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When the Polar Vortex Hits Houston

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So this is what I envisioned happened when we had our polar vortex here in Houston.

I wrote 3,000 words yesterday, And that was it. I wanted to write more, but couldn’t come up with anything. So I groomed Max and watched the Serpent, I think it was called–about a serial killer in Thailand who was from France. Then I had the worst nightmare this morning–car stolen–couldn’t find the number for the sheriff, and I was at some cult place that took care of kids. I think it was from watching this limited series and how this Dutch embassy official had doggedly tried to gather evidence in the case of two missing Dutch citizens and no one cared. Not the embassy, no one. Then the murdering Frenchmen and his girlfriend ended up back in France and they said it wasn’t their problem. They’d murdered French citizens. It was a Thailand problem. And the only one who finally was helping was someone who worked for the American embassy when an American citizen went missing.

They finally arrested the guy and his gang in Thailand and a corrupt official was bribed and let them walk so then more murders were added to the list. The victims were all backpackers or travelers, and they’d rob them and then kill them. It wasn’t a good series to watch before bedtime, I guess.

So seven years later, the Dutchman, who had been after this case for years, sees a garbled made-up tale in a tabloid and he goes to the editor and tells him the real story. With pictures and the real names of murdered victims, he shares the real story with the tabloid editor, who takes the information and posts it. Now, someone takes notice!

Thailand Interpol police are involved because of a missing French woman in Thailand, so the Dutchman shares all the gathered evidence he has. Bodies are exhumed and now there’s a worldwide search for the serial killers. I think last night might have been his capture, but I couldn’t stay up that long.

So in my wolf story, I’m writing about a billionaire, and the paparazzi are always hanging about trying to make up sensationalist stories. But what if I incorporated something that was true in the story. Not this true story, but something else and the only way to get justice and put the person behind bars is to share the story with a tabloid?

See? Watching the whole series might have given me an idea, maybe not for this book, but even another.

Okay, well, I need to work on some more scenes today. I’m up to 61K. I thought I was up to 63K. I think that was wishful thinking. Well, today, I should be.

Have a wonderful day!!

Terry
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4 Parrots All in a Row–Photo Art

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.

Terry

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If You Get Up Earlier

White Winged Dove all Fluffed Up

They say if you get up earlier than normal, you don’t get as much done. Well, I’ve been transferring files because my hard drive is too full and so I’ve been getting a lot done. Though I’ve been up for 3 hours and haven’t even done my blog.

I did get other stuff done also. Is it lunch time yet?

Oh, yes, and next week is Release Day for Night of the Billionaire Wolf!!! Tuesday! May 26!

Have a super great day and stay safe!

Terry

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Sick, Sick, Sick


My son-in-law was sick, so I had to pick up baby from daycare and keep her until her momma got off work. Now my daughter is sick and I had to pick up baby from them this morning and take her to daycare.

I think it’s the flu. I think baby had it first because she had a blowout the other day when her mom and dad had her. And I think that she was patient zero. She usually is. lol Daycare crud.

I’ll pick her up later, and keep her overnight, IF I’m not sick. I think I’ve got it too though, just starting. Ugh.

I have 18 chapters to go on proofing. Book still is due on Monday. *sigh*

Off to continue proofing. Hope you have a healthy, sickless day!

Terry

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Never, Ever Give Up! Happy Christmas Eve!

Last minute preparations for Christmas Eve dinner! What are you doing?

I found this interesting article about Shyamalan and his ups and downs in his works and wanted to share.

Excerpt from Rolling Stone, Brian Hiatt:

“On a wall in Shyamalan’s production company is a printout of the names of all the execs who said no to The Visit. Most of them, he says, have since lost their jobs. “That list meant different things to me,” he says. “It first meant the obvious, ‘I told you so.’ And then it morphed into something else and as one name after another on the list disappeared, you don’t hold on to that feeling of I told you so. . . . When you’re looking at it like you’re trying to get approval, that’s unhealthy. There’s nothing wrong with the people on that list. My job is to inspire them.”” https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/m-night-shyamalan-glass-interview-771063/

As a writer, I can relate! And I love how he dealt with all the rejections. What did he do? Give up? Nope, he kept trying until he made the story a success.

