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Biology 101 for Baby

I always take baby out for some time with the flowers and let her touch them, but we also saw a monarch butterfly on the milkweed, and a skipper, and two baby Carolina anoles. I wore her out, which is great, but she also wore me out!

Finished revising Silver Wolves Making Spirits Bright last night and handed it back to my first beta reader and today I am back to Cougar Magic. Though I do still need to get the dog food! And we’re having all these beautiful storms and NO rain. ugh.

Have a wonderful day!

Terry
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Sometimes You Have Ordinary Days…

Sometimes you just want to have fun!

Thunderstorms booming overhead and I’m off to write! Have one of those FUN days!

Terry

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Wildlife at the Arboretum

When I think of arboretums, I think of flowers and other kinds of gardens. We saw a Japanese garden, hosta woodland garden, fern wooded garden, herbs, vegetable, and fruit gardens, shrub gardens, and tree gardens, ponds, and many different flower gardens, waterfalls, ponds, and bubblers, lakes, marshy swamps, and more.

But we also managed to catch geese (which I didn’t download, will have to do it tonight), chipmunks, squirrels, a DRAGONFLY! (I’ve been trying to capture one my whole trip), a wild turkey! (that was a surprise), a squirrel, a monarch butterfly on an orange coneflower, and koi.

We walked 5 miles at the zoo the day before yesterday, and 4 miles up and down hills in the heat and humidity yesterday at the arboretum. So we’ve been getting a good workout every day.

I autographed books at 3 Barnes and Nobles.

Autographed at Barnes and Noble, Roseville, MN

Autographed at B&N, Eden Prairie, MN

Autographed at B&N, Maplewood, MN

Oh, and I managed to get to 17,000 words on the new book!

Off to breakfast! Have a wonderfully wild day!

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From Cougars to Butterflies

My camera came back from the shop nice and clean!! I had a “scratch” it looked like on the sensor, but it was just lint or something. Anyway, it’s all set and the lenses are calibrated.

So I’m back to picture taking, around writing.

Do you see the Monarch Butterfly’s Before and After shot? I have some other cool shots, but it’s time to get back to writing. The problem with writing stories is that they won’t get written without me! 🙂 <3

Have a lovely Monday!

Terry

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Butterflies and Flowers…

Monarchs were all over the gardens at the arboretum, and then not sure what this other is, but caught it at the wetlands. 🙂

Had a ball at the Buns and Roses Tea and all the other great things we did–Big Cat reserve, wetlands, book signing the night before, Dallas zoo, Fort Worth zoo, arboretum, and today is grandbaby day, but after that….it’s back to writing.

Have a super, duper day!

Terry

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No time, no time, no time…

No time, no time, no time, no time….

I worked until 1 am this morning on All’s Fair in Love and Wolf edits. I’m on my last chapter and epilogue, but had to finally call it quits, get some sleep and start over again this morning. I need to finish Billionaire so I can send it to my beta readers…, so I’m hoping I can finish that one today. Too.

I have a reader tea and book signing coming up. So no time to write while I’m doing all of that.

And that will be my break!!!

This morning it was super foggy out, last night I was cold, but this morning it’s warm again. Weird weather. A bluebird was perched on the fence, again, in the dark, so before I let the puppies out, I was trying to get a shot of him. Handheld camera shots in the dark, probably is all blurry. Fed the puppies, the birds, killed milkweed bugs, and washed aphids off the milkweed, and now it’s time to do my blogs and get to work.

Oh, about the pictures. So, there’s a yellow butterfly I’ve been trying to capture in some shots, and wouldn’t you know I WAY overexposed them. Ugh. I saw a fritillary butterfly and was trying to capture it, then the monarchs came for their pictures, but wouldn’t hold still. I went looking for my lone little monarch caterpillar, and couldn’t find him, but a bumblebee was on the flowers next to me, so I tried to take a few shots. My computer has been giving me grief, so I was having trouble with doing anything last night. I’m sure there are better pictures of the bumblebee. Photoshop kept crashing, everything kept hanging up. When I turned to look for the caterpillar again–I only see it once in a blue moon–there’s the monarch!!! She’s sitting so prettily on a bunch of milkweed flowers so close to me, I could reach out and touch her! 🙂

I’m almost to the end of All’s Fair and then I can turn that back in! 🙂 <3

Have to do one other blog, and then I’m off to finish All’s Fair….

