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10th Anniversary Legend of the Wolf Came In!

I caught up! I wrote until late last night until I had over 4,000 words, but in the meantime, I received edits on the 10th Anniversary release of Legend of the White Wolf last night. The good thing about the 10th anniversary releases is that I don’t have multiple edits on them. It’s just a case of reading the whole book, and the new novella I wrote at the end of the book, that I need to proof one time only. The bad thing about doing the edits on different books ALL the TIME is that I lose stride on my new book. Just think, it’s like being thrown into a time-travel spin, tossed back a decade earlier to another time and place and wolf pack. I get wrapped up in the old story, and then I’m thrown back into the present. New book, new names, new wolf pack. Where was I again? What was the story about? What was I trying to solve???

Don’t you love the new cover for Legend of the White Wolf? I loved the wolf on the original cover, but the cover didn’t fit any of the series. And the headless guy with only a bellybutton showing? The new cover is much, much better.

Okay, I cancelled on a pool date with the kids. Working on Red Wolf Christmas this morning, hoping to get my word count early, and then maybe I’ll jump on the white wolf edits. But I dread getting wrapped up in that story, and having a time getting started on the other. So maybe I’ll just work on Red Wolf and jump on the other in a couple of days.

Peril on the Sea

Have a great day! Mine better be productive!

Terry

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You Think You’ve Had it Bad…

T-Rex in Fort Worth–Sometimes it’s Better to Stay in Bed

The T-Rex, car, woods are mine in the foreground, sky is mine, lake and woods in background are from Daily Texture.

I thought we were going to have storms all morning. Nope. Just last night. We need the rain, so that’s good. Baby is on her way.

And I’m off to get ready! And no texting while driving. You never know what you might run into when you’re not paying attention.

Have a delightful day!!!

Terry

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Beauty and the Beast, All in One

Okay, out doing yard work again early this morning, only the heat is back.

A beautiful Tiger I was able to photograph at the Dallas Zoo.

Okay, I’m back to writing. Getting my daily word count, but hope to get a lot more today, if I can stay focused. Have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

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8200 Words and Counting!

Baby Blue Jay

I did it! I got caught up! I had to write 8200 words to do it, but I did it! I’m at 10,000 words, 70,000 to go. I wrote all that yesterday. It’s not easy or I’d do it all the time. I also weeded and did my usual chores, and I even took pictures of butterflies and dragonflies and flowers. But I had so much conflict, so many scenes coming to me in watered-down movie versions that I just kept writing. I need to go back and flesh out the scenes, but I LOVE it when that happens.

So I’m caught up. Today, no word count because I’m babysitting, but I always try to get some done anyway so I can get ahead of the game until more edits come. I’m caught up! Can you tell how wonderful that makes me feel? Now, if only I could do that every day. lol

Off to get ready for my granddaughter.

Hope you are always way ahead of your deadlines.

Terry

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The Beauty of Flowers

I picked up these perennials from the grocery store. They were so pretty, I couldn’t help myself. What are they? I don’t know. But they’re pretty!

I turned in the proofed version of To Tempt the Wolf last night and started working on Red Wolf Christmas. I hated to look to see how far behind I am because of the novella and proofing 2 books. Eight thousand words. So I’m getting my word count for today, and then I’ll try and get a little extra to whittle down my behindedness.

Okay, back to the book!! Have a wonderful day!!!!

Terry

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Oh No! Christmas in July!

Neighbor’s Cat–Turned into an Oil Texture

So I was wracking my brain for a story idea for the Red Wolf Christmas novel. I write a Christmas story every year for my publisher. My stories are always romantic suspenses full of mystery and wolves or jaguars, of course. And every time I try to come up with a new idea for Christmas, I get myself sidetracked in the suspense and mystery. Wait! It’s Christmas.

That sent me in a whole other direction. Sleigh bells ring, are you listening…

Well, yes, and that’s the start of the story. I was reading one blogger’s take on Christmas stories. The ones that are classics, have a dark side to them. My editor reminds me it’s supposed to be a Christmas story. Well, yes, and a Happily Ever After, but it needs the darkness too, the conflict, and the light at the end.

