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Now We’re Supposed to Wear Masks

Yep. Before it was it could be a bad thing for you. It could be worse for you.

Now the truth is, well, we want to keep the masks for our health professionals, which is totally understandable, but quit all the lying!

Yes, the masks can help, not only those who are showing virus symptoms, but from those who aren’t.

I read a good article about the density of the virus and how much sicker you can get if you are surrounded by it at work or at home with a sick family. It made sense that if you were in a grocery store and randomly picked it up, you might not be as sick, if you have no underlying health issues. But if you are packed in a place with people who have it, that you could be sicker.

I know from colds you can reinfect yourself, even with reusing a tissue. That you can do the same with the flu with using the same toothbrush from when you were sick. I always discard mine after I’ve been sick.

Can you reinfect yourself with this virus?

My son said that some say if you’ve had the flu recently, which I had, that your immunity might have built up and so you might not get it or as bad a case of it. If it takes the immune system a while to get into gear, that means it takes longer to take on the virus. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but since I have 5 weeks of being sick with the flu, I sure hope so. I was worried my immune system would have been compromised, but maybe not. I had read where the swine flu in 2009, that was totally downplayed and I didn’t even realize the States had it that bad, affected the younger people, that they thought that 60 or older crowd had built up an immunity from an earlier flu, but that the younger people hadn’t been exposed to the earlier flu that would help them have an immunity.

I don’t know. I had the flu really bad maybe seven years prior to that. So maybe so.

Hmm, so does that mean a little exposure might help in the future against other viruses? There is so much that is unknown.

Now we should wear masks. But it’s not mandatory. You know what? That’s really a good thing because buying them? There is no such thing.

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Flowers to Brighten Your Day

Okay, so I wrote 400 words on Red Wolf yesterday and I couldn’t get anywhere with it and wham! I get Wolf Fever’s 10th Anniversary Edition to proof, along with the new novella. I started on that, figuring it was easier to proof than to write the other novel, and I need to turn this in 9 days from now. I’m up to page 84 of 361 and raring to go this morning.

But first, my computer crashed and I was in the middle of redoing a cover for Scepter of Salvation. And of course when I brought up Photoshop, it wasn’t one of the pictures that was recovered. Of. Course.

And I have no idea if Red Wolf was recovered properly either. I haven’t opened it up yet.

That is my morning, and it’s going to get better. I’m going to make sure of it! Off to get going on Wolf Fever! So I can get back to Red Wolf!

Have a wonderful day free of stress, if that’s at all possible in the world today.

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Salvia, I Think!

I planted a whole lot of the seeds there, and I hope that’s purple salvia and not just weeds. Otherwise I should be tearing them up right now and not waiting!

Here it is in one flowerbed, but I haven’t seen any sign of it this year. It’s a perennial, so it should keep coming back. I have another flowerbed where it seems to have vanished too.

Here it is in another flowerbed and it’s growing strong. I need to take pictures of it. And the other with just the seedlings, that’s a new flowerbed. They’re really beautiful if I can just keep seeing them year after year. And yes, for master gardeners, I’m sure the seedlings are all too close together. So what do I do? Try to transplant them? Or keep trying to figure out my plot for this book and carry on?

I managed to reach 10,000 words on Red Wolf. 70,000 to go. Still need a great plot and conflict between the hero and heroine! I’m also redoing a cover for one of my fantasy books. I’ve looked at tons of book cover artists premades, but don’t see what I’m looking for and when I try to have something custom made, I usually am not that happy with it.

I could say that my writer’s block is because I’ve written probably 70 books and it’s hard coming up with brand new plot ideas. I could say it’s all the alarming news about the coronavirus and what is in store for all the countries of the world that are dealing with this–and believe me, I worry about everyone everywhere! I could say it’s because sometimes this is just my method of madness and if I keep writing I will have an ah-ha moment and know just what I need to do to fix it.

And I could say it’s a combination of all three and I’d probably be right. But I persevere in the face of real catastrophe while I try to concentrate on the deadline book, because the deadline isn’t going away.

All I can say is stay safe and keep going!

Terry

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Where are they Going?

I saw a plane flying overhead this morning as I walk to the mailbox to pick up all my spam mail and around the block for my morning exercise. I hear one later and I wonder, where are they going?

Isn’t the WHOLE world under lock down? Should you be traveling in an airplane or a cruise ship right about now? Why would you?

Fleeing somewhere that’s been hard hit and then possibly carrying the virus somewhere else? Not that I blame the people who think they’re not carrying it and want to go to somewhere more isolated, but….who knows?

I see the numbers go up and up and up. And yet, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have no idea how many people really have it. Mild cases. Not so mild cases. We don’t have the testing for it. Those who have it can’t get tested because they’re not the right age. They don’t have proof they’ve been infected by someone who has it. Yet they have it.

We finally went into lock down ourselves in our county.

Over 40 teams around the world are working on a cure. Pray that they find one soon.

We will get through this. The economy will come back. But it’s going to take time.

