The clouds in the photo are mine, the steampunk plane and birds are 3D creations! This is short and sweet because I need to get to work! I turned in Billionaire, yay! But then I got the proofing for Jingle Bell Wolf, which is fun, final read, and also Best Both of Wolves edits. The 2nd book is due in 9 days, the first book due in 13. But I’m doing the proofing one first because it’s easier, quicker, and hopefully I’ll have it done this weekend.
Hope you all have a great day! I told you it would be sweet and short! You didn’t believe me, did you? lol
I took these photos on Memorial Day. I keep trying to get shots of a green one in my yard, but the dogs chase it off, not on purpose, just running by it. By the time I’ve gotten them inside and I’m ready, the dragonfly has vanished. I’m not giving up. lol
Four chapters left to proof and the epilogue, though I want to reread the first two chapters that I had made several changes to. And then it’s ready to turn in! I need to write the synopsis for it also while the story is fresh on my mind because they’ll be requesting that soon also.
I had one of those awful nights. I slept a full five hours, yay! But then woke and could not sleep. At all. I mulled about the Christmas story I need to write, about the next red wolf Christmas story, about Angel Fae, about You Had Me at Cougar, Bear in Mind. Hmm, no wonder I couldn’t sleep!
On WW, I’ve lost 1.8 lbs so far this week. I was paddling around in the water for an hour and a half with my granddaughter yesterday which helped. Instead of just sitting at my desk editing.
We took her to her first dance class and she didn’t want to go in. I took the baby and my daughter finally got her to start participating, so she’s signing her up. She wanted to do what they were doing, tumbling, dancing, jumping around. I think she’ll be fine once she gets used to the girls, and the building. She was so tense when she started doing things with them, that she was bouncing around like I’d given her a pound of chocolate candy before we went there. She hadn’t had any dessert, but I think she was so scared, that she was hyped up on adrenaline. lol
Well, I’m off like a turtle to finish Billionaire so I can get back to the others! Have a great day!!!
I took the photo of the bee on the flower and the pretty bubble bokeh, but it was just brown, so I added a texture overlay to add color to them.
Okay, missed my blog this morning. I was running late, just trying to get the dogs fed, garbage out and then little one was here. I wanted to go to the grocery store and so we did that and it was so hot, I wanted to take her to the pool. Trying to rush her out the door because the lifeguards take a break and I was afraid we’d get in and then have to get out. But we were there for half an hour and then 10 minute break and then we were there for another hour. It was perfect. It’s just so hot, that’s the way to go. I’ve been trying to teach her to swim, but she’s reluctant to get her face in the water.
I made it to chapter 20 last night, but stayed up too late doing it. Anyway, I’m still trying to finish that chapter with all that’s going on. Have to take her to a dance class to see if she’ll do it or not in an hour and a half. We tried gymnastics, but she wanted Grandma there with her every step of the way. lol But that was 2 years ago, pre-COVID. She’s 2 years older now, so we’ll see.
The autumn variety is my daughter’s, the greener one is mine. I did plant some of the autumn colored ones also. I have a whole bunch coming up from my birdseed too. Silly birds. They’re supposed to eat the seeds. But I can’t wait to see the sunny sunflowers. They’re always like sunny giants in the garden.
Yesterday, I spent the day editing Billionaire, so I didn’t get a lot done on You Had Me at Cougar. But at least I managed a 1,000. I wanted to get to 40,000 yesterday no matter what.
We had a fun Memorial Day, grilling hamburgers, little one playing with her parents with a splash pad–93 F so it was perfect. I took pictures of them, the baby sleeping next to a fan and was perfectly happy in his enclosed sleeper so that he wouldn’t be bothered by bugs. He can sleep through all the dog barking and little one squealing. I wish I could sleep like that at night! I managed to get some pictures of a blue dragonfly. Love them. And some of my daughter’s flowers and a honeybee. With her being pregnant, she didn’t plant any seeds this year and these are all from seeds that propagated themselves. I have a lot like that also. She said she left the sunflower seed heads out there for the birds, but apparently they didn’t eat the seeds. lol
As for watching what I eat, I didn’t eat the tater tots, mayonnaise on my bun, or the grilled pineapple with brown sugar coating. I did get some birthday cookies delivered and I was NOT going to open the box. If I had known they were there, I would have taken them to our party. But my WW friend asked what was inside. It was like opening Pandora’s Box. As soon as I saw a chocolate chip cookie, I had to have one. But only one. In the past I would have had several. I figured I’d go over on points and gain, but I went way down. I ended up losing 4.2 lbs for the week. So this week, I start over today and I’ll keep on with what I’m doing and hopefully it will continue to work. I already feel better.
