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Meerkat Photo Art

Meerkat photo taken at the Camera Park Zoo in Waco. It’s a small zoo, but just beautiful. I used to love to go there and just walk and of course, take pictures. The Houston Zoo is downtown, hard to get to, parking issues, terrible traffic getting there and so I never go. But I’m hoping to take my granddaughter there sometime in the spring before the masses of kids get out of school.

So I’ve been proofing Saving the White Cougar and I’m up to chapter 12, yay! and I had a thought. In one chapter, she was leaving him to return home, and I was thinking the day together had been nice, but it needed to be more fun. It’s Halloween. He made tons of scarecrows for the Halloween party. And then I had it! She’s been wounded, so doing a lot of activity isn’t a good idea, but she can help him make a couple of scarecrows.

I love it when my mine works overtime on a situation when it doesn’t come naturally to me when I’m writing the scene! It’s the reason I’m a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, instead of a plotter, who can plot everything out beforehand. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to be a plotter, but it just doesn’t work for me.

Now I have to write it, and continue proofing. 7 chapters to go and I can turn it over to my magnificent beta reader team.

I need to run into town to do an errand, hate to have to, but it’s a necessary evil. I just wanted to write the new scene and continue proofing to the end.

I might start proofing Primal Desire too. I was writing some extended scenes on it yesterday, and I think it might be done too. Yay! See? All that writing is finally paying off!

It’s colder today, and we’re going to get freezing temperatures next week. Ugh. Some of my azaleas have come out. Everything is confused with the warm weather we’ve been having.

Hope you all are doing well, and stay that way!! Enjoy your day!

Terry

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Whimsical Giraffe

I had taken this picture of the head of a giraffe, part of his neck and mostly a fenced yard at the Cameron Park Zoo, Waco, Texas.. I think that I was trying to miss all the fencing, back in the day when I didn’t know how to remove fencing from a photo. So what to do with a body-less giraffe? They’re so tall, head in the clouds, munching on a tree, a surrealistic, whimsical piece. That worked!

Sometimes a little bit of whimsy is what we need. I think I’ll do something like that today. My granddaughter is all into rainbow animals, so I might play around with something like that. I have to look up rainbow hippos today for her, but the only hippo pictures I have are of pygmy hippos that are very dark brown, nearly black in color. Maybe I could do a rainbow rhino. They’re a lighter gray. She had a study of frogs at school, and so I showed her frogs on the internet–to show her they weren’t all green. The next thing I know, we see a rainbow frog–photoshopped and we were off to look at rainbow animals. lol

I managed to get some weeding done too while little one had Tanner chase her in the yard, and then she played tug-of-war with 3-foot lengths of grass that I pulled out of my flowerbed. Both would be tired I’m sure. She only took a 45 min nap also, which made it harder for me to get much done.

I got up way too early this morning–4 am. The experts say to get up if you can’t sleep and do something else for a while, then go back to bed. So I’m going to try it and get maybe another hour of sleep. Hopefully. Or I will be dragging all day. I’ve tried this before and it doesn’t work. I can’t shut my mind down on things I need to do. But I’m going to try. Maybe if I think of wolves jumping over fences, I will manage to sleep. Forget sheep.

Even my little granddaughter loves wolves because Grandma does. lol

Hope you all have a great day! Stay safe!!

Terry

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Sleepy Bear

I took the photo of the black bear at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas some years ago and added textures to create photo art.

Little one is here today, which means it’s a down day for writing, though while she takes a break to watch preschool programs and a nap, I hope to get something done. I’m proofing Saving the White Cougar today, as much as I can and hope to get it to my beta readers by Friday.

I’m still editing White Wolf and hope to concentrate on adding more conflict to that book too. And then I’m working on You Had Me at Cougar as my backup when I get stuck on the other. I’m still also working on Angel Fae and I need to pull up my vampire book that I’m nearly done with and see where I stopped on that. I think I about have word count on it, just need to finish it up. So lots of fun books in progress!

I’m hoping I can get Saving the White Cougar done and up for preorders. I never have my books available for that because once it’s finished, I publish it. But in this case, I wrote the cart before the horse. It was just supposed to be a quick novella, ha! And turned into a novel. But the summer book needs to come out first, and that’s You Had Me at Cougar. So that means I should be able to put it up for preorder. One of my beta readers asked me where the bear came from??? Yes, it’s in the book I need to write. lol


Thanks so much for reading my blog!

