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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
There should be a children’s story in that, I think. This is the third practice after the bell pepper of the art projects I had to do. Next is an egg on a blanket. You’re supposed to do the background on these subjects first, table, or in this case, tree, and then the subject(s). So I’ve worked on the blanket and table for the egg. I need to work on the blanket some more, then I need to create the background to match the color scheme. Those are fun for me. Then I need to paint the egg. That’s going to be hard.
I’m new at the Wacom and I’m just now getting to where I can draw more of a straight line, but curves and getting sharp edges are still hard. I’m getting better at sharp edges though. You should have seen my fuzzy first attempts when I first started.
Okay, little one will be here in a little bit, so got up super early to get some edits done on the book in the meantime. I reached word count, yay! Need to finish the story!
I love them! They’re so pretty, especially when they’re green. I caught pictures of a Cuban anole also, but will share later. They don’t turn colors like the Carolina Anole but are brown with all kinds of interesting ridges.
I wrote 3500 words on Dreaming of the Highland Wolf yesterday. In a novella, you need to keep it to a single plot line–but since this one is Highland, wolf, and a romance, and I always have a mystery, some humor, some conflict, it still has to have a lot of variables to add in there. No dead bodies this time. I just don’t have room for them. lol
Skies are clearing of the Saharan Desert dust, yay! Went for a walk for the first time in several days.
I’m at the halfway point on the novella! Now, if I can only keep up the momentum. I’m hoping to have it done in 3 days–as in have written the story, then need to edit it, then I need to begin working on Wolff Bros II due back October 1st. I think I have to do Dreaming of the Wolf 10th Anniversary release novella also.
I’m off to work!!!
Have a wonderful, safe, and clean-air day! Well, as clean as it can be in a big city.
My daughter saw what she thought was a flamingo flying over her house, but I think it was a spoonbill. They’re so pretty. This was the one at the Waco zoo.
Little one and I did laundry, pumped up the tires of the garden wagon, put the recycle stuff in the bin, put the stuff in the mulcher thingy, watered plants this morning, before we went to the pool and met up with her parents. It began pouring and they closed the pool. It’s supposed to thunderstorm later.
So that means I’m ready to begin writing about Logan Cameron and Ailith, not sure what her Scottish surname is. I was thinking they might be in competition during Highland cow shows or something. I need to do research. lol
I’m off to make lunch and get to writing. Finished reading Heart of the Highland Wolf last night.
The original blackbirds courting on the sparse grass next to a hotel on the boardwalk of Daytona Beach. I added 4 textures to create the artistic version.
I finished Red Wolf edits! I’ll turn the book in today.
I still need to do the marketing materials for the novel and then I’m off to the next novella. By July 1st, I need to start on Wolff Brother’s 2. The novella will be for Heart of the Highland Wolf’s 10th Anniversary release. And I need to write another. I think for Dreaming of the Wolf. I need to check and see which book came after Heart of the Highland Wolf!
Little one is coming soon, so I need to get ready!
Have a super lovely day, and stay cool (if you live in a hot place like me) and safe!