I picked the midget tomatoes and the little bell peppers from the garden and the zinnias are getting to be miniatures too now with the onset of cooler weather, so I thought it would be cute to have the fairy in the garden reading a book after picking the vegetables for dinner.
Everything has a story, you know. But if she takes too long, she will be in trouble while she’s lost in the book, another world, another reality.
Bumblebees are territorial and they can get mad when you bother them, but I just had to get some pictures of them so I was madly dashing around the garden taking shots of them every chance I could get.
I read where colleges are back in session, students are getting sick, no quarantine in place, just send them home wherever they are from–brilliant!–so they can spread the virus to their families and hometowns. This reminds me of when I was talking to a college student, from a great distance away, who couldn’t wait to go back to College Station, Texas A & M.
“I’m careful around my parents, but when I’m back at college, we’re going to party! We don’t get it. If we did, it wouldn’t make us that sick.”
“But people of all ages have died from it,” I said.
Nope, he didn’t believe it. Not big enough numbers to convince him. He’s immune. His friends are immune. Let’s party! And so now those same students are being sent back to their families–the ones they said they would protect–and…well, you know where it goes from there.
And who is responsible? The colleges that have opened, instead of doing things virtually. Or quarantined in place, so the students could get better on their own and not spread the virus further.
I rest my case.
I knew I shouldn’t read the news. Little one will be here soon. We’re going to feed the turtles if we can get out before it gets too hot. I’m up to 4,000 words on Tangling of the Wolf, need 16K more! That’s what I love about novellas. Short and sweet. Though mine usually end up around 28K.
This is a red crepe myrtle and I planted it last year, but all the other varieties of crepe myrtles had bloomed but this one. So a few days ago, I saw it had finally bloomed. I finally got out to take pictures of the flowers. Make mental note–this crepe myrtle is a LATE bloomer.
Well, still waiting for a review on the last portrait I did before I can move on. Though I’ve done the next two and one of my own.
In the meantime, I also started writing Tangling with the Wolf, the novella for Dreaming of the Wolf. I couldn’t think of anything–and then I found a writing prompt where someone drops a paper napkin on someone else’s table with a warning–leave, while you still can.
Okay, so what could be the trouble? Then I had it! Where I had lived before, different biker gangs ended up at a pub, armed with knives and guns and started a fight. Perfect!!!
So I have my first 2,000, and I’m off to write 2,000 a day, on days I don’t take care of little one. Three-thousand if I can figure out what to write!
I also was studiously digging up plants I don’t want, weeds I don’t want, and once it’s all cleaned out, I’ll plant a couple of plants I do want in their place. It’s best if you can plant the right plants in a place first, but sometimes you don’t know how well they will do until after you’ve let them grow, or not grow, for a couple of years. It looks like I’ll be replacing all of my sky pencil holly as one after another bite the dust. *sigh*
The last two nights I couldn’t shut down my brain until after midnight. Why? I’m thinking of the art class I’m doing, what I need to do next. I’m thinking of Wolff Bros, what I need to do next. I’m thinking of weeding, what I need to do next. I’m hearing baby songs playing in my head.
The good thing is, I’m only 9,000 words away from my minimum word count on the novel. yay!
I’m off to write!!! It’s getting down to the wire now. I need to figure out how to wrap it up. Once it’s written from beginning to end, I have fun going through and adding to the story.
Wallaby and joey from San Diego, fuchsia flower from walk, pink flowers at arboretum in Minnesota.
It was so fun traveling around. I don’t go very often, maybe once a year to some place new, so I hope we will be able to again sometime in the not too distant future–like next year.
Getting together with my daughter and granddaughter today. Next week is the last time we get to do this and then she’s back to her regular hours, 5 days a week. This has always been a special time for us, but more so now with the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Have a great day, and hope you don’t get tired of hearing this, but please stay safe!
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
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.
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.
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.
Okay, so quick note, Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing is free today!!!
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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.