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Writing Day…but…

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Zinnia

I don’t know what to write!

I love it when I can run with ideas, not so much when I’m not sure where to go with the story. I’m still editing, watching four little cardinal babies eating seeds, two blue jays flying back and forth, a darling little wren hopping about, and a red-bellied woodpecker sliding up a tree.

Ah-ha! You say. I’m distracted. But no…just don’t know where to go with the story. That’s the problem with having to stop and do edits on two other books. I’m over halfway done and it’s the slide down the other side to the end. Woohoo! But I have a lot of mysteries to unravel and so I need to brainstorm a lot.

We’ve got another scorcher. Huge thunderheads last night, but nothing came of it. Unfortunately.

No matter what, I’m GOING to write. I’m determined. And it will be a great day. No baby to distract or other errands to run. Just writing. And birds, galore. Awwww.

Okay, okay, I went out and cut a rosebush way down that was growing out of control, and I took pictures of the birds. Now…it’s time to write.

Have a delightful day.

Terry

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Friends in the Garden

Common Dragonfly and Monarch Butterfly laying eggs on milkweed.

We had wild thunderstorms all day yesterday and they’re continuing today. My word count is rising higher and higher, and I still haven’t figured out the end. Maybe it will still come to me. Hope springs eternal.

Have a great day! We’re in for more storms.

Terry

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Seeing What’s Before Your Very Eyes

Can you imagine walking in the dark and running into Mr. Teeth??? The exhibit was so dark, you could barely see the alligator, except for one light shining down on the center. A pretty yellow tree: fall colors on a walk in a forest. Do you take a walk and can’t see the beauty in isolated spots? Or the whole beauty of the forest surrounding you? And here’s a nifty way to create something fun–an old watering can filled with flowers. If I did that, I doubt the plant would last for long–too much water, not enough water. And a beautiful butterfly in a butterfly house, posing for a picture.

I finished The Witch and the Jaguar! Or mostly. Now I’m editing. I woke to thinking: What are they doing with the 2nd house. Whose home are they going to live in? Did they say: I love you? They missed Thanksgiving! So I need to mention a few things. I’ve added a few things to the story already this morning so I wouldn’t forget. But otherwise, the story is done from beginning to end!

My piranha puppies are anxiously bugging me to feed them because they are going to perish on the spot if I don’t. They’re a couple of drama dogs.

Hope you’re enjoying the rest of the weekend. I’m off to work!! Well, food for puppies first. *sigh*

Terry

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Straighten? Or at an Angle?

I think sometimes taking a picture at an angle is much more interesting. Not all the time, but sometimes.

I know I’ve identified the above butterflies/moths, but I couldn’t the ones I have labeled and I couldn’t find them on the internet. All I found were people asking: what is the brown and orange moth? Butterfly? Maybe a skipper? I don’t know. 🙂 And I was sitting on the floor to take pictures of baby. She found a new fun place to play. Under the coffee table. Yep, kids can have fun without all the fancy play toys in the world. My kids used to play for hours in the refrigerator size boxes my stuffing (for bears) used to come in. Now they just plastic wrap it. 🙁  No fun at all.

I wrote 4,000 words yesterday!! Had drama, which always helps me write. 🙂 Pulled grass and weeds, and took a few bird pictures this morning. And finished getting my tax paperwork together. You know, I don’t set New Year’s Goals, per se, just writing goals, but they’re every day. Every year I think, I need to get my tax stuff together in January! However, I usually don’t get all my tax stuff until Feb, and sometimes not even then. And then I have to chase it down. That’s just one thing that’s been hanging over my head. So I’ll be glad to finish that up! But I think this is the earliest I’ve ever had it done.

Okay, it’s time to get to writing! My goal is always 2,000 a day, except for baby days. Sometimes I manage a little writing once she goes home. Other times, not. Hope to get more today. I’m at 30,000 now, 50K to go. It always seems insurmountable when I’m staring at that first page that has only a title and my name, and the chapter 1 heading, but it’s doable, if I don’t let babies and puppies and birds and weeds and taxes and anything else distract me. 🙂 <3

Have a super fun day! I’ve left my book at a cliff hanger. Oh, no! What do I do next????? Or, I should say my characters… I don’t know. They know. I’ll follow their lead.

Terry
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Beautiful, Beautiful Butterfly

OMG, I have Monarch butterflies!!!!!!

They say they can only feed off milkweed, so I put in a whole bunch this year. Last year aphids killed mine off. But this year when the aphids attacked them, I left them alone and other predatory bugs ate the aphids. So now I noticed some spider mites, I think, are killing off some of the milkweed. Ugh.

And for the last two days, I’ve seen these butterflies, and attempted to get some pictures of them. So I thought it was the fritillary that I usually have. And when I looked it up to verify that’s what it was, it wasn’t. I COULDN’T believe it was a monarch! And it was. Woohoo! They are on the decline, so I hope maybe in my little backyard, I can help out a few. They’re beautiful.

The first two with the fence behind it are in my yard. The second two, I took pictures of in Minnesota at a cute garden place.

This is the gulf fritillary that I thought it was. Silly me.

I also had a yellow swallowtail and a black swallowtail.

They’re all so beautiful, but I’m super ecstatic about seeing the monarchs!

