These are with Oscraps products so you have to have them to do the contests. This one was using a certain color palette they gave. The orange cat is a photo I took. I won another of the contests! Not with this one, but another.
New month, new challenges.
My air conditioner went out and it was 85 in the house and MUGGY. So I’ve had to have a new one put in and it won’t come in until this afternoon. I slept at the kids’ house, but boy was their AC low. I had seven blankets on the bed to keep me from freezing. Now I’m back at home and in the heat and humidity. lol
The AC people did give me a loaner portable AC, so I’m using it now and it’s helping. Talk about trying to come up with Christmas cold when I feel I’m sitting in the heat outside! lol
Okay, got to get to work. Have a delightfully fun day!
Missed my blog yesterday. I was trying to get a million things done yesterday–including getting The Shadow Elf’s updated book up and working on the print cover, and then my granddaughter was here. I spent most of the time doing things with her–art projects, reading, workbooks, and then the next-door neighbor’s granddaughter came over and we did more art projects. Though I have to act the mediator oftentimes. Both are stubborn to a fault and both have to have things their way. The neighbor’s girl is 2 1/2 years older than my granddaughter, and at 4 and 6 1/2, there’s a lot of difference.
But they still have fun and my granddaughter doesn’t want her to go and she doesn’t want to leave. lol But Grandma’s glad to have time to work on HER stuff when everyone’s gone.
So I did the changes on A United Shifter Force Christmas, changing things from murder and mayhem, to just mayhem. I’m at that phase where I can’t sleep because I keep thinking about how I want to add to the story and finish it up. I was thinking that if this takes too much longer, I’m going to have trouble getting my Christmas full length novel done in time.
We’ve got another vote on the title for the anthology for anyone who wants to have their say.
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I can’t wait to have the title and cover ready to share!
I’m off to work on A United Shifter Force Christmas and add a scene I thought of this morning. Well, I’ve been mulling it over for a few days, just couldn’t think of where to include it.
And I’m still on the downward trend on my weight! Yay! I want to lose 7 more lbs. And maybe more after that, but I feel great even now.
Have a beautiful day!! I need to feed the ravenous dogs before I do anything further though!
So some of my fans wanted me to add dragons to the cover. I have a dragon familiar that is small and then the large dragons they ride. So I figured either would work. And it does look more like a mythical fantasy like they are.
Well, I need to get back to the Christmas book today. I did manage to do 4,000 words yesterday. It has murder and mayhem, like most of my books, so I was thinking of how I could take out the murder and make it another issue, just so it’s a little more Christmassy. I had to get the murder story out of my system. Maybe I can use it for another story. If I leave it like it is, I only have 1K to go!
Working on the United Shifter Force Christmas novella for the anthology! Over halfway done! Coming December 7th, 2021. The cover and title are forthcoming.
So with the updated cover for The Shadow Elf, YA fantasy book, I wanted to proof the book one more time since I would have to reupload everything. That’s what I was doing last night and I’ll be working on today, in addition to the USF Christmas. I’m going with my daughter to the movie theater. Haven’t gone in 2 years, and this one is brand new built near us, so looking forward to it!
And then, it’s back to the books!
Have a wonderful day!!! I’ve really got to get busy…after I make my tea. I have a habit of starting the water and getting engrossed with the book and then having to reheat it…a couple of times before I finally get my tea.
Whoops, forgot to show the model I used from Depositphoto, but these are some of the elements and I have to do a lot more work, but this is some of it.
I managed to get 700 words on the book yesterday, now up to 14K, and I need to finish it. We did workbook pages, painted more suncatcher art work, and swam, and walked, and read stories. So a fun-filled day to be repeated today! I probably won’t get a whole lot done on the book today. So this weekend, hope to get a LOT more done.
Little one will be here any second. I will have a baby swap with big sister this morning, while sister goes to the dentist.
Hope you all have a great day! Mine is going to be hectic, but fun!
I wanted to redo some covers, or buy some artists’ covers if I could find any that would suit a couple of my stories that are already written, but I couldn’t find one I liked for The Shadow Elf, so yesterday I worked on a new one of my own. I had made the first one 11 years ago and I’ve learned a lot about Photoshop and compositing since then!
Now I’ll have to see what else I have that I need to rework! But I’m still trying to finish up USF Christmas. The cover for that one is still a work in progress, but nearly done. I’m hoping I’ll have the United Shifter Force Christmas novella for the anthology finished by Sunday night and can start editing it! Over halfway done! Coming December 7th, 2021
I managed to get 2500 words yesterday on United Shifter Force Christmas so I’m up to 13,500.
At 5:30 this morning, it’s supposed to be 80 degrees and 7% chance of rain. The weatherman needs to wake up and change the forecast. It is POURING. Yay! Love it when it rains.
