The siren might be at sea, but I’m in a sea of germs. I’m sick again. Ugh. My granddaughter keeps giving me her colds that she’s picking up at daycare, and I am not getting enough sleep to fight them off.
She normally would have gone home at 4 or so yesterday, but I had her to nearly 9. So no rest, very little writing, did make a little headway on proofing Joy to the Wolves. Up to chapter 5. Twenty-eight chapters to go.
I’m hoping I can get some rest today. And get word count too. Or maybe just get the proofing done. I hate having three projects hanging over my head!
Everyone needs a tooth fairy and just giving a little change under the pillow isn’t enough. Wouldn’t it be neat if she could fix teeth? Now that would make her a real tooth fairy, in my estimation.
Well, little one didn’t go home until 5 last night, but I did get my promotional blog done for You Had Me at Wolf and I sent it off. And I did the first skimming read through to check for any mistakes that the editor pointed out and I concurred with, or didn’t. It’s a 103,000-word book, so a long book. I’ve got to start reading it word for word next, to see if any changes need to be made. I’ll do that on my non-word goal day after little one goes home on Friday. Today is a word goal day for both the novel and novella I’m working on. But at least I feel I’m right where I need to be.
I was annihilated in the one challenge on Tower of Time. I wanted to do three battles, just the challenges, and this was the last one available to me. It said it was impossible, but I’ve done the impossible before, so I went in, feeling rather confident, and I had two people left, two others meeting their demise, all my summoned characters dying, and our health was failing fast. No healer among them. I will try it again some other time, when I hope to be better equipped for it. My goal, being the goal-oriented person I am, was to do one more battle last night, the last challenge and since that didn’t work out, I went off to the 8th floor, where there were about four monster battles waiting for me before I could go any further. I only wanted to do one and then go to bed and edit on the novella.
It’s kind of funny, really. On one of the challenges, it said they would soften me up for the really bad guys, so I held back on my magic use, intending to use it on the really bad guys when they turned up so I wouldn’t deplete my mana (magic). I usually watch the bar at the top that shows what percentage of bad guys are left. I wasn’t watching it. I was watching for the really bad guys to show their faces, then I’d use my magic to whittle them down.
All of a sudden, I won. Wait! What happened to the really bad guys? I loved it! So then on the last battle I did last night, it said I had 3 really bad guys to deal with and tons and tons of others would be called to battle. So I concentrated on one baddy at a time, then saw two other bad guys show up and got rid of them while dealing with the last really bad one, and that was it! I won! So much better than that last challenge. I will have to try later when I can figure another way to beat them. I’m afraid on the 8th floor, I’ll have something similar, so I really need to get through it.
This is how I write too. Getting through one challenge at a time.
Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! Little one could listen to it all day long. When she’s still waking up in the morning, I put it on for her. Then try to get my blog done. But now I have to read her Baby Dragon.
The temperature dropped to 35, and tomorrow it will be just 36. Then the next day 70. Now we’re reading the Pout-Pout Fish.
Okay, off to get another book. I Love You More Each Day!
So I managed to write 5,000 words yesterday, 3,000 on Highland Wolf and 2,000 on Wolf and Need. Yay!!!! I got edits for Joy to the Wolves yesterday and I HAVE to do a promotional blog for YOU Had ME at WOLF. I hope to at least do the promotional blog today. Little one is going to have me read all her books to her.
A little chickadee in three different moods. It’s like writing too. Stories have mood. Scenes have mood. You have moods.
I managed to get 2,000 on Wolf in Need and 2,000 words on Highland Wolf! Now when I say that, it’s usually more. I just have to get the 2,000. The day before yesterday, it was 2273 on Highland Wolf. Last night it was 2375. And on Wolf in Need, I’m 55 words closer to my goal today.
The dishwasher repairman is supposed to come today. Yay!
I managed to fight all the monsters over again in Tower of Time, after I did the wrong thing for one of my characters in a challenge and she wasn’t balanced. Can’t have that. Luckily, I had saved an early game, but had to go through all the battles again. So now I’m on the 8th floor in the tower. Yay!
And it’s going to be warm again today, which means I’ve got to do more yard work. Tomorrow little one will be here and it’s supposed to be rainy and cold. For us. It’s all relative. It’s certainly not cold like it is up north. Here, we have lots of flowers blooming.
