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Mine…all Mine

In the wild, the hummingbird is asserting its territorial right to all the zinnia flowers in the garden while the monarch butterfly is trying to ignore the bird. Yesterday, a giant yellow swallowtail was harassed by another hummingbird. Two hummingbirds chase each other off all the time too. And a red-bellied woodpecker is not happy that the cardinal is on HIS feeder, chowing down.

My two-year old granddaughter is the same way. “Mine,” I hear all day. Even when she knows it’s not, if she claims it, she feels she has a right to it, unless Grandma says, “No, that’s Grandma’s.” And even then, if it’s something she really wants, she will insist, “Mine.”

Depending on what it is, Grandma will let her play with it, but it’s still Grandma’s.

During my research, I’ve been reading about people who take metal detectors on “abandoned” property, looking for treasure. The property is owned by someone, maybe an absentee owner who still pays the taxes. So when the trespasser obtains the “treasure,” is it really…his? When someone finds something that’s of a huge value, after he’s bought the property, can he keep it? It seems that yes, sometimes, sometimes, no.

So I changed my story to the owner finding the treasures in her shop as part of her inheritance, rather than buying the property from someone who had inherited the property and sold it off. End of gray area. And it makes it more personal for the character also.

A point in fact: A master’s painting had been stolen from a museum. It had to be returned to the museum. A beautiful antique chest had a secret drawer and the new owner, while refurbishing the furniture, found it full of jewelry and cash. He could have kept it. But he didn’t. He contacted the owner and gave them their treasured possessions. He wanted the beautiful chest. That was the treasure to him.

In another case, a man was digging on his new property, to plant a garden, and discovered a cache of jewelry and other valuable items. It turned out his neighbor had been robbed by the previous owner and the items were buried in the backyard! If he’d tried to sell it, the police might have been alerted that the property had been stolen. And that would certainly be a new twist to a story, wouldn’t it.

So it’s something to think about when you find buried treasure. Hopefully…you won’t find buried bones.

Okay, I’m off to write. I wrote 2,000 words on my day “off.” Isn’t it awful to have a day off from writing, only to spend it babysitting? lol Though we have fun. I hope to take her to Galveston Island to the glass pyramids one day to see the aquarium and tropical pyramid.

Have a super day!!! I’m off to get busy. The days is all MINE.

Terry

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Word Count–Fail

I managed to capture a couple of pictures of the hummingbird on zinnia!

But I didn’t make my word count. It’s not like I wasn’t trying. I’m editing, and that means removing as much as adding. Okay, so I repeated that HOW many times? Really???? No wonder my word count was going to town.

And yes, my characters are happy, happy, happy, but I have them smiling and laughing and chuckling HOW many times? Ugh. So there goes some more word count. I have to add NEW stuff. Conflict. Answer questions. Remember to turn on the Christmas music in the antique shop. At 105 degrees heat index, I keep forgetting it’s cold in the story and Christmas!

I want to get my word count for yesterday and today. I really, really do, but…it’s only going to get there if I can come up with some reasons for what’s happening.

I do NOT have writer’s block. I refuse to say it’s writer’s block. I don’t want to use that as a crutch. I just need to think…harder.

Okay, off to think harder and do more edits, but I’m nearly to the end of what I’ve written and then I don’t have anything else to do…but write.

Have a glorious day!!! I’m really, really, really going to get some word count today.

Terry

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The Dog Ate My Blog Yesterday

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

So I I almost didn’t take any pictures of the hummingbird that was eating from my zinnia flowers. I knew there was a reason to plant them in the backyard. So I could see them! But this was the first time I saw one feeding there. I was out in the backyard with the baby the other day to see the squirrel, and a hummer was on another flowering plant. We were so close, no camera. Sigh.

I took this one from a long distance away, through my window and a tomato plant. And I didn’t have my controls set for the higher speed hummingbird, not enough time before he was gone. But I thought I’d chance getting some pictures anyway. Despite all the problems, they turned out half decent. Since then, I moved the tomato plant!

And I really got to town on the Red Wolf Novella. I wrote 4300 words yesterday. I also finished one of the two blogs I needed to send in. Baby is here today, we’re supposed to go to the mailbox, which is way far away and I’m making her walk, not ride her stroller, an hour at the pool, longer if she is good, shorter if she is not, and the grocery store. Hopefully, it will all wear out baby, and I can reach another 1,000 words today. I took care of her on Saturday after 2 hours at the pool and what happened? She DID NOT SLEEP. They picked her up at 6 pm, and I’m sure she went right to sleep. lol

All right, got to get the dogs out, fed, out, and ready for my granddaughter’s arrival. You have fun now, you hear?

Terry

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Review of A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas

Booklist Review!

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Spear’s second Billionaire Wolf novel, following A Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing (2016), combines sexy paranormal romance with a lot of suspense. Spear leaves the possibility for sequels tantalizingly open.

— Lois Ray

When the wolves’ own blood betrays them, they risk their lives to find a miracle.

Wolf shifter Dr. Aidan Denali has been working day and night to find a cure for werewolves’ alarmingly sudden decline in lifespan. The key to the problem eludes him. But when Aidan grudgingly leaves his work to do some holiday shopping, he meets a remarkable she-wolf whose mysterious pack could bring him one step closer to the answer.

