This makes me want to write another polar bear novel, but right now, I’m still working on Cougar Christmas Calamity.
The background was from LA winter scenes from OSCRAPS. I added a sun glow, snow, and winter mist texture from Daily Texture. The polar bear was from Pixelsquid.
We did make the gingerbread house too, and I managed to get some more done on the story. Little one put on all the candy, Grandma did all the frosting so she could add the candy. It turned out great I thought, for someone who is only 3 and someone who is not a decorator of cakes. This is the first time I’ve ever worked on one.
Okay, I’m off to get busy. Both dogs had a tooth pulled last night, and Max woke me at 3 huffing and not sure what was up. I finally calmed him down and he went back to sleep but then I couldn’t! Poor doggy.
Have a great day! I need to turn on the heat because we do have that white stuff on roofs around here.
Cuddle with Grandma?” I asked my three-year-old granddaughter when she woke from her nap. I had gotten up at 4:30, I lie down with her so she’ll nap, and first the phone rings, forgot to unplug it. It rings every time we lie down. Spam Caller. Then the doorbell rings. Package at the door.
So I sneaked away and got the package and began cleaning the house while she slept. I managed to do a few edits, but I was also fixing dinner for my daughter and son-in-law, so I really didn’t have hardly any time to type corrections when little one comes up to the edge of my chair and smiled up at me. Scaring me. lol
She immediately wanted in my lap and pulled a Christmas toddler blanket over hers and that’s when I asked, “Do you want to read a book, or just cuddle with Grandma?” She would get both if I read her a story. lol
“Just cuddle with Grandma.”
No matter what else I wanted to do, that’s the best feeling in the world because one day she’ll be too big or too old for nonsense like that, I hope not though, and there will be no more cuddling with Grandma. So I enjoy every bit of it while I can.
I’m off to take the dogs in to have their teeth cleaned and hope that Tanner isn’t missing any more when he comes home later today. I’m also Grandma for the day again, so after I drop them off, little one and I will have breakfast and then work on decorating a gingerbread house. We were too busy to do it yesterday!
I think I missed blogging yesterday. I love chives on potatoes and eggs and last year, we had such a mild winter, they lived all through the winter on my covered patio. But they had gotten so root bound, I had transplanted some to a flowerbed and kept the other in a pot and both died.
So then I had the brilliant idea of growing some inside. My daughter had given me a plant grow light for my birthday, and I had to bring in the basil and another plant, so why not grow some chives?
I had to go to the grocery store yesterday, it’s been about 2 weeks, and guess what I found? I was going to look for chives seeds, but even better? Poor little frosty chive plants and I took two home to hopefully grow all winter. Hopefully. I’m not the best at taking care of potted plants. I over water, under water, no in between.
The basil had gotten 5″ of rain outside, so when I brought it in, it’s now in very sad shape. It might not make it. If not, that’s okay. I don’t eat it like I do chives. The pink and green plant is looking beautiful.
Little one will be here shortly. We’re decorating a gingerbread house today. I got the easy one where it’s already made and we just decorate it with icing. It might still be too difficult for me. Since she’s only 3, I figure that’s better than trying to make one in it’s entirety.
Oh, and so I went to do my nightly: print out pages I’d written to edit and I get one page printed and the printer stops. Page jamb, I figure. Nope, red crayon in the printer paper drawer.
So here’s the scenario. I pull out paper from the printer drawer for my granddaughter to draw on. Or I print pages for her to color. To her, that’s just another drawer for her to put her things in. lol
I go to edit my papers and the top page is covered in her red crayon drawing. I had to laugh. So I’m trying to read the words under the crayon markings. I had put her turkey picture in the printer drawer to recycle and use again. I always do that with my paper. So she was helping me to recycle her pictures. lol
I’m off to get ready for her to come. I put up all the rest of my lights yesterday outside and inside. I’m done. Or…done in.
I did write another 2,000 words and I’m inching closer to the finish line on Cougar Christmas Calamity.
I took the original of this cute little penguin at the Omaha zoo.
I did have to turn on the heat. It was about 30 this morning.
So I’ve been watching Survivor–the reality show where they are to beat each other in challenges to be the winner of 100K. It’s interesting to see the manipulations–the strategies: keep the stronger players to ensure they can win the rewards as a team and don’t have to keep voting off their team members, or get rid of the stronger players so they can win against the weaker members to get to the final three. At the final three, some of the ones kicked off earlier vote to decide who wins.
It’s a throw of the dice, though it sure seemed in the beginning of the series it was rigged as to who would win and my mother and kids and I quit watching it after a couple of seasons. Back in those days, you couldn’t watch the whole thing through in a few days. It was a week in between, ads, the works. So it’s kind of fun watching it this way. It’s interesting to see characterization under pressure, for writing in stories too.