I was trying to watch the Good Witch and it was driving me crazy. She is sickeningly good. That’s no fun. lol

We’re supposed to have storms all day, no pool for my granddaughter and me. I’ve been pulling up a ton of grass and other weeds. Still have a ton more to do. But I’m also always finding fun surprises. A new holly sprouted! Not sure it’s in a good place. I might have to try and transplant it. But I hope it is like my neighbor’s. I love their hollies.

I’m off to play with the toddler. Have a great day!

Terry

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Creating Word Art in Photoshop

Have you hugged your polar bear shifter today?

I love Word Art, but I couldn’t find just what I wanted, so I created this picture and then figured out how to create the word art. For those who have Photoshop and don’t know how to do it, I created a white layer, wrote my text, and then I used the upper Warp Text box to vary the shape of the words. The text box next to it can be used to increase the spacing between words, letters, change the height of letters, etc. On the lower right is a fx tab and clicking on that allows me to change beveling, add shadow, etc.

Then I turn the white background transparent by setting the opacity to 0 and I have my Word Art that I can use on any background. Save as PSD if you want to change it up later, and I save as PNG to grab and overlay over my photo. To add color, I use two different methods. First, group all of the words and elements, if you have them and go to Styles (look in Window for Styles, check mark it) and while you have the group highlighted, click on the color scheme you like.

Using Styles to Color the Text

Another method is to add a texture layer above the word art group and clip it to the group (creating a clipping mask), and then you can use anything really–texture, flowers, any kind of a picture.

Using a Texture Layer to Color Text

I’m sure a lot of people know how to do this, but I didn’t and when I asked in a group, a lot of people didn’t. Anyway, if it helps, great. You need Photoshop and some knowledge of layers to do it. But it’s something I was trying to figure out yesterday, and I did it! Isn’t it wonderful when something finally sinks in? Grouping layers and adding clipping masks.

I only wrote about 800 words yesterday, but I started editing the first 3 chapters and I’m typing them up before I have to run a million errands. Yes, a million. Taking back 2 dead plants (the others have grown twice their size and the grass around where I planted the other two is growing like crazy, so are other plants, so not sure why these didn’t make it), getting dog food, you know like the dog that has no bone?, shipping another book to a fan, and more. I hate running errands, especially when the heat index is 100 plus. The car is an oven, so I’ll leave in a few minutes to start the day.

I’d much rather write.

Have a lovely day and hope it’s just right!!

Terry

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The Wolf Guarding the Sheep

See, I write about wolf shifters, so of course the wolf would guard the sheep.

The background was from Oscraps but I added the stream, grasses, and sky. I added texture, the wolf (from pixelsquid), the girl (DAZ3D), and the black-faced sheep and Highland cow are from pictures I took in Scotland.

I managed to get 3,000 words even after all our activities yesterday, and now have 6,000 words left to go!!!

Doggies fed and now it’s time to get to work!! Hope you have a stunning day!

Terry

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Busy Day, but I Want to Write!

A Fairy Feeding the Swan

Okay, so I’m getting near the end of word count. I’m nearly there!!! 9,000 words to go. Yay!!! But…I have to go swimming with the kids and go to a cat show that one of my fans will be showing her cats at. Isn’t that neat?

Anyway, I’m excited about all of it. But I want to write! I’m so excited about the next part of the book. Sometimes, that can be a good thing. I keep thinking of what is happening. But sometimes it is a bad thing. If I don’t write it down, I forget it. So trying to get as much done on it as I can.

Have a beautiful day!!!!

Terry

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Elf Couple in the Woods

For the last couple of days, I was trying to get my Photoshop to work, layers weren’t working, so I missed posting yesterday. I wanted to do a 4th of July composite.

Anyway, I did write 3,000 words and go to a barbecue.

I’ve been trying different things with the art, so I’m sort of all over the place. The clouds are mine using a painterly effect from Topaz. The characters are Daz3D and everything else I purchased as PNGs.

Okay, before the morning gets too much later, I’ve got to write. I need at least 12,000 more words to finish the novella. That’s what I love about novellas. They’re short. I have over 13,000 done!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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