I said I wouldn’t go anywhere for 3 weeks. I try to stay home for 2 weeks at a time. That’s to ensure that if I get it, and it’s incubating, I can stay away from others and not spread it. It’s been a week and I’ve got to go out again. *sigh*.

So I thought, no problem, prescription medicine, pick up at the window. Then my daughter tells me their marriage is in grave danger if my son-in-law doesn’t have Dr. Pepper and their food isn’t being delivered until Thursday. If I get this from going into the store, I want Dr. Pepper to know it’s all their fault.

Okay, still trying to find a great conflict between the hero and heroine of Red Wolf. I have 9,000 words now. Seventy-one thousand to go.

Have a safe day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Zoo Day with Stuffed Animals

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The neighborhood got together to do a Zoo Day with stuff animals in our yards so kids could visit the zoo on another day of stay-at-home activities.

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My computer keeps locking up so I will say I finally managed to get 2,000 words on Red Wolf. I was trying to think of an opening, and I finally figured out one after several false starts. And I wrote 400 words on Seducing the Vampire. I’ve had Coronavirus news writer’s block.

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Okay, have to feed the dogs and such. Stay safe!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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I’m Not an Alarmist but…

I was afraid this would happen. The pandemic, I mean. When the folks in China became sick, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out with all our world traveling–it would spread. And spread. And spread.

I wasn’t a panic buyer. Just like I didn’t panic buy before Hurricane Harvey hit us. I was just getting some fresh fruits and vegetables when I realized tons of shelves were empty. I didn’t panic buy even then, but picked up a few more items, like dog food, and am glad I did because I was nearly out and the shelves were too.

What I didn’t expect was for everyone to be so unbelievably unprepared. For the healthcare systems to be so overrun in some areas. For the same thing to happen in other areas too if people don’t come to their senses. That there was soooooo much denial of the problem from our leadership which exacerbated the problem. Why???? Because people listen to our leadership. They believe in what they have to tell us. We have this under control. We don’t have an issue. I. Am. Smart.

Right. So smart, we have a pandemic here without barely any testing going on. Stay home. Live if you can. Die if you can’t.

I just read about a 39-year old woman who died in her apartment. Someone was infected at her workplace, the woman who died had been tested, but she wouldn’t learn about the results for 5 more days. Don’t bother. She no longer needs to self-isolate.

It’s scary to think that self-isolating will fix the problem. For how long? Forever? Until those who have it either live or die? And then what?

I always try to be positive. My dad used to say he’d never met someone who was always so optimistic about things as me.

My mother said when I received yet another rejection from a publisher that I was always so upbeat. “But, Mom, that was a good rejection! They said send something else!”

It was one of those form letters and they sent it to everyone, right? But I was an optimist and I knew they really meant it.

So when our great leadership was saying everything was okay, businesses and governments were still sending their people flying across the world, flying across the States…and spreading the disease more. I kept thinking, this isn’t safe. We shouldn’t be doing this. Don’t do this. But no, everything’s fine. We’re fine. We have it under control. I. Am. Smart.

I love how places say they have no cases of the virus. Right. If you don’t test, you don’t have any confirmed cases. It happened in West Virginia. The governor was praised because he had no cases. Right. They had done no testing! The wife of the man who was their first case, well, two because she got it from her husband, had to fight and fight and fight to get her husband tested.

Or if you cover it up, you don’t have any cases either. Nope, everything is hunky-dory here. Right. Denial works too.

In a case like this, honesty is the best answer. Burying heads in the sand won’t make it go away. But maybe the truth will help us to get a handle on it.

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I want to be positive and upbeat, but I’m angry with our leadership, with the way they’ve mishandled it. I feel for the people who are having to work for UPS and other delivery services who are sick and have been told they can’t take off from work, for those who are working at the grocery stores, exposed to everything every day, to our EMTs, and medical staff, first responders, police force. For everyone who has to work when others can stay home and self-isolate.

I don’t want to think about the economy right now. I am sticking my head in the sand about that. It will bounce back once we truly have the virus under control. I know it will. Everyone will be eager to get back to work. Everyone will be producing goods and offering services, socializing, just like it never happened. I don’t want to think of a negative scenario on this. It will happen. I say so. Because I’m a dyed-in-the-wool optimist.

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from a distance…

Oh, and if you use unmatched socks or paper towels or corn cobs if you’ve run out of toilet paper, DO NOT put them in the toilet. I thought that was a given, but apparently that’s a new problem. Shaking head.

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Stay safe and if you can help out those who need help, great, if you’re in one of the professions, including grocery store personnel and home deliverers, that are helping people, I applaud you and thank you, and if you’re self-isolating, thank you too!!!

Terry

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Copper Kills E.coli and Viruses!–Imagine that!

This is the first book in the Arctic Wolf series and this will be the 10th Anniversary release with a new novella. For those who already have the ebook, you can download the new version on March 31. For those who already have a paperback copy, the novellas will be in their own book in the future.

