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One is an Illusion


All birds look the same, right? So I was seeing this one little female baby constantly coming down to get seeds. Until I saw 3 babies and a daddy. I only caught two and the daddy in these shots. The same with a red-bellied woodpecker. I kept seeing this baby come down to eat. Then I saw two of them at the same time and realized there was a family feeding there, not just one.

The flowers are lavender lantana. I had it in a basket and figured the lantana wouldn’t make it during the summer when I was on a trip, so I planted it in the ground. It’s a perennial, so I didn’t want to lose it. It looked HORRIBLE, no flowers, just barely living, and all of a sudden, it is flowering like crazy. Yay! It will get nice and big eventually. Right now it’s small and not that noticeable.

I was excited to see a monarch, or maybe there were several? feeding and laying eggs on the milkweed. They haven’t been here all year, except in the spring, and I saw two caterpillars and then they were gone. I think it was too early for them. Anyway, then I recalled I had them way too late in the year and lost some that way. The milkweed flowers were still blooming, but it was getting cold at night. In any event, I’m thrilled to see they have returned. Which means I have to get my camera ready.

I’m getting closer to my word count on Silver Town Wolf Christmas, just trying to wrap it up!

Have a great day, and remember if you think you’re seeing the same little critter returning over and over, maybe it’s really a whole family of those little critters.

Terry

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My First and ONLY Selfie!

I had never taken one before, and never planned to, but everyone was doing it, and so, hey, it’s like jumping off a bridge, right? Well, yeah, unless you look great in a shot where your nose is about touching the camera! I have short arms.

The location was ideal though, so why not? And I took a photo of the two friends I was with, and then look what happened!

Off in the far distance, you can see the viaduct where the Harry Potter train travels. But where my friends stood, the Highlander of my dreams–or pirate, or something–made them leave so he could get into the picture. Would you call it a photobomb or a Kodak moment? Only a true hot guy could stand in that chilly rain and bare his chest.

So there you have it! We braved the rain, the fog, the cold, and all to take a selfie with the hero of my dreams. Really.

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And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Make up your own story day! 🙂 And have fun! 🙂

Terry

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

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Ugh

butterfly sideveiw (1024x919)Dealing with the airlines is a conflict in and of itself.

We’re here today promoting our book.

http://slingwords.blogspot.com/2016/06/thursday3some-3-romance-box-sets.html

I’m on hold again, trying to resolve the airline cancellation, that they made, but that I was charged for…

To be continued.

Terry

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Feed ME!

daddy cardinal feeding baby (640x442) feed me mockingbird (640x445)All pictures 1781My puppies look so calm here, but really??? They go crazy to get brushed so they can be fed. Then they go to Place. And then they are fed. 🙂

Have a super day!

Terry

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Sold, Sold, Sold, Sold!

Beautiful carpet of bluebell flowers in Spring forest landscape

For the Heart of the Wolf Series–Silver Wolf Trouble, Brett’s story

These are not the covers, just fun manipulations of photographs, though I might use them eventually if I write a novella or two. These 3 books will come out in 2017.

White Wolf Christmas

White Wolf Christmas–to let readers know what happened to the Arctic Wolf pack

Another SEAL Wolf book, this is not the title. But this one will have a SEAL wolf introduced in SEAL Wolf in Too Deep in Feb, 2016

And the audio rights to Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing were sold, so that one will be coming out in audiobook around the May release of the book!

That’s the good news. Now, I have to write the first 3 novels. Billionaire is done! 🙂 <3

Have a super great Saturday!!

 

Terry

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

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Praying Mantis–Pregnant?

I was working on a story, really, but a praying mantis was on the window screen right in front of me, so naturally since I don’t see them very often, I had to take some pictures. She was doing all kinds of acrobatics, but I only managed to get out and take pictures when she was straightened out again for the most part. I really was trying to stay focused on the book.

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And she was “praying” at one point. Really interesting to watch, when I should have been totally focused on writing. But hey, maybe she will be in a book sometime! 🙂

I was told that as big as her abdomen is, she might be a pregnant praying mantis. Cool, eh???

Terry

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

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Green, Green Dragonfly

Green, Green Dragonfly

Green, Green Dragonfly

Lightened up the background a little so the dragonfly is easier to see against the cement slab.

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whimsical background

I was so excited to see him fluttering around again and finally was able to get the puppies in the house so I could capture him. Messing around with the background to showcase him better.

original photo

original photo

Working away on Billionaire. Hope to have finished rereading it one last time today! Have a super day!

Terry

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

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Your Reaction…Their Reaction

Puppies and Kids are a lot a like. I talked with a group of mothers once before I was married and had kids of my own. I was a brand new 2LT and was told I had to go to a military wives’ luncheon, and so I did. Everyone was talking about their kids.  I knew something about them. I was one once. I babysat them when I was a teen. But even more so, I had raised dogs and a cat. They’re like kids. Don’t ever tell a mother who doesn’t own a pet that kids and pets are a lot alike.

It can be a real conversation killer.

I actually used the scene in a book: Bound by Danger. LOL Life’s happenings can be perfect for fictionalized stories.

I can talk on a lot of subjects: travel, places I’ve lived, other jobs I’ve had, pets, and really, kids. But at the time, not my own.

So there I sat, eating my lunch, smiling, and glad when it was through. Now, years later, I can go to another club luncheon and hear all about surgeries and illnesses. Not there yet either.

When I asked folks what their 3-year-olds do, there was a common theme: copy what the adults do. Kids want to grow up. They want to be adults, doing what adults do, having the freedom that adults have.

They watch adults to see their take on things, and they learn to react in the same way. Kids, and pets, would love all your attention, and all your loving. If they don’t get it, they can go elsewhere to entertain themselves. And sometimes get into trouble over it. Does it mean they’re bad?

