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Nature is Art

Baby is on her way and so I have only about a minute to do this. Picture of a monarch on purple flowers with a splash of blue flowers. A robin closeup and a robin in the big picture out in the forest preserve on our walk. You can see the snow all over the gravel still. And a cute little tapir swimming in water, the shadows of things up above creating a surrealistic art in the water below.

I wrote 3,000 words on the plane on Claiming the White Bear…but I haven’t had time to type up the notes. Maybe today if I can keep baby preoccupied a bit. It’s cold!!!! And I’m loving it.

Have a super, duper day!

Terry

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Art in Nature and Otherwise…

A “beehive”, a SciFi motorbike kinda, and a snapdragon that produces dragons, and beautiful butterflies. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Yesterday, I did the edits on Day of the Wolf, and wrote 3,000 words on Woodland Fae. Baby stayed home with her sick parents. And that meant I was trying to get as much as I could done. I might have to take care of her on Monday, which does away with my scheduled writing. I’m off to re-read Day of the Wolf! And I got edits back from another beta reader on Cougar Magic, so going to work on that too.

Hope you are staying healthy and having fun this weekend!! It’s going to be another hot day. 98 heat index in October. ugh.

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Art: In the Eye of the Beholder

Baby was sick yesterday, cold and ear infection, so she did a lot of cuddling and sleeping, which she needed. We rushed through our walk in the fog, trying to keep ahead of the mosquitoes trying to get us.

I managed 1,000 on Woodland Fae while baby was here. I thought I’d have Monday to work on the story, but I may be taking care of baby again if the daycare is shut for the holiday. Both her parents are working.

Okay, off to get some more writing done to make up for Monday, just in case!

Have a great day!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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I’m Not an Artist

My parents were both artists. They  had their own styles, and they were good. They won a contest their first year of marriage for artwork they had  done.

Kids draw. I drew. I was told I was not an artist. I would never be an artist.

*sigh*

Don’t tell kids that. They might not be able to sing (me either), or draw more than stick figures (I liked to draw trees), but if I’d continued to practice (for years and years and years), MAYBE I could have learned to draw. Or not.

There is something to be said about talent. And some have a natural talent for some things, and others don’t. I had a friend who drew horses. She drew movement. Just from memory. And she didn’t own horses. She was an incredibly gifted artist, and this was from when she was young! I had another friend who could make the most extraordinary paper mache creations. In art class in junior high, I made the most standard, basic form. Paper mache and I didn’t get along.

So my artistic talent lies elsewhere. And it’s art. Just a different form of art.

 

I am an artist. I am. In different kinds of mediums. So there. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you aren’t talented. Who knows… if you persist at learning how to? I might even be able to draw the best trees ever.

I was watching a video on how some creative photo artists got started and became ultra successful. Many didn’t have formal training. They had a natural talent. And a drive to excel.

I’ve created stories since I was little. It came naturally to me. But creating stories, and learning how to put them on paper in a better way took some learning. For photography, I watch videos and read articles all the time. For my bears, I learned that on my own, creating and re-creating patterns to make them better. I embroidered for years and years before that, and added that to my personalized bears. So some is practice to make the art better. It came with time. I’ve never been one to create something and become an instant success.

Have a great and talented day, no matter where your creativity lies. Don’t ever let someone discourage you from reaching your dreams.

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Artistic Outdoor Furniture, Charlotte, NC Park

We had a lot of fun in Charlotte, and one of the places we enjoyed seeing was a nearby park. In a few of the outdoor “rooms,” they were decorated with fun furniture!
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Bonnie and I had fun after grabbing some breakfast at Panera and I still was drinking my hot chocolate. 🙂

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The weather was beautiful there while it was so hot in Texas! Really enjoyed it. No bugs either!

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And they had signs all over saying how far we were from other locations. Loved it.

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I reached 30,000 on A Silver Wolf Christmas, and so I’m off to write the next 10,000 to reach a goal of 40,000 by Sunday. Hopefully. I have a couple more bears I’ve got to make also this weekend and get them all out on Monday.

Oh, and Donna Fournier and I are invited to a special bonfire and fireside chat with a wolf expert at The International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, so I’m so excited about that. And thanks so much to Donna for arranging it and for everything else she’s done to make this trip the best! 🙂 <3

Okay, off to work, and HAPPY TGIF!!! 🙂 <3

 

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Cloud Art from a Jetliner over Dallas, Texas

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I love clouds, but they can be dangerous when the storms are severe. I’ve had numerous flight delays or cancellations when traveling in the volatile stormy States–over Dallas, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Omaha, and Pensacola, to name a few of the more recent ones.

A couple of times, I’ve been stuck flying around in circles, waiting for the storm system to move off so we could safely land. One time, we were running on fumes and had to finally land in another state!

