The reason I haven’t gotten word count on Highland Wolf is because I have had little one all weekend long, and then Wed and Friday. I did write on Vampire Redemption, and it’s almost done, so it’s not like I haven’t been working on a story. But it’s not the deadline book.
If I’d had more of an idea of what to write, I would have gotten somewhere with Highland Wolf, but being sick and then with distractions, I couldn’t concentrate. Now, I have to get back to it with heart and soul. So I’m off to work on it for the next 4 days before little one is back and I hope to catch up on word count and surpass it. I have two more scenes I want to write on Vampire Redemption, but I’ll do those after I get caught up on Highland Wolf. And then it will be done.
I also want to weed and I’m creating 3 composites for a neighbor’s granddaughter.
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.
It’s been a mild winter this year, giving the monarchs that wrapped themselves in their cocoons late a better chance at survival. This one I saw a couple of days ago, another, yesterday. I do have flowers they can sip the nectar from, so I hope that keeps them going.
I have a head cold and my head was splitting in two, my teeth all aching and feeling like they needed to be pulled. I’m bad about taking medicine for anything, figuring it will go away. But I was trying to concentrate on writing Highland Wolf and proofing the last 19 chapters of Night of the Billionaire Wolf and my head was hurting too much. I’d taken allergy medicines, but nothing was touching the pain. I finally went looking for something for my head and I found kid’s liquid tylenol, and other kids’ liquid medicines. Where are Grandma’s medicines when she needs them? lol
I finished proofing Night of the Billionaire Wolf and sent it off. Yay! So I’m back to writing on both Highland Wolf and the vampire book today.
My daughter created this door for their door contest and didn’t win. I can’t imagine why not! She had my vote!
Christmas was great! The breakfast tacos had tortillas and they were great. We had a roast and then fajitas that night, so perfect! Except little one had been running a fever the day before and last night while I watched her and they went out to get groceries, her cheeks turned bright red and she was running a fever again.
Hopefully, she’ll be alright for their Christmas in Waco. And we won’t get it too!
I am still writing on the vampire story. Despite all the wild activities, I managed 1,000 words after they finally left and I have more ideas. As to the Highland story I need to write, nada. If I could write fantasy, I’d jump run in. I also still need to finish Joy to the Wolves and do a special FB party thing for tomorrow. They told me I need to prepost it, so need to figure that out!
Aren’t you glad the government doesn’t have an expiration date for you? Of course, it helps to make sure that you don’t have really bad food sitting there waiting for you, but… *sigh* If we lived in an apocalyptic world, any food probably would be edible no matter how expired.
So yesterday, I poured a dressing on my salad, and realized it had expired Jan 2018. I only ate a bite of it before I thought it tasted a little soury and didn’t look quite right and checked the expiration date. But no green mold growing in it. That’s my usual way of knowing something is past eating. So the salad went into the trash. I figured I didn’t want to chance getting sick.
Have you checked your over the counter medicines lately? I rarely take them and when I need to, they’re usually way over-expired. Since that’s all I have, I take them anyway. Maybe the potency isn’t there. But the next time I think of it, I get another new bottle, toss the old one, and then the new one sits their expiring every day while I don’t use it, until it meets it’s expiration date.
Rather than get some new salad dressing (it’s the refridgeratable kind so it does expire earlier), I’ll just boil up the fresh spinach and fry up the mushrooms and eat them that way! Solution found!
Hope your day is filled with freshness with no expiration date in sight!
I had several CD Audiobook giveaways to offer, so how do I choose the winners? It depends. Sometimes for loyal readers, sometimes for the hope of new readers. For those who follow my blogs/FB, newsletter. For those who comment on my FB or blog. It’s amazing how many people comment daily on my postings, but others never do unless it’s for a giveaway.
It’s like a test too. Does an entrant really say something in a comment? Or just: I love the cover, or not even that. A heart. It costs me money to send gifts so I like to feel that when I give them, it means something to the recipient and it means something to me.
I look at FB pages of entrants. Some of my readers share my posts. One shared all of the CD offerings. She will win one because I appreciate that she could narrow her chances at winning by letting her friends know about it, but she helped spread the word. Not only that, but she often shares my posts, not just stuff like this!
I look to see how many have already received tons of books from me. I look to see who all enters contests and that’s it. I’ve given several books to one “reader” who always says, “I’ve never read any of your books.” So, hmm, what happened to the ones I sent to her? I’m now wary of that ploy! But hey, it works for her! Authors are drawn in by the chance to hook a new reader. But it’s just a game for a “reader” like her.
I know some authors do a chance drawing, so if someone posts a response a couple of times on the posting, they have a better chance at winning. Playing the system. Not really interested in the books as much as winning the game. Look. What. I . Won.
I want someone to win my books who genuinely is interested in my books.
Years ago when I was sharing books on a review site, the owner said they read every response and chose the best reader comments for a win.
That’s what I try to do.
For loyal readers. For those who are just getting started with my series. For those who want a chance to check them out. I like giving books away when I can. But it costs me money and I want to feel that I get something back in return.
So I’m off and writing on Bite of the Vampire, have books to ship, and I’m now farther along on the 2nd book in the series than the 3rd book. I might finish it before the end of the year. Here’s hoping! I still need to try and put the Halloween cougar novella in print, and I’m working on edits on Falling for the Cougar, and Red Wolf Christmas (now Joy to the Wolves) edits are coming soon.
Have a super great day! I’m off to choose some winners so I can get these shipped today!
Of course they are! Here’s a statue of one I took the picture of at the Ren Festival. I’m still working on a vampire young adult book, but I want to write about the dragon fae also. Dragon Fae was the first book I wrote about fae who shift into dragons.
I finished a bear for an order yesterday and have that and some books I need to ship today.
Otherwise, I’m working on Bite of the Vampire. Sometimes at times like this, my mind drifts to other books I’ve started, or covers that I want to write books for. I need more hours in the day!
Getting much done today. Granddaughter is back. I had two weeks’ break after breaking my toe. My foot is still bruised and I’m sure I tore the flange too, because it still hurts to walk or wear shoes or not wear shoes.
That’s the problem with tearing tissue. It hurts for longer.
Did you know that polar bears don’t hibernate? When I began writing my polar bear shifter series, I found that out. All these years and I didn’t know it!
Okay, so finished proofing of Legend of the White Wolf and sent it in. I’ll be working on Red Wolf Christmas today, once I return from running errands. I’m also reworking a romantic suspense I wrote some years ago–before cell phones! It might be the next cougar book. I’ll have to see. Anyway, I’ve got to run.
Because I work at home, I don’t usually get out until most of the work traffic and school traffic has gone, but I have a vet appointment at 7:15… so….