I took the photo of the jaguar at the Cameron Park Zoo, Waco, Texas. It was a job removing the fence, but well worth it to create the fun photo art.
Well, we did it all yesterday. We made the unicorn puppet, and the veggie bugs (they were delicious and made of sparkle tomatoes–I think they’re really called midgets, and black olives, cucumbers, and whipped cream cheese, with chives from the garden), and walked, and had a great time. First thing this morning is a trip to the zoo, then a birthday party. We have a wild day ahead of us.
I actually managed to get to 10K on the Billionaire book, yay! After our wild day, I’ll be photographing everything, I hope to get back to work on proofing White Wolf and working on more word count for Billionaire.
But we’re off super early this morning, so have a great day!!!
So I told my daughter I’d take little one overnight next Friday night, but she changed the days I was going to have her from Monday and Wednesday to Wednesday and Thursday. Then I’d have her Friday and Saturday and wouldn’t get any writing done for 3 1/2 days. So I took her yesterday afternoon through today instead.
“Do you want to sleep on your mat in the living room?” I asked little one at 8:30 last night.
Everything is set up. I know how this goes. She wants to be in there until she doesn’t. And then I have to move her mat into my bedroom. So yep, next thing I know, she’s tried to move her mat on her own, gets it hung up on the coffee table, and she’s stuck. So Grandma goes out, grabs her mat, all her stuffed toys, her blankets, sets her up near the bed.
I bring in my laptop, hoping I can work a little later on the story. It’s already 9 pm.
“I want to come in bed with you,” she says.
“In just a few minutes. Let me finish this.” I hope she’ll sleep on her mat. I am a super light sleeper and she’ll keep me awake. I hope she falls asleep while I’m working on the story.
I don’t get anywhere, can’t concentrate and close up my laptop. She’s sound asleep on the carpet next to her mat. I have pillows next to the mat so she doesn’t roll off, even though it’s only a few inches high, so I suspect she was sitting next to it waiting for me to allow her into bed with me and fell asleep. I’m afraid to move her and wake her. So I turn off her lullaby machine, yay! No wonder I couldn’t write. And then hope I can sleep with her stars and moon lights racing across the ceiling over and over and over again.
I can’t. But I know if she wakes and it’s not on, she’ll be scared. I try to sleep. I can’t. It doesn’t matter. I’ll hand her off today after her parents have time to sleep in. And then I’ll take a nap. Can’t sleep. Can’t sleep. 11 pm, she cries out with a nightmare.
“I’m right here.” And I reach out my arms and she’s in bed with me for the rest of the night. I think I slept for about 2 hours. Then I hear this whale like sound. I’ve been listening for the rain that never comes. Didn’t come yesterday. Didn’t come Thursday. Is the whale like sound Tanner? How could a little Havanese sound like a whale?
I don’t want to get up yet. Little one is still sleeping. I want one of us well rested at least. And I’m just resting my eyes.
Whale sound again. Little whimper from Max. I know they need to go out, but they won’t go and do their business outside without me. It all has to do with when they were puppies and I didn’t have a fenced-in yard.
But if I get up, it will wake little one, and then she needs to go to the bathroom, be fed, then the dogs taken out, and fed, and taken out. I just want everyone–but me–to sleep a little longer.
Little one stretches a couple of times. Looks over at me. Okay, it’s time to get up, let the dogs out, though they just come right back in waiting for me to come out with them.
This is going to be a long morning, but we had fun yesterday, and after I feed the dogs, get her dressed, let the dogs out again, I hope to take her for a walk because…there’s no rain.
Have a super great day!!! Mine is off to a tired start!
I was so busy yesterday, when I wrote my blog, I forgot to add a title. Now, as a writer, I could make up a story. I wanted to lend mystery to the blog. A title-less blog piques interest, right? Or, I was in a rush to get the blog typed up before I had to save the world. Or…take my granddaughter for her 2nd tricycle ride around the block, swim for the last time during the week this season, toss a ball and fetch, do not even ask who was fetching the ball, throwing the ball for the dogs and retrieving, do not even ask who got to throw the ball, coloring–which meant Grandma should butt out because when she doesn’t, she has to draw a million fish on a piece of paper of every crayon color and then again and again. More fish. More fish.
And I managed to get through the edits on the 2nd book. Which means? I need to write on the current book!!! BUT, I’m on a mission this morning. I’m driving an hour south to meet a friend who is a fan from Minnesota, visiting with her friends from Columbia. While I’m down there (Katy, Texas), I hope to go to one of the Barnes and Nobles and a Books-a-Million and sign books. We’ll have lunch, I’m bringing her some books and a couple of other things, and then I’m returning home to write.
Thankfully, I am no word count behind because I’d gotten ahead. See how that works? I still need to get 2,000 today so I’m where I need to be.