Okay, I’m off to write before these guys get here. Between 8-12. Will they arrive at 8? I’m ready! But I’m not counting on it!
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!
They usually come in pairs. Someone said that her mate may be guarding a nest. I can buy that. A male cardinal was on my bird feeder yesterday. Alone.
I’m still trying to come up with an idea for the novella for the 10th Anniversary of Wolf Fever. I was looking at story prompt ideas and snatched a few for for something else, maybe, or changed quite a bit for my own need. Still not coming up with the one I want for this.
With novellas, they are much shorter–mine around 25-30K rather than 90+ on a novel. So the story can’t have a lot of subplots and it has to be quick hitting, action right away, conflict right away, meeting between hero and heroine right away.
So my dishwasher’s not working. I just figured I’d forgotten to start it. But nope. Yesterday, I was washing all the dishes by hand, but last night I had toddler dishes and mine from the day I needed to get to. Well, I was busy with trying to finish the letter to the reader, my editor wanted it longer, and I hear the sound of the dishwasher rumbling. It’s working! All on its own. Not with me starting it or anything. I dashed into the kitchen, threw all the stuff in that needed to be washed. closed the door. Nothing. Started the dishwasher, nothing.
I hoped it would just miraculously decide to start up in the middle of the night. Nope.
One word for it: Fae
So this morning I’m trying to do my blog and I get an error message. No fixing it. I transferred block by block my whole blog, telling myself I should write shorter. I’m a writer! What can you expect?
The fae? Probably. They haven’t heard me talking about a book for them yet for this year and they’re giving me a hard time over it.
All right, off to edit Highland Wolf and get started on my word count.
If you’re wondering what I’m up to all the time: Releases coming up for this year! The schedule was just set. Feb 26, 2020 You Had Me at Wolf (Wolff Bros of Silver Town) Mar 31, 2020 10th Anniversary of Legend of the White Wolf (new novella included) May 26, 2020 Night of the Billionaire Wolf (Billionaire She-Wolf this time!) Sep 29, 2020 Joy to the Wolves (Red Wolf Series) Oct 27, 2020 10th Anniversary of Seduced by the Wolf (new novella) Nov 24, 2020 10th Anniversary of Wolf Fever (new novella)
And that’s a wrap for SB releases for 2020. I should also have Vampire Redemption out this year and maybe a couple of other books. I need to write the novella for Wolf Fever now, just did the Letter to the Reader and I’m over halfway done on Highland Wolf (2021 release). I don’t have the covers for Joy to the Wolves, the 10th Anniversary copy of Seduced by the Wolf and Wolf Fever yet, but will show them off when I do.
I only managed to write the Letter to the Reader for Wolf Fever and 400 words on Highland Wolf last night. Little one is a handful and she didn’t go home until later than usual. So today is writing day, though I need to drop the dogs off at the groomers and I need to get some more food as my cupboards are bare. Which translates to: I’m running out of potatoes and chocolate. We all have to have some priorities in life.
I need to read Wolf Fever over again, since it’s been 10 years since I wrote it and one of my fans said I might write about Ryan’s subleader, Granbury. I’ll have to see what I said about him.
I was also trying to figure out my Heroine’s brothers’ names in the Highland Wolf. She has 3. I’ve only mentioned one of them by name in all the threads throughout the stories in the series. That’s because I end up with way too many characters in my stories and too many to follow along. So since she’s been a secondary character, and so has her brother, I didn’t mention the others. Now I need to. Which is fun because I can create all new characters.
I managed to get 4,000 words, while taking pictures of the birds in the rain. It rained, and rained, and rained yesterday. It was wonderful. We haven’t had much lately and it’s so nice to have a change of pace. Particularly since I wasn’t going anywhere, and the lighting was perfect for bird photography.
Yes, starlings are bad birds, like blackbirds and cowbirds that chase away all the other birds for the food. But this one, maybe it’s checking things out before it tells all its other friends to come and get it, but it didn’t bite. And it left, but not before I managed a few shots of it. I’ve never seen one before, so that’s always fun.
Okay, Little One should be here any second, and I’ve got to get ready. Non-word count day. But maybe I’ll get a little done when she leaves.