Okay, I’m off to work. I managed 2500 words yesterday, 5500 to go. I did a ton of yard work, even though it was still way too hot. Today, it’s supposed to be 68 this morning, yay! So once it’s light, I’ll begin to work.
But I need to wrap this baby up–Tangling with the Wolf, here I come!
I was out taking pictures of jumbo mushrooms when I came across this sleepy bumblebee. So I was able to get really close, he stirred a little, and I was done.
Little one will be here and we’ll be decorating for fall. It will be like Christmas for her as we bring out all the decorations to set up and that will be fun for both of us. It doesn’t feel like fall. It feels like hot summer. But I’d rather have it set up and enjoy it for a longer while, than put it up and take it down to set up for Christmas in short order.
I’m halfway done on Tangling with the Wolf. I realized I don’t have a season for the story. Setting the season will make it feel more real. But what season??? A special event? New Years! Or Halloween…or fall, or spring, or summer or winter. I just need to figure out what I feel so I can dress my characters right. I realized I don’t have them dressed at all. Clothes and setting can reveal more about the characters….so need to put on my thinking hat.
The rainbow was so big I couldn’t capture the whole thing. And off to the right, you can see another rainbow on top of it. We rarely get rainbows, so when I peeked out the door to see if we had a lot of rain or not, I saw the rainbows. Grilled cheese was cooking on top of the stove, totally forgot about it while I grabbed my camera and ran out to take shots of the rainbow. There are more important things to do in life, you know.
Luckily, I rescued my grilled cheese sandwich before it was blackened.
I passed my no-hair portrait review! I’m still working on a couple of more, but I’m off to do short hair, and I’m watching medium fur dog lessons. I’ve been an epic fail on fur so far, part of the problem being that the dogs I have to work on have a mix of fur, so I’m going to watch all the videos from short to long fur, get the brushes and then work on some more dogs.
But in the meantime, I’m 3,000 words behind on Tangling with the Wolf because of working on edits on Wolff Bros 2. It’s off to the editor and now I’m up to 7,000 on Tangling. 13K to go. So nearly halfway. Love writing novellas!
I love dragonflies. They eat bad flying insects. Between them, butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds in the garden, my granddaughter and I were thoroughly entertained.
I often don’t see a hummingbird at rest, but my neighbor has a tree next to my fence where they will sit. I tried to get a shot of them, but not sure if they came out.
So I finally got a pass on my portrait and uploaded the next one. In the meantime, I have the third one completed, and I’m working on a fur course.
I ended up getting 500 words on Tangling with the Wolf–the novella on my non-writing day while little one was here. Then I was working on Wolff Bros 2 edits based on my beta readers’ critiques. I hope to get that done today and then get the rest of my word count for today.
We had wild thunderstorms twice yesterday. We weren’t supposed to have any rain. But I will take any that we can get. Little one usually sings, “Rain, rain, go away.” And I tell her, “Oh, no, we need the rain!” I was telling her that all the little animals need the rain, and she finally was singing, “Rain, rain, come again.” I’ve got to train her right. lol
We have a better chance of rain today when we weren’t supposed to. I’m glad. It’s helping to cool things off a bit. Maybe I can get some more weeding done.
Okay, I’m off to finish these edits and then get back to writing.
Bumblebees are territorial and they can get mad when you bother them, but I just had to get some pictures of them so I was madly dashing around the garden taking shots of them every chance I could get.
I read where colleges are back in session, students are getting sick, no quarantine in place, just send them home wherever they are from–brilliant!–so they can spread the virus to their families and hometowns. This reminds me of when I was talking to a college student, from a great distance away, who couldn’t wait to go back to College Station, Texas A & M.
“I’m careful around my parents, but when I’m back at college, we’re going to party! We don’t get it. If we did, it wouldn’t make us that sick.”
“But people of all ages have died from it,” I said.
Nope, he didn’t believe it. Not big enough numbers to convince him. He’s immune. His friends are immune. Let’s party! And so now those same students are being sent back to their families–the ones they said they would protect–and…well, you know where it goes from there.
And who is responsible? The colleges that have opened, instead of doing things virtually. Or quarantined in place, so the students could get better on their own and not spread the virus further.
I rest my case.
I knew I shouldn’t read the news. Little one will be here soon. We’re going to feed the turtles if we can get out before it gets too hot. I’m up to 4,000 words on Tangling of the Wolf, need 16K more! That’s what I love about novellas. Short and sweet. Though mine usually end up around 28K.
This is a red crepe myrtle and I planted it last year, but all the other varieties of crepe myrtles had bloomed but this one. So a few days ago, I saw it had finally bloomed. I finally got out to take pictures of the flowers. Make mental note–this crepe myrtle is a LATE bloomer.
