It’s hot out! At 5 this morning, 90% humidity. Yuck. lol
It will get better. We did have some rain yesterday, and we’re supposed to get it this morning. I did get some yard work done yesterday too.
I love Jane Eden’s animal drawings on Renderosity, and her spooky things just came on sale. So I created this with her wolf and background, adding other interesting sky art to the sky and reduced the saturation on the backdrop, and darkened the wolf.
I’m off to take care of little one. Not sure what to do on my new books so I’m floundering. I hate when that happens! I want to jump in with both feet and just write. But maybe I need a break too.
Have a great day! I’m off to play with little one.
Are you ready for some more of those hunky Highland wolves?
10th Anniversary Release of Dreaming of the Wolf –Jun 29, 2021
And a brand new novella!
The Best of Both Wolves (Red Wolf)–Oct 26, 2021
More of the red wolves of Portland, Oregon area.
10th Anniversary Release of Heart of the Highland Wolf (time to be announced)
And a brand new novella!
Also, though I don’t have a schedule for it yet–the Wolff Bros 2 Christmas story.
That’s for 2021. I’m busy writing Wolff Bros 2 and will be writing Dreaming of the Wolf.
Oh, and for my polar bear and jaguar and cougar lovers, I will have something out next year, hopefully this year too. But I’ve got to get cracking. The year is running out on me.
This morning I had to ship off my broken laptop and a book that never reached one of my beta readers, and I wanted to pick up some more emergency supplies, bottled water, another lantern, another flashlight, more batteries. When Hurricane Harvey hit here, the stores were wiped out of everything. So it’s hurricane season again and we’re supposed to have a busy year. I need to pick up some more canned goods too.
So yesterday I was teaching my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter how to mend things. It’s never too early to learn! And miraculously, she was able to thread the needle for both projects for me, so I didn’t have to put on reading glasses. lol She pulled the needle through the fabric on her pants that she poked her finger through a hole and said they were broken. Then we mended her blanket that zips up into a frog pillow. But the seams had broken loose. I was teaching her how to tie a knot, but grandma couldn’t get the two threads separated to tie the first one, so I let her do it, and she’s got such little fingers, it worked like a charm. So I showed her how to do the knot.
I also let her pull the threaded needle through the fabric each time asking her which part of the fabric I had to poke the needle in next to connect the two fabrics and she was doing really good figuring that out. She wanted to be the one to poke the needle through the fabric, but later, on another project. She stuck herself twice, her face in shock, but I just smiled so she wouldn’t get upset. And then she smiled. The last time she did it to herself on purpose, touched her finger to the point of the needle to see if that really was sharp. It was. But we laughed and finished the projects.
I also have her watch me cook meals and when she can, she helps. Though she wanted to sprinkle the lemon and pepper in the food and dropped the spice container in the food. And she helps me with laundry too! Feeding the birds, the dogs, watering the plants, weeding, cleaning windows, and using one of those sponges that cleans off marks on white baseboards and doors… My daughter said something about child labor laws. lol
Just teaching ABCs isn’t all there is to life.
Okay, I was supposed to spend ALL day writing, so now I’m finally home after having to run all those errands–looked for envelopes I use to ship books in, but Walmart didn’t have any, and neither did the post office or HEB,–and now, I have to get to work.
Hope you all are staying safe and enjoying your day.
We’re celebrating Easter this afternoon because of storms coming in tonight and tomorrow. This is the first time I’ve been able to see my granddaughter in a month. My daughter came over yesterday and brought over some plastic Easter eggs. I filled them with rubber duckies a friend had given me whose daughter no longer wanted them. My granddaughter loves rubber duckies.
I also got her the game Candy Land and a couple of stuffed Snoopys, Easter style.
Anyway, that means I need to run, wash the dogs, vacuum and set out Easter eggs–my daughter told hers that the Easter bunny was going to Grandma’s house, so it wouldn’t do having her see Grandma putting them out.
And I need to cook lunch.
I thought I was going to have this all broken up over two days. lol
Turned in Wolf Fever 10th Anniversary edition! Yay!
Okay, need to get back to Red Wolf. The weather was so nice and it’s garbage day, so I was out trimming back plants. I planted an esperanza and it kept dying back in winter, not this year, and I have a rosebush near by. The next thing I know, I have a pine tree, several crape myrtles, and a yaupon holly tree all growing in and around them. I had a crape myrtle butted up against the fence, another rosebush, this one a volunteer right next to the fence and another crape myrtle showed up right next to the patio, all in bad places. So I was cutting back, digging up.
