I took the original photo at the zoo in Omaha in the desert exhibit. Such a sweet little face.
We’re swimming today. Really going to be hot again. So this is the best thing to do. But on Sunday, thunderstorms are rolling in and cooling off things. Yay!!! Supposedly, we’re having thunderstorms and cooler weather through Thursday, but I’ll believe it when I see it. And then the temperatures shoot back up. This is unusual for it to be this hot for so long so early in May.
I managed to get 3,000 words yesterday on the story. Which was great. Only 3,000 words behind now. Hopefully, I can keep it up as long as I can figure out more story as I go.
So we’re going to have a crazy next few days. My daughter has flown off to a conference and my SIL and are juggling kids. The baby is just 1 and so he doesn’t sleep through most nights, and I have my granddaughter all day tomorrow, so I proposed she stay the night tonight and tomorrow night with me, then he takes her to school on Tuesday, and then he picks them up and I have to take her for her COVID shot. What????
And then I’ll keep her overnight. He’s on his own for the last night until my daughter returns the next night. Unless he can’t manage–lack of sleep, etc. lol I probably won’t get enough sleep!
I’m only at 15k on Lachlan’s story. I went back in and revised my calendar to reflect having my granddaughter here and not getting as much work done. Plus this cold is still making me cough all night, soooo….
Sometimes the best laid plans…are tossed asunder. Especially when I can’t think of where to go on the story.
Have a super fun day!! I have the day to write–for now.
The chickadees rarely sit still for me, so I got lucky, though it would have been better if the chain hadn’t been in the way.
So I forgot to blog today. Little one is here today and we were trying to learn how to read some words. She hates doing it, so I was trying to make it fun. If she could read the word on the card, she took a step forward. When she read enough and was to me, we hugged. Now what can be better than that?
She’s down for a nap, but she should be up any minute now. It’s a rainy day. We hurried to the mailbox to get the mail before we got too wet and did the same to feed the birds. 100% chance rain all day and night.
I’m a little over halfway through on proofing While the Wolf’s Away, May release. I’m going to work on that all day. I approved both narrators for His Wild Highland Lass and Dawn of the Jaguar’s 15 minute samples, so they are off and running.
I’m going to have a doggy daycare here, so that should be fun. The corgis love me. Max adores Luna and makes Rilo and Tanner jealous when she comes. She’s the only female in the lot. lol
I’ll try to take pictures, but I’ll be busy trying to concentrate on the books too. I managed 488 words is all on The Emerald Isle of Mists yesterday, but I was working on proofing the other book instead, and we went to a movie yesterday, first time for my granddaughter. She wanted to see another one after that, not that we planned to but she loved it so much, though she was so tired, she fell asleep on the car ride home.
All right, got to take my dogs out again and then concentrating on proofing before the other dogs arrive and it’s utter chaos.
Have a super Christmas Eve!! Or Christmas Day if it’s there already!
I never thought I’d be running out to do errands every day!! Normally once every two weeks is fine. But other things dictate more trips today and Friday. I think when I have my granddaughter, we’re going to chill at home. And actually, it’s going to be cold, so I think that’s about the word for it.
I took the picture of the macaw at a zoo, and created the bubble and added him to it!
Since I have to run errands again today, I’m shipping a contest winner’s book and another bear order. I’m hoping to have some more bears done to ship on Friday. It’s Thanksgiving next week and my son is coming in on Saturday for the week, so it will be family time and I’ve run out of time for other stuff! How did that happen???
I’m working on proofing Angel Fae. I have 70 pages to go, 100 done. Hope to have the book ready for publication soon!
This is the puffin I’ve been working on, on and off for a few days. I used Photoshop mixture brushes to digitally paint him and added a texture background.
In the meantime, I have 9 more chapters to read on Best of Both Wolves. Yay! And I couldn’t sleep, thinking of how I want to get back to You Had Me at Cougar and work on the elusive Christmas novella also.
I’m excited about that! I really enjoyed both the books I was proofing/editing. I love it when they’re nearly done and ready to be released and it gives me one or two (in the case of Best of Both Wolves when it comes back for final proofing) last time to enjoy them, not in a way that I’m trying to figure out a beginning, middle and end, how to pump up conflict, or make them more romantic, or more wolfish, but that the little mistakes are being fixed and for the most part, I can read them for enjoyment.
I’ve got to run errands this morning, but hoping I can get some of the chapters read early and then when I get home, finish them up. My granddaughter and I played in the water for an hour and a half yesterday and she actually wanted to stay longer, but it was getting too crowded, so when the lifeguard blew the whistle, we went home and ate and then took a walk later. We had a 96 degree heat index, just so hot, though the water was cold still! But it was hot enough to make it enjoyable.
We were supposed to have storms last night, but if so, I didn’t hear them. It’s supposed to just be hot today and all week long. Okay, I’m off to edit some more before I have to run. Have a wonderful day!
I used Mindy’s watercolor brushes and course from Magnolia Textures to create these. They were fun and easy and just something new to do with Photoshop! I am still experimenting, so having fun with it when I have time. Since I couldn’t think last night about Billionaire, I worked on these pictures instead.