Okay, excitement over. Back to the book!

Have a beautiful butterfly day.

Terry

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Seeds to Make New Babies…

Seeds from the Blanket Flower and the milkweed (that feeds Monarch butterflies and other butterflies)

And their flowers.

And this is like birthing a baby.

What color are the flowers of this unknown crepe myrtle? White? Light Pink? It’s like Christmas, and I can’t wait to see what’s inside the package. The other I bought in the store and it’s a Purple Magic crepe myrtle. 🙂 <3

I’m not big into white flowers, but if it helps to block my view of my neighbor’s two-story windows behind me, it’s a good thing. The Purple Magic doesn’t get that tall–6-10′. Whereas other varieties will get from 15-20′. The way this other is growing so fast, I think it’s a taller variety.

Most of these were macro shots, except the one of the blanket flower. Every time I went outside to pull weeds, I’d see the blanket flower fluffy seed ball and wanted to take pictures. And then I saw the milkweed seeds and switched to the macro lens. Birds will use the fluff from the milkweed seed for nests, and humans have used the fluff to fill life jackets. Cool, eh? For me, they make fascinating pictures.

Oh, and speaking of babies, Happy Father’s Day for all those great daddies out there!

Have a great and notable day. 🙂

Terry Spear

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My Butterfly

butterfly-composite

A composite made of one of the butterflies I captured last year on the kaleidoscope butterfly bush. 🙂 <3

Terry Spear

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Sometimes Shooting in Idiot Mode is the Best for Me!

Okay, so not really idiot mode. They don’t have automatic mode for nothing. But yeah, sometimes, I just have to go back to shooting like that and skip the manual because, ack, it’s not working for me!

Case in point–I read what the experts are saying they use for settings on capturing great butterfly shots. Done. Disaster. All completely ruined, overexposed shots. No fixing them.

So I went to auto, and yep, it worked! Could they have been better in manual? Maybe, but not the way I’d set my settings. 🙂  And I think I have dyslexia when it comes to figuring out how to set things. One of these days it will be automatic for me. But right now, it’s totally trial and error.  And lots of error! 🙂

butterfly-orange-900-017Hope you are having a great weekend!!! 🙂

I need 68,000 on Double Cougar Trouble! And I need to think up the story ideas for the next 3 wolf books. 🙂

AND, if you didn’t know, A Very Jaguar Christmas is releasing on Tuesday!!

AND,  Enchanting the Highlander is only 99 cents right now. Five brand new stories. After the first week of release in November, it will be $4.99, and then at the end of November, no more. We will be unpublishing Kissing the Highlander and Enchanting the Highlander then. So be sure to get yours if you want the set before then. 🙂 After that, you can still buy the individual novellas though.

Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

Terry Spear

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Capturing Wings on Speed!

hummingbird, 200 ISO, 4,000, 3.5f 008 text, creamy bokeh 900x900. psd

butterfly in flight 4000, 3f, dusk 003 900 bokehI think I’ve got it!! Okay, so you know how fast hummingbirds move, but this butterfly flips around so fast, I couldn’t capture him at all. I used 200 ISO, 4000, 16f, and it looks like he stood still just for a moment.

butterfly in flight 4000, 3f, dusk 007 upside down, text 900x600He was upside down, right side up, you name it!

Have a super great day! I’m off to write and then going to a ladies’ luncheon. 🙂

Terry

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Sugar Baby Watermelons!

watermelon 005 (640x427)watermelon 001 (427x640)watermelon 002 (640x427)watermelon 007 (640x427) watermelon 008 (640x427)Five of them! Have you ever been looking for something–constantly, and never see it right in front of your eyes? I’ve been checking the watermelon plant over constantly, and I only just saw the 5 watermelons on the plant, when they had to have been growing there for a few days. Aren’t they the cutest, hairiest little things? I’ve never grown them before–can you tell?–which is why I didn’t know exactly what would happen. I thought the flower would produce the watermelon like with tomato plants or bell pepper plants, but instead, the watermelon is behind the flower and then the flower dies off.

The same thing happened with my other bell pepper plants. All of a sudden, they are filled with peppers!

bell peppers (2) (640x495)bell peppers (640x427)And the tomato plants keep producing.

tomatoes (640x427) (2)I’m still eagerly awaiting the kaleidoscope butterfly plant to burst into bloom.

kaleidoscope butterfly bush (640x427) (2)It’s supposed to be all different colors. And I wait, and I watch, and I wait, and I watch….

And of course if I’m taking pictures of something, Max has to check it out too. Must be something really important.

max and the butterfly bush (640x427)And I was excited to capture a shot of my first butterfly–a black swallowtail. Now, it wasn’t easy. He was flying so fast and not sitting still on anything and I was whipping my camera around, trying to focus on him. So first shot out of four (the other three, he was gone), and I caught a blurry one of him. But still cool because I could identify him. Maybe he’ll land sometime and I can get a better shot. There are a couple of others I’ve seen. One looks like a Monarch, and the other, not sure. It was all orange, probably had some markings, but moved too fast.

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I’m off to revise more on Between a Wolf and a Hard Place. 65 pages done, 140 to go. So making progress. 🙂

Have a super wonderfully magnificent day!!!

Terry

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