I was out weeding, another cooler morning, yay! I need to put out the trash. But I’m thinking I need to take a walk too. So many things to do when it’s cooler for only a few more minutes this morning!
I created this from a mushroom background photo, added another mushroom, and then added the rendered Leafling Elf, tree frog, flowers and worked magic on the whole thing. Her eyes are human. I didn’t like the look of the 3D eyes. And I added human hair also. And of course all kinds of shadowing, light, blurring to give depth of field and reduce the sharpness of edges.
Sometimes it’s fun to jump into a fantasy world before I go back to the real world of shapeshifting wolves and cougars. lol
I had to pick up my granddaughter from daycare and the poor little thing was crying. The reason? They woke her from her nap. Now the ironic thing about that is she doesn’t need naps. Ever. She doesn’t fall asleep every afternoon. No siree, Bob. She doesn’t need naps. lol
Today I have her for the day, but still need to get a million things done. My audiobooks are non-exclusive with audible now so I need to set them up on Findaway Voices. That’s 17 titles, so it will take me a while. I finished proofing Primal Desire yesterday, and I started proofing Saving the White Cougar and I was working on promo blogs for The Wolf Wore Plaid and a little bit on You Had Me at Cougar, the summer book. So a lot of stuff that I need to get done before the baby gets here because I’ll be helping the kids with him next too. Oh and next up is the next Billionaire book once I proof White Wolf.
So my granddaughter goes to the doctor with her momma to get the baby checked out. It’s due in about 6 weeks. The doctor lets her hear the baby’s heartbeat.
“Did you want to hear your heartbeat?” the doctor asked my granddaughter.
Her eyes widen. “I don’t have a baby in my tummy!”
The shark picture is mine. The mermaid and mermen from DAZ3D, the porpoise and some of the fish from pixelsquid. The merfolk are courting and everyone has to get in on the act. Do you see Dory and Nemo in the picture? I had to add them for my granddaughter. First, I had Dory, and immediately she asked where Nemo was.
When I first started blogging years ago, I thought I had to do this so seriously, so perfectly, so properly. Then I became me. Then the blog wasn’t a chore. I can be silly, or serious, or me.
Now that my public service announcement is over with, I woke this morning thinking, ohmigod, what day is it? Tuesday? I didn’t get any writing done, hardly and little one will be here tomorrow. Wait, no, it can’t be. Whew, it’s Sunday.
Maybe Groundhound Day is messing with me.
No, the Fae. Yesterday in the middle of the day, do you know what I heard? The dishwasher running. All. On. Its. Own. I ran over, touched it, it was vibrating, and then…it stopped. The Fae are DEFINITELY trying to get my attention.
Alright, already. I’ll write another of your books. But after….
So yesterday, I wrote 2,000 words on Wolf in Need. It will be the new novella in the 10th Anniversary of Wolf Fever. Yay!!
Only managed about 500 on Highland Wolf. Hopefully I’ll do better on it today. I think that’s why I woke up thinking I hadn’t done enough on my 4 days “off,” that means my 4 days of writing.
I’ve been cutting back the dead growth on pentas and other plants and the irises had to be nipped back. Still have to do that with plants out front today. The pentas are supposed to be only annuals. But some are still flowering. So I’m going to see if they come back this year. If not, I’ll just pick up some new ones. They’re the only annuals I plant, usually. I mainly just plant perennials that will come back every year.
Okay, I’m off and editing on Highland Wolf. And have to think of where to go next on both that and Wolf in Need for today.
Have a beautiful Sunday! It’s Sunday, yay! Not Tuesday!
I spent all morning weeding and putting down bark mulch but creating fantasy composites is so much more fun. I managed 4,000 words yesterday on Highland Wolf, and need to get going on my word count today! I have 62 words.
I love fantasy. Okay, so I did it! I wrote the 6,000 words to catch up on Highland Wolf yesterday. Today’s goal is 2,000, hoping to get 4,000!
It’s warmer out, yay! And I’ll try and get some more weeding done. I do it daily, every time I take the dogs out. And I did 3 composites for my neighbor yesterday of their granddaughter. She’s just adorable. I took her out for this composite and added a fairy and flamingo instead to show off!
I worked on so many necessary projects outside, weather was gorgeous, that I didn’t get my writing done. I did finish all the edits on the novella, but need to add one more scene and it was too late, and I couldn’t think. Otherwise, once that’s done, I can turn it in.
I managed to add 1,000 at the last moment to the vampire book.
But I did use the extensions on the vacuum to clean the gutters, still working on it. It’s a major job, but I love being able to get it done and not pay someone $60 to do it every couple of weeks! I’m hoping once I get them cleaned out, the pine trees will stop shedding too much more, but if I keep after it, it won’t be that hard to do.
My pavers were falling underneath the fence also, adjoining my neighbor’s and so I picked up some stones to put under them, hopefully that will prevent them from sinking again. That was a job too.
And I was exercising while I was proofing the book, so I did get some things done. Just not all the word count I wanted.
Okay, little one is on her way, and I’m hoping I might get some word count when she takes a nap. Or…not. I got 1,000 words before she arrived. woohoo!
I managed 3,000 words on the vampire romance, and 2,000 on the Highland Wolf yesterday, so all wins. I even reached the 3rd level of the tower in my game. I got edits for the Red Wolf novella last night though, so I’ll have to work on that. Usually when I get edits, I work on them straight through to the end. And I don’t get my word count. So today, fingers crossed, I’m going to get my deadline book word count of 2,000 and do the edits and maybe get 1,000 on my vampire romance, so I don’t lose ground on it.