I’m off to get something done before little one gets here!

Stay safe!!

Terry

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Plum Bear

This is Plum Bear, ready to ship today!

So this morning, I’m trying to download and save files for 17 of my audiobook. I had a year or two left on the 7 year contract with ACX and was glad they finally changed their policy to 90 days because for a while there I was getting barely any money from them. Even though they pay a higher percentage for exclusive rights, I wasn’t making as much as I was with non-exclusive rights on Findaway Voices for a fewer number of titles!

Even after having these books out for 7 years, I’m still trying to pay off narrator fees for the majority of them. So it hasn’t been a get rich scheme by far, but it’s nice to have print, ebook, and audiobook for titles when you can. And every month, the cost of production is being whittled away.

If I had to do it all over again–I would only do it with the really successful book series and not do it for series that sell at a slower rate. Live and learn.

Anyway, I’m glad to be able to include the titles on Findaway Voices now, instead of wait a year or two for the 7 year contract to end with ACX.

In other news, my son has been creating a game that he hopes to release this summer!

He was working on creating the big boss fights while at my house for Christmas while I was battling it out with characters in my stories. It was a lot of fun!

Still working on edits for cougar, and was doing some last night on white wolf. Need more conflict. Conflict in life isn’t fun. Conflict in books is.

The weather has been up and down, hotter some days than I think we normally get in January and February! I’m enjoying it though. It’s going to be dropping and I’ll feel like hibernating!

Off to write!

Have a great day!!!

Terry

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My butterfly painting was accepted for the art class for their magazine! I took the picture in San Diego on a coastal walk. I was amazed at how still the butterfly was on a breezy day, but loved the white on white. It’s one of my favorite butterfly pictures.

Yay, finished the Plum Bear! It’s always fun to make up a bear. It’s like finishing a story. Every one of them is different, special.

I’ll show it off tomorrow. Still taking forever to download pictures and I need to get back to writing this morning.

I’m ready to make the next bear though! I will have spurts of wanting to write, or do artwork, or photography or creating bears. I’m ready to make more bears. lol

My granddaughter was upset because she saw that I had headless bodies in my bear cart. I need to make the heads, or finish them, but I’m always stopping to do something else, like a bear order that needs to be done, and not one that I’m just making in case I can sell it. But I have the same thing with my writing. Stories partly finished, stories done but need to be proofed. Stories I’m just starting. And of course, finished stories too.

Otherwise they’re headless too.

I’m back to working on white wolf and doing more on edits on cougar. And I need to get Plum Bear ready to go to her forever home.

I hope you’re having a great start to the week!

Terry

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Clouded Leopard

I took the picture of the clouded leopard at the Houston Zoo and added a different background texture. The cats are so pretty. I’d never seen one before. This was at Halloween time, so of course the pumpkin was for enrichment and fun for that time of year.

I couldn’t get little one down for a nap yesterday. Her dad was glad because he was hoping he could get her down easier at night time, but it doesn’t always work that way.

She tells me, “It’s morning time, not time for a nap.”

“No, it’s afternoon time, and time for a nap.”

“It’s light out.”

“Yes, and it’s light out when you take a nap at school.”

“We have to read books.”

“Four.”

“But we don’t have to lie down.”

I finally chased her to bed and then that worked, but it was the sleeping that didn’t work. *Sigh* Grandma gets a lot done while she’s sleeping!

I’m trying to decide if I should risk getting a haircut today. I haven’t had one in a year and a half. But I want to have my hair cut. It’s amazing how something as simple as a haircut could be a bad thing. A really bad thing. I know a lot of people who even believe in the virus, think it’s no big deal. But I was reading about a man who had been on life support for 10 days, and then thirty days in the hospital. How many of us can afford such a thing? And that’s just the cost in money. What about how it caused long-term effects on his health that he’s still trying to recover from just from having his body paralyzed for the procedure? And what if you’re one of the ones who just can’t live through the virus. And die.

Yeah, who would have ever thought deciding on having a haircut could be a life or death choice to make. Doesn’t that sound like a futuristic Dystopian world to you?

So I was reading that to add conflict to the story, think of what the worst thing could be that could happen to the character.

Yep. That’s what I was thinking.

