This makes me want to write another polar bear novel, but right now, I’m still working on Cougar Christmas Calamity.
The background was from LA winter scenes from OSCRAPS. I added a sun glow, snow, and winter mist texture from Daily Texture. The polar bear was from Pixelsquid.
We did make the gingerbread house too, and I managed to get some more done on the story. Little one put on all the candy, Grandma did all the frosting so she could add the candy. It turned out great I thought, for someone who is only 3 and someone who is not a decorator of cakes. This is the first time I’ve ever worked on one.
Okay, I’m off to get busy. Both dogs had a tooth pulled last night, and Max woke me at 3 huffing and not sure what was up. I finally calmed him down and he went back to sleep but then I couldn’t! Poor doggy.
Have a great day! I need to turn on the heat because we do have that white stuff on roofs around here.
I took the original of this cute little penguin at the Omaha zoo.
I did have to turn on the heat. It was about 30 this morning.
So I’ve been watching Survivor–the reality show where they are to beat each other in challenges to be the winner of 100K. It’s interesting to see the manipulations–the strategies: keep the stronger players to ensure they can win the rewards as a team and don’t have to keep voting off their team members, or get rid of the stronger players so they can win against the weaker members to get to the final three. At the final three, some of the ones kicked off earlier vote to decide who wins.
It’s a throw of the dice, though it sure seemed in the beginning of the series it was rigged as to who would win and my mother and kids and I quit watching it after a couple of seasons. Back in those days, you couldn’t watch the whole thing through in a few days. It was a week in between, ads, the works. So it’s kind of fun watching it this way. It’s interesting to see characterization under pressure, for writing in stories too.
The 2 recent seasons I had watched had the same theme–the winner was the guy who back-stabbed the most, therein playing the game the “best.” I think something is lost on that. I like the idea of the best strategist, but all around well-rounded, can be effective in helping their team win the challenges, can work around camp so they have a fire, food, and shelter, and a well-liked person should win. The one who keeps forging ahead, no matter the insurmountable odds. The one who can be a leader or a team player, whatever is called for. Who knows his/her strengths and weaknesses. Not the one who is behind the scenes playing everyone against everyone. They often haven’t won hardly any challenges at all to move their team along. They’re the con-artists, the manipulators. They’re really not survivors, but users, in my book. In fact, some will say they’re not going to work because they have to save themselves for the challenges.
I’ve been watching a more interesting season of winners or near winners who are in this challenge together and I had only watched 2 more recent seasons and was surprised to see some of the same faces I saw in those 2 earlier episodes.
At the end where the people who were kicked off and judge the final three, it sounds like they’re reading off a script. And if it’s not more sincere than that, if they have to vote by some rigid criterion set by the producer–which means, rottenest person who survived wins, it’s not for me.
One of the characters I really like is this extremely muscled black grave digger. He is so funny, and really good at the physical challenges. He ended up with two immunity necklaces, didn’t believe anyone was going to vote him off and didn’t use either one of them on the earlier season. He’s just fun. So in this one, the poor guy tears a leg muscle and they vote him out. He was calling this other guy an old fat Superman who had no muscle and didn’t win any of the challenges. I didn’t see him as fat, but James was right. He hadn’t won any challenges. Ironically, James had beat both him and another guy in the previous challenge despite the leg brace. The other guy knew they were going to vote him off, but when they did a little foot race to see if James could beat another guy on their team–JT, just to see if he needed to go, James couldn’t beat him. He was struggling to run because of his injury.
Now, one of the reasons they let him go also was because of his banana etiquette. He asked, “There’s a banana etiquette?”
A friend of his told him he needed to bring bananas back to the camp for everyone who wanted one, not just take one for himself. In the earlier show, they were trying to keep an alliance of their people and vote off the people who were from the other team, and he kept saying, “You can run around naked, but don’t bite the apple. Just leave that apple alone. So what do they do? They eat the apple!” He was so mad, but personality-wise and since he really works hard for a team effort and as an individual and one of the biggest contributors to working at the camp and keeping them fed and the fire going, etc., I would love to see him win.
Then there’s JT and he did win on that season, conniving, backstabbing, I would love to see him go. He just makes friends with everyone and walks away with the prize. Anorexic Courtney won one challenge in that earlier season, never can do anything, she’s a total liability, sits out for most challenges and she ended up in the final 3. Shaking head. I hope she never wins. She’s a coat-tail hanger-on. She never did anything, never helped with camp, nothing. Maybe this time she’ll be eliminated before the final 3. One can hope.
So with that said, I need to get to work and back to writing. lol
The 2nd photo is the original I took walking along the cliffs of a beach in San Diego. I loved how the butterfly was white on white and how the background was perfectly blurred to set them off in-camera. The first version is the hand-painted version. I painted the background, flower, butterfly, then added some Heather the Painter overlays–veils and a high key overlay.
At 3:30, I was coughing my head off again and got up and was on the computer for about an hour, and then went back to bed and was thinking about Christmas Cougar Calamity. How come they had to stay on the North Shore for Christmas? And then, after trying to figure this out for weeks, I had it! Could I remember it?
I laid awake with scenes rolling through my head. Shoot! I had to write it down.
I needed to sleep. It was 5 am already and the dogs would want to go out soon. I wasn’t coughing.
