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Azalea–Soft Flowers

The challenge this week in the flower photography FB group is to do soft flower photography. In the yellow hydrangea and white flower, the softness was created in camera.

In the azalea, I added layers of brush work, then topped it with a texture overlay. Creating the soft look in the photos in camera is fun though. I’m going to try and do some more of that.

Today we’re celebrating my son-in-law’s birthday, so trying to get some writing in this morning and this afternoon. I didn’t think about getting wrapping paper for the birthday presents! And with Covid-19, I don’t make all kinds of extra shopping trips for stuff I forget, so I’ll need to find something! We don’t even get paper bags any longer, so that I could wrap it in brown paper and decorate! Maybe I have some more of little one’s birthday paper. lol

Hope you all have a great day!

Terry

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Coneflower

I managed to get some background colors of yellow coreopsis and purple Spanish heather.

My goal is to finish writing Red Wolf by Sunday. I didn’t get but 250 words yesterday with little one here. So I have 4 more days to finish writing the book. That doesn’t mean I’ve finished it to turn in. After the book is done, I have to read and edit it. That is the fun part. Seriously. Making it better!

I’ve been getting my daily walk in before it’s light out. It’s getting to mid-90’s all week.

Have a fun day!!!

Terry

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Natural Bokeh in Photos

I had to practice at this, getting up close to the object and looking for interesting light behind it.

Here’s a great link to an article about how to do it.

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/bokeh-for-beginners.html

Sometimes it’s impossible to get any distance between your subject and the background, or you can’t get too close or you’ll chase your subject off. But if you have still life to photograph, or subjects that are prone to hold put even if you get closer to them, you can get some interesting effects. I love the bubbled bokeh, but creamy will do too. In the yellow and white mother’s day flowers, the bubbles are yellow esperanza in sunlight, and the flowers were on the patio. So when I went to shoot them, in the shade, the esperanza across the lawn several feet away gave a spectacular yellow bubble effect.

With the purple flowers, the bubbly effect is a waterfall behind them. The fall leaves–light filtering through the trees. The caterpillar–light reflecting off plants, and the wild grasses–that was harder since they were mostly on top of each other. I had to find some that I could get close to and the background faded away.

I try to get the sharpness of the subject, not really paying attention to the background as much, but I joined a group on Facebook to share silhouettes, bokeh, and reflections. I love to do the latter two, so it’s made me make more of an effort to try and find a fun light source behind my subject for natural bokeh when I can.

Ran to the grocery store this morning–empty, yes! Of people that is. I went at 8 am, but learned they are now open at 7 am, so will be going earlier next time. I haven’t gone in 3 weeks, most food in, lots of beef wasn’t available. But I really needed fresh veggies and fruits, and shoot, forgot tilapia and garbage bags. Always something.

And I took a walk first thing before it gets hot.

I’m off to write. Got my 80K in yesterday!!! Yay! So now I need to wrap this puppy up.

Have a great and safe day!!!

Terry

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Adding Textures to Photos

I used Daily Textures and Magnolia Textures to emphasize what I wanted to and exclude the rest. On the zinnia and hummingbird picture, I used the same texture both around the flowers as a background and another on top.

If I had my feeders away from the shrubs, then I could capture a creamy background instead. But the birds like the protection of the vegetation. We have shinned-tail hawks out here that would love to swoop down and have a nice meal too.

I have 3,000 words to go on Red Wolf to make 80,000 words, the minimum word count. Hope to get that today!

I’m on a NO chocolate, NO chips diet. I’ve been doing it for 4 days and feel so much better, lost 3 lbs right away. I don’t eat a lot of processed foods, so no sugar added that way. Yay!

Today, I found this article on sugar and how bad it can be for you. Brain fog? Okay, anything that messes with my writing can’t be good for me.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-stop-eating-sugar

I needed this!

I’m off to write. Have a super safe and for me, sugar and chips free day. You can’t only eat one.

Terry

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Macro Flowers

Yellow daylily, yellow gerbera daisy, coneflower, coneflower, milkweed, sunflower, zinnia

Okay, so quick note, Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing is free today!!!

A 2016 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Nominee for Paranormal Worldbuilding!

First in a BRAND-NEW SERIES from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear about filthy rich werewolves and the women who are more than their match.

Billionaire werewolf Rafe Denali always gets what he wants, and he always trusts his gut. When sexy she-wolf Jade Ashton nearly drowns outside his beach house, he knows better than to bring her into his life. But there’s something about the fierce wolf that triggers his most primal instincts…and having seen her, he knows she will be his.

Even if she’s hiding a dark secret that could get them killed…

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I was working on Red Wolf still since Highland Wolf (Wolf Wore Plaid) edits weren’t due back until Jun 30 and I’m close to getting word count on Red Wolf. I was trying to reach it and then go to work on Highland Wolf. Then I was asked if I was getting it done SOON because it needs to go on the back cover, etc. Ack.

So yesterday I switched gears and did all the edits and am now working on proofing it and am on ch 9. I have 18 chapters to go and little one will be here shortly. Sooooooo, I will try to get a chapter done before she gets here and after she leaves, some more done!

