Photo Compositing

One of the Facebook pages I follow: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Imaginationbyrowena/ mentioned taking something in your house and making a composite for it. So I did. It’s a fun exercise. I’m going to try it with a fairy my mother gave me years ago. This little bear paddling I picked up in Minnesota when I visited last year.

Another artist had done that using ceramic pixie figures to create composites and they were adorable.

Okay, finished 3,000 words + yesterday and I’m liking the story much better. I’m rereading all the stuff I rewrote yesterday to make sure it fits and then have to continue working on it. I’m 7,000 over word count. Yay! I’m shooting for another 8,000 words. Minimum at least 3,000.

So this morning at oh-dark-thirty, I took the dogs out and was shocked to see lightning. Maybe we’ll get rain. I wouldn’t count on it, but hoping…

Have a super, duper day! I’m off to get busy!

Terry

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Frustration in Writing

Not all writing is fun. I can have a bout of total frustration. Sometimes not. I love that when it’s clear sailing all the way through. That usually doesn’t happen. With Red Wolf Christmas, I have word count, but the book isn’t finished and it wasn’t coming together. Why?

Not enough conflict. Issues in the story weren’t tied together. What turns the character’s world upside down in the beginning? Nothing. That’s it! What is wrong with the situation? It can’t be all great. It has to be conflictive. She can’t be just like her parents and her great aunt, happy about her circumstances. Happy. Happy. Happy. No. No. No.

She wants something different out of life. She’s not sure what because she’s never had the opportunity to consider anything different. The restrictions on her parents’ will says she has to do the same thing as they’ve done for a certain amount of time and she’s not happy about it. So there. Then she finally finished the time and she’s ready to do something new and her great aunt dies and leaves her in the same situation, for the same amount of stipulated time. Instead of being happy about her circumstances, she can’t wait to get out of them. It means going back in and changing some things, but that’s great!!! I don’t mind as long as I’m getting somewhere with the book and it’s working.

I also had to work all day on the other book, Night of the Billionaire Wolf. I made some changes, and now I need to read through the whole book. I’ll start that on Tuesday because I want to get somewhere with Red Wolf. I ended up taking the prologue out of Red Wolf, wrote a new one, added back in some of the other–I don’t just remove, I save in a cutout file in case I can use it. I called up one of my beta readers and brainstormed. And one of her ideas I’m going to use. I didn’t think so, but then with the new setup, I figured it would work. So I’m off to write! Yay!

Have a great day! I’m looking forward to it cooling down, being 94 tomorrow instead of in the 100s.

Terry

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Yesterday, No Blog Day–What Happened?

I have a routine. Check emails, blog, take the dogs out, feed them, take them out, do a million other things, then write.

Yesterday, I jumped into doing edits on the story. Did I tell you I received edits for another book? Sheesh. So I wanted to get some more done on this before I go back into another book. By the time I thought of blogging, it was way past time to do anything about it.

So today I spent 2 hours working on the garden, pulling up grass and weeds. With 100 degree days, I have to get it done. Early. It already feels like a sweaty 87 degrees at 8 am. Hot.

But I got a lot done, so now it’s time to get back to edits. Added 2,000 words yesterday, but need to tie the story together better. Not sure what to do to do it, but thinking on it. In the meantime, I continue to edit it because I can’t just sit around and think. I don’t have time.

Have a beautiful day!! I’m off to get started!

Terry

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The Routine’s Changing

Centaurs courting in the woods in Minnesota. No telling what you will find on a walk through the woods!

We’re switching out days so my granddaughter can get more preschool stuff (she’s only 2), but at her daycare they’re teaching the alphabet and numbers on Mondays and Tuesdays. Her parents and I are also, but it doesn’t hurt to have all the reinforcement. That means I’ll have a WHOLE 7 days of no toddler babysitting after today. And HOPEFULLY, I can finish this book in those 7 days.

Off to play with her.

Have a great day!!! Mine will be busy.

Terry

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Forget the Candy, Kiss the Frog

See, Rover, isn’t the frog beautiful?

I took the picture of the candy store at the mall. I thought about using one of the Daz3d creations with a child in a vintage outfit, but I hadn’t used this image yet with the girl, the dog and the frog and thought it would be cute.

I’m off to write. I was doing a lot of filling in blanks on the story yesterday, a necessary part of the writing process, but only managed to get 1500 words instead of my 2,000. But, I made minimum word count for the book. Yay! I did have my granddaughter over here also and that took away from writing for part of the day.

Now I just have to finish the story. I started re-reading from the beginning again to see what other blanks I need to fill in, the things I need to change because of other changes, and how I’m going to end the story.

Have a great day!!! I’m off to start mine!