I took the picture of the great white heron on the walk with little one. Thankfully, she’s been very good about not scaring away the birds I’m trying to photograph. When I used to take the dogs for a walk, they would lie down while I took pictures of things. I quit taking them because they were such a nuisance with other dogs. They love little dogs and would bark to greet them. They bark at big dogs too. I would like to take them to the dog park again. Now that I’m vaccinated, I hadn’t thought of it, I can do that again!
The other picture is of an alpha male wolf at the Wildlife Center in Omaha. The one is with the original background, and the other is after I had already changed the background using a texture. I so want to go to the reserve again! The last few years I’ve gone, it has been closed due to first snowfall, even in October.
Anyway, I’m going to try and get something done this morning on Billionaire before I have to go with my daughter to the pediatrician. I just still need to figure out how to end the story!
Sometimes it’s really clear to me by the end. This time, it isn’t. I’m sure that has something to do with having so many distractions in my life right now!
It’s so nice out this morning, but the temperature’s going to heat up again!
This is a baby cardinal, added an overlay and new background to create the photo art.
It was chilly all day which made for the perfect time to plant flowers. We picked up a bunch. Note to self, don’t take 4 year old to pick out flowers. She was grabbing all the colors she wanted–pink for her, purple for me. I put one back, she put it back on the cart. Okay, so I have to admit it’s one of the ones I love best! But I was trying to get a drift of colors in the same shade rather than an individual that just stuck out. It was the only one like it.
But we had a ball and after she got tired of helping me plant and weed, she unwound my hose to water things, which were already wet, so I had to show her how to wind it back up. We also went for our walk to feed the turtles. She has to sit on my lap so she doesn’t have to worry about the fire ants. What about Grandma? lol
Then we headed home and she was ready. We did work books on writing her letters. I really need to work on those with her each day she’s here.
Otherwise, we had a lovely time. We might repeat more of that today. I had bought some more rocks and a couple of more pavers that I need to put out.
We got my TV up on the wall last night too. Yeah! I was afraid with little one, she’d pull on one of the stand legs and there would go my TV. I need to figure out a way to hide the cords.
I thought of a piece of furniture on top of the furniture, something that would fit there. I’ll have to see what I can find. Maybe a bookshelf kind of think to go under the TV and then I can fill it with more books. That’s always a good thing.
Well, I did a little more editing, but I really just need to write 2 more scenes. My granddaughter wore me out yesterday, so when she went home at 6, I just watched a couple of programs. I just couldn’t think.
Maybe I can get more done tonight. No nap for little one yesterday, sigh. Maybe I can get her down for a nap today.
Have a super day!!! Ours is going to be fun filled!
Roseate Spoonbill wading in the water. I did a Topaz Labs oil on top of it, and added fish to the water. This one was at the Houston Zoo, but we saw one flying overhead here too.
I’m on chapter 9 of edits on The Best of Both Wolves and enjoying the re-read. I wrote it last year, so I forgot all that I had written. On the story, the editor asks, “Are there tornadoes in Portland, Oregon?”
Not while I lived there, but we are now into Weirder Weather time. And so in 2019 they had a tornado and in 2020 they had three. So yes, they’ve have tornadoes in Portland, Oregon. I do research. Really, I do.
Does Houston get category 5 hurricanes? Not usually. Do we get 9 degree weather for a whole week? Not usually. And snow? And ice? Not usually. Though we’ve had snow twice before during a winter season over a period of 2 years since I’ve lived here in 6 years, before the latest snow. See? Weirder Weather.
I had where the rain was coming down hard, then dropped to a light shower and the editor asked, “Can it do that so quickly?” Uhm, yes. It can pour violently, stop, shower, shower, pour violently, be like a heavy fog, go to big water droplets, but not really a heavy downpour, then go to a heavy downpour or stop, or….. Really? Of course. Rain can do all kinds of things, in all kinds of order. It can fall in one spot and not another, or lightly in one spot and heavy in another at the same time. Heck, I’ve had rain in the backyard–pouring down cats and dogs rain and then out front? Nothing! Or half a mile away at my daughter’s house, it can be pouring and I don’t have a drop of rain. The same when I lived a half mile from my mom. One of us would have a downpour and the other wouldn’t, when we both wanted it!
The baby hasn’t come yet. Every time I go out to weed or replant or plant, I forget my phone and then have to check it to see if my son-in-law has called to say I have to drive him to my daughter’s workplace so he can take her in her car to deliver the baby. Or when I’ve gone to bed, worrying that they’ll drop off little one in the middle of the night and I’ll have to get her settled somewhere. Any minute now, the baby could come.
So today I had planned on all kinds of outdoor activities with little one. A walk to a pond to take pictures by a bank of yellow irises, planting more flower seeds (yesterday, she was looking for the ones we planted two days ago, asking where the flowers were, lol), and playing in the sprinkler. But we’re supposed to get storms all morning through tomorrow. Hmm, the baby will come then. At least that’s what some sources say. Storms=more deliveries.
The baby is due tomorrow, so maybe. Though it was full term a couple of weeks ago.
So, little one and I will probably be doing lots of indoor activities instead of outdoor activities today and tomorrow.
Hope you all have a beautiful day. We are supposed to have thunderstorms, not just rain. But I can always use the rain. I’m hoping to get a couple of more chapters edited before little one gets here. I have 20 to go! Just finished edits on You Had Me at Cougar. 300 more words and I’ll have a 1,000. 🙂