Swans and their reflections on the pond. I took the photo at the Houston Zoo and then added Daily Texture textures.
I didn’t get a lot done yesterday. I did ship off a bear and 2 books. I spent the whole day working on the Best of Both Wolves. I reached the end and started over again, so I reached chapter 12 last night, which isn’t too bad, considering this should be the last time.
l was hoping I’d get this done this weekend, still hoping for that. It all depends if the baby ever comes. lol. But I’m working on the edits constantly, so hopefully!
In the meantime, still waiting on the baby.
We had wild storms yesterday, but for today, it looks like it’s tapering off. And we had a cool down, so our high is only going to be 66. I think some sunflowers are coming up, and maybe a bell pepper plant!
It’s really chilly this morning. Okay, no baby yet, off to get going on the book edits again. Hope to get to at least to ch 20 today.
Have a great day! The dogs and birds are waiting on breakfast!!
I took this picture of a baby goldfinch that didn’t fly off when I went outside. The birds wouldn’t if the dogs would always chase them. It’s like a game for them.
This time the bird was just sitting near the fountain. But little one was with me. “Don’t get near the bird, just stand still, don’t move.”
That’s like telling a butterfly not to go to the flowers in her path. lol
Anyway, she scared it off to the fence, but the bird was so calm. It just sat on the fence and got close and I was able to get some good photos. So I was showing her the picture that I had turned into art and asked if she remembered the little baby bird.
“And I told you not to go near it so I could take pictures of it?”
So when her mom came to pick her up, my granddaughter was telling us to be quiet, not to talk loudly, sneak across the floor or we would would scare the birds. Now, we’re sitting inside and not chasing after birds. I just thought it was funny.
Well, we managed a nice long walk yesterday. And another later, no baby yet today. Violent storms and pea sized hail last evening. One of my dogs is terrified during storms but he finally settled down on my lap while I combed him out. We had nearly 2 inches of rain.
And I managed to get up to chapter 24 of Best of Both Wolves. This is the first time through and I have 5 more chapters to go. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to finish it up. My daughter said she’d pick up my granddaughter from daycare today. But that’s contingent on if the baby doesn’t come. It looks like we’re going to have thunderstorms all day too.
I’m going to try and ship books and one bear this morning. I still need to finish the other for a 2 bear order. Trying to get the edits done on this book. And I managed to reach 30K on You Had Me at Cougar.
Hope you all have a lovely day! I’m back to edits! Once I’m done with those, I’ll be back to working on the billionaire story and the cougar one.
So my granddaughter and I planted lots of flower seeds yesterday. We also walked in the misty, rainy morning and my granddaughter was worried about her hair getting damp. lol I told her that’s why she should wear her hat, that she kept dropping. She had a ball planting. She uses my kneeling pad to sit on, then scrapes away at the dirt and then pours ALL the seeds from a package in one hole. I try to teach her they need to be spread out. It doesn’t seem to be sinking in, so that’s my job. Spread them out and cover them up. She tells me they need dirt, water and sunlight to grow.
We have fun gardening together, and of course I’m weeding like crazy too.
So my daughter finally decided to take off from work to have the baby and I’m so glad. She wants to walk tomorrow. I’m still taking care of little one. So I suggested Little One and I meet her at her house a half mile away and we walk her to the community center to sign up for the pool. But I drive my car to the center, so that I can drive her home if she can’t make it back. I’ll have little one’s stroller because I know she won’t be able to make a mile and a half. This is all contingent on the weather, my daughter not having the baby in the middle of the night, or by the time we’re going to walk in the afternoon, or that she feels she can walk that distance.
At least I think it’s going to be a little cooler today, and we did finally have storms last night.
We had a notice thanking us for conserving on our electricity because we nearly had a catastrophe yesterday. Wait, what? Number one, I didn’t get a notice to conserve. Number two, I absolutely refuse to put on my air conditioning until it’s consistently at a hundred or so degrees. I had the fans on. The house was fine. But one day of 98 degrees and we’re going to be without electricity? Like when we had the freezing weather for a week?
Something is seriously wrong with our electric provider in this state:
Thank you for responding to the request by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to conserve power yesterday.
According to ERCOT, demand for electricity came close to the amount of power generation available yesterday afternoon. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 13, ERCOT issued a conservation alert and you answered the call. Because of your response, the grid held strong.
Wait until we have weeks of 110 degree weather!!! They have really mishandled things. And I’m afraid it’s only going to get worse. Weirder weather, you know.
Okay, I’ve got to get to work. And I hope you have a lovely day!!!
I finally manged to get a shot of the parrots all looking in the same direction! And not busy grooming themselves with beaks buried in their feathers or each other’s!
Yay, I found the photo art file! It somehow moved to another folder. I don’t know how stuff like that happens, slip of a finger and then all kinds of havoc is wreaked.
I managed to finish 3,000 words yesterday, which I was surprised I’d manage. Especially with all the things I did with little one all day.
I’m at 58K on Billionaire. With only 22k words left to go, I need to begin wrapping up this book! And that’s fun!