I finished the Armstrong bear and plan to ship it off. I found a Mandalorian Monopoly game for my son for his birthday. We watched the 2nd season together. Walmart had a much better price on the game than Amazon did. I still have Plum Bear to finish, and I need to work on a baby bear for an order and a bear for my new grandson before he’s born.

I’m off to work on the stories before I ship off stuff and decide on the hair cut or not. Definitely, I need groceries.  I finally have a practically bare freezer, empty fridge, and the dog food is running out too.

Have a great day and hopefully, some day in the future, we won’t have to worry about doing mundane things that could now put our lives at risk!

Stay safe!

Terry

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2 Lionesses

I took this picture at the zoo in Houston of the beautiful lionesses and turned it into art.

Another sleepless night in Seattle, only not in Seattle. I have had three nights in a row like that and I can’t sleep in either because I just can’t, or because little one is on her way. So I’m hoping I can sleep in tomorrow. I’m sure it has to do with being stressed about getting some stories done. I started working on the Christmas anthology story and wasn’t sure who, what, and where, and then I was working on some backstory in White Wolf and had it!

Rowdy Sanderson was a homicide detective in Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas, and he was in an earlier SEAL wolf book too. So he was in a jaguar book where he ended up joining the USF. He had strong suspicions that werewolves existed. And now that jaguar shifters do. He knows for sure about all of them. So what to do about a human who learns of their existence?

He ends up becoming a detective with the USF, United Shifter Force, and a USF story is what I had planned to write about in the Christmas anthology with a group of shifter authors. Not that we’re all shifters, mind you. Don’t want the truth to get out. *Ahem.*

So since I can’t seem to get back to old Rowdy, he can have his story in the novella. Perfect. Character who has surfaced in stories before. He wants to be a shifter. He wants to get the girl.

He said he preferred being a wolf. And truly, they do have the advantage of being able to melt into the background better than a jaguar.

Okay, so now I have to get ready for little one and I haven’t done anything I normally do to get ready. *sigh*

Have a great day!!!

Terry

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Lion in Spring

The lion photo is mine, taken at the Waco zoo. I used Daily Textures floral background for a fun fantasy feel.

I finished the hat and the paws on the one bear, but still need to sew it’s sash and sew it on. It would only take a few minutes, but I have to change out thread on the sewing machine and that takes a lot longer. Then I need to sew up the other bear and get to stuffing it. I might try to do that while little one is here. She loves to help me with things and so I can teach her how to make bears. Yeah, I know, she’s not even 4 yet, but she loves to do whatever I’m doing. Even cleaning!

Okay, I’m about ready to write for a few minutes before little one arrives.

Have a super day, but stay safe!

Terry

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Pretty Kitty

I took this photo at a writer’s retreat we had.

So I was working on writing my word count for White Wolf yesterday. I didn’t get any done yesterday, spending the whole day working on the cougar novella–5,000 words. It’s turning into a short novel. I still need more scenes. *sigh*

But I did add a prologue to White Wolf first thing this morning.

I need to pick up little one in a while. It’s nice and warm today, so I’ve been out doing some weeding. I need better tools that make it easier to weed!

Okay, I’m off to get back to cougar. I hope to finish it today, as far as writing the rest of the scenes. I spent a lot of yesterday editing it also. Then I’ll set it aside to try and figure where to go with white wolf and on the weekend try to finish reading white cougar one last time.

Then I’ll begin working on You Had Me at Cougar in the backdrop while finishing up white wolf. I only need 10,000 words on white wolf.

Have a great day!! Back to writing for me!

Terry

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Cardinal

I took this picture in a bird blind at the writer’s retreat I went to a few years back.

I’m off to get my day started. I ended up writing lots yesterday and turned in my edited Jingle Bell Wolf. I wrote 8848 words yesterday.

I had to fight a witch on the main quest and that meant writing 4,000 words. I thought I would really be somewhere on the game story, but then I had to fight another critter for 1200 words. I was getting really tired of writing by then. But then it opened up another area, and I wrote another 2,000 words to get into another area. You get maps and it opens up new quests and battles. So yay! By the time I was done with writing and began working on editing, I had written 8848 words. So I’m up to 67K on White Wolf, and 27K on Saving the White Cougar.

Have to shop for setting up little one’s birthday party–family only, and drive-thru baby shower with my daughter, so trying to get a little writing in before we go. And then afterwards, really getting into the writing again. I have to do 2400 words to get into another map area, so shooting for that–or at least part of it before we take off.

Have a great day!

Terry

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