Now, if I hadn’t bothered to plant, I could have had all kinds of things growing there without any effort. Or would I have? In any event, everything was getting way too crowded. I’m trimming up the yaupons into straight trees. They’ll grow 15-25 ft, so that will give me some screening from the neighbors.
I alternate between wanting to just shut down, play a game and wake up when this is all over like Rip Van Winkle. Don’t you?
But deadlines loom and I LOVE writing stories. Especially when they come to me easily!!! Story…where are you?
Remember how I said I bought a hibiscus tree that had pink flowers for my granddaughter? Well, it’s a braided tree and this morning it had red and orange ones too. Woohoo! The only bad thing is that it’s supposed to be fussy about things. I don’t do fussy.
Schools are closed all this week for Spring Break, but now they’re going to be closed all next week also because of the coronavirus situation.
I feel for China and Italy and everywhere else where this is so hard hit. We might be too. We just don’t know.
Be safe! Wishing the world throughout better days–and a way to beat this bug.
Mushrooms were day 6 (the egg is buried under them). I was reading about how you should eat slowly, drink water before getting seconds so you feel fuller, use a smaller plate (I think that’s a great idea), eat 5 vegetable servings a day…hmm, I usually eat 3. And basically, break habit routines. Mine is eating dessert after a meal. I don’t need it. I’m full. Yet I crave it. So I need to break that habit.
I’m halfway through proofing Vampire Redemption. And the taxes are ready to go to the accountant, yay! And I need to start autographing books to go readers and get them ready to ship. I already received the promo stuff for the Billionaire story coming out in May, so I need to start writing those blogs. But also, I have the 10th Anniversary release of Legend of the White Wolf coming out THIS MONTH, so I need to get on that. I’m waiting on the other beta reader’s comments for Highland Wolf so I can edit it and proof it one last time and turn it in. Then I’m off to write Red Wolf.
Back to proofing on Vampire Redemption. It’s the long-awaited sequel to Huntress for Hire.
Have a super fun day! I’m waiting for it to warm up!
It turned out to be a beautiful day and a 2 1/2 mile walk on the way to vote and back. I took pictures of flowers, squirrels, a great blue heron, green herons, snowy egrets and a great egret, and turtles.
More pictures later!
I managed to edit 9 more chapters, but still have 5 chapters and an epilogue to go, and little one will be here today in a half hour. At 5 am, I was spreading weed and feed granules. Yes, in the dark. In the light rain. It’s supposed to pour rain in a couple of hours, so I figured it was time to do it before my granddaughter gets here. I was pulling tons of weeds yesterday. You’d think I’d finally get a handle on it. But nope! And all my lilies and daylilies are appearing out of the ground. Soon, they will flower.
Off to edit a little bit before it’s too late and I can’t!
I took the picture of the butterfly on flowers last year on my walk to vote. It might rain later, so I’ve got to walk to the school to vote early. It’s about a mile walk or more, and I always take my camera.
Okay, I’m halfway done with proofing Highland Wolf. I’m really thrilled with the book so far.
I won’t even say what happened after I wrote the whole book and my editor saw the synopsis and said…no, not going to say it. And can he have…no. Not going to mention it. Taking out …no. Grinding teeth. Growling like a wolf. No…no…
I’m beginning to sound like my nearly 3-year-old granddaughter. “No nap. No time out. No hug.” I finally got the hug, cuddled her against my shoulder, and she relaxed, and she took her nap. lol But man, was it work.
So I’m back to proofing. Yay!! I love this book and I hope my readers do too.
My To Do List is getting to be as long as a Santa Claus list.
I was winging away, getting Highland Wolf done, up to 83K when I got the materials request to do. The good news about that is that they create the cover for the book from that. It’s the long synopsis I hate to write. Anyway, I worked until late last night on it and early this morning, so typing it up now. Hope to have that done and shipped off today.
And I got edits for Wolf in Mind, so as soon as I get some of this other stuff done–I had the idea of how to end the book, kind of, while writing the long synopsis so I need to write that before I forget it–I need to do the edits for Wolf in Mind and turn it in. And I need to do my taxes.
And ship books. But enough! I need to whittle this stuff down faster!
Right! If you’re reading, writing, or doing the taxes, you need this sign. Correct?
Or if you have edits and material requests coming in for two different books when you’re trying to finish up a book in process! I finally got minimum word count on Highland Wolf but need to finish it. And little one is coming in a few minutes, so forget getting anything done. *sigh*
It was 73 yesterday, 33 this morning. Ugh. No wonder we all get sick. I spent the day digging up ferns that volunteered along my pavers. I moved them against the fence. They’re from the native woods and just popped up in my flower border, and I love ferns!! I’ve never been able to grow them before, so I’m excited to have my own little woodland scene, if they survive the move.