Terry

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Furry Piranhas

I’ve never had dogs that gulp down their food like these two do. Though it may be because I always had A dog, and not two at the same time. My other dogs had their food out all day and ate when they needed to.

These two are like furry little piranhas. I feed them twice a day and they want more, more, more. I do feed them vegetable snacks and that helps. I should feed myself vegetable snacks!

I’m off to write. Labor Day for me means Labor. I wrote 2,000 yesterday, 2 of my harder scenes. Have 2 more of those and have to finish the story. I’m 1,000 away from minimum word count! And I said I’d take care of my granddaughter for a couple of hours, which means several this afternoon, so I need to get going before I can’t.

Have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

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I Had 4,000 Words of Thoughts Yesterday

Yesterday, I mentioned how I had a thought in the morning about how I needed to add something earlier in the story. But that wasn’t enough. I ended up adding a prologue too. What good are prologues? Some editors will say: take them out. No one reads them.

But prologues can show a setup of what is to come, subtly, why someone is the way they are–a tragedy. It MUST be important to the story. It MUST show something that is critical to the telling of the story that will be so much better if it is SHOWN, not mentioned throughout the story, trying to make a point. I read a story that had the main character, the protagonist, die. What? So I had to start again with chapter 1, searching for the main character. Someone I could root for. It was near the end of the book that I learned the significance of the prologue. Not good. By then, I didn’t care. I’d read the prologue so long ago, it didn’t matter.

I’ve noticed in movies and TV series the need to insert “flashbacks” or like prologues in the middle of stories. My dad would never be able to follow. He couldn’t watch them any more if he was still alive. To me, it’s so overdone constantly, that it pulls me out of the story. I’m like, NO! Quit making me time-travel in the middle of the story! That’s what a flashback is. Briefly, it can share something that happened in the past, but it can also pull readers out of the current story. Show it at the beginning. Let me see what happened in the beginning, and then let me get on with the story as it is today. Just my two cents.

I do want to see what has made the person the one they are today, but earlier, so that when all this other stuff happens and he or she reacts, I’ll know where they’re coming from. To me, it makes the character so much deeper.

Okay, before I write 4,000 words on my blog, I’m off to another horribly hot day. Best to stay in and write at least 3,000 words to reach my minimum word count required on the story.

Hope you have a grand one!

Terry

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The Offering

I love fantasy, mythologies from around the world and was fascinated with creatures such as the centaur. It’s so fun being able to create art that poses a story because from this scene all kinds of questions are asked. What is he offering. To whom? And how will it be received?

In writing a story, I have to think of what-ifs. What if the gift isn’t received favorably? What if it is? What if the recipient of the gift wants more? Where did the gift come from? Was it earned or stolen or found?

As I write on Red Wolf Christmas, I constantly have to ask myself questions. Have I set up the mystery early enough on? No. Why not? I didn’t know what it was at first. So I need to put a clue in earlier. That was the thought I had first thing when I was waking. So I’m off to add it!

Hope you have a great day!!!

Terry

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Done!

At least with the proofing of Legend of the White Wolf and the novella.

Old Wolf Man
New Wolf Man

Evolution? Or just that the other is fantasy and my wolves are real? Yep, that’s it!

Lots of thunder last night. Ominous clouds threatening like a wolf without teeth. And no rain. Again. No break in heat for another 2 weeks, it looks like, unless it changes its mind and is crazy hot for another 2 weeks. *sigh*

Have a super fun day! I’m off to write!!! Red Wolf Christmas and the cold is howling for me to come join them.

Terry

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Skipper Butterfly

My what big eyes you have!

So I finished proofing Legend of the White Wolf and now am proofing

White Wolf to the Rescue: A Legend of the White Wolf Novella. The first editor question: What happened to the woman who helped the two PI partners escape? One of them, David Davis, was hooked on her, but I haven’t written his story yet.

Well, it was years and years and years before I was able to write another white wolf book. Years. Which meant tons and tons of books!!! I write between 5-8 books a year. When I finally wrote the next white wolf book (you have to know I always thought the series would peter out, the boss would say no more, so I just had never had time to do something with that sub-series), it was a long, long time ago. Ten years ago that I had read the book. As many books that I have to write, I didn’t have time to reread the whole book. Poor Elizabeth was forgotten. In one of the subsequent books, I made a mention of her returning to her pack, but I can’t remember which one. *sigh*

What happened to Elizabeth? I will have to make something more up. See? That’s the fun of being a writer. I can tell a story and it doesn’t have to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Well, for them, in all honesty, it is the truth.

I’m off and running, got to finish proofing the novella and jump on Red Wolf Christmas again before something else waylays me. Hope you have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

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