This little fellow was hanging in the trees in the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul. I was so excited to see one that wasn’t sleeping in a hammock, hidden behind smudged glass and a fence (Waco Zoo). He was just hanging right there for me to take a picture! Such a beautiful tree sloth.
I sent in the novella! Yay! Today I have to concentrate on edits on Silver Town Wolf. It’s due July 22.
While I was taking the garbage out, I heard two owls hooting from different trees in the neighborhood. I wanted to see them so bad. lol Too dark. I have no idea what kind of owls they are either.
Off to feed the puppies, or not. They went back to sleep. And next, edits.
This is one of my favorite pictures I took of my daughter’s corgis. Can you tell who the alpha is? Luna is. Rilo, the male, is definitely the beta. But the background was so horribly busy and junky, you know you can’t get dogs to pose like this in the perfect spot, so the texture added made it fun.
Okay, so I didn’t like the opening of the story, had another idea, and ran with that. ONLY, I got edits for the novella and another book and I had to stop everything to work on the novella. And once I reread that and turn it in, I have to do the edits on the other book, reread it and turn it in. And then, I have to get back to this book. BUT, the story is pushing to be written. The characters are showing me the scene, so after I did all the edits, I had to write the scenes last night. I just had to. But today, I HAVE to concentrate on rereading the novella. Well, after baby goes home.
So baby is here, I didn’t get enough sleep and it’s going to be a very long day. lol
As a writer, I have to remind myself of that. Sometimes, I have to get the backstory out, just so I know a little about the situation. I can’t plot out a story from start to finish. So I have to find my way.
I wrote the beginning, but it’s not the beginning. It doesn’t have any oomph. But you have to get started. You can’t edit what you haven’t written. And sometimes I find that the beginning is maybe a few pages down, or even later in the story. Or, it’s just to help me get started and I can get rid of it later.
In any event, on another sleepless night, I was thinking of how I wanted to start the story. Kind of. I don’t plot.
I took this photo of the orangutan momma and her baby eating lettuce leafs at the Waco zoo, but the background was so ugly and cluttered, I wanted to emphasize the momma and baby so added an oil texture.
Okay, I’m off to write before I have to go to the dentist. Who all hates going to the dentist????? I have nothing against dentists. They are good for my teeth. I just hate what has to be done to my teeth!
So I was wracking my brain for a story idea for the Red Wolf Christmas novel. I write a Christmas story every year for my publisher. My stories are always romantic suspenses full of mystery and wolves or jaguars, of course. And every time I try to come up with a new idea for Christmas, I get myself sidetracked in the suspense and mystery. Wait! It’s Christmas.
That sent me in a whole other direction. Sleigh bells ring, are you listening…
Well, yes, and that’s the start of the story. I was reading one blogger’s take on Christmas stories. The ones that are classics, have a dark side to them. My editor reminds me it’s supposed to be a Christmas story. Well, yes, and a Happily Ever After, but it needs the darkness too, the conflict, and the light at the end.
I was trying to watch the Good Witch and it was driving me crazy. She is sickeningly good. That’s no fun. lol
We’re supposed to have storms all day, no pool for my granddaughter and me. I’ve been pulling up a ton of grass and other weeds. Still have a ton more to do. But I’m also always finding fun surprises. A new holly sprouted! Not sure it’s in a good place. I might have to try and transplant it. But I hope it is like my neighbor’s. I love their hollies.
I’m off to play with the toddler. Have a great day!
I finished the novella, but stalled on writing the promo blogs and have to figure out a plot for the next book. I really wanted to get the blogs done today so they’d be out of my way, but…..my brain is on hold.
I love Word Art, but I couldn’t find just what I wanted, so I created this picture and then figured out how to create the word art. For those who have Photoshop and don’t know how to do it, I created a white layer, wrote my text, and then I used the upper Warp Text box to vary the shape of the words. The text box next to it can be used to increase the spacing between words, letters, change the height of letters, etc. On the lower right is a fx tab and clicking on that allows me to change beveling, add shadow, etc.
Then I turn the white background transparent by setting the opacity to 0 and I have my Word Art that I can use on any background. Save as PSD if you want to change it up later, and I save as PNG to grab and overlay over my photo. To add color, I use two different methods. First, group all of the words and elements, if you have them and go to Styles (look in Window for Styles, check mark it) and while you have the group highlighted, click on the color scheme you like.
Another method is to add a texture layer above the word art group and clip it to the group (creating a clipping mask), and then you can use anything really–texture, flowers, any kind of a picture.
I’m sure a lot of people know how to do this, but I didn’t and when I asked in a group, a lot of people didn’t. Anyway, if it helps, great. You need Photoshop and some knowledge of layers to do it. But it’s something I was trying to figure out yesterday, and I did it! Isn’t it wonderful when something finally sinks in? Grouping layers and adding clipping masks.
I only wrote about 800 words yesterday, but I started editing the first 3 chapters and I’m typing them up before I have to run a million errands. Yes, a million. Taking back 2 dead plants (the others have grown twice their size and the grass around where I planted the other two is growing like crazy, so are other plants, so not sure why these didn’t make it), getting dog food, you know like the dog that has no bone?, shipping another book to a fan, and more. I hate running errands, especially when the heat index is 100 plus. The car is an oven, so I’ll leave in a few minutes to start the day.
I was writing yesterday, but my new obsession is creating scrap art. The golden jaguar at the bottom of the page on the left is a photo I took. The background was from Pixabay, the princess tower from Louise Nash’s freebies, the fur from Etsy fur photos, the word art, flowers and butterfly from Oscraps, the black jaguar from Renderosity. I used ink splotches to create the masks that made them appear like art scraps.
For this one, I took a picture of a giraffe baby and junior and used a mask on a background from Pixabay. Then added flowers and a butterfly from Oscraps.
I did manage to get 3,000 words written on the novella. I only need about 3,000 more words to make my word count goal, but I have to figure out how to wrap the story up. Didn’t set my alarm last night and woke only 15 minutes before baby got here. ack! So I was rushing around getting ready.
She’s been tired and needy, so we’ve been cuddling and reading stories.
We’re off to walk in the heat before the sun gets too high in the sky, and the pool day after that.
See, I write about wolf shifters, so of course the wolf would guard the sheep.
The background was from Oscraps but I added the stream, grasses, and sky. I added texture, the wolf (from pixelsquid), the girl (DAZ3D), and the black-faced sheep and Highland cow are from pictures I took in Scotland.
I managed to get 3,000 words even after all our activities yesterday, and now have 6,000 words left to go!!!
Doggies fed and now it’s time to get to work!! Hope you have a stunning day!
Okay, so I’m getting near the end of word count. I’m nearly there!!! 9,000 words to go. Yay!!! But…I have to go swimming with the kids and go to a cat show that one of my fans will be showing her cats at. Isn’t that neat?
Anyway, I’m excited about all of it. But I want to write! I’m so excited about the next part of the book. Sometimes, that can be a good thing. I keep thinking of what is happening. But sometimes it is a bad thing. If I don’t write it down, I forget it. So trying to get as much done on it as I can.