At least this will be done by tomorrow and I can get back to work on Red Wolf! I took my walk first thing because little one doesn’t like to take walks often and I needed to get it in. She’s having too much fun at Grandma’s house to leave the house.

Have a fun day!

Terry

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Flowers to Brighten Your Day

Okay, so I wrote 400 words on Red Wolf yesterday and I couldn’t get anywhere with it and wham! I get Wolf Fever’s 10th Anniversary Edition to proof, along with the new novella. I started on that, figuring it was easier to proof than to write the other novel, and I need to turn this in 9 days from now. I’m up to page 84 of 361 and raring to go this morning.

But first, my computer crashed and I was in the middle of redoing a cover for Scepter of Salvation. And of course when I brought up Photoshop, it wasn’t one of the pictures that was recovered. Of. Course.

And I have no idea if Red Wolf was recovered properly either. I haven’t opened it up yet.

That is my morning, and it’s going to get better. I’m going to make sure of it! Off to get going on Wolf Fever! So I can get back to Red Wolf!

Have a wonderful day free of stress, if that’s at all possible in the world today.

Terry

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So I went to blog yesterday, and they changed everything up again. Please, leave things alone. *sigh*

Red rosebud getting ready to bloom. I love red flowers in the garden. I love purple, but red is really showy. And the butterflies and hummingbirds agree. The bees love any color. They’ll “flock” to my holly’s white flowers in spring even. But I have yellow, lavender, hot pink flowers, and still, the hummingbirds and butterflies prefer the red flowers above all else.

And, did I mention it’s showy? When I see a row of red roses or red-flowering crape myrtles or azaleas, they catch my eye more than white or any other color. I love the combination of red and purple. And some yellow makes for a pretty scene. But green evergreens help to bring it all together. In my humble opinion.

So for the last two days, I was trying to work on Vampire Redemption, Highland Wolf edits, and shipped off books to readers. I also dropped off my tax paperwork, and picked up plants and dirt, the fun part of the day!

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I picked up red pentas, a hummingbird and butterfly magnet, and a pink hibiscus, they didn’t have red, so I got pink for my granddaughter because that is her favorite color, and a couple of citronella plants. Now, they said they stave off mosquitoes. NOT true. They have to have their leaves crushed to do that. False advertising!

Okay, so I’m working of vampire redemption edits this morning, have 1 more scene to write. I need to start proofing Highland Wolf and then send it off. And I need to ship another 30 books or so today. Oh, and plant!!!

I planted 20 of the pentas last night, a bunch of flower seeds, have more, and I need to plant the hibiscus and some salvia seeds.

Have a fun day! Mine is happily busy. No little one. Spring Break. Yay, for Grandma! Which means I really have to get stuff done with the unexpected extra time on my hands. Yay!

Terry

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Fall Festival

Do you see the little goats trying to escape? The donkey that wants to? And the baby pig that is looking for something to eat?

I should be sleeping, but my shoulder and arm hurt too much so I gave up on it. I’m doing edits on Red Wolf Christmas. Does this sound familiar?

While I was waiting for the kids to show up at the fair, I was taking some pictures of flowers, the pond, and wild grasses. I’m not sure what the flowers are, but they have a shape similar to some I have growing in my garden, different color and they’re great for hummingbirds.

I’m off to finish up the edits I wrote up and then head back to bed. It’s only 4 am. Have a super, lovely, fun-filled day!!!

Terry

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Giant Swallowtail and Storms

It’s been a morning and a half. About 2 months ago, I reinjured my shoulder where I’d torn the rotator cuff. It took a year to heal. But thankfully, in 14 years, it was fine. Until I reinjured it. I think it was lifting all those 40 lbs of bags of mulch, 18 of them about 2 months ago. Anyway, it kept getting worse and worse and worse. The first time, I had a frozen shoulder and could only raise my arm part way. I had to have surgery. It’s not as bad this time, but it aches constantly and so sleeping is intermittent.

So this morning I was in awful pain as usual, and I just gave up on it and began editing the book again at 4 am. We’ve had torrential storms from the tropical storm and had 9″ of rain already. I had to take the dogs out on their leashes to get them to do their duty. NO WAY were they going out in the lightning and thunder and pouring rain to do anything. They could hold it. Right. lol But if I took them out, they felt a little safer.

Anyway, so I’m up to ch 15, trying to still figure out how to end this. If I could get a couple of good nights of sleep, maybe I could figure it out!

I had made so many changes, so many new scenarios, so many shifts of scenes that I need to see if it was all working. So far, so good.

Have a great day! I love the rain. I wish it would spread out a little and not all come at once though!

Terry

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Hummingbird

I finished edits on Night of the Billionaire Wolf and turned it in. Yay! Now I’m back to Red Wolf Christmas. It’s due in 2 weeks and I’m still working on it. It would be all right if I had it finished and was just editing it, but…it’s not finished. ugh.

This morning I moved a scene to a couple of chapters earlier. Which changes things for the next about 3 chapters. The butterfly effect. I haven’t figured out the ending, or what ties everything together yet. sigh. It’s got to come soon!

Okay, I’m off to work on it and hope your day is beautifully orchestrated.

Terry

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