I finally, finally figured out where I’m going with the Billionaire. Kind of. It helped not to have little one here every night and day for a couple of days. Anyway, I’m on the home stretch, I think. I need to run some errands this morning, ugh, and I have to pick up my granddaughter this afternoon, so that will cut into my writing time, and I’ve got a repeat of something like that tomorrow. But hopefully, I’ll get this done by the weekend. I’m 900 words shy of word count. While editing, I was adding and cutting so much that I would have had it if I hadn’t cut over a 1,000 words yesterday, but that was good. It’s all good.
I have a scene in mind to write today, and I have 3 chapters left to edit, and then I still need to finish the book, but it’s getting there!
I had a nice letter from a fan today that she couldn’t put The Wolf Wore Plaid down after she started reading it. That is the greatest compliment a writer can get. And she loved how I had Guy injure his back and write about it realistically since she has back pain. I’ve injured my back and it’s something you can’t undo. Through the years since then, if I twist and lift a certain way, I’m in pain for days. Sometimes, I can manage to only re-injure it slightly, but other times, I really throw it out of whack. So yep, I know all about it.
She wanted to know if I would have more about Guy in a future story. Yes! I love it when readers are interested in new characters and want to see more of them. I figure when I write the last MacQuarrie’s brother’s story, I’ll pair him up in a movie with Guy like before, different castle, and then I’ll have to write Guy’s story.
While I’m running around on errands today, I think I’ll pick up more daylilies. When I put them in, they were pretty, but not that showy. Now that I’ve had some of them in for a few years, they are really showy. So it’s time for more. They do block out the weeds. And that’s what I really need. Showy flowers that bloom all the time and no weeds. A perfect garden!
Okay, got to get busy with the book, feeding the dogs, etcetera!
Hope you have a beautiful day! I’ve got to quit goofing off and get mine started!
My granddaughter and I try to put together a picture a day when she’s here–using scrap art. I was trying to teach her the basics of drawing a house, building blocks. But she’s more into just wildly scribbling. My parents were both artists and I had hoped that maybe a grandchild might be an artist. I think some of it truly has to do with the genes.
Yesterday was Earth Day, forgot to mention it, but we planted oregano and thyme and chives in the planter box we put together. We still need more dirt and I want to put pavers in there to walk to the herbs so that it doesn’t fill with grass and weeds around it.
I only got about a 100 words on Billionaire during edits, but got up to chapter 11. I had a couple of ideas if I remember them this morning. It was at 3 am and I didn’t want to get up and write them down. And that can mean forgetting them by morning. lol
So no granddaughter today and that means that I hopefully can get to the end of the book and begin writing a bunch of new scenes that will finish the book!!
No baby yet. And my SIL cancelled his vaccination shot for today, thinking if she goes into labor today, he needs to be there for her.
Our vaccinations are lower than the country’s–23.7% for fully vaccinated, 27.2% for the country. Hopefully, that will pick up. I keep thinking that if people would just get it done, we could be able to open more things up, not have to wear masks all the time, avoid lengthy hospital stays, you know? Normalcy? Or near normalcy? They say that more women are getting shots than men. Hmmm.
Now the guys are supposed to be alpha heroes… So what’s the deal with that?
I’m having fun with Angel Fae, still plugging along on White Wolf, started a beef brisket in the slow-cooker and have little one here all day today and tomorrow. We have warm weather today, so I’m going to try and get her out to walk with me. When I pick her up every afternoon on the days I don’t have her all day, I ask what animal she’s learned about at preschool. “I don’t know.”
So we pick an animal to look up and the one was a fox, and listened to the strange sounds they make. Then it always turns into, “I want to see rainbow…horses.” So we look at rainbow horses–beautifully photoshopped or hand-drawn creations, then we see owls that someone has created, and they’re beautiful. And the Awwwwwwing goes on all over again, until Mommy comes to pick her up.
But today is a full day until 6 so we will pick an animal and learn all we can about it–but I suspect, just, you know, off the top of my head, it will turn into a rainbow animal and well, that’s fun too.
We watched how to draw one of her fun little My Little Ponies, and so maybe someday, she will be able to draw and paint like my parents did. My dad was also into photography.
Me? I love photography and creating digital art through textures and such. I wish I could create the adorable owls that the one lady did, but I just don’t seem to have it in me.
So hope you have a beautiful day. We have 2 nice days, and then the weather is going to turn bitterly cold. Snow even, maybe, on Monday, which is so unusual for the Houston area! Flowers are out, leaves are coming out!
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!