Have a super duper day!!!

Terry

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Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars!

The monarch butterflies only feed off milkweed, so I’m struggling to get rid of the aphids and milkweed bugs that are trying to destroy the milkweed plants. And I found two little tiny, itty bitty monarch butterfly caterpillars. You can see how tiny they are with the one on the tiny flower bud.

Grandbaby sitting, so we had a morning walk (it was cooler out!) and she’s down for a nap (momentarily). So off to work on a snow globe Christmas card for one of my fans.  I needed to make a larger version. Note to self: Make two versions when working on photoshop. The BIG one, and the reduced size for the internet.

Vistaprint makes really nice cards, business cards, and they have their annual 50% off right now, so trying to get this done so I can get them printed off for Christmas!

Have a fabulous day! I have baby monarch caterpillars! They losing their habitat so quickly that they are dwindling in numbers every year. So I want to do my little, little, little part to help them.

Terry

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Did I Invite You?

monarch and guy's hands (800x533)I was taking a picture of a Monarch butterfly, never see them out here, and he was landing all over the flowers, perfect, beautiful shot, and some guy stuck his hands right in my photo! Can you imagine the nerve of the guy? LOL

Okay, so I figured I could crop his hands out, but then I thought, no, it made the picture even more interesting! Look at how close he could get and the butterfly just ignored him. And he had well manicured hands–so it was almost as though it was done on purpose. Oh, yeah, it was. Okay, changing story here. I planned it that way.

So then I was taking other shots without the hands, but people were still in the way! monarch butterfly in flight (800x533)Yet still, I found it fascinating. A couple sitting on a bench while the butterfly flew above the flowers made for a much more interesting picture, I thought, then just a picture of the butterfly and flowers. Which I managed to shoot after I moved around so I wouldn’t create a people-clogged butterfly photo. But they were a cute couple and it just added to the magical air of the butterfly and flowers and love.

Sometimes, I think other distractions are distractions, until I realize they add to the scenario. It happens with writing too. In a novella, well, in any form of story, I want the characters introduced to be important in some way. So while I’m coming up with my story (total pantser, so I just keep writing, not plotting it out), I realize some important characters need to be added. But wait, they already were. I just had them in various places, just characterless characters, and now they’re important. So even in writing, I’ll think someone shouldn’t have been invited, but now he or she is crucial to the story.

And with that bit of wisdom, I’m off to write on Vexing. I managed to get over 21,000 yesterday, shooting for 20,000. So need 25,000 to finish it. Or more, depending on the story. So nearly there!

Have a super great day and hope it’s lovely no matter where you are! We have a sunny scorcher today. Walked to get the mail, staying in the AC otherwise. 🙂

Terry

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Monarch Butterfly and Skimmer Dragonfly!

common whitetail skimmer male dragonfly with white tail using tripod 021 (1280x1024) (2) So this is a whitetailed skimmer male dragonfly and they eat mosquitoes! I managed to get close while carrying my tripod, which I thought was an amazing bit of good luck.

And here is a monarch butterfly, and yes, in their caterpillar form, they eat plants. But then they turn into a beautiful butterfly and they dine on nectar. They are on the decline from pesticides, so it was nice to see the huge shrubs providing a haven for the butterflies at the Botanical Gardens in San Diego.

monarch butterfly on purple flowers (1280x1119)Monarch Buttefly Caterpiller (1280x965)

Here is the chrysalis or cocoon before the caterpillar hatched.

Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis (1280x1076)

20% done on Vexing the Highlander! But this morning I need to ship books and get suet for the birds. 🙂

Then it’s back to writing. We were supposed to have 80% chance of rain. I think it went away. 🙁

Have a super great day!!!

Terry

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