They say if you get up earlier than normal, you don’t get as much done. Well, I’ve been transferring files because my hard drive is too full and so I’ve been getting a lot done. Though I’ve been up for 3 hours and haven’t even done my blog.
I did get other stuff done also. Is it lunch time yet?
Oh, yes, and next week is Release Day for Night of the Billionaire Wolf!!! Tuesday! May 26!
I managed to get some background colors of yellow coreopsis and purple Spanish heather.
My goal is to finish writing Red Wolf by Sunday. I didn’t get but 250 words yesterday with little one here. So I have 4 more days to finish writing the book. That doesn’t mean I’ve finished it to turn in. After the book is done, I have to read and edit it. That is the fun part. Seriously. Making it better!
I’ve been getting my daily walk in before it’s light out. It’s getting to mid-90’s all week.
The juvenile squirrel was trying to get on this feeder, but he kept falling off. The white-winged dove was flapping his wings like crazy trying to get tidbits of seeds on the same little feeder. lol So I caught a few frantic flapping-wing trips to the feeder. They weren’t giving up.
And that’s dedication. Seeds are all over the ground, but somehow the ones in the feeder are worth the effort!
I managed 3,000 words yesterday–getting toward my 89K word goal. Eighty was minimum.
No sugar in my diet for a week now, no cravings. I picked up grapes and cantaloupe, have apples and carrots, so if I feel the urge to have something sweet, I’ve got it. And they taste sweeter now that I’m not eating tons of candy. Though my friend said that dark chocolate has all kinds of health benefits as long as it has 70% cacao, so I’m going to pick up some that have almonds in them (the almonds are also good for you), and have those as backup. BUT only a piece a day, or I undo all I’ve done with being good.
Sometimes it’s impossible to get any distance between your subject and the background, or you can’t get too close or you’ll chase your subject off. But if you have still life to photograph, or subjects that are prone to hold put even if you get closer to them, you can get some interesting effects. I love the bubbled bokeh, but creamy will do too. In the yellow and white mother’s day flowers, the bubbles are yellow esperanza in sunlight, and the flowers were on the patio. So when I went to shoot them, in the shade, the esperanza across the lawn several feet away gave a spectacular yellow bubble effect.
With the purple flowers, the bubbly effect is a waterfall behind them. The fall leaves–light filtering through the trees. The caterpillar–light reflecting off plants, and the wild grasses–that was harder since they were mostly on top of each other. I had to find some that I could get close to and the background faded away.
I try to get the sharpness of the subject, not really paying attention to the background as much, but I joined a group on Facebook to share silhouettes, bokeh, and reflections. I love to do the latter two, so it’s made me make more of an effort to try and find a fun light source behind my subject for natural bokeh when I can.
Ran to the grocery store this morning–empty, yes! Of people that is. I went at 8 am, but learned they are now open at 7 am, so will be going earlier next time. I haven’t gone in 3 weeks, most food in, lots of beef wasn’t available. But I really needed fresh veggies and fruits, and shoot, forgot tilapia and garbage bags. Always something.
And I took a walk first thing before it gets hot.
I’m off to write. Got my 80K in yesterday!!! Yay! So now I need to wrap this puppy up.
I used Daily Textures and Magnolia Textures to emphasize what I wanted to and exclude the rest. On the zinnia and hummingbird picture, I used the same texture both around the flowers as a background and another on top.
If I had my feeders away from the shrubs, then I could capture a creamy background instead. But the birds like the protection of the vegetation. We have shinned-tail hawks out here that would love to swoop down and have a nice meal too.
I have 3,000 words to go on Red Wolf to make 80,000 words, the minimum word count. Hope to get that today!
I’m on a NO chocolate, NO chips diet. I’ve been doing it for 4 days and feel so much better, lost 3 lbs right away. I don’t eat a lot of processed foods, so no sugar added that way. Yay!
Today, I found this article on sugar and how bad it can be for you. Brain fog? Okay, anything that messes with my writing can’t be good for me.
I love Highland cows! I also love longhorn steer, but I haven’t found them to take pictures of and I live in Texas, I know. I took these pictures in Scotland.
Okay, got a little written yesterday on Red Wolf–after little one went home. Wild storms this morning at 3. It’s still raining. I believe them now when they said we would be under flash flood watch. My dogs haven’t even asked to be taken out when they’re usually ready as soon as I get up. It’s still thundering like crazy.
I’m back to the story, so have a fun day and I’ll catch you later!!!
Okay, little one is coming here today, ordered a set of Dick and Jane books to help her read. She loves to read to herself and I read to her all the time. But I was so excited when I was little to learn how to read on my own using the Dick and Jane books. Some things are timeless. They arrived yesterday so today we do more reading/learning. I’ve worked with her on some beginner Dr. Seuss books also.
Turned in edits on the Wolf Wears Plaid and managed to reach 74K on Red Wolf last night. Need 6K more to make word count, so should have that soon. Hopefully, and then just finishing up the story, and that will probably make it about 90K.
