The birds love the water fountain. So do the squirrels. I do too. There’s something relaxing about listening to a fountain bubbling away. Or a stream too.
I’m 100 pages into proofing Red Wolf, 145 pages to go!
We might get rain next week. I sure hope so. I was out pulling weeds this morning in the semi-dark to beat the heat, but it would help to have wetter ground to pull weeds. Do you ever notice that weeds thrive no matter if they have water or not? Maybe I should just grow weeds. They’re happy!
I always get up early, but 4:30 is a little early now when I don’t have to get up that early for little one. But my daughter wanted to go to the hardware store and a garden center on a Saturday before the heat and crowds came, so at 5:30, we were out and about.
So we got to see the sunrise before the hardware store opened, picked up mulch, which I just put down before it gets much hotter, and of course need more.
But neither of us have very big cars, so we can’t get all that much and we both needed some. Stores were all empty and that was great!
It was fun though. We haven’t been able to do this since last year. We always go together once or twice during the spring or summer.
I’m busy trying to revise Red Wolf and still trying to finish it. I changed a few things and that meant major rewrites and moving sections all around. What a job. lol But someone’s got to do it. And it always means it’s better.
Have a super safe day! I’m home and staying there now!!!
It always gets away from me. I think sometimes that maybe it would be best to just have…grass.
But taking pictures of tons of grass would be downright…boring.
Okay, little one will be here any second. I was out weeding like crazy and cutting back some rosebush branches that were dead.
And I was using the Wacom to paint a tulip, first lesson. I am so bad with the Wacom, it’s like being a toddler and learning how to draw with a crayon. So trying to learn a painting skill with it on top of that makes it doubly bad. I was doing better on a bottle, lemon, and pear with the mouse. I did them with the pen also. But I’m sure as I get more used to it–practice does make things better!–I will get better at it.
The pen doesn’t want to curve when I want to curve. It wants to squiggle.
This is the first lesson in painting color onto blown-out highlights in Beyond the Brushes. We haven’t gotten the training in edges yet. I have 3 other practice pictures to work on after this. But I’m also going to pull up the first 3 pictures of the bottle, lemon, and pear and redo them to get more practice in. My Wacom wouldn’t work yesterday so I gave up on it and just worked on Red Wolf. I had worked on that all day, but was taking a break from that to paint the picture.
They show people doing beautiful pictures with people and pets. The fur critters is what I want to do.
Went to the grocery store yesterday, and was glad to see that most people were distancing and wearing masks. This woman came up to me and said, “Ma’am. Ma’am.” And I looked up from peering at the meats to see my daughter in a mask. lol We’d had the same idea.
Okay, off to get my day started. I actually managed to write 3,000 words yesterday, yay! and shooting for 50K this week. I need to get started on the edits to Highland Wolf, but I don’t want to stop writing on Red Wolf and have to figure out where I’m at in the book again.
My daughter started a bunch of seedlings: tomato plants, bell peppers, sweet baby watermelon, thyme, and basil, so I planted everything also. My tomato plant toppled over in high winds and I had to start tying it up. My daughter had given me the seedling about 6 weeks ago, and it has all kinds of flowers already. Just keep watching to see if any of them became the first tomatoes.
Have a great day!!! Need to get my dogs up, and start the routine again!
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.
I planted a whole lot of the seeds there, and I hope that’s purple salvia and not just weeds. Otherwise I should be tearing them up right now and not waiting!
Here it is in one flowerbed, but I haven’t seen any sign of it this year. It’s a perennial, so it should keep coming back. I have another flowerbed where it seems to have vanished too.
Here it is in another flowerbed and it’s growing strong. I need to take pictures of it. And the other with just the seedlings, that’s a new flowerbed. They’re really beautiful if I can just keep seeing them year after year. And yes, for master gardeners, I’m sure the seedlings are all too close together. So what do I do? Try to transplant them? Or keep trying to figure out my plot for this book and carry on?
I managed to reach 10,000 words on Red Wolf. 70,000 to go. Still need a great plot and conflict between the hero and heroine! I’m also redoing a cover for one of my fantasy books. I’ve looked at tons of book cover artists premades, but don’t see what I’m looking for and when I try to have something custom made, I usually am not that happy with it.
I could say that my writer’s block is because I’ve written probably 70 books and it’s hard coming up with brand new plot ideas. I could say it’s all the alarming news about the coronavirus and what is in store for all the countries of the world that are dealing with this–and believe me, I worry about everyone everywhere! I could say it’s because sometimes this is just my method of madness and if I keep writing I will have an ah-ha moment and know just what I need to do to fix it.
And I could say it’s a combination of all three and I’d probably be right. But I persevere in the face of real catastrophe while I try to concentrate on the deadline book, because the deadline isn’t going away.