I finally began taking some plants outside. Hope it doesn’t get too cold out. My chives are coming up in the garden, but I have two containers of them indoors, so I repotted them outside. They’ll feel better in the sunlight. And I have a pink and green plant, not sure what it’s called, that a friend gave me and it also does better outside.
I got the other faux fur fabrics in, so I will enjoy making up some bears from that.
I noticed that it’s going to be near record colds for the eastern part of the states. Even we’re colder than normal for this time of year.
And we’re doing an Easter egg hunt–minus candy. Pennies and magnet letters that little one can set up in alphabetic order and then she can have Mrs. Potato Head as the big prize.
When I was a kid, we didn’t have a Mr. Potatohead, but a neighbor did who had grandkids. When my mother would go over and visit with her and take me with her, I loved to play with that silly thing. Now they have it again in the stores, so I thought little one might get a kick out of it. She loves it! Some things never change.
Hope you all have a great weekend coming up. My daughter is off tomorrow so I won’t need to pick up the little one and I’ll get more written, hopefully. It all depends if my mind will allow it.
I was so upset this morning. I went to upload some beautiful artwork I did of 4 parrots together and my whole folder that I had all my artwork in is gone. I have no idea how that happened. I looked in the trash folder, just to make sure I hadn’t thrown it out by accident when I was getting rid of some other files yesterday, but I hadn’t.
I managed to get my 2,000 words in yesterday! Yay! That was because I had a 500 extra word count from the day before that I hadn’t counted toward that day–I usually wait to count it when I have a 1,000 words, and added a scene from another book that I had cut that amounted to another 500 words, so I wrote 1,000 yesterday.
We also put the two chairs together, did laundry and lots of fun workbooks.
So when I went to have little one put the washers on the machine screws for the chairs, she asked where the acorns were. To her, nuts are acorns. We have acorns in the yard. All the shows show squirrels going after acorns. Walnuts, peanuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, I have them all, but the only thing she equates nuts to are acorns.
I paused. “Acorns? Nuts!” lol “No nuts on these. So then we proceeded to put the two chairs together.
On the laundry, I have her push the buttons on the wash machine and dryer, trying to teach her to read the words: Power, Start. She has Start down. And when I’m reading books to her, I keep trying to teach her to read words that she’s seen repeatedly. It will come naturally. She recognizes Zoo, since it’s in a book about a Dr. Seuss book about a dog wanting to be in the zoo and she reads all the signs for me. She knows what Stop says because she reads all the stop signs, so if she sees it in a book, she recognizes it. But most of the time, she really doesn’t want to read. I did get her to read all the dogs in Go, Dogs, Go, and some of the more repetitive words, the colors, big, little, in, out, up, down, and articles.
She will sit and “read” out loud to herself, just making up what she things the words are. I tell her we have to know how to read so we can do all kinds of things. And it’s coming, slowly.
She’ll be here in a few seconds. Just trying to get a little bit of edits done before she does.
Hope you have a great day! It turned cold for us! But I think it will warm up later.
Great White Heron standing by the fountain at the Houston Zoo.
My son-in-law told me when I began taking pictures of the great white heron that he wasn’t part of the zoo. lol But he was by the fountain and it was a fun shot.
My daughter told me that I was supposed to take pictures of my granddaughter at the zoo. What??? And not the animals? I did take pictures of her, but I have to admit I was having lots of fun shooting the animals.
And some of them even turned out great!
Well, yesterday, I wrote another 3,000 words on the story. I’m having trouble with conflict in the story. That means I’m having my own internal conflict. It happens often. So whenever that happens, I pull up all the resources on conflict to try and center myself on the idea.
I love it when it comes to me, when I can come up with a plot and motivation and conflict and fly right through it. When I get back to writing on the Christmas wolf anthology story, I have it! But I want to get more of this book finished first. I’m at 30,000 words and have 50K left to reach minimum word count.
I managed to plant two of the ligustrum yesterday. I’ve been cutting back the milkweed, pulling weeds. The milkweed had been leafing out and died back with the ice age, so they’re coming back at the roots now. Seven more plants to plant. I hope to get some done today, and the rest done tomorrow.
It’s chilly this morning again. I should appreciate it since when it warms up in a few weeks it will stay hot forever, and then I’ll be wishing it was cooler. But it’s too cold for me right now. lol
I worked all day on Billionaire. Woohoo! Okay, so I should have been working on proofing White Wolf Moon, but I did the rest of the edits and then I was working on Billionaire, having a ball with it. I love it when that happens. So I’m up to 7,000 words on it. Only 73,000 words to go. And I proofed ch on White Wolf Moon.
At least I’m getting somewhere with it, so I wasn’t goofing off or anything. And I was playing with a couple of pictures too.
So it was a great day! Today, I hope to get somewhere on proofing white wolf. lol
Even if the billionaire book is calling to me. Working on edits first on it!
Have a great day! It’s time to begin to work on proofing after I do the edits!
When we had our snowstorm, I managed some pictures of the birds, that are totally not used to snow and ice! Poor little things. Luckily, the fountain I have works perfectly, motor and all, after I forgot to turn it off and it turned into a frozen waterfall. We just don’t have a week of hard freeze normally like that and I just didn’t think of it. A squirrel kept trying to get water from it, confused as to what the ice was.
