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Daylily in Photoshop Oil

So with this photo I took of daylilies in my garden, I had tons of water drops on the flowers, and I limited it to some of the bigger ones. It was fun painting water drops! I created the background, but there should be some more instruction on creating other kinds from the actual photo. I’m hoping.

I’m off to the store–have to get medicine–so I might as well get groceries while I’m at it, even though I don’t need too much. I like to keep an extra supply of dog food, just in case. We have hurricane season right now, and it’s a good idea to be prepared.

I was reading an article about a man who had used all kinds of precautions against COVID-19, until he went out for dinner, eating in two nights in a row with friends and nobody wore masks. It would be hard to do while eating anyway. So after months of being careful, he threw caution to the wind and ended up with COVID-19. The take away? Don’t let down your guard!

I feel that some think that since they aren’t getting it–because they’re being careful–it really doesn’t exist or that they won’t get it–they’re immune. But, as his case shows, and others do too, it doesn’t work like that. The problem is it’s highly contagious!

I remember when we had gas mask training in the army and to make us believers that the masks were really protecting us, after we were wearing them for several minutes, we had to take them off. That makes nonbelievers into believers, believe me!

Okay, so on that note, I’ve got to don my mask, hope for the best, and get my medicine and some groceries. Still working on the story. Hope to get further today. I actually ended up with 1500 words yesterday, despite having little one here.

Have a great and safe day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Flowers Blooming Before Christmas & Woodland Fae is Out!

I noticed gerbera daisies blooming the day baby was here so ran out to take some pictures yesterday. The droplets of water on them are from the heavy fog we had.

Lavender lantana, gerbera daisy, yellow daylily, dianthus next to the Christmas lights, and another daisy.

The flowers don’t know it’s winter and time for them to sleep.

Baby’s here for one more day before my daughter has school break and then Grandma gets a break! Or…well, more time to write and edit.

And just released!!!

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Woodland Fae

Letta is a scorpion fae, pretending to be a woodland fae, since her own kind had practically annihilated their own. She’s come of age and must leave her kind behind to make her way in the world. Taking refuge in a cave during a storm in wolf fae territory, she’s attacked by a wolf shifter fae and saves another’s life, who happens to be the pack leader’s sister. But now Letta has a new problem. The bite she’d received turns her into a wolf shifter also, but will the wolf fae pack accept her or scorn her for being one of the deadly scorpion fae if they learn the truth?

Simon is the pack leader for the Wolf Mountain pack and he’s unsure what kind of fae Letta is, not having heard of a woodland fae before. Yet he’s attracted to Letta like he’s never been to a she-wolf before. That causes dissent among some of his wolves who believe another wolf should be his mate and he must prove to his pack that he has what it takes to lead.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LGKXJZS

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/woodland-fae

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130028145?ean=2940161468968

iBooks:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Terry_Spear_Woodland_Fae

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/913377

I’m still waiting on the link for Barnes and Noble, and I’m working on the print version and still writing Claiming the White Bear. But baby will be here momentarily, so I’ll have to put off all of this until later.

Have a lovely day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Getting Baby to Smile…

Well, elusive smiles. The problem is when I don’t have a camera pointed at her, she smiles. Like after I change her diapers and she gives me an incredible smile. Or I say something she thinks is funny. Or I catch her doing what she’s not supposed to be doing and she gives me another one of those elusive smiles. I caught her, what else can she do…but smile.

It’s amazing to see the thought process. She’s walking along the cabinets that house books and movies, the DVD, internet box, and she’s turned it off before. So she’s old enough now for me to really give her some boundaries. Box is mine, don’t touch.

All I have to say is eh-eh. I do it with the dogs when I don’t want them getting into something they shouldn’t. And she knows that sound for them, but if I use it, she always looks to see if I’m saying it to her. So she knows what it means.

The key to training is to watch her all the time. She’s only one, she has to be watched…all the time. So she’s holding onto the cabinet, looking up at the TV, watching Little Baby Bum Nursery Rhymes and then she sees the Box. And heads for it. But just as she reaches out to touch it, she suddenly turns her head to see if I’m watching.

I am. She smiles. I smile. And I tell her good girl, because she hasn’t touched the box and she moves away from it and does other things. But later, she’s standing at the cabinet, and doing the same drill. Sees the box, moves towards it, reaches out for it, jerks her head around at the last minute to see if I’m watching, and I am. Same smile.

