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Birds NOT of a Feather

cardinal and blackbird flying to join him (640x427)In writing, we show action, then reaction. So when I saw the cowbird blackbird coming in for a landing, I figured the cardinal would fly right off. Blackbirds are known to be intimidating. This one is a female.

blackbird settling on seeds with cardinal (640x427) (2)Here she is settling down. Just like in our books, we should have unexpected twists and turns. For me, this meant the cardinal didn’t immediately fly off, but watched the blackbird settle on the feeder.

blackbird and cardinal at a standoff (640x427)Can you tell by the body posture that the blackbird is intimidating the male cardinal? He has his seed in his bill still, and he’s pondering leaving his find.  he doesn’t want to, but he’s still thinking about it.

cardinal flying away (640x427)With seed in bill, he takes off and the blackbird ignores him, the stare down working perfectly.

That was the black moment. Stay and eat more seed and ignore her, or intimidate her right back, or fly away with the last of the seeds he’d gathered, calling it a day.

This shows characterization. Oh, bird experts might say this shows bird behavior. But I assert it also shows characterization. Another male cardinal would have left the seed cache as soon as the blackbird came in for a landing. He stuck it out, thought it over, and decided to cut his losses.

Sometimes that’s what needs to be done. But if we want it enough, just like our lead character wants his or her objective enough, he will stay and win the day. Then again, this may have been the way for him to win the day. It all depends on how he feels about it. Defeated? Or a winner?

My daughter is a dietician at a big school district and numerous schools participated in a vegetable picture contest. I saw the top two contestants creations and they were great. Did the kids actually create them? Maybe, or maybe they had a LOT of help. And a lot of votes from the parents who were executives who could push more votes. We saw this when my daughter was in Girl Scouts and any number of other competitions.

But what’s important? Winning first place? Or doing it yourself and feeling good about yourself? Both parents were in an uproar bashing the other parent because of their positions in society–he’s going to win because of who he is. She’s going to win because of who she is. Wait! Where are the kids in the equation? When we write children’s books, young adult books, the kids have to accomplish whatever their goal is. Who wants to hear that junior’s dad saved the day? Then it’s the dad’s story, not junior’s.

When I was a teen in home economics, had to take it back then, I learned to sew. My mother and grandmother didn’t sew. That meant I had no help at home. I picked the simplest dresses I could make because we had to do this on our own, and then we had to wear one of them in a fashion contest. Some of the girls had mothers who really sewed and they were making dresses with jackets and though I was envious I didn’t have the fancy outfits like theirs, I was always really proud of myself for making my own clothes without any help from anyone. The “A” I got was for me, not anyone else.

Sugar Plum Fairy-15 inch Mohair

Sugar Plum Fairy-15 inch Mohair

And from that little beginning, I eventually created bears that won all kinds of awards and were featured in magazines and newspapers, including Texas Monthly!

So I’m proud of the cardinal. He made his choice, his alone, no one to help him out, and to me, he won, seed in bill, and he’ll return again soon.

Have a great day and always give it your best shot–that’s all we can ever do. And don’t put too much stock in what others are doing. It’s your journey, your way.

Terry

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

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Cardinals, Blackbirds, Woodpeckers and Puppies, Oh My!

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No comb. Big comb. Female cardinal without her mate. He came in and took off. She hung around for me to take pictures. 🙂

I’ve missed two days of blogs!!! But I’ve been really working hard at: Converting a book that had been with a publisher that is now back in my hot little hands. Deadly Liaisons. AND, I was tying it in with the other 3 vampire novels. They’re all about huntresses and romance, and taking down the bad vampires. I’m more than a quarter of the way done on the next one in the series, and actually have a 10,000-word start on another. But still working on Golden Fae.

Fantasy Landscape

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/deadly-liaisons-4

Ibooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1098071251

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Liaisons-Vampire-Romance-Huntress-ebook/dp/B01DN3NSZE

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-liaisons-terry-spear/1100401347

And, I finished making changes to The Viking’s Highland Lass coming out on April 4th and am in the process of finalizing the print book. I need to work on Deadly Liaisons print book also.

So I took a break last night to clip puppy hair back from their eyes. Well, I sort of overdid it on Max, but I love seeing their eyes. 🙂

cardinal, blue jay, woodpecker, puppies new haircut 088 (427x640)cardinal, blue jay, woodpecker, puppies new haircut 089 (427x640)Oh, my, what big eyes you have!

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The cardinal didn’t plan for a blackbird dinner companion.

cardinal, blue jay, woodpecker, puppies new haircut 085 (640x427)The red-bellied woodpecker was on the tree right behind where the cardinal was sitting on the shepherd’s pole, but he wasn’t in the pictures when I looked at them.

Okay, The Viking’s Highland Lass’s print book is ready for proofing, so off to read through it again.

Happy, happy TGIF!!!!!

Terry

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

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Did You Spring Forward???

Can a Blackbird take a swan dive?

Brown-headed Cowbird–males

Females on the ground

Females on the ground

Bird in flight

Bird in flight

blackbirds, female and male 088 (504x640)This blackbird seemed to be feeding the other, both males.

blackbirds, female and male 087 (442x640)Here they were before the exchange.

Okay, so you write the story, do you show what happened first, and then the end result? Sometimes it’s more dramatic to show what led up to that, in a different sort of way.

blackbirds, female and male 086 (480x640)And here they were at first, like he was offering the seed to the other. They appeared to be conversing, until the one bird’s beak connected with the other in a mutually agreeable way.

So for those of us stuck with changing our dumb clocks forward, which by the way, doesn’t make the clock dumb, only the need to do so dumb, did you? Change all your clocks? Luckily, my computer, phone, and watch automatically do it. So do my alarm clocks. But my car doesn’t, and when I walked into the kitchen this morning and saw it was 4:30, I was ready to go back to bed. Yep, it’s really 5:30. But you know what? It’s REALLY 4:30. Changing the clock to 5:30 doesn’t make it so.

Ugh.

Have a great spring forward day. 🙂 Anyway!

Terry

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

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