I had to write it down because if I didn’t, I would forget it. The story won out. I wrote until 5:30, I think, and then I turned off the light and closed my eyes, thought about the story some more, drifted off, woke at 6, Max was stirring and fussing. But I was soooooo tired, so sunk into my pillow, not coughing and yes, I could have easily gotten up, but I suspected if I just stayed in bed, if I ignored the dogs, I might really sleep.
At 8:15, I woke. I was shocked. I knew I was tired after nights of not sleeping and I really needed that. I never sleep that late unless I’m sick. But the good news is I don’t have COVID-19, just a bad cold.
The bad news is, with the way our infection rates are going and hospitals are filling to capacity, no one is safe.
We had 5 inches of rain! I just brought in my basil plant. It’s supposed to be 30 degrees in the morning. I’ve never grown it before, not sure it will make it inside, but it’s potted with another plant that has to be indoors when it’s cold, so we shall see. At least, if it survives, it will be easy to reach to cut and use in meals! And my house has a hint of basil fragrance.
I turned in my proofing of The Wolf Wore Plaid yesterday.
Have a great day! I think we’re getting sun today. I’m off to write!
I wonder what it will be like this year. Crowds of people filling shops? Or ordering online like crazy?
The word has gone out that you need to order early for Christmas because when they start shipping vaccines, mail is going to get bogged down.
I’m still working on Wolf Wore Plaid proofing. This cold has really knocked me for a loop because of all the coughing at night and lack of sleep. I’m feeling better today. Still no appetite, which is a good thing. I’m a 1/3 of the way done. Hopefully, I’ll make more progress today.
Started putting up Christmas decorations and put away all the fall stuff. But I need to finish this proofing, so I’ll probably do a little bit of decorating at a time. The fun part about Thanksgiving, and we did have a great time! Leftovers! Turkey, gravy, potatoes, carrots, green bean casserole, fresh made cranberry jelly, yes!
On the shifter stories, I will be introducing bear shifters into the jaguar/wolf mix. It’s time to expand their world. And I’m adding bears to the cougar mix.
I took the photo at the zoo in Waco some years ago and then I painted the photo using brushes in Photoshop.
I managed 1500 words yesterday on the story. I’m 500 short of my goal for 70K. Now I just need to finish it! Easier said than done. lol But that’s really the fun part. Finishing it so I can really edit a whole book and make it better.
Tomorrow Wolf Fever, the 10th Anniversary Release is out!!!
I have 3 snow leopards in my polar bear series, 3 brothers that I want to write about. This is a photo I took in Omaha, and the snow leopard is Photoshop painted, then added Daily Texture winter overlays.
I managed to get my 2,000 word count yesterday for Cougar Christmas yesterday, despite feeling miserable. I had an awful sore throat for the last 3 days and all through the night. I knew every time I swallowed, it hurt so bad. Then I think I finally was so tired, I fell asleep. This morning, my throat feels much better. I’ve coughed for the last two days, headaches, sinus issues. I’m hoping by Thanksgiving Day I’ll be feeling better. I think it’s just a cold. Little one gave it to me from her daycare. At least I hope that’s all it is.
I’ve been editing through the story, making changes to fit other changes I made later on, but have some ideas I need to start writing in the story. Still need to do the proofing on The Wolf Wore Plaid.
I was playing more with the mid-key background and turned it in. Then we have to add a subject once the background passes. The thing is the background changes so much after I add the subject to get it to blend in and add the colors that work with the subject that it seems like it makes more sense to just create it, drop in the subject and get approval, or not.
Okay, so I’m working on Cougar, managed to get an extra 1,000 in yesterday. Only 12K left to go (minimum word count I’m shooting for), but I need to do edits on Dreaming too.
Have a great day! I’m working on the low key background next and a butterfly.
I took these pictures, then combined them and shifted the flowers around and Photoshop oil painted them. The midget tomatoes and little bell peppers are from the garden. Still harvesting them!
Max rolled in something dead yesterday, phew! They love to dig up dead worms or lizards and roll in them. So I had to wash him. The good thing is the detangler shampoo really worked and I was able to comb out all his matting. Tanner? You’re next, but shipping books and having to do other important errands this morning. Hopefully, the electrician will be here tonight and I can use my electrical outlets in the kitchen again!
So I was waiting on a background check in the class–not secret clearances but whether my manual background in oil passed, and worked on one of the blue jays I’ve photographed in my yard in the meantime.
I’ve got a million things to do, but I want to write too. Things are getting jumbled up as commitments to do things are starting to stack up, ugh. My daughter is moving her daughter to a new day care because the old one won’t do anything about mask wearing and they’re not teaching the three-year olds anything. The new place is a little closer, but Grandma has to pick her up at 3 on the three days I don’t have her, so that’s going to cut into my days. I HAVE to get her by 3, or they get charged a lot more…that means leaving here about 2:30. And my days to have her are changing again, so I have to get my mind wrapped around that. AND I have to remember that I’m picking her up at 3 on the other days. Poor Grandma.
Once I do it a few times, it will be business as usual, but…
Okay, I’m off to walk, then go to the grocery store. Wanted to also go get bark mulch, but I think I’ll do that on Monday. The electrician—2nd one I contacted–is coming in the evening. The first one never showed up either Friday or Saturday or texted me about it at all. This guy was recommended by a neighbor friend and is super nice.
Have a great day!!! I have to redo my background in the class–just a little change and then it should be approved and I can move on. Yay! I have 5 more to do, but I’ve done all of them already, sooooo…..