I read where we could have more severe hurricanes and Africa could get dryer. I’m not surprised.
If I were a scientist who could perform a miracle, I would turn the deserts into lush green forests. I’ve always wanted to. I wish I had the power to do it. Not for fame or glory, but just so more of the earth could be inhabitable and everyone could have enough fresh water and clean air to breathe.
I looked at the news, I shouldn’t have. One of the news stories I saw was about a tractor trailer that hit an SUV killing 13 of the 25 people traveling in it. Now, I’m sorry for that. It’s a horrible tragedy for everyone involved, the loss of loved ones, the people who made this happen. But how in the world do you get 25 people squished into an SUV? Forget that only about 8 people could have been seat-belted in. That’s more than three times what they can safely carry.
Anyway, the news is all horrible. We have both of the new fast spreading virus strains in Houston. We have a large international airport here. It’s a mess.
But on good news with the writing arena–the only thing I have real control over–I finished proofing Primal Desire and made the changes and uploaded the print version, so it should be coming out in a few days. And next I’ll be working on Saving the White Cougar print proof! And then it’s time to get back to writing new stories.
I was working on 1 of 17 audiobooks I need to send over to Voices, and I was writing on Warrior Elf also yesterday. I love it when I finally have some ideas for a story I’m working on. I’ll reread a story from the beginning several times, wondering where to go with it next. And then suddenly, the light bulb turns on. Now if only it would do that for Billionaire! I mean, that I could just come up with an idea to even start it!
And a little excerpt from Saving the White Cougar.
“She’d already moved behind rocks to jump down the cliffs on the backside, but her darned tail was whipping about in a response to the mixture of frustration and anger she was feeling.
She wanted to bite the men, but not turn them, and that probably wouldn’t fare well. They would be turned and then be rogue cougars, and she would have to terminate them. Which she didn’t want to do. Then there would be a hunt for the killer cougar, and any puma would be on the hunters’ hit list.
The men had already made it over or through the barbed wire fence and were running around to the other side of the cliffs before she reached the bottom. One of the men fired a shot at her, the bullet hitting the cliff and splintering the rocks. Her heart skittered as she dodged through the rocks to the base, trying to find cover.” –Saving the White Cougar, Terry Spear
Okay, I’m off to get something else done, maybe get Taming the Wild Cougar’s audiobook done before my granddaughter gets here. We have a busy day ahead of us!
I’m a long ways from finishing White Wolf but I’m getting closer. 🙂 It’s been a job with changing out the whole new beginning, and I’ve deleted some scenes, added a ton more and I definitely like the story better. Minimum word count is 80K, I’m now at 96K, and I’m sure I’ll be deleting more, just not sure what to take out and what to keep. I still need to write more.
I don’t often include the bad guy’s POV in the book, but in this case I did because I did in the original story he was in. And because it adds more conflict.
We still have freezing temperatures, still have some snow on the ground. Electricity has stayed on. Thank God! Because of the screw up by so many concerning the electric grid failures across much of Texas, the word is getting out that for 2 days–or more, electric customers will be charged $400 per day. Like everybody can afford that, right?
So we can thank those who, as usual, are making the big bucks and failing do to what they should have done to prevent this from occurring in the first place. Heads should roll, comes to mind. And when we have a crisis this bad–people are still without electric, some counties are on boil water orders–with no electric, how is that possible?–more pipes will burst without electric–some people are without water, plumbers are stretched to the max, and we haven’t even thawed out to see how bad it will be, we should all just head to Cancun, right?
The New York Times states: “The number of confirmed Covid deaths in the U.S. is on pace to exceed 500,000 in the next few days.
Yet the alarmism continues. And now we are seeing its real-world costs: Many people don’t want to get the vaccine partly because it sounds so ineffectual.
About one-third of members of the U.S. military have declined vaccine shots. When shots first became available to Ohio nursing-home workers, about 60 percent said no. Some N.B.A. stars are wary of appearing in public-services ads encouraging vaccination.
Nationwide, nearly half of Americans would refuse a shot if offered one immediately, polls suggest. Vaccination skepticism is even higher among Black and Hispanic people, white people without a college degree, registered Republicans and lower-income households.” The New York Times
Why? It’s safe, it’s effective. It reduces the downtime of being sick if you get Covid. We need to dumb down the rhetoric. With all the high-fluting medical jargon, people aren’t getting the right message. And more people are going to die from it. I don’t understand it, but hey, what do I know?
Put it this way–if everyone gets the vaccine, maybe we can open businesses up again??? Maybe no masks after the 2nd dose and the time waited for it to be effective, right? Anyway, I can’t worry about people not taking care of themselves. I just have to worry about doing what’s right for my characters in my books. Would they take the vaccine? You’d better believe it.
I saw a post that said:
2020: The Year in Hell
2021: The Year Hell Froze Over
Okay, I’m back to the book, living in the wonderful world of fantasy where we have a happily ever after!