Well, still waiting for a review on the last portrait I did before I can move on. Though I’ve done the next two and one of my own.
In the meantime, I also started writing Tangling with the Wolf, the novella for Dreaming of the Wolf. I couldn’t think of anything–and then I found a writing prompt where someone drops a paper napkin on someone else’s table with a warning–leave, while you still can.
Okay, so what could be the trouble? Then I had it! Where I had lived before, different biker gangs ended up at a pub, armed with knives and guns and started a fight. Perfect!!!
So I have my first 2,000, and I’m off to write 2,000 a day, on days I don’t take care of little one. Three-thousand if I can figure out what to write!
I also was studiously digging up plants I don’t want, weeds I don’t want, and once it’s all cleaned out, I’ll plant a couple of plants I do want in their place. It’s best if you can plant the right plants in a place first, but sometimes you don’t know how well they will do until after you’ve let them grow, or not grow, for a couple of years. It looks like I’ll be replacing all of my sky pencil holly as one after another bite the dust. *sigh*
We had storms and 2″ of rain last night, yay! So I was out weeding this morning because the weeds are easier to pull up. Both my dogs got out. The pest control man must have left the gate unlatched. I always check to make sure the gates are shut, and it looked like it from a distance.
I was out weeding out front when Tanner came running to me. He’s such a sweetie, so happy to see me. Max was long gone. I checked the backyard to make sure. He’s bad to run off. And he’s not eager to lose his newfound freedom. Tanner just wants to be with me.
It’s funny–in a dog psychology way–because Tanner is the alpha, Max the beta. Max is my lapdog, Tanner isn’t. So what’s with Max running off and Tanner not?
Anyway, Max came back, not to me, maybe he thought he’d be in trouble, but I was just glad I hadn’t lost him, and I took him inside and worked some more on the weeding. After I made sure the gate was shut.
Yesterday I spent most of the day trying to come up with a story idea for the Wolf in Trouble novella for Dreaming of the Wolf. I did finish all my promo blogs. Yay!
I finally started writing something on the novella late, so I need to type up my notes. I was trying to set up my mss for typing, but having issues with setting my indents, and just finally realized the blocking on the page somehow slipped to centered.
I’ll be off to have some fun with the kids in a little while for a couple of hours, and then home to work, then we’re having a barbecue later for Labor Day.
I’m off to weed just a wee bit more and then I’m running!
I love doing these! They’re a lot of work, but I love the end result. On this and the grapes in a sack I got: Nailed It! I need to have 3-5 personal works done. This is the 5th one I’ve done, though I have 3 others partially done. I’m just trying to get into some extra practice before I move on to the review phase and then see if I pass to go on to the next group of lessons–people. The picture is from Pixabay. I can’t wait to learn from the fur course to do dogs and wolves and cats.
Little one is here today. It’s going to be REALLY hot for another week, and then we have a cool down. As in 90 instead of 99, and 70 instead of 80 in the mornings. Tack on 10 degrees heat factor, and that’s our hot weather. But I’m really looking forward to the cool down. I can get more yard work done then.
So I wrote another 2,000 on Wolff Bros yesterday–up to 92K and still need to write about 3 more scenes.
Off to get ready for little one. Dogs need to go out, come in, get fed, go out, trash out, little one here….
I’m still working on Wolff Bros 2, and I’m still touching up this painting for when I need to turn in 3 paintings we’ve done for review, in addition to 2 that we’ve had critiqued as part of the course before I can move on to people. Ack!
It might look easy and it’s anything but. But I still love doing it, though sometimes while I’m working on it, I think, what made me think I could do this?????
Okay, little one is on her way and I’m still working on my story.
Well, weathermen are still unsure whether we’ll get some of the storm. I saw where we might get 1-2″ of rain. It’s showing rain from Wednesday through Friday.
It’s only going to be a high of 89 on Wednesday, wow! 97 today.
I’m taking little one overnight on Friday night and dropping her off on Saturday. I now have the one little room set up for her to sleep in, so we’ll see if she’ll sleep there, or end up in my bed. The problem is when she ends up in my bed is that I don’t sleep. lol I told her if she stays with me, that’s her bed and Grandma has her own bed. So we’ll see. lol
So I have 3 days of writing–today is cooler, if I could do some yard work! I’m still trying to finish the book. I’m at 87K. Goal is 89K. I will make that. I’m still just trying to finish writing the extra scenes I need. I realized, not only do I need to finish this, and write the novella, I need to write some promo blogs for the Sept release. I don’t know how Sept got here so quickly!