I love to go to the zoo, perfect weather, so we went there yesterday and was saddened to hear the polar bear had died of cancer. No sun bears. The parrots weren’t there, no jaguars, no foxes, no ocelots. But we had a delightful time in the butterfly exhibit, and the octopus in the aquarium was in rare form. He was moving all over the window and we even saw his eye! Usually he’s mostly hidden up above and you can’t really get a good picture. The sea lions had a better exhibit and they loved coming up to the window and getting close to visitors. It was really cute. A gorilla mother was nursing her young-un, though he didn’t see that young. I figured at that size he would be weaned.
My son has to take all my pictures, so I’m hoping they all turned out. I had to teach him about light settings and all.
With a broken wrist, I just can’t lift weight with my left hand or do much of all with it. But I’m so glad I brought my camera. Even with a phone, I can’t manage a picture, not yet.
We’re going to a bison reserve today, and I’ll try and get some writing done. We watched Cruella, that was fun, and Black Widow is next. I did manage to reach 18K yesterday on Christmas Wolf Surprise.
Have a blast of a day! I can’t wait to see the wolves and bison.
I took this picture at the zoo in Houston of the beautiful lionesses and turned it into art.
Another sleepless night in Seattle, only not in Seattle. I have had three nights in a row like that and I can’t sleep in either because I just can’t, or because little one is on her way. So I’m hoping I can sleep in tomorrow. I’m sure it has to do with being stressed about getting some stories done. I started working on the Christmas anthology story and wasn’t sure who, what, and where, and then I was working on some backstory in White Wolf and had it!
Rowdy Sanderson was a homicide detective in Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas, and he was in an earlier SEAL wolf book too. So he was in a jaguar book where he ended up joining the USF. He had strong suspicions that werewolves existed. And now that jaguar shifters do. He knows for sure about all of them. So what to do about a human who learns of their existence?
He ends up becoming a detective with the USF, United Shifter Force, and a USF story is what I had planned to write about in the Christmas anthology with a group of shifter authors. Not that we’re all shifters, mind you. Don’t want the truth to get out. *Ahem.*
So since I can’t seem to get back to old Rowdy, he can have his story in the novella. Perfect. Character who has surfaced in stories before. He wants to be a shifter. He wants to get the girl.
He said he preferred being a wolf. And truly, they do have the advantage of being able to melt into the background better than a jaguar.
Okay, so now I have to get ready for little one and I haven’t done anything I normally do to get ready. *sigh*
The lion photo is mine, taken at the Waco zoo. I used Daily Textures floral background for a fun fantasy feel.
I finished the hat and the paws on the one bear, but still need to sew it’s sash and sew it on. It would only take a few minutes, but I have to change out thread on the sewing machine and that takes a lot longer. Then I need to sew up the other bear and get to stuffing it. I might try to do that while little one is here. She loves to help me with things and so I can teach her how to make bears. Yeah, I know, she’s not even 4 yet, but she loves to do whatever I’m doing. Even cleaning!
Okay, I’m about ready to write for a few minutes before little one arrives.
I didn’t realize it until I looked at the picture on my computer and realized they are not just a solid gold/yellow/tan, but have a pattern!
So I’m at ch 23 on Red Wolf today, still proofing/editing, still haven’t finished it, but now I have the books: Wolf Fever and Seduced by the Wolf to proof too. That includes their new novellas also. *sigh* One is due Jun 18, the other Jun 19, and Red Wolf, Jul 1. Still trying to finish up Red Wolf.
Little one will be here soon, so off to work!
It’s going to be in the mid to high 90s for us, walked early this morning, and the heat index is around 100. Hot. Yesterday, I think it was around 96, 101 heat index. Picked up pool wristband, they’re setting limits on how many can swim, so we’ll see.
I think it’s a lion. But right now I’m working on Jaguar Pride so I’m going to pretend it’s Huntley as a black jaguar. Halfway through rereading it and should have it done today.
I love having a cover for it. It makes it easier for me to visualize when I’m writing. 🙂
I actually did my million errands yesterday–spent 2 1/2 hours running them, and then saw Maleficent. I thought it was pretty good for being a remake of a fairytale. Though if everyone keeps retelling the stories as though there is no romance, it will become as predictable as the old fairytales.
I actually was using the difference to describe them in Jaguar Pride, but the two JAG agents end up being saddled with a couple of jaguar cubs while on a mission.
Okay, back to my own mission–finish reading Jaguar Pride, because the books are stacking up!
Have a terrific hump day!
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”