Dr. Holly Gray is thrilled to meet the wolf who’s been working so hard to help others. Now, it’s her turn to help him. But while their attraction is sizzling, the packs are at odds, and the danger is increasing. It’s going to take a holiday miracle for Holly and Aidan to get themselves―and their loved ones―out of this alive…

Billionaire Wolf series:
Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing (Book 1)
A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas (Book 2)

What People Are Saying About Terry Spear’s Wolf Shifters:
“Packed with adventure… Magnificently entertaining.”―RT Book Reviews TOP PICK for Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing, 4 ½ Stars
“Spear has become a master storyteller.”―RT Book Reviews for Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply, 4 Stars
“Nobody does werewolf romances like Terry Spear. The romance sizzles, the mystery intrigues, and the characters shine.”―The Royal Reviews

And the book is coming out Sept 25! They changed the date on me. Which works for me!

I only got 1,000 words on Cougar Magic yesterday, spent the rest of the time rewriting chapters for Silver Wolves Making Spirits Bright. I’m on chapter 7 now, re-reading the whole book again to catch mistakes. And then it’s back to my first beta reader.

Zinnia, hummingbird, storm clouds

Baby is here today, but I’m hoping to get more read while she’s sleeping. I have the days off normally for writing, when she’s here, but I try to get some word count in when I can. Though I guess I’ll just be reading until Silver is done again.

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Terry
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Butterflies and Birds

Hummingbird, moulting male cardinal (he has a lot of black on his had and white feathers down below), giant yellow swallowtail, fritillary butterfly! The yellow swallowtail is extremely fast moving. I had to have a fast ISO setting to capture him.  Even when he’s feeding, his wings are flapping like crazy. The fritillary is much more sedentary. The hummingbird is also moving like crazy, besides flapping his little wings so fast. I could have had it at a faster ISO for him.

Okay, I’m now at 97K and counting, 17K over the mandatory word count, and there’s an end in sight. But I’ll probably have around 100K by the time I finish, which is great! I don’t think I’ll get it done by the time baby shows up tomorrow though, but I’m trying.

See, persistence pays off. I kept trying to get a better shot of the hummingbird, and I kept pushing through on the story, and voila!

Hope you have a butterfly and hummingbird filled day! It just adds a little magic to our world.

Terry

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Beautiful Little Hummingbird…

Don’t you know I’m taking your picture? Why don’t you turn around for me? He is a ruby-throated hummingbird, one photo the original, and the other in glow.

I’m still working on Silver Town Wolf Christmas, which is why I’m late blogging this morning. I was up super late editing, and up super early and doing my edits and writing another scene. I’m beginning to fill in all the blanks, answer unanswered questions–for the characters–I knew all along what the story was all about (ha!),  and making corrections throughout. I was hoping I’d have this done by Wednesday before grandbaby is here again, but we shall see. I wrote 3,000 words yesterday. I’m at 92K and counting!

Have a lovely day, naturally or with a bit of a glow…

Terry

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Beauty in the Heat

106 degrees heat index, and the baby cardinal is panting. The monarchs have been all over the milkweed! Vultures were at a wake. Honeybees were all over the liriope. And a hummingbird was feeding off the milkweed. Need to set my ISO at a faster speed so I can capture more than a blur, but man is he fast!

Oh, and reached my word count for the book!!! Now I just need to finish it. Baby’s here today, so off to play with her and keep her out of trouble.

Terry

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Hummingbird–like a Fairy Bird

 

They’re like little fairies, so small, so busy, and so territorial!

In the clearest shot, I was able to rest my camera on my printer to get a more stable shot. I did it when he had his back turned to me.

The others were handheld because he could see me when I got close to the window and when I tried to move to the printer to use it as a makeshift tripod, he flew off. In the last, he was resting on the dead part of my neighbor’s tree. It was raining that day and at one point he was shaking out his feathers to get rid of the raindrops.

I finished proofing Heart of the Wolf and sent it back to the editor. The re-release will be out in January. It includes Night of the Wolf, a new novella.Heart of the Wolf

I’m now working on Billionaire Wolf Christmas again. I’m behind. *sigh* But I hadn’t expected to get the edits on Heart of the Wolf, so that put me another day behind.

If I were as fast as the hummingbird, I would whip all those words into order. But writing doesn’t work like that. 🙂

Have a super great day!!!

Terry

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Swallowtail Butterfly & Birds

Okay, so this morning it’s hot and muggy and I was thinking of running out early to get errands run, but then I saw a hummingbird feeding off one of the flowers. And a tufted titmouse, and I thought, forget the errand running, get the camera out, clean the windows, and take pictures.

You see where my priorities are?

Have a great and wonderful day! 🙂  Running errands is overrated.

Terry Spear

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YES! I Caught a Hummingbird’s Wings at a Standstill!

Okay, so it’s not the best pictures yet! But I did it!

At 2500 ISO, 4,000, 5.6f

hummingbird 2500 iso, 4000 shutter, 5.6 f 002 texthummingbird 2500 iso, 4000 shutter, 5.6 f 007 text jpghummingbird 2500 iso, 4000 shutter, 5.6 f 003 brighter cropped. 900x600psdSo getting better? These are two shots I took without changing the ISO and shutter speed. Unfortunately, I had taken 119 great shots of the hummingbird turned toward me, but…the ISO was too low, and I ended up getting only black pictures.

hummingbird 014 (3)Ruby Throated hummingbird text 648x528Okay, off to write!!! Have a great weekend!

Terry

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