See, here I thought I wouldn’t have the vampire book finished until the end of the year, but I might have it done, if I can keep up writing on both, by the end of the month. And, then I have another vampire romance I had started that’s at 24,000 words, I think, so I might start working on it too after I’ve finished the other. It would be so nice to finish up some of my works in progress this year. Then I’ll have to continue working on edits on the Red Wolf book tomorrow. It’s really clean, the editor said, so shouldn’t be too difficult.
I have to run errands today too. They always take a chunk out of the day. A necessary evil. Okay, I’m off and running!
Added 2,000 more to the vampire story yesterday. This morning I’m just trying to get warm, though I need to take out the garbage and the dogs. Yesterday, we had heavy frost on everything and the roofs made it look like it had snowed.
In other news: you just never know where a story idea might come from. I was reading an article about reversing aging by adding certain chemicals to cells. Now, just think of the repercussions of that! Even very old people can rejuvenate their bodies through this process. Not just stop aging, but reverse it! Sounds like science fiction.
Can you imagine all the businesses that would be put out of business? All the new startup businesses that would evolve? Some that would be illegal, trying to sell a product that would be dangerous to users? Or cheaper because the procedure is too expensive? Facelifts are out. Forget the cosmetics that claim rejuvenating ingredients.
Chemical salons would start up and people could sit in the salon chairs to get their chemical treatments and watch their wrinkled skin tighten and become ageless.
But what if you get addicted to it? Like some are to plastic surgery? What if one treatment every year isn’t enough? What if…you went too far. Or it affected people differently. One rejuvenated the right amount, and another became a juvenile.
For the condition in children where they age rapidly, this might be a good way for them to aid them in slowing down or even reversing the process. For the rest of us? Hmmm, could I remember more? Write faster? Have a few more years to finish the millions of books I have on my computer and in my head before I die?
Hey, you know how you were always told that Goldilocks was guilty of breaking and entering the three bears home? Broke furniture, ate their porridge, was caught sleeping in baby bear’s bed? Well, did you know that they were shifters?
See? Goldie was pleading her case to the bears and I’m not sure they were buying it. Maybe if she gave baby bear her teddy bear, they’ll let her go with a stern warning.
Okay, shockingly enough, I managed to play with baby AND finish creating a cover for the print version of Woodland Fae, and finish formatting it, and sent it for preview. And it’s now available too. And the ebook is available at Barnes and Noble.
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.
She’s not supposed to be abandoned on the elves’ planet.
Today has been a fae day!!!!! Which means that everything that could go wrong, could go wrong. First, I was taking out the trash and bringing in my Halloween decoration and the puppies got out. I LOVE my neighbors. One of the men tried to chase the two down, got one home, alerting me that they had sneaked out the front door when I hadn’t properly closed it. And then two other neighbors chased Max down. I walked, drove around the neighborhoods, couldn’t find him, but when I got home, Eugene Ping had him in his truck. THANK YOU! I don’t believe Max would have figured out how to get home. Dumb dog. Don’t they know that that’s where they get all their loving?????
But the fae day wasn’t just mine. When I took my car in to get an oil change, the one guy there had lost a customer’s keys, and the guy working on my car left his phone in my vehicle. Thankfully, I had stopped by Starbucks for a peppermint mocha to make myself feel better and saw his phone. I was able to swing around and return to the oil change place and drop off the phone. Had I gone to the grocery store like where I was headed next first, it would have been a real mess trying to get back to the oil change place. (Is it too evil of me to be glad that the fae don’t only mess with me???)
Anyway, so it’s been a fae day.
On the way home from the grocery store yesterday, I saw a wild red baby pig. I so wished I could have stopped the car and gotten a picture!!!! I’ve heard they are in our woods, but I had never seen one.
We were under tornado watch last night until 10 pm for Halloween. I had lots of trick-or-treaters before I took baby home to her parents and had dinner and watched Hocus Pocus with them. We had a great time. But I had to leave to go home during the brunt of the storm, 5″ of rain, could barely see the road and it was flooded, but luckily, everyone was really driving slow, couldn’t believe it. Usually, it doesn’t matter how bad the conditions, you always have someone rushing to get somewhere. At least I didn’t have to worry about kids out looking for candy.
So I’m off to work on Darkland Elf. I’ve promised it FOREVER, and it’s been on my TBA list in all my books FOREVER, so it’s about to finally be done. Then it’s back to: The Witch and the Jaguar, Woodland Fae, and Claiming the White Bear.
Okay, so here’s the deal. I’m signed up for National Novel Writing Month, but you can only list one book in there. I found on the forums a group who are like me! Yay! I couldn’t imagine I was so unique. Yes, we are all working on multiple manuscripts. And like me, we want to work on all of them. With NaNoMo, you are supposed to get at least 50K done on one. I can’t. I need to finish Darkland Fae (already at word count), write 20K on The Witch and the Warlock, 30K on Woodland Fae, and not sure on Claiming the White Bear. 🙂 So I’m working on as many projects as I can to finish some of them up this month.
I will get 50,000 words for NaNoMo, but it will be for multiple stories.
AND, I got Day of the Wolf back that I need to read over, an I have edits for Silver Town Christmas I need to go over.
Now that the dogs are home safe and sound, and I’ve run my errands, it’s time to get cracking on the books!