And I’ve missed a few important activities, my son’s wedding rehearsal dinner, and only just managed to reach the tail end of an important book signing where fans had traveled to see me from cities and a state or two farther away.

They had lightning strikes over Dallas at the rate of 5 a minute over the airport last Monday, so you never know how bad it will be until you’re on your way to the airport, in the plane, flying over an area, or trying to land.

So here is a bit of cloud art from a big old jetliner over Dallas last year, when my first flight was cancelled, I missed my connection, I made it out of Dallas, was in a circling pattern over Atlanta, finally landed there despite the severe storms, then they wouldn’t let us off the plane because it was too dangerous for ramp personnel to deplane us. Then when we finally were allowed off the plane, the same situation with getting our bags. Too dangerous.

That was the signing I ended up at for only 10 minutes and right afterwards, a whole group of us authors went to dinner and had margaritas. And all was well. I love HEA. Don’t you?

Terry

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Do You have Change for a Million Dollar ($1,000,000) Bill?

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Okay, so I was researching about the various high dollar amount denominations so that I can make an issue in Cougar’s Mate realistic, and ran across this article on the various amounts of these currencies still left.

As of 5 years ago, only a little over 300 of the $10,000 and $5,000 bills are in circulation. But over 150 thousand $1,000 bills, so we’re good.

But what I found so funny was the two articles that related to individuals using “million dollar notes” to buy goods at Walmart. One was in Georgia, the other in North Carolina. Don’t they know that Walmart clerks are trained in not giving out that much change for a million dollar bill?

Chuckling here.

Can you imagine??? “Okay, wait, I don’t have $999,524 in my register. Let me get some from all the clerks’ cash registers, a few banks and….”

Yeah.

Haven’t they ever watched those movies that show that using counterfeit dollars of a small denomination, though still not easy, is a safer bet? Especially when a $1,000,000 bill doesn’t even exist?

The other thing you have to be careful of is spending a $1,000 antique bill at the bank. Well, trying to cash them in. Especially if you’re a teenager and on the lam after robbing a parents’ safe of the $1,000 bill. Yep, all three of the boys got nabbed.

Okay, see, this is what happens when I do research. I learn all kinds of things I didn’t know!

Did you know any of this?

Have a great Thursday! And may your dreams be filled with million dollar wonders, but if you ever receive one of those million dollar bills, don’t try to spend it at Walmart.

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Terry
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Taking a Minute to Play with Photos!–Happy Valentine’s Day Early!

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For all my snowbound friends, I’m sending the wolves to warm you up!

While my computer was broken, I couldn’t do some of my fun photo magic, no photoshop, and so I finally downloaded a bunch of brushes, again, and I’m all set to work. Not that I have a lot of time for it, but sometimes I just want to do something special. Like create a wolfish Happy Valentine’s Day statement. Of course, when I do this, I feel guilty about not writing. I kept telling myself it’s okay to take a break every once in  awhile. But my goal was to write 5,000 and reach 60,000 on Cougar’s Mate, and I did it! So see? I can do both! 🙂

It’s early, but if I didn’t want to spend all that time creating something of such wolfish beauty and only use it for one day of the year. 🙂

How I did it:

The bride pictured is from: http://faestock.deviantart.com/

The wolves and background I purchased from Bigstock photos. The wolves are two separate photos.

I used mist brushes from: http://www.obsidiandawn.com/mist-photoshop-gimp-brushes

And that’s the magic!

My parents were both artists and they both had written stories. I didn’t know about their writing, though dad made up stories to tell us when we were kids, until I began to write my first novel and they shared with me. Dad was also a photographer. But early on, my dad told me I wasn’t an artist. Don’t try. lol

I kept thinking that maybe I was. Maybe not with paint or watercolor, but with fabric when I began to create things that they couldn’t. My parents made doll carriages later on and their creations were wooden art. Beautiful. But my bears received all kinds of awards and were featured in magazines and newspapers, so that way was my contribution to the art world. And writing after that in the form of books.

And then I began playing around with creating my own book covers. Horrible. But the more I learned, the more I loved doing it, and just even creating pictures that wouldn’t be used for book covers, and they weren’t so bad after all. 🙂

My parents and I were really close and every year I see something new that I know they would have loved to have done too, and wish they could see all that there is to see. I’m not sure if my mother would have wanted to learn how to create pictures on the computer, but dad would have loved it. And he would have loved the new cameras and all that they could do. And both my parents gave me their stories to publish someday, if I could.

So for someone who can’t create artwork, it’s not too bad, don’t you think?

Okay, I had a light bulb moment on Cougar’s Mate, so off to work on it. I also have the audio files stacking up on The Highlander that I need to go over to ensure they’re accurately synched with the manuscript, and I need to pre-post another blog for the blog tour for Silence of the Wolf. Four more interviews to go, haven’t gotten them yet, and I’m all set.

Are you an artist? What is your medium of fun?

Terry

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