These are different Oscraps challenges just to play around with. And they’re fun when I need a break from writing and life.
I need only 9,000 more words for You Had Me at Cougar to get my minimum word count. Yay!
So today we’re back to me taking care of little one two days a week and picking her up after school. I managed to actually get 4,000 words on Saturday, and then just a 1,000 yesterday.
I was out photographing the beautiful sunset the other day and my neighbor’s redheaded granddaughter was out with her dad so I took pictures of her so I can turn it into a fantasy picture for them.
I’m working on photos I took of the family to give to them. And then it’s back to the book. Well, and little one will be here. I’ve been losing on average 2 lbs a week also, so I’m really happy about that! I’m at my first goal, working on my next. 🙂
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
Pink Wildflowers in Minnesota. See, now if everything could look this lush and green and non-weedy, I’d be good.
Well, I know I’ve been weeding too much when:
I think I’ve cleared all the weeds and see a few more. And a few more. And a few more.
I begin thinking they have a human brain and know where to grow so I can’t get to them.
I dream about pulling up weeds. Scratch that. Have nightmares about weeds.
I consider pulling up everything and just throwing rocks down. Or black weed paper. Or bring out a the weed/grass/any plant killer.
I pull up flowers instead of weeds in my enthusiasm to get to the weeds.
I’m sure that when I went out to weed yesterday, that patch had been totally cleared and now it’s full of weeds again.
The bark mulch is helping the weeds to grow.
The fertilizer is helping the weeds to grow.
Pulling weeds is helping more weeds to grow.
I’m thinking a wild garden–I mean really wild–is the way to go.
It’s not my fault the weeds are getting to me!
But this morning it was cooler out than usual–courtesy of thunderstorms last night–and so when I realized it, I went out there to tackle 2 flowerbeds. I’d like to say they are both done. But I know there were more weeds lurking out there. But they are mostly done. For the moment. Four more out front to weed still though.
I managed 1,000 words on You Had Me at Cougar and turned in marketing materials for Red Wolf Christmas.
Now, it’s time to get to writing! Have a wonderful day! It’s going to be hot, hot, hot today.
I walked and then worked on weeding part of one flowerbed out front. My flowers and and crepe myrtles and sunshine ligustrum are getting bigger, but the the grass and weeds still manage to take over. I think once it’s a little more shaded out, it will help, or not.
In any event, it’s so hot and muggy even at 8 in the morning, my sunglasses steamed up. It just zaps you of strength. 93 heat index already! And this is the coolest part of the day. If I could have weeded in the dark, it would have been better. lol
Stormy weather over the cornfields in Crawford.
Well, I’ve managed 2,000 words a day for a couple of days. My publisher wants the long synopsis, etc, for red wolf Christmas. They did this to me last year too. I have deadlines of April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st. October is the Christmas book. I was just finishing up the July book. So now they don’t want the July book for July but they want the Christmas book instead? And I worked like crazy to meet a July deadline just so the book is pushed back to publication in January of 2023? I work all the time to meet deadlines. I can’t pull a full length novel out of my head in a few days. I wish!!! Just think of all the books I could write. The question is why did I get myself into this predicament again this year? Because I have a contract, AGAIN, that states when my deadlines are for each book. And Christmas isn’t due until October.
But I’m not going to do this again for a 3rd year in a row.
What am I writing on the Christmas story? I have no idea! I just finished with Billionaire. I have to have time to think of writing the next book.
Anyway, so I’m back to cougar and hope you all have a truly fantastic day! I’m staying in and keeping cool. And writing.
I took the picture of the clouds and alpha wolves. Then added a new backdrop, which is under the clouds in part.
Yesterday was a hectic, but fun day and I managed to lose 2.2 lbs. Now that’s more like it! So I walked and am going swimming in a few, did a little weeding and I’m going to get back to the book. I managed to get 1,000 words yesterday. I tell myself I can’t get out to walk–too hot, or take the time to swim, because I’ll lose so much time writing. Ha! I waste so much time not writing, doing other stuff, and I need the exercise.
Less hectic today, but still need to pick up my granddaughter at preschool this afternoon.
I worked on this wolf, a beta, a picture I took at a wolf reserve in Texas. And then I added one of my own cloud pictures, grass, water. I love water and I enjoy adding it to a composite. I did give the wolf a reflection, but then the water didn’t look realistic enough, so I added a different water on top and it was more rippled, so the reflection of her legs was more hidden. Ripples in water would distort a reflection anyway. I’ve been working on another wolf photo I took, but it’s still not done. And added more of my clouds–Texas has some spectacular cloud formations.
I’m going to try and get more done on You Had Me at Cougar today, but most of the day will be crazy busy. I was going to walk last night, but the heat index was 98. This morning it is 77 degrees, much better. So after I feed the dogs, I’m off to get my walk in! I did manage 1,000 words yesterday, but was doing a lot of cutting and adding so it meant I only managed 1,000 instead of more. I did write a new scene last night and need to type it up, but I’m afraid I’ll be cutting some of the old stuff too.
Okay, I’ve got to get going before little one is here. Because after that, it’s hectic. Well, more so than usual.
I turned in Best of Both Wolves and I worked on You Had Me at Cougar, took my walk, and I’m ready to write. I decided to move a couple of scenes from one book to this, because it fits better and now I’m up to 42K and have 28K to go! So really getting there! Now that I’m incorporating this one though, I’m going to have to make changes throughout the book, but it’s all good.
Maybe I’ll dig up that crepe myrtle for my daughter. I keep planning on it and then everything else comes up.
This is the puffin I’ve been working on, on and off for a few days. I used Photoshop mixture brushes to digitally paint him and added a texture background.
In the meantime, I have 9 more chapters to read on Best of Both Wolves. Yay! And I couldn’t sleep, thinking of how I want to get back to You Had Me at Cougar and work on the elusive Christmas novella also.
I’m excited about that! I really enjoyed both the books I was proofing/editing. I love it when they’re nearly done and ready to be released and it gives me one or two (in the case of Best of Both Wolves when it comes back for final proofing) last time to enjoy them, not in a way that I’m trying to figure out a beginning, middle and end, how to pump up conflict, or make them more romantic, or more wolfish, but that the little mistakes are being fixed and for the most part, I can read them for enjoyment.
I’ve got to run errands this morning, but hoping I can get some of the chapters read early and then when I get home, finish them up. My granddaughter and I played in the water for an hour and a half yesterday and she actually wanted to stay longer, but it was getting too crowded, so when the lifeguard blew the whistle, we went home and ate and then took a walk later. We had a 96 degree heat index, just so hot, though the water was cold still! But it was hot enough to make it enjoyable.
We were supposed to have storms last night, but if so, I didn’t hear them. It’s supposed to just be hot today and all week long. Okay, I’m off to edit some more before I have to run. Have a wonderful day!