I was going to walk this morning before it gets too steamy and when I took the dogs out for the second time, I found it was pouring rain! I’m glad. We’re supposed to have a chance of rain all week, but I really didn’t think it would happen since we had a much higher chance on Saturday and it never rained. Everything has dried out because of the heat.
I’m off to re-read Billionaire and hopefully turn it in today. Have a great day!!! Mine has started out really great!
Created the photo art with a wolf from Creative Fabrica, Mask from Oscraps, and the Waco creek is a photo of my own, then used Topaz Labs to create a painting of it. On the wolf, he was more of a hand drawn work and I used Topaz Labs to create more of a painting out of him to match the creek a little more.
Well, I managed to get 3,000 words written on You Had Me at Cougar yesterday, yay! I’m hoping to get the same amount today if I can. It depends on if the story is unfolding for me or not. I’m at 39K! 31K to go. Though it always ends up being longer. But at least I’m well on my way! I always feel this is the downhill slide, made it over the hump, and I need to start wrapping things up.
As to the weight business, my friend keeps telling me that I need to weigh in just once a week, but I can’t do that. It’s like everything in life. We need to do it the way it works for us. For me, I like to know what I did right or wrong when I’ve eaten particular foods. If I wait a week to learn what I’ve gained or lost, I don’t know what I did right or wrong. So tomorrow I’m supposed to weigh in, but so far I’ve lost 2.8 lbs for the week and that’s headed in the right direction.
I’ve got to feed the dogs, and get to writing if I’m going to manage what I had planned for today! Have a great day!!
I created this with Lynne Azeltic’s designs from Oscraps. They’re fun to use if I want to just create a scene and not take a ton of time to do it. I still created shadows under the ducks, and had to mask off some of the turtle to make him look like he’s partly under the water, and added the reflections of the geese in the water but they’re really easy to do. Still I really want to create my own.
Also, I have a waterlily photo I took in San Diego and used Topaz Labs to create an oil painting look.
Yesterday was a great day. We had fun and my daughter gave me books on composting, since we both have composters but I don’t use mine enough, and how to gather seeds to plant, and that’s something I’ve been doing since last year, so that will give me some new cool ideas. The stuff in my composter is already composted, but I need to add more to keep it going! I thought you couldn’t put weeds in the composter, but actually you can as long as they don’t have seeds on them. So that was one thing I learned already.
It’s cool this morning, yay! So I was out pulling weeds and grass. We didn’t get the rain yesterday after all. And it looks like we won’t get any rain until maybe Tuesday. So we’ll dry out a bit.
I had my ice cream sundae, expecting to gain, but you have a birthday once a year, so I figured that would be my extra 28 points and hopefully it would cover it. I lost 0.2 lbs. Watching what I was eating the rest of the day really worked, to my surprise! Of course I couldn’t eat a sundae daily, but I figure if I can watch what I eat and then have a treat every once in a while, I’m good.
I didn’t get much written, but reread the last two chapters I had been working on and revised them. I hope to really write today and tomorrow before I’m back to having little one here and picking her up at daycare every afternoon. I spent a lot of yesterday working on the Memorial Day pictures I took of the family. I need to get back into the writing saddle and start getting word count again! I’ve already got a 1,000 words on You Had Me at Cougar this morning, so up to 37K!
Hope everyone is having a great day! I’ve fed the dogs and I’m ready to write.
This was a prehistoric fish picture I took at the Jurassic Park drive-thru during the Pandemic at Christmastime in Houston. Then I used a water background, water overlays, bubbles, added some small colorful fish, and voila, we’re back in prehistoric times and you really don’t want to go in the water. Speaking of prehistoric stuff, they just fished a ten-foot alligator out of a drainage ditch in Houston. First they had a ten-foot alligator on a highway! It’s all the flooding that’s going on. It’s bringing the wildlife to us. And they finally captured the 9-month old tiger someone had as a pet in Houston that was on the loose. They have it at a big cat reserve where it can be fed the right diet and taken care of so it doesn’t eat something we don’t want it too–kids, dogs, adults.
It’s Memorial Day weekend and I do want to take a moment to remember our fallen soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their country.
As to writing, I’m excited about getting my proofing done on Silence of the wolf and the SEAL Wolf novella that’s included with the new release. And I turned it in.
I was also trying to come up with other ideas for the Christmas novella for the Christmas anthology. It could be just a winter theme, or it could be about a different United Shifter Force character, since that’s the title I have. A United Shifter Force Christmas. Well, not just a winter theme. If I made it that, I’d have to change the title.
