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Bath Time for Birds

I’ve never seen a bird take a bath in the fountain. Smart bird. Hot day. This juvenile cardinal was having a ball.

I managed 2,000 words yesterday. I wanted to write more. I was reading an article about sleep. Six hours or less a day is equivalent to 2 days with no sleep as far as the brain functioning well. Okay, so I definitely need brain function to write. Now how do I sleep better????

Baby is on her way. Bug terminator better be on his way. I have a swarm of red wasps in my foyer. They don’t seem to be building a nest, not that I can see. Though I am avoiding the area. I tried taking pictures from inside the house. I had to have my daughter drop my granddaughter off in through the garage until the terminator gets here.

One day when I lived in Crawford, Texas, I was watching out the window as I was writing my story, and saw several bluebirds diving at a wasp nest they were building. Every time a new wasp showed up to add to the nest, one of the bluebirds would dive down and the wasp was history. It was wonderful!!! I was having a terrible time with the wasps. Hate using hornet spray, but the best little bug killers around? Bluebirds. I’ve never seen anything like it!

Have a wasp-free day!!!

Terry

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Research Helps…

to get me on track.

Superfast Wing-Flapping Pipevine Swallowtail on Zinnia

For Red Wolf Christmas, I’ve done tons of research. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I’m reading, I can’t stop reading. But guess what? It can pay off in the long run. I think, man, I wasted a whole day writing. Or two whole days writing. And nothing has come of the story. How did that happen? That’s how it happened. But…days later, something finally clicks.

And I’m thinking, wait, that would work in the story! So I was writing, got a 1,000 words early yesterday morning, then finally got another in the afternoon, slowly, but then the story started to gather steam. Three-thousand words. Four thousand. That’s what I was shooting for so that I could have some extra words (2,000 a day for the next couple of days so when I do the edits on the 10th Anniversary of Legend of the White Wolf I won’t be behind). But I was still going. Five thousand. Time for bed. But I printed off some pages to edit in bed and realized as I was editing, I had more to say. And more and more. I have to type up the edits, but it was getting so late, I will write the rest today. And that will give me a start anyway.

So see? All that research paid off. That’s why I absolutely cannot write an outline of my book. It doesn’t work for me. As I was searching for a place to set one of the plats of land, I found this neat online plat and owner finder. Who would have ever known? She had the deeds, but she didn’t know where one of the plats of land was located. And so I was looking for a place to set the plat and the town just hollered to me. Here! This is it! The name? Christmas Valley. It’s a Christmas story. Yes! And there’s a neat history to it. Soooo, more research, more story plot, more words.

Speaking of which, I need to get busy. Have a super fun day!!!

I’m off and running! Again. Yay!

Terry

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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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Word Count–Fail

I managed to capture a couple of pictures of the hummingbird on zinnia!

But I didn’t make my word count. It’s not like I wasn’t trying. I’m editing, and that means removing as much as adding. Okay, so I repeated that HOW many times? Really???? No wonder my word count was going to town.

And yes, my characters are happy, happy, happy, but I have them smiling and laughing and chuckling HOW many times? Ugh. So there goes some more word count. I have to add NEW stuff. Conflict. Answer questions. Remember to turn on the Christmas music in the antique shop. At 105 degrees heat index, I keep forgetting it’s cold in the story and Christmas!

I want to get my word count for yesterday and today. I really, really do, but…it’s only going to get there if I can come up with some reasons for what’s happening.

I do NOT have writer’s block. I refuse to say it’s writer’s block. I don’t want to use that as a crutch. I just need to think…harder.

Okay, off to think harder and do more edits, but I’m nearly to the end of what I’ve written and then I don’t have anything else to do…but write.

Have a glorious day!!! I’m really, really, really going to get some word count today.

Terry

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Signing Books in Katy, Texas

Had a ball with Lola in Katy, Texas! We had lunch at a Texas restaurant that was really good and I signed books at West Oaks Village Barnes and Noble in Katy.

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And signed books at Books-A-Million in Katy, Texas!

Lola is from Colombia originally, so she was enjoying visiting her friends from there and I was lucky enough to become her friend too!

Baby is here. I only managed to get 1200 words on Red Wolf Christmas yesterday, so I need to finish my word count today. No more pool, so trying to come up with a new fun activity in this heat. The electric company asked us to reduce electricity use again through Thursday. It was supposed to only be 94 today, but it’s showing 98, 108 heat index. But we have a better chance of rain tonight, so fingers crossed.

Have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

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Off to Meet a Fan Who Has Become a Friend!

Jaguar on the hunt for a shifter mate

I was so busy yesterday, when I wrote my blog, I forgot to add a title. Now, as a writer, I could make up a story. I wanted to lend mystery to the blog. A title-less blog piques interest, right? Or, I was in a rush to get the blog typed up before I had to save the world. Or…take my granddaughter for her 2nd tricycle ride around the block, swim for the last time during the week this season, toss a ball and fetch, do not even ask who was fetching the ball, throwing the ball for the dogs and retrieving, do not even ask who got to throw the ball, coloring–which meant Grandma should butt out because when she doesn’t, she has to draw a million fish on a piece of paper of every crayon color and then again and again. More fish. More fish.