So we do this four or five times and she doesn’t do it again. Will she today while I’m babysitting her and her parents are seeing a movie? Probably. I can’t move the box out of her reach, so it’s got to be a No-Zone. My parents didn’t child-proof their home, and we lived to tell the tale. Children need to know what’s theirs and what’s not. What they can do, and what they can’t. It’s a part of growing up. And we’ll keep doing it until she’s old enough that I can explain why she can’t touch the box. Touch box, no Little Baby Bum Nursery Rhymes. lol

Okay, so I did manage to kill a witch in Divinity…she was evil, on fire, and destroyed me in one round before. It’s like having PTSD, I feared getting near her again. But I finally chanced it and took her out. It’s always a great feeling–conquering your fears. lol

We had tremendous storms in the middle of the night. My first thought was: I hope the first eensy-weensy monarch caterpillar I saw of the season survived the night. It cooled down, which is a welcome relief, and it’s still lightly raining, which is delightful. I couldn’t find the baby caterpillar, and from the holes on another milkweed plant, I think there might be a couple. I will look a little later. These are pictures of some from last year. Okay, I’ve got to get back to edits. Baby normally doesn’t come on Saturdays, so I’ve got to jump on the book before she’s here again.

Have a delightful weekend!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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It’s Fun, but…

A mass of daylillies on our walk, zinnia from seed, just beginning to bloom, never tried them before, and a sunflower from seeds the birds dropped.

I love all the colorful flowers, but yesterday, I was digging up a lot of weeds, and my neighbor even came over and helped! I need to get more bark mulch to keep the weeds from coming back.

In the backyard, I’m digging up grass to create a new flowerbed. What a job. I’ve spent two days on it. Probably have three more days to go. Once it’s done though, it won’t be too much work. If I just weed periodically, it’s no problem.

In the end, is it worth it? You bet. Don’t you love the flowers?

It’s like grooming the dogs, or weeding out and fleshing out and making a story the best it can be. It takes work. But in the end, it’s totally worth it.

I should be “done” with The Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf today. Yesterday, I spent the day home, instead of going to my daughter’s. Between the night before after I left her house at 6 pm and working until midnight and all day the next day until late last night, I wrote 12,000 words. It’s not because I had the time to do it, but because the scenes start to unfold, one right after another. 🙂  I have to remind myself when I’m trying to force the scenes to happen, it won’t happen. That I have to keep writing and writing and writing, and all of sudden, I have it. It’s there. Happening. Amazing.

Yet, it’s still not “done.” Once I type up this “last” scene I was finishing by hand late last night, I need to get descriptions of a couple of characters from another book to add. And then? It’s not done. The story is written. That’s the fantastic part!!! And then the reading and rereading begin. To make sure that moving things didn’t mess up the flow, that all the scenes are fleshed out. That it’s the most enjoyable read that it can be. And that I didn’t leave any loose ends.

Have a fun day…it might be work, but the results can be worth it.

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Finished Edits on Loving the Silver Wolf–Woohoo!!!

I meant to blog yesterday, but we had a break in the storms and so I decided it was time to go in and hit the grocery store and try to find some help against spider mites and some kind of fly and tomato horn worms, all attacking my tomato plants at once. But I really wanted to also finish the edits on Loving the Silver Wolf, and when I run errands, it throws me off for writing.

Maybe because I’ve got to put all the groceries away. The dogs are needy for an hour after my return. And somehow, a bunch of plants made it into my basket.  Imagine that!!! Yep, got home, and there they were. Big as life. Saying: Plant me! Plant me!

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And of course the storms were coming. Again. Two hours earlier than they said. Plus, I was trying to see if anything I got worked against the spider mites and tomato horn worms.

So I got some of the plants, picked tomatoes for my neighbor who so graciously fertilized my lawn, and finally, finally, finally stopped to settle fanny in chair to re-read the last 120 pages of the book. By the end of the day, it was done! Sent off! Finished a bear. And this morning before the rains start again, I was out pulling up more snapdragons and put them out for the trash before they come. Still need to plant the rest of the tricolor sedum stonecrop I bought. It’s supposed to be good for drought, sun, heat. I know. With as much rain as we’re getting, that’s crazy, right?

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But normally, Texas has been suffering a drought every summer, so this is unusual. My daughter and son-in-law said in the 5 years they’d lived here, they’ve never seen this much rain. It’s usually just hot and humid by now. Which means it’s perfect for me to start my garden and by next year, it will be pretty well established.

stonecrop sedum 062 (640x427)The daylilies and the sedum will spread. I’m trying not to over plant things because as soon as I do, I’ll have to be replanting them. Double the work, right? But it looks so barren. The salvia, purple flowers are annuals, so they’ll be gone when it gets cold. The daylilies and sedum are perennials and they’ll keep growing through the years. But for now, everything looks a little scraggly. I think I need some more heat loving, humidity loving annuals to fill in at least for the summer.

This morning, I need to do the financial report for an anthology, and then I’m back to work on SEAL Wolf Undercover, due Jul 1. So no time to goof off. Really.

So with that in mind, I’ve got to reread THAT whole story to remember where I was at. Oh, horrors, nearly started working on the wrong earlier version. I’ve done that before. 18,000 words to go!

Have a wonderful Monday!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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