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!
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.
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.
Yesterday was a fun day. I went shopping with my daughter and grandbaby and we had lunch out, then I had to go pick up my granddaughter at preschool in the deluge of a thunderstorm. Had to rush her and all kind of stuff to the house. Then home again and I finished up chapter 4 proofing on You Had Me at Cougar.
What was fun about the parrots is that they finally were all looking in the same direction at one point and I was able to get all of their heads instead of some of them grooming themselves. So it was a model-perfect pose.
One of my beta readers organized a fun role-playing group on Facebook for the cougar series some years ago and a group of fans act out the roles. So she wanted me to add a couple of characters who weren’t getting enough showtime in the book so they could role play. How fun is that?
I just have to make sure that when I add stuff, I don’t make new mistakes. But once this is up on the sites before it’s up for sale, I’ll proof it again.
I lost 2.6 lbs this week, woohoo, and I’m still eating, so not starving myself. It’s just a matter of eating lower calorie choices. I picked up a bag of individual bags of skinny popcorn and it’s satisfying the urge for something salty. And instead of chocolate if I have a sweet craving, though sometimes I have one “square,” though it’s really rectangular piece of dark chocolate, I eat an apple.
I still eat beef, but a lot more chicken also. On the blue plan on Weight Watchers, chicken breasts are free, though chicken thighs are 3 pts for 3 oz. Now who has a weight measuring tool? Not me. So I wing it. And when I get hungry and just have to eat something more, I just steam some vegetables, add butter and seasoning, and yes, the butter counts, but I still manage to keep my 23 points or less and lose weight. I’ve lost 12.6 lbs so far and it’s working! It’s not just a diet, but rethinking what I eat.
Okay, so I’m back to work on the book. Need to take Tanner in for his shots at 8. I just have tor remember it and not get too involved in proofing the book this morning!
Have a wonderful day! I’m off to get back to mine!
100% rain today, 2 1/2″ yesterday. But we needed it. I’m sure this is all from Elsa, but it’s cooled things down for us and welcome.
My granddaughter was making necklaces yesterday and had so much. I’ve got her overnight tonight, going to dance to the music this afternoon with my daughter. Our plans to swim aren’t flying this morning because of the rain, but I’ve got to ship off a book and I need groceries again so I’ll be running around in the rain, hoping I don’t melt.
We’re going to make a tornado in a bottle–need food coloring, and hatch a dragon from an egg tonight after I pick my granddaughter up from pre-school. Have popcorn and a movie night.
I’m working on proofing Saving the White Cougar still. Hope to have it done this weekend. I’m on chapter 4.
I love writing about the cougars, jaguars, bears, and wolves. And it’s fun attributing true stories to them and to their human forms. This is another art challenge I did for July.
I’m still mulling on an opening for the 2 Christmas stories.
“Can you keep a secret?”
He already knew this was going to be a bad day.
She thought she saw someone peeping in her window before dawn.
When she learned she was going to be paired up to work with a human, she wanted to scream.
Anyway, I need to figure out a great opening. lol
We’re off to the pool after I feed little one and then we’ll be home to eat lunch and if I get lucky, put her down for a nap, read stories, do workbooks and go to hip-hop class instead of ballet. She has separation anxiety. I didn’t realize that was a thing. Maybe because of baby brother coming along and he gets to stay with us?
And somewhere along the line, I’m working on a story.
I finished You Had Me at Cougar! It’s turned over to my wonderful beta readers and I’m trying to come up with a story idea for the United Shifter Force Christmas novella first. I have a semi-idea for Red Wolf Christmas, the novel.
It always takes me a bit of thinking to figure out how to start it, what’s at stake, how they meet, etc. I also need to pull up the print version of Saving the White Cougar to make sure it’s ready for publication. One final proofing.
I have a long night tonight. My son-in-law is working really late and so I’m having dinner with them and helping with the baby while my daughter gets my granddaughter off to bed. The baby gets really super fussy about that time. That’s okay. Grandma walks him and exercises then. lol