So I’ve given up on the Photoshop Oil Painting for a bit so I can have fun again with Photo Art. This is a cougar that I took a picture of at one of the zoos. It doesn’t take half the time and I love the results, using overlays to create the scene.
I finished another scene and some others I expanded on yesterday, and I began editing the book again from the beginning. Fifty pages done, 150 to go. So that’s a good start. I need to write another scene, maybe two, but I wanted to start editing also to see if there are other scenes in Cougar Christmas Calamity that need to be written.
Okay, I’m off to type changes before the day gets away from me.
Have fun!! And with COVID-19 cases soaring, stay safe!
I took the picture of the cougar and added a snowy background and layers.
Had to drop what I was doing yesterday and work on marketing for an anthology of 4 of the wolf novellas I’ve written for 10th anniversary releases. I did 3 of them, but the 4th one is for a novella I haven’t written yet. It isn’t due until March. It’ll come out in December of next year. I need to reread Silence of the Wolf to even figure out what story I can write that will fit with the earlier stories and not contradict later stories.
I’m still writing on Cougar Christmas and should be past 80K today on it. I still have a way to go on it.
It’s cold out and creating snowy pictures has been fun.
I made a cool jaguar Halloween one but can’t remember where I saved it. I had a system, but with all the files changing places with the new hard drive, I can’t find anything yet.
I was fixing hash brown potatoes and ham for us this morning, and then my granddaughter saw sugar ants–that’s what we always called them because they’re attracted to sugar, but grease too–and they’re getting in the house from somewhere. Anyway. so I was spraying my baseboards with vinegar and water and then forgot all about the potatoes. They were on the dark side. lol
Teaches me not to watch my cooking. So I gave little one all the good ones and she said, “What’s that smell?” She was holding her nose. lol
I turned on the fan and asked her, “Doesn’t your momma ever burn food and smoke up the house?” I know she does. I rarely do, but we get busy with other stuff sometimes, and it happens.
“No,” she said. “She never does that.”
Smiling. It’s amazing the stories she tells. No, she didn’t go to daycare the day before. She went trick-or-treating. Only one boy went to daycare. Not her. lol
Parents can’t go inside any longer so they can’t see who all ended up at daycare or not. It was taken over by another because of all the closures due to Covid-19 and they couldn’t keep up. Sad state of affairs.
I’ve got to get off here and look for more ants. At least they’re not fire ants, so if one gets on you, it doesn’t bite.
I saw the green heron on my walk, the cougar in the zoo, lol. The cougars usually are half hidden, pacing, too far away, so I was glad to get a good shot of one close up and standing still. The green heron was a long ways away, but he turned out pretty good.
Still working on the Highland novella. It was so fun to write. I had to keep researching for it for the storyline details, but also–I had to remember to call lakes–lochs, dollars– pounds…
Because of how bad Texas has gotten with the COVID-19, we have to wear masks now for 3 weeks. Not that I wasn’t, but now it’s mandatory for everyone who wasn’t. I guess they’d prefer having everything shut down again. Our hospitals are getting overwhelmed! People don’t realize that it’s not just COVID-19, but if you break a leg, have a heart attack, get in an accident, you might not have a bed for you!
Have a great day! I’m off to work on the novella and play with the family in a little bit. 97 degrees and heat index is HOTTER.
WordPress wouldn’t open for me! What’s up with that?
I was sick yesterday, sure it was food poisoning, but you now it’s always a question of…is it the virus???? Checking temperature. Fine. And I feel better today. But taking care of little one when you’re sick is not fun.
I’m off to write. I’m going to have to stop working on Red Wolf to do edits on Highland Wolf, probably Monday, so I’m shooting for 70K today, and maybe 72K by Sunday. Doing Mother’s day fun stuff on Sunday, so we’ll see.
Have a great day!!! Hoping you all are staying safe and still doing some fun things too.
I take tons of pictures at zoos, wildlife reserves, on hikes, at arboretums, and though they are sharp and good (not all of them of course), the backgrounds are boring on some. So I’ve been playing around with texture overlays and texture backgrounds. With the elephant, I added flying dirt particles using a brush to give the sand motion. So much fun. From so-so zoo pictures to something that is really fun to look at.
So I’m back to Red Wolf. Have 50K. Working on turning it into 60K this week. 80K is the minimum and I’ll shoot for around 89K or so.
Army Captain Nicole Welsh’s
premonitions of danger warn her more trouble is headed her way after her
parents died in an unexplained car accident. Is it just her imagination that someone
bad is out to get her? Her vacation to Galveston Island is meant to be a break
from her awful job, breaking up with an unfaithful boyfriend, and getting over
her parents’ deaths. But her best friend skips out on her, now a tropical storm
wreaks havoc, she’s certain someone is stalking her, and she runs into a fellow
cougar who might just be her salvation. Unless, he’s one of the bad guys.
Scott Weekum is a finance officer at Fort Hood, Texas, having every
intention of having a good time at Galveston Island, and rescuing a
mermaid from the Gulf, who he envisions is in trouble. Supposedly, the
tropical storm is moving out of the area, so he should be fine. What he
doesn’t expect to find is that the mermaid is also an officer from Fort
Hood, she has premonitions like he has, she’s a cougar, and she believes
she’s in danger. Since he’d just broken up with a she-cat who had
transferred to another post and he’s all alone, and she’s all alone,
he’s determined to spend the time with Nicole. Except she seems to think
someone’s stalking her, and her paranoia is beginning to rub off on
him. Is she in danger? He’s not sure what to think, but has every
intention of protecting her, whether she needs his protection or not.
Okay, it’s still processing at Kobo and iBooks. Print version available in about two weeks! I’m also working on the print version for Cougar Halloween Mischief. I’ll be working on Joy to the Wolves soon though too.
There is no higher compliment than this for an author:
Michelle Scaff “Per usual, Terry Spear is a line jumper. What sucks is I really need to go to bed and I can’t put Seal Wolf Surrender down! It’s such an easy read but my “let me just finish this chapter” has failed me 3 times because interesting things keep happening. Once I finish this (either tonight or tomorrow) then it’s on to the TBR shelf. Unless I order the next cougar book. “
Lola Faber “Thanks Terry which word to use? Is ^hard /difficult^? To put down when you are getting to the action 🤔 but is time to prepare supper…😀 l have an almost 48 years scheduled 6:00pm Supper TIME… I will let him know he’s on his own.”
That’s what we strive for and while I’m struggling to write the next book, it makes me want to do it again and again.
Thanks to my fans who encourage me to keep on going!
And, that’s what I need to get back to! Have a great weekend!!!
Bobcat scratching on a branch, cougar, meerkat and friend.
Sometimes I have to take a trip just to get my photo mojo back. I was trying to write whenever I could too! Reached 30K on Claiming the White Bear.
I was out in the rain and in the dark pulling the rest of the zinnia out. It was looking really ragged, though still had flowers and the bumblebees and honeybees were still collecting pollen. But I have milkweed and other flowers all blooming, so it was time to take down the rest of them. Besides, it was trash day and I really wanted to get it out before they pick up the trash. I still need to do more weeding…but…
I’m off to write!! Have a lovely day! I’m enjoying the rain.