And I managed to get through the edits on the 2nd book. Which means? I need to write on the current book!!! BUT, I’m on a mission this morning. I’m driving an hour south to meet a friend who is a fan from Minnesota, visiting with her friends from Columbia. While I’m down there (Katy, Texas), I hope to go to one of the Barnes and Nobles and a Books-a-Million and sign books. We’ll have lunch, I’m bringing her some books and a couple of other things, and then I’m returning home to write.

Thankfully, I am no word count behind because I’d gotten ahead. See how that works? I still need to get 2,000 today so I’m where I need to be.

Have a great day!!! Mine is busy, busy, busy.

Terry

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Jaguar Dreaming of Chasing Monkeys in the Trees

Baby is on her way, so have to get ready, but I managed to turn in You Had Me at Wolf and now I’m working on first edits on She-Wolf Ready for Action. I’m through 136 pages of 236. So this book was a little shorter than the other at 250 pages.

Did you know that midnight is still day 1, but some think it’s day 2? So I made it 11 at night. To me, midnight is the end of the day. 1 minute after midnight is the next day. I had to explain how the hero could tell the vehicle windows were bulletproof, name the airport they were going to, and other minor stuff so far. So all good. But it still takes time to read and look for any other mistakes they might have missed.

I want to get this done today, but with my granddaughter here for most of the day, that’s probably not going to happen. We’re going to our last swimming pool day. The kids go back to school on Wednesday, so the kids lifeguarding won’t be available. The pool will be open through Labor Day only on the weekends. But it’s hot here until October. The YMCA they’re planning to build near us won’t be open for another 2 years.

In fact with 111 heat index for the next 2 days, the electric company has asked us to cut back our electric use from 2-6.

Okay, got to run. Have a super fun day!!!

Terry

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Whittling Away at Deadlines

Do you think they can see us?

I managed to finish the edits on You Had Me at Wolf and turned it in. I pulled up Billionaire She-Wolf Ready for Action to work on next.

I spent some time this morning putting some files into Dropbox because I don’t have access to them if my external hard drives or hard drives die on me. When I changed over to Windows 10, I learned really fast that I’d lost some of my Photoshop Actions. Some sites are great about keeping your purchases available for redownload like Bellevue Avenue and Ashe Designs. And photo purchase sites like Bigstock, Dreamstime, and Depositphotos. But some places don’t. You can look up your purchases like on Pretty Actions and KCC Actions, but if you have a hard drive crash and you haven’t backed the files up someplace that doesn’t crash, you’re out of luck. So I try to purchase mostly from places that allow you to download your files that you purchased off their sites in the event you lose them.

Anyway, it’s just something that I’ve needed to do for a long time!

Okay, back to the book. I’m on page 5 of 227 pages. This book is 23 pages shorter than the other, so I’m off and running!

Have a super wonderful day!!!

Terry

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Deadline Nightmare

Peacock in Hawaii

I was keeping up with my word goal, and then–book edits happened. They want two more promo blogs too. But You Had Me at Wolf edits came and those are easy, but it’s a long book and I’m through 90 of 250 pages. They were late on sending it to me, so it means they need me to finish it pronto. And first edits came on another book, and that one they want to move the release date to May, so they asked if I could get them done quickly too.

In the meantime, I decided to transfer 13 of my audiobooks from ACX to Findaway Voices because they didn’t have exclusive rights to them. When I first signed with them, I thought there were other audiobook outlets, but there weren’t. So I was getting barely any percentage of income off them from ACX and no way to share them otherwise. It’s rotten on the audiobooks because we pay so much for narration, not the seller, so we have a lot of money tied up in them. Findaway has wider distribution, but I don’t know how well it will do either. Some authors say they do much better.

Anyway, ACX finally transferred the titles and I had to redo 13 of the audiobook covers and upload all the metadata, so did that in the last two days, got 1,000 words word count on the new book the one day, and managed 90 pages of the one book I’m editing. So no new blog. I want to get back to the other book before I forget where I’m at. *sigh*

And, I asked for my rights back from a small print publisher I’ve been with for years and years and years. They have the first 2 of my Highland books and a western time travel. Without the 1st 2 Highland books, I can’t reduce the sale price to have like a BookBub ad for the first in the series. But it means editing the books, formatting them for ebooks and print books and making new covers for both. They’re coming back to me around the 14th.

That’s why I haven’t been blogging. Just too much to keep up with. And the heat is awful. I’ll be glad when it starts dropping to around 94 degrees as the high, which is still a heat index of 104. Tuesday it will be 111. Today and tomorrow, 109. So 104 will seem cooler.

Okay, I’m off to read!!! I hope to have the edits done for one of the books today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Terry

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Monarch and Purple Flowers

If only everything in life was as beautiful as this!

Baby is on her way! Have a great day!

Terry

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