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!
Yay!! For my son-in-law! So I had baby all day. He went to work in the pouring rain, found out the garage was flooded and it short-circuited the electricity for the whole building where he works, and so he had to drive home in all the stormy weather. He worked from home, and then came to have dinner, since my daughter is teaching out of town.
But, I put him to work. He installed Windows 10 on my computer for my birthday a while back, and I was having lots of trouble with Photoshop, still didn’t have my Carbonite set up, and Daz3D wasn’t working. I don’t know what was going on with Photoshop. Naturally, when he went to check the error messages I was getting, it wouldn’t show up. You know. Like taking your car to the mechanic and the car is evil. Purely evil. As soon as you leave the shop, it’ll give you trouble again, but for the mechanic? Works like a charm.
I created this, reminding me of my walk, minus the boat, dog, and balloons. Those were just fun to add.
Okay, so since I had the baby soooo late, I didn’t get hardly anything done. I started working on Hunting the Red Wolf on Sunday, but had a new idea last night. And so heading in a slightly different direction. Well, more than slightly. But my goal is 2,000 words a day again, minus the two days I have my granddaughter.
Oh, and I need to ship off things again–2 books to a fan who didn’t receive hers, 2 books to a fan whose books went to another fan who received both (PO screwed up, so I’m hoping I can get them to reimburse me), stuff to my son and daughter-in-law, and a package that keeps getting delivered to me that isn’t mine. Since I’m the only one who has ever had this address, the company has his address wrong, but I don’t want to have to keep returning it to the company. (Not paying for it though.)
And that’s it. Well, we’re still under flood watch and we have more rain coming today. So maybe I won’t go to the post office until Thursday. And I need to plant some daylilies that were a replacement for hibiscus that never made it. So I want to do that today before it gets way overheated.
My daughter and I went swimming for 45 mins and then went hiking for 2 miles in the 100 degree heat and humidity yesterday. I took a lot of pictures of dragonflies, swamps, the lake, and herons. Hopefully some of the pictures turned out and I’ll share them. One of a green and blue dragon is phenomenal, and I’ll share it tomorrow.
But I finished Billionaire and gave it to my beta readers. I got edits back from my editor on You Had Me at Wolf (Wolff Brother story), and so I have to get those done by Monday. And I was reading Seduced by the Wolf, to recall the characters in that book because I have to add a novella at the end for the 10th Anniversary Edition. And I have to write the Christmas novel about the same pack, so I figured it would help to read that story since I wrote it 10 years ago.
So as soon as I finish the edits on the other book, I’ll jump on the Red Wolf novella. Think I’ll call it Hunting the Red Wolf. And I think it will be about Cassie’s sister who learns in Seduced by the Wolf that her cousin Aimee made it out okay, when their families perished. So I’m thinking that Rhoda, her twin sister did too, and this will be her story.
Anyway, I’m off to swim with the kids and granddaughter and then get back to work! Hope you have a great weekend!!
On the cat, I used the tutorial by NyelenehArt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bgfqkmhMUM
On the Jaguar/Lion promo photo, I used Oscraps elements from a Safari one, though, I might have picked up the jaguar from another. In any event, do you notice my artist style? Nope? Right! I am eclectic. Which means I’m still trying to figure it out, but I love trying new things. Constantly.
I’d love to be able to take my own pictures and turn them into watercolor scraps too. Anyway, the cat was from Pixabay, and so were the two texture layers I used, one of a galaxy, and one of just a gold texture. I have TONS of photos I’ve taken, so that is one quest I have. Among MILLIONS of others.
In the meantime, it’s back to proofing the book. I only managed to get 4 chapters read yesterday, baby here until late, and I just couldn’t get anything done.
Have a great day!!! I’m off to finish proofing the book no matter what, sending it to beta readers and starting on the Red Wolf novella. Just got a bear order for Germany too. Have fun!!!
I’m reading over the final version (I hope) of Billionaire She-Wolf, so I can turn it over to beta readers next. In the meantime, I have plans for my granddaughter today–the swimming pool, stroller walk, grocery store, and then, you see, she’ll be all worn out so I can proof more. Maybe. Or Grandma will be.
In any event, that’s the schedule, finish Billionaire! Yay! Someone mentioned we were almost halfway through the year. No! Hands over ears, I don’t want to hear it.
I’m off to type up edits and begin writing again next, but I had to play with some artwork first. You know. Just because I have to blog and I needed something new to post. Right.
Any excuse to play with photos, right?
I added several layers of water, two different kinds, sky, and texture. It’s not perfect, but I have 4 dogs I have to keep taking in and out and I have to get back to the real work at hand. But isn’t the artwork pretty?
I took the picture of the African ducks at a zoo and they just wouldn’t all look at me or hold still, yet it captures the essence of ducks, don’t you think? One grooming himself, two cuddling, another standing on one leg in rest.
In other news, Barnes and Noble is now beta testing an author bio page and guess what???? I was asked to participate. That rarely happens to me. Well…uhm, never. But yay! I felt honored.
Okay, I’m back to writing. Maybe I’ll take the dogs all out one more time. Kill milkweed bugs. And THEN get back to writing.
I’ve got to concentrate on my writing! *sigh* I’ve been battling bugs–show pictures tomorrow. Kids came over to finish helping me set up Windows 10 so it should be up and running when I have time for it. Kids are dropping their corgis off with me and then I’m having to watch them for the week. We’re going to the swimming pool first thing this morning, and then I’m dropping them off at the airport. So when can I write???
*sigh* I have to write! Hopefully the dogs will let me. That means I have to be alpha all the way.
Be the alpha. Take charge of your destiny. You can do it. I can do it. ha!
There is no higher compliment than this for an author:
Michelle Scaff “Per usual, Terry Spear is a line jumper. What sucks is I really need to go to bed and I can’t put Seal Wolf Surrender down! It’s such an easy read but my “let me just finish this chapter” has failed me 3 times because interesting things keep happening. Once I finish this (either tonight or tomorrow) then it’s on to the TBR shelf. Unless I order the next cougar book. “
Lola Faber “Thanks Terry which word to use? Is ^hard /difficult^? To put down when you are getting to the action 🤔 but is time to prepare supper…😀 l have an almost 48 years scheduled 6:00pm Supper TIME… I will let him know he’s on his own.”
That’s what we strive for and while I’m struggling to write the next book, it makes me want to do it again and again.
Thanks to my fans who encourage me to keep on going!
And, that’s what I need to get back to! Have a great weekend!!!
Do you see the cat that hitched a ride on the airship? I created this composite using several different layers of clouds. I never thought of doing that until I saw on DeviantArt where an artist mentioned how she had combined clouds to create her free spectacular clouds to give away. So I started out with just a group of pretty clouds on a blue sky, and then began to add and add and add. On the next version, I added a galaxy kind of sky on top of the clouds and it gave it a whole different effect.
The steampunk airship is from Roy3D on DeviantArt.
So I don’t have the baby today, yay! Because I was at parties all weekend and have been struggling to just get my word count of 2,000 each day. That gives me today to try and catch up just on that. I still need 22,000 words just to reach word count.