The 2 recent seasons I had watched had the same theme–the winner was the guy who back-stabbed the most, therein playing the game the “best.” I think something is lost on that. I like the idea of the best strategist, but all around well-rounded, can be effective in helping their team win the challenges, can work around camp so they have a fire, food, and shelter, and a well-liked person should win. The one who keeps forging ahead, no matter the insurmountable odds. The one who can be a leader or a team player, whatever is called for. Who knows his/her strengths and weaknesses. Not the one who is behind the scenes playing everyone against everyone. They often haven’t won hardly any challenges at all to move their team along. They’re the con-artists, the manipulators. They’re really not survivors, but users, in my book. In fact, some will say they’re not going to work because they have to save themselves for the challenges.
I’ve been watching a more interesting season of winners or near winners who are in this challenge together and I had only watched 2 more recent seasons and was surprised to see some of the same faces I saw in those 2 earlier episodes.
At the end where the people who were kicked off and judge the final three, it sounds like they’re reading off a script. And if it’s not more sincere than that, if they have to vote by some rigid criterion set by the producer–which means, rottenest person who survived wins, it’s not for me.
One of the characters I really like is this extremely muscled black grave digger. He is so funny, and really good at the physical challenges. He ended up with two immunity necklaces, didn’t believe anyone was going to vote him off and didn’t use either one of them on the earlier season. He’s just fun. So in this one, the poor guy tears a leg muscle and they vote him out. He was calling this other guy an old fat Superman who had no muscle and didn’t win any of the challenges. I didn’t see him as fat, but James was right. He hadn’t won any challenges. Ironically, James had beat both him and another guy in the previous challenge despite the leg brace. The other guy knew they were going to vote him off, but when they did a little foot race to see if James could beat another guy on their team–JT, just to see if he needed to go, James couldn’t beat him. He was struggling to run because of his injury.
Now, one of the reasons they let him go also was because of his banana etiquette. He asked, “There’s a banana etiquette?”
A friend of his told him he needed to bring bananas back to the camp for everyone who wanted one, not just take one for himself. In the earlier show, they were trying to keep an alliance of their people and vote off the people who were from the other team, and he kept saying, “You can run around naked, but don’t bite the apple. Just leave that apple alone. So what do they do? They eat the apple!” He was so mad, but personality-wise and since he really works hard for a team effort and as an individual and one of the biggest contributors to working at the camp and keeping them fed and the fire going, etc., I would love to see him win.
Then there’s JT and he did win on that season, conniving, backstabbing, I would love to see him go. He just makes friends with everyone and walks away with the prize. Anorexic Courtney won one challenge in that earlier season, never can do anything, she’s a total liability, sits out for most challenges and she ended up in the final 3. Shaking head. I hope she never wins. She’s a coat-tail hanger-on. She never did anything, never helped with camp, nothing. Maybe this time she’ll be eliminated before the final 3. One can hope.
So with that said, I need to get to work and back to writing. lol
The 2nd photo is the original I took walking along the cliffs of a beach in San Diego. I loved how the butterfly was white on white and how the background was perfectly blurred to set them off in-camera. The first version is the hand-painted version. I painted the background, flower, butterfly, then added some Heather the Painter overlays–veils and a high key overlay.
At 3:30, I was coughing my head off again and got up and was on the computer for about an hour, and then went back to bed and was thinking about Christmas Cougar Calamity. How come they had to stay on the North Shore for Christmas? And then, after trying to figure this out for weeks, I had it! Could I remember it?
I laid awake with scenes rolling through my head. Shoot! I had to write it down.
I needed to sleep. It was 5 am already and the dogs would want to go out soon. I wasn’t coughing.
I had to write it down because if I didn’t, I would forget it. The story won out. I wrote until 5:30, I think, and then I turned off the light and closed my eyes, thought about the story some more, drifted off, woke at 6, Max was stirring and fussing. But I was soooooo tired, so sunk into my pillow, not coughing and yes, I could have easily gotten up, but I suspected if I just stayed in bed, if I ignored the dogs, I might really sleep.
At 8:15, I woke. I was shocked. I knew I was tired after nights of not sleeping and I really needed that. I never sleep that late unless I’m sick. But the good news is I don’t have COVID-19, just a bad cold.
The bad news is, with the way our infection rates are going and hospitals are filling to capacity, no one is safe.
We had 5 inches of rain! I just brought in my basil plant. It’s supposed to be 30 degrees in the morning. I’ve never grown it before, not sure it will make it inside, but it’s potted with another plant that has to be indoors when it’s cold, so we shall see. At least, if it survives, it will be easy to reach to cut and use in meals! And my house has a hint of basil fragrance.
I turned in my proofing of The Wolf Wore Plaid yesterday.