Baby is on her way, so have to get ready, but I managed to turn in You Had Me at Wolf and now I’m working on first edits on She-Wolf Ready for Action. I’m through 136 pages of 236. So this book was a little shorter than the other at 250 pages.
Did you know that midnight is still day 1, but some think it’s day 2? So I made it 11 at night. To me, midnight is the end of the day. 1 minute after midnight is the next day. I had to explain how the hero could tell the vehicle windows were bulletproof, name the airport they were going to, and other minor stuff so far. So all good. But it still takes time to read and look for any other mistakes they might have missed.
I want to get this done today, but with my granddaughter here for most of the day, that’s probably not going to happen. We’re going to our last swimming pool day. The kids go back to school on Wednesday, so the kids lifeguarding won’t be available. The pool will be open through Labor Day only on the weekends. But it’s hot here until October. The YMCA they’re planning to build near us won’t be open for another 2 years.
In fact with 111 heat index for the next 2 days, the electric company has asked us to cut back our electric use from 2-6.
Now grandma’s sick. ugh. And it’s nowhere on my schedule. Make teddy bear, work on finishing up Wolff brother, and do TAXES. I see nothing that makes allowances for being sick.
Ugh. So I coughed all night long, have a whopper of a headache, teeth ache, sore throat, and all day coughing. Baby had a fever again yesterday. So far I don’t, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m miserable anyway. I want a do over day. I knew when I started coughing yesterday, it wasn’t good news.
I will probably go back to bed soon. My doggies will be happy. Lazy day for them. Missed opportunity to get a lot of work done for me. BUT, if I rest, maybe I will get over this faster.
Hope you avoid the germ warfare–that all started with…kids.
I’m really bad about self-promoting. I want to write. But I know it’s important to also tell the world when a book is out because nobody else will know if I don’t say something. So a good friend of mine told me about a couple of sites to create book mockups and I’ll share those here.
Yes, perfect! I was having fun creating a couple of pictures for the upcoming new release. This is really neat because I’ve taken the pictures of the jaguars and added it to the mockup, and the composite I created, I added to the laptop. See???? All this picture taking and composites I am making can be useful, not just fun, goofing off time. lol
Okay, I’m back to the book because, yes, without the book, there will be no need to put out the word. Have a super fun day!!! I’m off to try and catch up on word count.
Love the big cats and little cats. Two cougars were pacing here. The jaguar was growling here, wanting to mate and did. Hey, zoos are supposed to be for education. What can I say? And I was only able to catch a couple of good shots of one of the three ocelots. Everything else was smeared windows or too much fence.
More cats coming up. I was working on Christmas decorations and Woodland Fae and The Witch and the Jaguar! I’ll be finalizing the cover for The Witch and the Jaguar and begin final proofing.
I’m still working on Woodland Fae, getting closer to word count and I was messing around with a witch’s picture for Halloween, but then I fell in love with it and thought, what if I made a short story to go with it? How about a novella? So what does a jaguar shifter do when she wants to go to a Halloween party without her over-protective brother? She turns him into her familiar when he arrives home unexpectedly. Of course, we normally think of something like a little black cat. Not in the world of jaguars. See how stories get started?
Anyway, I won’t have it finished in time for Halloween, but from what my fans say, any time of year is good for any kind of seasonal story. And that works for me.
The problem is in the middle of the night, I was seeing both the fae’s story continuing to develop in my mind, and the jaguar one. I was too tired to write them down, but I’m going to try and remember what it was I “saw” before it’s too late.
It’s cold this morning and I finished a bear order and wrote 3,000 words yesterday, see if I can do as much today! So I need to ship the bear to Australia, and get some groceries and then it’s back to WRITING.
Setting the jaguar free… I took the picture of the jaguar half-asleep, dreaming of a waterfall in a jungle. He was safe in the Omaha zoo.
Baby time! Hope to run some errands, but we’re supposed to have thunderstorms, so playing it by ear. I can’t imagine running baby in and out of the pouring rain…
Reached 35,000 yesterday, 45,000 to go. That’s just to reach the minimum word count. They’re always longer, but it’s the goal I aim for. Just a few more days and I’ll be at the halfway point! A miracle!
I have to get into the mindset for my writing and sometimes playing with photos that help me to capture the feeling help. The first one is a combination of renderosity black jaguar and a fantasy background, and butterfly overlays from etsy. The second is a jaguar photo I took at the Omaha zoo and the background is from renderosity also.
11,000 done, 69K to go!
Okay, baby should be here any minute. Tanner’s driving me nuts in anticipation of her arrival. I hope to walk her to the park today, if she’s not fussing like when I took her for a walk on Tuesday. It’s supposed to be a high of 70 today, high of 49 on Sunday–see why everyone is getting sick? No time to adjust to the constant swings in weather.