That will be me on Saturday–painting a pumpkin. I did one last year instead of carving it and I loved it. It was so much fun and the pumpkin lasted forever! Here in our heat, they just melt into goo before you know it when you carve into one. This is my son’s cat. She is the sweetest baby and the alpha. If his dog was on my lap, she’d push her off and replace her.
We got in late last night on the trunk or treat. It was a lot of fun. Today it’s supposed to rain all day. This has been the driest year so far. Saturday we’re carving, or painting, pumpkins and having lunch.
This was my son’s cat. She was a black Persian, beautiful. But oftentimes difficult to photograph because she was so black. Here I caught her pretty well.
I’m up to 27,000 words on Warrior Elf. Yay! Having fun with it. It’s fun for me to switch from a paranormal shifter story in contemporary times, to another world fantasy story where I can do just about anything and make it real. lol
Anyway, I have to see my granddaughter run her fun run for money to buy books for the school’s library this afternoon. Her daddy will meet me over there to watch her. She’s so excited! I heard two kindergartners ahead of me saying, “We have to wear running shoes.” “Yes, running shoes.” They were both wearing tennis shoes, but they didn’t have a clue that those were “running shoes”. lol
Have a wonderful day. Got to get my word count in. Shooting for 2,000 words per day. Managed 3,000 yesterday.
With writing books, I’m always looking ahead. Big Cat Magic is a Halloween story. I just finished writing the Highland Wolf Christmas story. Not sure on Roxie’s story, but it will be set during some season next year. So it helps me to get in the mood by creating arts that evoke more of that time frame. Besides, I want to enjoy seeing something other than heat and more heat!
I was watching a story where they were having a terrifically wild thunderstorm, and enjoying it, while checking on our own weather report where it said we might get some storms. I captured pictures of the huge thunderheads, heard the thunder, but alas, NO RAIN.
I managed to get about 160 more pages proofed on Highland Wolf. I have about 90 left to proof. Little one is here, so I might not get much done today, but hope to get the rest done on Tuesday. Then it’s back to Big Cat Magic and trying to finish that up.
Goblin, Archer and Wolf created with Daz3D and the background is from Daily Textures, other elements from NLD Designs (Oscraps), Spooky Ghost Font for Happy Halloween.
Trick-or-Treating tonight. I think it’s going to be chilly. We carved pumpkins, I painted mine, I’ll have to show them off tomorrow. I haven’t downloaded the pictures yet. Slow start to my day trying to create this picture!
I’ve been working on two classes, one with furry pets and one with humans. So this one is of a Pixabay black cat. This was the original.
I finished editing Catch the Cougar–a Halloween novella.
I had to change the title because I already had Double the Cougar Trouble, and so I didn’t want to use Cougar Halloween Trouble as it’s too similar.
I’ve got to do marketing materials for Wolff Bros and the edits on Tangling, so I’ll do those next so I can turn them in and then back to Catch the Cougar. Need the dedication and acknowledgments and copyright, etc.
I need to refinish the little girl snow picture and turn her in. It will probably be about two weeks before I move up to the next class. I have to do four more paintings, and get six of them approved before going to the next review. Hoping for more fun background brushes in the next session.
I moved two boxwood, planted 4 mums and one sunshine ligustrum. I need to move one rosebush and pull more weeds! And cut back some hyacinth bean plants. The hummingbirds love them. Last year, they barely did anything. This year when I planted the seeds, they just took off.
I have a routine. Check emails, blog, take the dogs out, feed them, take them out, do a million other things, then write.
Yesterday, I jumped into doing edits on the story. Did I tell you I received edits for another book? Sheesh. So I wanted to get some more done on this before I go back into another book. By the time I thought of blogging, it was way past time to do anything about it.
So today I spent 2 hours working on the garden, pulling up grass and weeds. With 100 degree days, I have to get it done. Early. It already feels like a sweaty 87 degrees at 8 am. Hot.
But I got a lot done, so now it’s time to get back to edits. Added 2,000 words yesterday, but need to tie the story together better. Not sure what to do to do it, but thinking on it. In the meantime, I continue to edit it because I can’t just sit around and think. I don’t have time.
So I’m working on both Woodland Fae and The Witch and the Jaguar.
It was refreshing to see that my readers will read seasonal stories during any season! So I added 5,000 words to The Witch and the Jaguar and 2,000 words to Woodland Fae. But today, I have proofing work on You Had Me at Jaguar. So today is cat day. Oh, also, this is National Wolf Awareness Week. Just so you know.
Okay, I’m off to write! It’s raining and cold and perfect for Halloween, vampires, and cats that prowl in the night…and day.
I’m still working on Woodland Fae, getting closer to word count and I was messing around with a witch’s picture for Halloween, but then I fell in love with it and thought, what if I made a short story to go with it? How about a novella? So what does a jaguar shifter do when she wants to go to a Halloween party without her over-protective brother? She turns him into her familiar when he arrives home unexpectedly. Of course, we normally think of something like a little black cat. Not in the world of jaguars. See how stories get started?
Anyway, I won’t have it finished in time for Halloween, but from what my fans say, any time of year is good for any kind of seasonal story. And that works for me.
The problem is in the middle of the night, I was seeing both the fae’s story continuing to develop in my mind, and the jaguar one. I was too tired to write them down, but I’m going to try and remember what it was I “saw” before it’s too late.
It’s cold this morning and I finished a bear order and wrote 3,000 words yesterday, see if I can do as much today! So I need to ship the bear to Australia, and get some groceries and then it’s back to WRITING.