So I have my granddaughter for the next two days. She’s been missing me since I haven’t had her since last Thursday. Even though I pick her up from school every afternoon, it’s not the same as staying the day with grandma. Her mom made the mistake of teasing her about staying the night with grandma and she had a fit when she couldn’t. lol Grandma was still trying to get word count on the book last night. Today, and Friday I probably won’t get much done at all.
Okay, well I’m up early, so need to get some stuff done before she gets here!
Have a beautiful day! Mine started out fun with a great storm that, according to the weather service, isn’t happening.
Went to IKEA yesterday with my daughter and really enjoyed it.
I managed to write 2,000 words on United Shifter Force Christmas, watched a bunch of videos on cover making and am still playing with the cover for United Shifter Force Christmas, which will be in an anthology first. But when we get our novellas back, we’ll be sharing them separately so I’ll need an individual cover too.
Okay, I’m off to write. I wish books would write themselves, but they really need some help. lol
I’m an introvert and so when I was thirteen, my parents got me an Afghan hound and my sister, a silky terrier. The idea was that we would take them to puppy shows to get over our shyness. It was fun and something new to do and it did help! Not all the way, but somewhat.
I adored Tasha, well, Katie too. I love animals. But Tasha was mine to care for and I loved her. She was a crazy dog, chasing us in the backyard and they’re fast runners, so that was no contest for her. She would bite us in the back as if we were her puppy playmates when she was this tall and we couldn’t stop laughing. We would toss the ball to her and one time, it hit her on the nose and she went under the bushes and sulked. No amount of telling her we didn’t mean for it to hit her on the nose made her change her mind until SHE was ready to come out and return to the fun.
Dad was always digging holes for new trees in the backyard, and as soon as he had one in the ground, she would try to chew the sapling as if it were a chew toy. She would rest her nose on her paws and just wait for him to start digging the next hole. He’d give her a steely-eyed gaze, warning her not to touch the tree. She’d raise her furry eyebrows, head still on paws, asking, “Who me?” And then as soon as he got back to work, she was at the sapling. He tried hot sauce on the tree, that was just a, uhm, well, hot and spicy treat for her.
They’re so different from a dog, really, having more of a cat personality. They’ll go with anyone who would take them somewhere, so not at all loyal. At least she wasn’t. But she was so much fun.
We stayed at a family-owned motel on a trip through Tennessee from Florida and the owners sat out with us while we swam and she was tied to the umbrella-covered table and was trying to pull it toward the pool to join us. She was a nut.
She jumped from bed to bed in the motel room, thinking this was the most fun she’d ever had. And she loved riding in the car. We stopped at a scenic outlook in the mountains and took a walk through the woods where way down below you could hear the sound of a bear calling–at least everyone thought so. We came around a corner of the mountain where a man and boy were screaming, terrified, running toward us until they realized Tasha wasn’t a bear and she was on a long leash I was holding onto. lol
Just as we’ll always have that fond memory, they would have too.
But when my dad lost his job at the cape with all the layoffs and cutbacks they had (we had transferred in from the California company and he didn’t have the seniority that the ones who worked for the Florida company had) we moved to Oregon. I couldn’t take my beloved Tasha with me because we were staying with my grandparents. I hated that I had to give her up. But I never regretted owning one cat-like dog that ran like the wind, dared my dad to turn his back on her when he was planting trees, and sulked when she thought we were being mean to her. She had the cutest personality.
Okay, I barely got started on the Christmas anthology yesterday, so off to work on it some more.
It’s going to be a wild day today is all I can say. I was out pulling up spent sunflowers and got the trash out. I have a million things to do.
When I took Tanner in for his shots, the vet recommends I brush my dogs’ teeth. Well, that’s easier said than done!!! Yes, he eats hard food. Yes, he chews on bones. Yes, he crunches on hard biscuits. It doesn’t matter!
So there’s something I can add to the water that I’m going to try that’s supposed to help with the tartar build up. And he has one ear with too much hair in it. Tanner is a hairy dog. What can I say? His black fur is so thick it’s wonderful, but it’s also a job to comb through all the way to the roots, though I spend a couple of hours on him every day. I looked at his ear, but I couldn’t see what she was talking about. He’ll go to the groomers this weekend and I’ll ask them to do it. At least with trying to brush his teeth, he likes the baking soda toothpaste. And when Max came up to get his brushing–he has to do everything that Tanner does, Tanner was right back up there wanting me to brush his teeth again. Well, maybe not brush them, but give him some more of that toothpaste. Silly dog.
Little one will be here any second, so I need to wrap this up. I have to go to the grocery store this morning or we won’t have anything for lunch or dinner.