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!
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!
My first day of the vegout: potato and tomatoes! I’m not sure what I’m going to have today, but I’ll figure out something. The chives are fresh from my garden. Every year since I planted them in my pots, they’ve survived outside during every kind of weather and I’ve had fresh cut chives for my potatoes daily. So now you know my secret. I nearly always have a potato.
When my granddaughter was telling my daughter what the vegetables were in a book, she came to the potato and said, “Grandma’s potato.” She loves them as much as I do. Kid after my own heart. Her daddy does too though! But her mom thought that was some funny.
It’s going to be 80 degrees today and I want to shop for plants!!! I want to fill in one of the flowerbeds to overflowing so I don’t have to weed so much. Right now, it’s a bed with a few daylillies, gerbera daisies, coneflowers, salvia, a crape myrtle, a rosebush, a ligustrum, and lots of grass and weeds. It’s not like I haven’t planted other things in there to try and fill it in. It’s just that a lot of it isn’t making it. I’ve had this problem before. I keep adding plants and pulling out plants that are dying or dead, and then I add different plants. Trial and error. So in this one spot I was having trouble with in Oklahoma, suddenly, every plant I planted there grew and grew and grew. Too much.
Laughing. So I figure the same thing will happen here. Eventually. I have another flowerbed like that. So I need to do the same with it.
Okay, well, the good news is I think I wrote the last scene for Highland Wolf. I won’t know until I start reading it over today from beginning to end. Which needs to be my focus instead of shopping for plants. *sigh* But it’s perfect planting weather!
Have a wonderful day doing whatever you need or want to do!!!
I love to garden, create bears, photograph things, create composites, and though it’s my occupation, I LOVE to create stories!
You know, they say to be a writer, you need to be a reader, and I was while growing up. I wrote stories back then too of my own creation, but I loved to read–everything from mysteries to fantasies. Later, I was teaching my kids to read and I was creating stories for them. And then later, I was reading my teen daughter’s young adult fiction, something we didn’t have as kids, fell in love, and began writing that. But I also fell in love in romance. Mostly I read historical fiction romance. Sometimes paranormal or sci-fi romance.
I also loved to do tons of needlework. Some of my favorite gifts at Christmas were needlework projects. I was creating cloth dolls when my dad asked if I could make an old time teddy bear to sit with the doll furniture and carriages they were creating. So I did, and the Wilde & Woolly Bear business was born.
Gardening? That didn’t start until I had my second home in Oklahoma. I was out in the snow planting a thousand pines on the slope of our hilltop home, for erosion control. It was really rocky up there, so I dug rocks up everywhere, but watch out for the scorpions. The loved to hide under the rocks. I laid my shovel down one time, picked it up and was stung by a scorpion that had crawled onto the handle. Here, we have fire ants, but there, the scorpions were awful. I planted a rosebush hedge and the neighbor’s cows pulled them all up in the middle of the night. I planted redbud trees and plox and voila, their flowers matched. Every spring it was a beautiful sight. Sometimes accidents look like a plan in action.
Okay, little one is here. I turned in the marketing materials for Highland Wolf and wrote 3,000 more words on it last night. They’re kind of the final scenes, but still have to go back in and write a couple of scenes earlier.
So yesterday, I was in the zone for writing Vampire Redemption, but I’m still sick, at least in the morning it was really bad and I’ve nearly got 3,000 words. Nothing is stopping me.
Then my daughter calls. “Are you well enough to go shopping at garden centers?”
OMG yes. I mean, I was feeling better by then, and she read about companion plants to me that will help keep the bugs off the ones you want to keep bug free, while we kept throwing her corgis outside. Both have diarrhea now, and she was doing what I was doing, cleaning out crates, bedding, floors. I’m so glad they’re home. lol
They love me though and were eager to see me again, after I had them Friday through Sunday. Little one was at daycare. So my daughter and I had lunch out, then went to Home Depot and Lowes. I picked up some bark mulch and flower seeds. One of my neighbors calls me the flower lady. Some call me the bear lady. Others the wolf lady. lol
So despite having lunch out, picked up some bark mulch and a few flower seeds, I managed to write 4,000 words on Vampire Redemption. I wanted to do more, but I was sick again in the evening and so tired from not sleeping that I went to bed early.
I’m feeling better this morning, but have a dental appointment. Important, of course, but a necessary evil.
I’m off to write before I have to leave. Must get word count on Highland Wolf today. I’m nearly done with Vampire Redemption, which is why I could write so much on it yesterday. Yay!!
I’ll probably let it sit once it’s done and read it over a little later to make sure I didn’t leave loose ends in the story. And then I’ll try and write a jaguar novella while I’m working on Highland Wolf.