Have a great day! I think we’re getting sun today. I’m off to write!
It’s been raining for the most of two days. I love it.
Whoops, got sidetracked again. I’ve been washing all my Christmas decorations of dust and proofing Wolf Wore Plaid, 75 pages to go, and trying to redo a futile picture for the art class. About to give up on it. For the fur class, the brushes are different, and give a different background brush look. So I’m trying to pass a background one from the other class, but had used one of my wolves for a drop-in subject, and it’s not painted in properly. Give me an overlay, and I’m good. lol
So when I tried to do the painting course and blending the wolf with the fur course brushes with the background, it screwed up the whole background for the assignment, and I don’t think it works anyway for even the fur course. We can’t have two review pictures up at the same time, even if I’m in two different courses. So I’ve never been able to get my fur pictures critiqued. And we have just a year, or we have to pay for the whole course again. No way. That’s why I’m frustrated.
But I’m off to work on the story some more. NEED to finish proofing Wolf, and I am turning in the hopeless wolf picture that I know will be rejected. And at this point, I’m shrugging. I’m not an artist. I love doing the artwork. She’s an artist and I’m sure she gets frustrated with those of us who “don’t get it.” Even though you’re not supposed to be able to draw a stick person and do this.
Truly, I have enough stress in my life from book deadlines. I don’t need it for doing artwork, when normally, I love creating pictures!
I wonder what it will be like this year. Crowds of people filling shops? Or ordering online like crazy?
The word has gone out that you need to order early for Christmas because when they start shipping vaccines, mail is going to get bogged down.
I’m still working on Wolf Wore Plaid proofing. This cold has really knocked me for a loop because of all the coughing at night and lack of sleep. I’m feeling better today. Still no appetite, which is a good thing. I’m a 1/3 of the way done. Hopefully, I’ll make more progress today.
Started putting up Christmas decorations and put away all the fall stuff. But I need to finish this proofing, so I’ll probably do a little bit of decorating at a time. The fun part about Thanksgiving, and we did have a great time! Leftovers! Turkey, gravy, potatoes, carrots, green bean casserole, fresh made cranberry jelly, yes!
On the shifter stories, I will be introducing bear shifters into the jaguar/wolf mix. It’s time to expand their world. And I’m adding bears to the cougar mix.
I’m thankful to all those who work on the frontlines–who give of themselves daily, and often with a smile and a word of welcome. I’m thankful to those who wear a mask out of consideration for their fellow humans in an effort to keep themselves and others safe. I’m thankful to be here still to share a feast with my family that live close by, since we’re together all the time, but I had to share this quote, unknown: Zoom Thanksgiving beats an ICU Christmas.
I’m thankful I could finally get Covid-19 testing when for months and months we couldn’t. It’s not rapid, but it’s better than nothing.
Happy Thanksgiving, and to those who don’t celebrate, have a beautiful day, and stay safe!
She may be his destiny, but she’s not his first choice
Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he’s the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her.
Why is he playing so hard to get?
The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders
Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn’t want anything to do with Carol unless she’s willing to embrace her wolf nature-no matter how beautiful she is.
But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he’s been not to seize the moment with the woman he’s come to love. And now, it may be too late…
Silver Town Wolf Series: Destiny of the Wolf (Book 1) Wolf Fever (Book 2) Dreaming of the Wolf (Book 3) Silence of the Wolf (Book 4) A Silver Wolf Christmas (Book 5)
Praise for Terry Spear’s To Tempt the Wolf : “Ms. Spear’s has spun a web of drama that pulled me in… Get it; read it; you’ll love it!” –Romance Reader at Heart “A paranormal romp that sizzles! Action-packed romance and suspense-filled plot add up to pure magic. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Terry Spear is a great addition to the paranormal genre!” –Armchair Interviews
Still under the weather today. I know this is just a head cold and sinus issues, but with the state of the world we’re in today and just to make sure it’s nothing more and they now have some testing places for it when they haven’t in the past, I’ll take a COVID-19 test. No rapid tests available, so I won’t know for 3-4 days. I will be staying home during that time, just in case.
I don’t know how many cases I’ve heard where someone doesn’t feel well, gets the testing, then runs all over the place, then a few days later learn they have the virus. Really?
Off to put the word out about the book release. I’ve been feeling so poorly, I just didn’t even think about it until this morning–after I wrote another blog, so set it up for tomorrow to post.
I took the photo at the zoo in Waco some years ago and then I painted the photo using brushes in Photoshop.
I managed 1500 words yesterday on the story. I’m 500 short of my goal for 70K. Now I just need to finish it! Easier said than done. lol But that’s really the fun part. Finishing it so I can really edit a whole book and make it better.
Tomorrow Wolf Fever, the 10th Anniversary Release is out!!!