it last year, but all the other varieties of crepe myrtles had bloomed but this one. So a few days ago, I saw it had finally bloomed. I finally got out to take pictures of the flowers. Make mental note–this crepe myrtle is a LATE bloomer.

Well, still waiting for a review on the last portrait I did before I can move on. Though I’ve done the next two and one of my own.

In the meantime, I also started writing Tangling with the Wolf, the novella for Dreaming of the Wolf. I couldn’t think of anything–and then I found a writing prompt where someone drops a paper napkin on someone else’s table with a warning–leave, while you still can.

Okay, so what could be the trouble? Then I had it! Where I had lived before, different biker gangs ended up at a pub, armed with knives and guns and started a fight. Perfect!!!

So I have my first 2,000, and I’m off to write 2,000 a day, on days I don’t take care of little one. Three-thousand if I can figure out what to write!

I also was studiously digging up plants I don’t want, weeds I don’t want, and once it’s all cleaned out, I’ll plant a couple of plants I do want in their place. It’s best if you can plant the right plants in a place first, but sometimes you don’t know how well they will do until after you’ve let them grow, or not grow, for a couple of years. It looks like I’ll be replacing all of my sky pencil holly as one after another bite the dust. *sigh*

Anyway, I’m off to work on the story!

Have a great day!

Terry

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Runaway Dogs and Such

Still Working on No Hair Pictures–yes, she has a little peeking out.

We had storms and 2″ of rain last night, yay! So I was out weeding this morning because the weeds are easier to pull up. Both my dogs got out. The pest control man must have left the gate unlatched. I always check to make sure the gates are shut, and it looked like it from a distance.

I was out weeding out front when Tanner came running to me. He’s such a sweetie, so happy to see me. Max was long gone. I checked the backyard to make sure. He’s bad to run off. And he’s not eager to lose his newfound freedom. Tanner just wants to be with me.

Max and Tanner

It’s funny–in a dog psychology way–because Tanner is the alpha, Max the beta. Max is my lapdog, Tanner isn’t. So what’s with Max running off and Tanner not?

Anyway, Max came back, not to me, maybe he thought he’d be in trouble, but I was just glad I hadn’t lost him, and I took him inside and worked some more on the weeding. After I made sure the gate was shut.

Yesterday I spent most of the day trying to come up with a story idea for the Wolf in Trouble novella for Dreaming of the Wolf. I did finish all my promo blogs. Yay!

I finally started writing something on the novella late, so I need to type up my notes. I was trying to set up my mss for typing, but having issues with setting my indents, and just finally realized the blocking on the page somehow slipped to centered.

I’ll be off to have some fun with the kids in a little while for a couple of hours, and then home to work, then we’re having a barbecue later for Labor Day.

I’m off to weed just a wee bit more and then I’m running!

Stay safe!!!

Terry

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Woohoo! Finished!

Wolff Bros 2 is finished! I finally figured out what I needed to do at the end! Yay!!!!! I did some more weeding this morning. My reward. But also, it’s cooler out this morning, so wanted to get some work done. Beta readers have the book and next I’m off to work on the promo blogs for Joy to the Wolves!

So I resubmitted so I can do my next no hair portrait. I have 2 more and then, maybe short hair? Not sure.

But first, I’m off to find the blogs I need to write for the upcoming new release. After that, Dreaming of the Wolf novella, and then! I’m writing the Halloween novella for cougars. I’ve been doing that every year for the past two years now also. They’re fun.

Okay, off to get my day started!

Have a great one!!!

Terry

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I’m Getting There!

Created a Painted Photoshop Background

I’m getting closer to the end of Wolff Bros. I better be. I’m running out of time to write the novella for Dreaming of the Wolf too.

I wrote 2,000 more words, broke up a couple of chapters, edited the first 19 chapters. I’m up to 96K, wrote one of the scenes I needed to, and now I need to finish another and add one more. 🙂 And edit 5 more chapters. I have to get this done by Tuesday, sooner, if I can.

I am taking the fur course now too. I kept seeing all the adorable fur baby pictures and decided to do it.

Okay I’m back to the book.

Have a safe and fun day!

Terry

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I Know I Have My Holidays Mixed Up–But…

I was practicing on eggs and got tired of working on brown or white eggs.

I’m halfway through editing with the new idea on Wolff Bros 2. I hope to have this done completely done by Tuesday and then I’ve got to jump on a brand new novella for the 10th Anniversary release of Dreaming of the Wolf. I have no idea what I’m going to do for that one.

Have a great day! I’m working on my second portrait in Photoshop oil painting when I have time.

Terry

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Painted Lime in Photoshop–and Brainstorming!

A pretty lime for a margarita

I was working on another fruit picture, figuring it would take a while to get my portfolio reviewed, so I’m a good way into it when I got a Pass on my portfolio! Yeah. So I’m starting on portraits now, though I want to finish the new grapes picture too. I know practice makes for better work.