After I blog, I’m taking a walk. It’s a beautiful 68 right now and that’s heavenly compared to 75 and hugely muggy in the morning. We were supposed to have rain all day, but it looks like it’s going to hold off until later this afternoon. It poured yesterday when I had to run an errand. I feel like we’re having spring late this year, but I know it’s going to be really hot all summer.
I’m still playing my game 4theWords while keeping up with edits. But I’ll be glad to get back to writing a story. Today, I’ll work on You Had Me at Cougar and MAYBE, if I can figure out a story line, the Christmas anthology.
Tomorrow and Monday I have all day to work on them. We’re doing a birthday celebration for my birthday and my son-in-law’s, so that will take up some writing hours. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make sure I don’t eat over WW points while we’re celebrating. I’ve lost 2 1/2 lbs. I need to lose 11 more, so this is helping. And if I have a setback, I just need not to get discouraged and keep following the plan.
It’s like writing and trying to get published and getting rejected dozens of times. But I wasn’t giving up!
Have a wonderful day! I’m thrilled I can get back to writing!
These are 3 foot high daylilies and like the others, they have really spread into a beautiful array of flowers. I really needed to take a picture of the original flower as I plant it and when it’s barely emerging, to fully grown after a couple of years.
Well, I’m getting closer to the end of proofing the re-release of Silence of the Wolf. I finished proofing Silence, but am now working on the second chapter of the new novella SEAL Wolf Pursuit that will come out with the updated book. I really liked the way I had included a couple of other people’s POV scenes in Silence of the Wolf. In later books, sometimes, the editors have taken it all out. Sometimes they want me to and I’ve said no because it’s way too integral to the story.
I’ve skipped doing that in more recent books, not wanting to waste my time on scenes that are going to be thrown out. However, I really like the way I did that. It gives more depth to the story. So I think I’m going to start doing that more with my indie books and not just show the hero and heroine’s POV unless it works fine that way.
With all the rain and heat we’re having, it’s mosquito repellent time. I was trying to take pictures of a dragonfly last night and getting eat up. And the fire ants are trying to take over!
Hope you all have a beautiful day. I’m off to feed the dogs and get back to proofing. Hope to have this done today!
This is a photo of my friend’s Bearded Dragon and I played around with digitally watercoloring it. Yes, I know watercoloring is not a word. I think it should be. lol
I’m on ch 13 of 30 chapters of Silence of the Wolf proofing and then have another 10 for the novella, so getting there!
We’re supposed to only have a slight chance of rain this morning, so we’re going to get our chores done early. Maybe walk, and then be home this afternoon if the storms hit. They might come around 2 and we’ll just stay in then.
We had another 3″ of rain yesterday. Chances of rain are high Saturday again, but it looks like we’re going to have a drying out spell for the next couple of days. The ground is saturated, the ponds way up, so we could use a little drying out.
I’m hoping to get some more proofing done today and also work with my granddaughter on workbooks too. I didn’t tell her a schedule for today, because I didn’t know how the weather would be. And if I told her one, she would be bugging me to do it, even if I changed my mind.
It’s really foggy this morning and it’s already warm. Tomorrow it will be in the 90’s and the next day also. The heat is on.
Well, I’m off! Have to feed the dogs, the birds, and my granddaughter when she gets here. She always wants to eat at my house–different foods.
Woohoo! I finished the book–Billionaire Wolf and the Bodyguard! I want to just read over one more page and need to make corrections to one scene this morning, but I’m such a pantser, seat of the pants writer. Sometimes, I just have to have a light bulb come on and that’s what happened yesterday. All of a sudden, I figured out how to end the book. And the other scene I had to finish? Last night, I was working on it and it wasn’t coming because I needed to do it another way. And when I allowed my muse to take over, that was it! I revised the scene on paper last night, made more changes, and need to add those and then the book is done. Yay!!!
A couple of more digital watercolor pet photos that I completed yesterday and this morning. Have 2 more to do.
Now, I have some documents I need to read over and I have to do edits on another book that came in yesterday–Silence of the Wolf reissue, so that will be what I need to concentrate on next. Once I turn that in, it’s back to cougar, and maybe I can get some ideas for the Christmas anthology.
I also need to get gas and groceries. *sigh* I want to just write and edit. But I need to do it this morning. Oh, and I really need to walk. We have another afternoon of storms coming. Yesterday was a mess driving in it, barely any visibility. And they’re coming in about the time I have to pick up my granddaughter.
Hope you all have a delightful day! I’m finished with Billionaire, woohoo!