For me, everyone turned down Heart of the Wolf, except Sourcebooks, who gave me a chance and voila, it made Publisher Weekly’s Best Book of the Year. Only five were chosen. And the series has grown into 26 books with 2 more coming next year, and 3 the next, and 5 jaguar shifter stories, with another coming next year. Over a decade of sharing wolf stories that endure and endear.

One of Shyamalan’s supposed failures was Lady in the Water, yet I really liked that movie! Quirky characters and the mystery that needed to be solved and the way the critic knew nothing would get him. I love twists and turns in stories.

Never give up. Never surrender.

Okay, so the corned beef and all the trimmings are in the slow cooker for Christmas Eve dinner. House is clean. Now I need to get back to editing Claiming the White Bear! Before it’s time for a break and more Christmas merriment.

Hope you all are having a great day!

Terry

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Whimsy in Real Life

Ornamental grasses with fall colors behind them, and wolves having a bit of fun with one of those human signs where you stick your head through and you’re an animal, with a human head. They’re werewolves with a sense of humor. What can I say?

I had to pick up sick baby from daycare, ship a bear to Australia (the one time another went to Austria, hey, they are not spelled the same, postal workers!!!), and send a book to a beta reader, and take the dogs in to have their teeth cleaned. Poor Tanner had two back molars that were loose and had to  have them removed. Chew sticks are supposed to help against tartar, but they made my dogs sick. I started using the little skinny ones and they seem to do all right with those. Poor puppies. Anyway, so I have sick baby back today and Tanner’s on pain medication. Baby looked like a zombie when I picked her up at daycare. I still managed 1600 words….

Have a great one! She’s on her way any second. Uhm, she’s here.

Terry

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Mushroom in Darkness and Light

When I went out with the dogs early, I saw this fantastic mushroom. I’d seen only its “pole,” the day before, but then the next morning it was a wonderful creation. I used a lantern on one side of it and and a flashlight to the left. If I’d had more time, I would have played with the lighting more but the baby was on her way.

And the other is another capture of the fritillary butterfly.

I was thinking about the story as I was revising it last night after baby left and thought it wasn’t as anti-climatic as it needed to be at the end. I sometimes do that, write the scene, revise it a few times, and then realize what needs to be changed. So it made it much better. And I need to add another scene. So it’s done, except for writing one more scene and making the changes I made last night on the typed out pages!

I spent this morning also setting up another external hard drive so that I could save all my stories on another drive in case my other hard drive crashes. I need to save them in another place too…just to be safe. I have lost earlier stories I’ve written due to computer crashes. And I FINALLY got smart and found a paper stand so I could set up my pages to type from. AND I got a mini reading light to clamp on it so I can read what I’ve typed and the changes I made. It’s so dark in the room, no matter if all the windows are open, the lights on, I strained to read the changes. So I’m finally, after 2 and 1/2 years, getting myself better organized. Since I’m at this ALL the time, it was time!

Yesterday, I took baby out to see the zinnias in all their lovely colors and I usually tell her what each color is. But what I found that was so wonderful was a little hummingbird sitting on an oak’s twig right above the zinnias. Okay, that convinced me. Next year, I’m going to plant a ton of zinnia in the backyard too! I just wished I had my camera to capture it since he was just sitting there, and soooo close to us.

I’m off to work on the story!

Have a super Saturday!

Terry

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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.

Pirate and me2  foggy (640x480)really close up of Harry Potter train over viaduct in rain misty (640x427)And this was really why we had waited forever in the weather. By the time the train came, it was raining hard.

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

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

Terry

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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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