No, just bored.

A friend said she was going to send me an article about how our actions can influence our pets. Did I know that?

Oh absolutely.

Here’s an example. When the phone rings, I jump up and run for it. Yes, I don’t have one near my desk. Why? It’s not a bad thing to jump up and run for it. Gets me moving, my heart pumping, burns more calories. But the puppies also react. They go crazy, bark, race around, head for the phone, wonder why I’m not going to do anything with it, watch me. It’s a telemarketer, I return to the desk, puppies settle down.

Tanner wanting down from the chair to help answer the phone

Tanner wanting down from the chair to help answer the phone

Next time, I have the phone at my desk. Just talked to my son so it’s still sitting on my desk. And the puppies jump up. But I don’t. I look at the caller ID, telemarketer, ignore it and continue typing. The puppies settle right back down. I’ve conditioned them to react like I do. So then I have to recondition them not to react to the phone like I do. 🙂

Pets can copy other pets too. My standard poodle was a mimic. My Lab would goose us and we’d laugh and pet her and she loved the attention. She didn’t do it all the time, but she was funny. When she died, my standard poodle started doing it. She had learned from Dusty, but didn’t do it until Dusty was gone. So it was a surprise to see her react in such a way later. But she got the same attention and laughter.

I was watching a video where a 3-year-old was using a swear word. The mom is recording it, asking her to repeat it and laughing and then finally said, “You shouldn’t use that word.”

The little girl is getting completely mixed messages. I’d love to see when she tells someone in her pre-school, “I’m going to kick your ass,” and how much the teachers and parents of the other kids who learn this cute little saying are going to think it was cute. 🙂

Kids are like parrots. (Like puppies too, but when it comes to parroting what the adults say, watch out!)

So yep, I definitely know that my reaction to things can help influence my puppies’ reaction to things. Just like when I was raising my two kids.

When my puppies do something good, I always praise them. A lot. You can’t give enough praise. Even though they’re potty trained, when they go to the bathroom outside, I still praise each by name. Tanner still looks at me when I do, sometimes before I praise him. He wants to know he’s doing good. Max most of the time doesn’t now. But today, he did and you could see he was glad he was doing what I wanted him to do. Afterward, he joins me to get some more praise. When I was raising my kids, same thing. I always encouraged them they could do anything they set their minds to do. My dad always said the same thing to us when we were growing up.

What about hugs? We get so busy with our daily lives, sometimes we forget to hug the ones we love. If I hug Tanner, Max is right there for his hug.

I’ll never forget the story of a man whose father was an alcoholic, abusive, and his mother who was an enabler and not there for her kids at all. But he had an aunt who would visit and hug him. That meant the world to him. She gave him unconditional love. He believed if it wasn’t for her, he would never have been able to share that one little gesture of kindness when he was grown.

We are never too old to learn new tricks. To turn over a new leaf. To make the effort to influence someone’s life in a positive way. Even if that someone is a cute little puppy.

Have a super great day!

Terry

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

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Building a Business–1 Book, 1 Bear at a Time!

I’ve written probably 70 books, some not yet published that need a lot of work, 60 published already, and with bears? I have no idea how many I’ve made and sold. 🙂 <3

But this has been going on for YEARS. And years. And years.

Bayleigh Personalized Sweater Bear

Bayleigh Personalized Sweater Bear

When I had been embroidering, which I finally incorporated into my personalized bears, I had been doing needlework for years also.

I have finished maybe 12 bears in the last few weeks, which has only taken me that long because I’m waiting on clan fabric, and taking trips, and the like. And realized I have 17 bears still to do and more orders coming in.

How do I do it? Promote, write, create bears, water, feed the birds, take trips, and much, much more?

I’m goal oriented. I might not be able to plot out my books, total pantser here (as in seat of the pants writer), but yesterday, I had several goals to meet: water plants, feed birds, finish up 1 bear, nearly done with a second, and finishing a third today, because my goal is to get the rest of the contest wins and the three bears out on Friday.  Word goal: Reach 7,000 words on A Silver Wolf Christmas yesterday. The story will have to be revised a lot. I need more….something. But I won’t know what it is until I’m farther along in the story. Today, my goal is to reach at least 10,000. By weeks’ end, another 10,000 so I’ll have 20,000. And that’s how I get so much done.

MacRae Clan Bear

MacRae Clan Bear

So this morning, I’m finishing up one of the bears–normally I don’t do that in the morning. Writing comes first. But, I have one done and need to take a picture now that it’s light out, and want to have the other ready for a picture. I used to send them off and then had no picture to show for the bear. The last one will probably be finished too late tonight and I will need to take a picture of it in the morning, then take them in to ship tomorrow.

I try to group things together so that I’m not doing one thing only–and that helps so I’m not trying to jump from project to project constantly. Even though I have to do that too, because new deadlines pop up and they take priority.

Anyway, so that’s how I do it. 1 Book, 1 Bear and eventually, they look like they are multiplying like Bunnies.

Have a super great TGIF Eve!!!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day! And 7th Blog Stop, and Review for Silence of the Wolf

For spring, had to show the baby shifters. happy st patricks day babies

Having a lot of trouble posting this morning. Page is showing blank!

Giveaway here:

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“Terry Spear pulls the reader into a Rocky Mountain adventure through the snow covered forests and the backwoods of Silver Town, USA. There is action and suspense; hatred and love; betrayal and forgiveness. If you like a storyline with a little romance, a little sex, a little suspense and a whole lotta shifters, SILENCE OF THE WOLF and the Heart of the Wolf series by Terry Spear is a welcome addition to any personal library.” Reviewed by Sandy

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you always!

Terry

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