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Love, love it. Goes with my blanket. ~~Barbi Davis

Well, I’m spending way too much time on reading articles about the coronavirus, and need to spend more time thinking and writing.

But lots of articles about what could work has come out of this. Like the use of copper–which we no longer use:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xgqkyw/copper-destroys-viruses-and-bacteria-why-isnt-it-everywhere?

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Happy Day to Me! ~~Gina Whritenour

Canceled trip to Seattle/Vancouver–it was supposed to be for the end of April. So had to cancel on the kennel, Amtrak, still need to do the airline reservation, but they said to wait until 72 hours before the flight leaves. I’ll probably try on Monday. Thankfully, I had trip insurance and it seems that means I can get a voucher for flying some other time.

I’ve been staying home, though we don’t have an order in place for it here, but they’re not doing hardly any testing either, so who knows how many we really have who are sick with the virus. And it can easily be spread when someone has it before they’re showing symptoms. So, the next time you cast an evil eye at someone who has allergies–post nasal drip, and a cough–remember that person might be perfectly healthy. It’s the guy or gal on the other side of you who looks as healthy as can be who could be carrying the virus.

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Picture I took of a black face sheep on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

So in other news, my editor said they were giving my Highland Wolf book the title of: Wolf in Plaid. It will come out April 27, 2021. So excited! Love the title. Can’t wait to see the cover and share.

Reporting on the Goodwill News during these difficult times:

Florida distillery drops booze for sanitizer

A Florida craft distillery has halted making alcoholic beverages in favor of hand sanitizer – and it’s giving the stuff away for free. Copper Bottom Craft Distillery in Holly Hill announced the BYOB offer – you bring the bottle, they will fill it – on Wednesday. Within hours they had given away 20 gallons, mostly in 4-ounce pours. Customers included representatives from a sheriff’s office and a fire department. There were obstetricians, medical clinic workers, school teachers and service industry professionals.

“We’re just trying to spread some goodwill,” said Jenni Craig, who owns the business with her husband, Jeremy, and his parents. “This is a crazy time going on right now, and we want to do what we can to help.”

– Suzanne Hirt, Daytona Beach News-Journal

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In You Had Me at Wolf, I have a St. Bernard named Rosco. He carried a little barrel of doggy treats around his neck at the ski lodge and was a rescue dog. I loved this picture circulating for our emergency times! One of my fans said after she saw this posting: Help! I need help! lol
Keep a sense of humor. It will help to get through the dark days ahead.

I am determined to get more writing done today! Have a good one. Hunker down. Change everything you own out to copper. Good luck with that!

Terry

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Coronaboomers Next?

Maybe some hope! A Japanese flu drug is effective in treating coronavirus.

https://nypost.com/2020/03/18/japanese-flu-drug-clearly-effective-in-treating-coronavirus-officials-say/

Meanwhile in other news: A cheating UK hubby is “in a blind panic” over his extramarital affair after contracting the coronavirus on a secret trip to Italy with his mistress.~~New York Post

And I created this because I was wondering:

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In other news it is spring!

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Bluebonnet of Texas

And how my kids are keeping their sanity…

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We must keep a sense of humor!

Tiberius and Erebus

And a bright spot from one of my fans: Why I got my Informed Delivery Package Delivered email nearly 10 hours after my package arrived, I will never know…But it was book mail so you bet I drove out to the mailbox at 2am! ~~Tamara Kasyan

I’m up to 3500 on Red Wolf, still don’t know where I’m going with it. And Seducing the Vampire, 30,000.

Hope you are staying safe! Wishing everyone a safe journey through these trying times.

Terry

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Amid the growing crisis ongoing, I wish everyone luck, good health, and a means to survive financially. I’m glad to see some helping others out in this crisis.

In the meantime, I’m TRYING to stay focused on my writing. Still can’t come up with the opening or the plot for the new book. Still working on Seducing the Vampire–up to 28,000 words on it.

Try to have a sense of humor to help you get through the crisis.

An alternative to Kleenix–washable hankies. I ordered them from Amazon and they got here in a couple of days.

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An alternative to paper napkins–washable cloth napkins. I’ve had those forever, and they last forever.

I’m still weeding and planting plants that I bought a few days ago and trimming back crape myrtles to train them into trees. I’m trying to stay home as much as possible until I run out of food.

Have a great day and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Terry

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Give Up Paper Towels! Remember Towels?

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Save on paper towel waste, cutting down trees, landfill, money! Use towels. These are all microfiber towels and they’re not only absorbent, but they dry quickly so you don’t have wet towels you’re trying to dry your hands off on constantly. I had some I used to clean windows and mirrors because they don’t leave streaks and then I just wash them. I bought more so I can use them to dry my hands since I’m gardening so much, handling dirt, pulling weeds, planting flowers, every time I take the dogs out to potty.

I had become dependent on paper towels in the kitchen. I’d planned to switch to towels before all this hoarding began. This was the push I needed to do it.

So join the revolution/ecology movement/conservation. Give up dependency on paper towels!

Terry

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