Took my walk mucho early this morning. It’s getting hotter, muggy, muggy, muggy, and we’re under flash flood warnings through Saturday, so I figure I’d better get it done.
Garlic in the garden and a HUGE bumblebee. I was trying to take a picture of it without scaring it off. He was on the wrong side of the garlic buds and I didn’t want to move, but he was coming around nicely. Then my son-in-love, love him, wanted to get close to see him too. No, no, no! the photographer in me wanted to shout–silently, hoping the bumblebee wouldn’t fly off. But you know what happened, right?
Vegetables I threw in my spaghetti–peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion. I would have had green peppers and I love adding spiral zucchini now too.
Tomatoes in the garden–I have 14 on one plant, the other tomato plants are just little tiny things. I think my daughter gave them to me too late. Hopefully they’ll grow up and give me lots of tomatoes to eat and share. Note: I said to eat first. Yes. Me first. Love tomatoes from the garden.
We played this game for Mother’s Day. It was fun. Like playing Scrabble only with cards. We were playing with a themed card each game and I was lucky enough to get the themed word each time. It’s not easy to do. I can’t find a picture of it that I took, but the other was Paranormal. Now, that is my card, no doubt about it, and from my first hand I had GHOST. Yes! It’s mine, mine, mine! I came up with ALIEN for the SciFi one. But I still didn’t win either game. My Son-in-Law and I weren’t using the right strategy. My daughter won both hands. Then it was time to go in and have brownies as it was getting way too hot out. Little one was playing a game on the couch after we went in and we glanced over at her and she was sound asleep. lol
Incoming Reviews of Night of the Billionaire Wolf!!!
Lovely Review at Fresh Fiction for the upcoming book:
NIGHT OF THE BILLIONAIRE WOLF is the third book in Terry Spear’s “Billionaire Wolf” series. The billionaire in this story is werewolf and mogul Lexi Summerfield, creator of Clair de Lune Cosmetics. This is a tangled tale involving all sorts of assassins and hired goons looking to take out Lexi and her family members.
NIGHT OF THE BILLIONAIRE WOLF is a thrilling tale of fierce werewolves fighting the bad guys for love and family. This book has amusing vignettes that lighten things up a little in between all the shootouts and intrigue. I look forward to hopefully one day reading stories about characters like Kate and Mike in future books.
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear brings you a shifter world like no other
It’s not easy being a billionaire, a wolf shifter, and a woman…
Lexi Summerfield built her business from the ground up. But with great wealth comes great responsibility, and some drawbacks Lexi could not have anticipated. Lexi never knows who she can trust… Even on vacation, Lexi has a hard time trying to relax. And for good reason—the paparazzi are dogging her, and so is someone else with evil intent.
Then Lexi meets bodyguard and gray wolf shifter Ryder Gallagher, who’s also vacationing at Redwood National Park. When the two run into each other on the hiking trails, and then serendipitously rescue two bear cubs, Lexi feels safe for the first time in she can’t remember when. But secrets have a way of surfacing… With the danger around Lexi escalating, Ryder will do whatever it takes to stay by her side…
And a lovely review from Annetta Sweetko of Fresh Fiction also!!!
In NIGHT OF THE BILLIONAIRE WOLF, Lexi Summerfield is a wealthy young woman who has worked hard building her business but with wealth comes troubles. She gets little peace and isn’t sure who to trust, except for her bodyguard and friend and that is why they are hiking in Redwood National Park.
If you have never read anything by author Terry Spears (and why haven’t you?) and you love shifters, action, the romance of both the sweet and steamy kind, then I suggest you grab NIGHT OF THE BILLIONAIRE WOLF and settle back to enjoy.
It’s so fun having a new release coming up! It makes all the hard work of writing and editing them worthwhile!
It will be released on May 26!
I told myself I was going to get started on Highland Wolf edits today. I’m up to 71K on Red Wolf, need 80K to make word count, hate not finishing at least word count, but I need to turn in Highland Wolf earlier. Sooooo, I’m off to play with the Highland wolves again!
My computer keeps freezing up, so making this a short message.
I was reading “Are You My Mother?” to my granddaughter the other day, and Mother’s Day reminds me of that.
My mom was great. The Mother’s Day Annual tea party that my daughter and Mother and I shared each year as we decorated hats and dressed up and had tea at the arboretum. My trips to Salado with my mom where we took long walks along the historical streets and visited the shops, always bringing home a gift for the garden or two. I set A Ghost of a Chance at Love in Salado because while I was walking those streets with my mom, I thought about what it would be like to be stuck in the historical past. We always had a sandwich at a tea shop, tried on clothes and saw antiques and artwork, and had ice cream in another shop.
We all went to Galveston Island and ended up in a tropical storm, but we had fun too swimming and visiting the glass pyramids and saw the tropics, the butterflies, the fish. We visited South Padre Island and had a lovely time. My daughter, Mother and I went to a new restaurant and they did a feature on us!
I’m off to feed the dogs. The kids might be grown and on their own, but now I have fur babies I have to take care of.