I did get my Wolf Wore Plaid edits done last night and turned in, yay!

So now–back to Wolff Bros.

I was struggling with what to add to my heroine to give her more character–internal conflict. All the ingredients are there. The story is practically written and I had all the elements in there to make this work, but I needed more of a reason why she sticks to beach resorts for vacations and chooses to live in Florida.

It’s been bugging me all along. What is the reason? What? What? What?

And then my beta reader and I were brainstorming and I had it!

So now the question is, do I add a prologue to show the trauma she experienced? Or do I just show her fear in the beginning of chapter 1? That is the question.

When I wrote one of my vampire books, I had a riveting backstory for the hero and heroine. A reason they had been separated. A reason he was desperate for her to remember him across the ages. I talked about it. Telling. And then I realized the only way to really show their love was to show it. In a prologue, way before the modern day present situation. Forbidden Love. I had to show it in the scene, them loving each other, being torn apart, and….present day. He is on her terminal list. She’s a huntress of vampires. He’s a vampire. He has to convince her she is the one he has loved and that she loves him and has for all time. But she doesn’t even know who he is…

So in that case, trying to avoid writing a prologue didn’t work. It had to be shown.

In this story, I think I’ll begin writing a prologue, see how it turns out, and then I’ll have my answer. I think I’ll also have showing her fear in the opening of chapter 1. Sympathizing with a character is so important.

I weeded, it’s way too hot out even at 7 am. Next week when it cools down on Wednesday, I’m walking and doing yard work. As long as it’s not pouring. But it’s miserable out there right now.

Off to work on the new prologue, the opening of the first chapter, and then I’m off and running on the story. AND, starting my first portrait.

Have a great day!!!

Terry

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Books, Books, Books

Apple and Books–Painted in Photoshop

I took a break from Wolff Bros, because the deadline for Wolf Wore Plaid is only a week away and finished editing 16 chapters. I have 11 to go! Yay!

Little one will be here today, but maybe I can get a couple done before she’s off to her home. And then a few more done before it’s too late tonight. I still feel like I’m fighting a head cold.

I submitted my portfolio for review for the Photoshop art class, and in the meantime, I’m just practicing working on other comparable photos until my work is reviewed to see if I can move forward.

Hope you have a great day! I’m trying to hibernate, work in the books, and stay out of the heat until next week when we have a cool down. And then I hope to get a million yard chores done.

Terry

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Working on Photoshop Oil Painting

Next up on the art agenda will be painting people. So this is the last one I’m doing for practice on similar items to what we’re doing in the practice sessions. I’m afraid I’ll bomb in the people painting class. I’m just waiting for this to be critiqued and then once that’s done, I can send all the 5 paintings into be reviewed, and then if I pass, move on. Though, while I’m waiting on this, I’ll keep working on some other oil paintings I started to complete them and get more practice in. They said 5, I’ll have done 11. I needed the extra work.

The image as I’m painting it–with the photo turned off, to give an idea of how I’m doing this.

In the meantime, I have a doctor’s appointment online in half an hour, never done before, so hope I don’t screw it up.

And for now, I’m going to start working on–not sure. It’s a toss up to continue working on Wolff Bros, or grab the edits on Wolf in Plaid and finish that. It’s due Sept 9th, so I think I might open it up and begin work on it today. I have way too many things on my plate right now. I need to get something done!

Have a great day, and stay safe!

Terry

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Fruit Bowl

I love doing these! They’re a lot of work, but I love the end result. On this and the grapes in a sack I got: Nailed It! I need to have 3-5 personal works done. This is the 5th one I’ve done, though I have 3 others partially done. I’m just trying to get into some extra practice before I move on to the review phase and then see if I pass to go on to the next group of lessons–people. The picture is from Pixabay. I can’t wait to learn from the fur course to do dogs and wolves and cats.

Little one is here today. It’s going to be REALLY hot for another week, and then we have a cool down. As in 90 instead of 99, and 70 instead of 80 in the mornings. Tack on 10 degrees heat factor, and that’s our hot weather. But I’m really looking forward to the cool down. I can get more yard work done then.

So I wrote another 2,000 on Wolff Bros yesterday–up to 92K and still need to write about 3 more scenes.

Off to get ready for little one. Dogs need to go out, come in, get fed, go out, trash out, little one here….

Have a great day!

Terry

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Grapes in a Sack

Painting in Photoshop

I’m still working on Wolff Bros 2, and I’m still touching up this painting for when I need to turn in 3 paintings we’ve done for review, in addition to 2 that we’ve had critiqued as part of the course before I can move on to people. Ack!

It might look easy and it’s anything but. But I still love doing it, though sometimes while I’m working on it, I think, what made me think I could do this?????

Okay, little one is on her way and I’m still working on my story.

Have a great day!!

Terry

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