It feels like 32 this morning. I’m teaching my granddaughter to read. She doesn’t want to learn, but I keep telling her that if she wants to learn how to do fun projects–she needs to learn to read so she can read the directions. We’re making You*Niverse jewelry today also and she’s painting some drink coasters. But she’s also been doing a bunch of workbook pages–she just opens up her books and starts to work on them! So that’s been fun.
I am up to 23K on the book and approved the Dawn of the Jaguar narration. On the book, I changed my idea of where I want to go with it, so I spent most of the day revising it to go with the new idea, but I still managed to get word count.
So yesterday, I finished the audio book uploads to Voices. Now I have 30 up there. Yay! I was looking at my statements for January, and I have some titles that paid themselves off, and some that may never be in the black. I’m hoping with library sales, some will begin to show some more sales and whittle away at the cost of narration. I’m talking about getting maybe 59 to 67 cents a month. Not anything more than that for some of the titles. Not a huge income. For some of the titles, maybe $7 a month. In my kids’ lifetime they may see the ones in the red paid off! Or the grandkids’ time! It’s not so much the narrator, I have the same great narrator for several stories. It’s more the genre. So maybe they’ll get more reads at the library.
When I was a kid, and later of course, I LOVED to read. I would be swept away in the world of books. I wrote stories too, told stories orally with my girlfriend, and just loved to go to garage sales, the only way I could get a book to keep for my own. I remember my mom asking me if I would read a series of books I wanted more than once, and I said, “Yes!” and I did. I hated going to the dentist, but the only highlight was they had Highlights for kids and it didn’t matter that millions of kids had abused it, or circled all the hidden objects, I devoured all the stories until I had to visit the dreaded dentist.
I asked my mom if she would get them for me, and finally she did for a couple of years. I just loved them. Once a month I would get a new magazine and I would read it from beginning to end in a sitting. It wasn’t until I was a teen that we started going to a library. But before that, I ate up all the books at the school library I could get my hands on. I remember being told I could only check out so many books at a time at the school library. I could get more at the regular library, but my mom didn’t want me to have that many at home because I probably couldn’t read all of them. But I could. And more.
We didn’t have advanced classes in anything, but we had to read all our school material and then once we were done, and did all the testing for it, we could spend time in the library for that English class period. I would whip through the books, do all my tests, and spend the rest of the semester in the library. That was the life.
So when I got a coupon in the mail to sign up for a Highlight’s magazine for my granddaughter–they have them for 3-6 year olds too–I did. And when that magazine comes in at the first of the month, we sit down and devour that whole magazine in one sitting. They have cool craft ideas, and one of them was to make a peanut butter, birdseed pine cone for the birds. So I had all the ingredients, pine cones all over the yard, peanut butter, and a bag of birdseed I feed the birds with–and squirrels and dogs, since they’re always eating it if I’m not after them about it.
What a mess. But it was fun, then it was fun seeing all the goldfinches and chickadees and cardinals and even the blue jays come down to eat off them. And of course the squirrels, who immediately had to have something to drink. And my dogs were in on the act, which goes without saying.
They also have a craft where you create a dragon, I think, from tissue paper and such. I’ll have to look at it, but we’ll do that. And one for food. Bug food made of tomatoes and black olives and cucumbers. I don’t have the cucumbers, or cream cheese or anything, but maybe I can come up with something. I do have the antennas–chives, growing in the house, so we could come up with our very own version. I stuck antennas in her mashed potatoes and that was a start and got a laugh!
She told me she wanted her tomato. And I was like, yes! Finally, she wants a tomato. So I brought her an orange tomato, I only have the small orange ones and she frowns at me. “No, I want the white one.” Now I’m puzzled. Then I realized what she was saying! Potatoes! I was cooking them and they weren’t done. “Potatoes!” I said. “Yes, potatoes!” Like that’s what she had said all along.
Okay, it’s back to the real world of adult stuff for me. I guess I’ll work on the deadline book edits for Monday, then Saving the White Cougar final proofing after that, since the actual book isn’t coming out until several months from now. I’m still wracking my brain for a billionaire story. I see him running along the beach. I see her rescuing him. But I need more than that. lol
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.
Jan Nakutis: “When I was 40 I had this tattoo done on my ankle with the plan that when I was old and in my rocking chair I could look down and still feel like I could howl at the moon. Well, I’m 71 now, not anywhere near a rocking chair and I’m still howling at the moon 🌕.
All your books help keep me that way. “
Lizzy LaBare: “I honestly can’t tell you which series I enjoyed more… I am leaning towards the werewolves. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I am still trying to get over the fact that my dream man/wolf lives in another woman’s head…lol”
I asked my readers if I could share their quotes on my blog today. It’s all about readers. They make my day!
Thanks to my blog readers and my book readers for making my year!
I am only 600 words behind today after being 11,000 words behind, so hope to finish that up along with my 2,000 words, and more, if I can come up with some ideas. I had thoughts last night when I was trying to sleep at 3 a.m. Now, if I could only remember them!
Have a wonderful, magical day and believe in your dreams!
Okay, so some might look at this and say eegads, that’s something I would have deleted from my camera. But wait! This is a really important picture.
You see, it was a totally cool tunnel of trees. We even saw a deer eating alongside the road. I tried to get a shot of it, but too late. This was in Scotland on the way to our bed and breakfast. Loved it.
But what happened was we were almost sucked into the fae world. It’s true. One minute, we were in the human world, the next, we would have been hurdling into either the seelie or unseelie planes of existence.
So you see, this is not what you might think it is.
It’s beautiful. It transcends our day-to-day world.
So here is a creek behind our bed and breakfast. It was beautiful. Reminded me of a hobbit home.
And the lovely rustic wall.
And this is like an impressionist painting, photography style.
When I saw this, my first impression was it was really interesting, the fall colors, the birches bordering the creek, the way we get a glimpse beyond the foreground trees as to what’s beyond. I loved Scotland. It was awe-inspiring.
So see? Sometimes really clear shots are just boring. When something that’s not quite clear can be quite intriguing, don’t you think?
Okay, so I’ve been really busy setting up the Facebook party!
I’m at 26,000 words on Call of the Cougar, so making some good headway.
I’m working on a navy bear for an order, and just got a blue bear order, not sure on that one. Still looking for fur.
And so, it’s time to get to work!!!
If it hadn’t been for the hose in the picture, but hey, it tells a story too–hot, hot, hot, and I’m out having to water before we’re on water restrictions, but bunny, sparrow and dove all together at the feeding “trough.” Isn’t that cute?
Okay, really off to write!
Have a great Tuesday!
Back to writing!
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Hewitt Public Library is putting on: Hewitt Dog Days of Summer Canine Event, Hewitt Park, 9 am to 1 pm, June 14.
This is a picture of me petting a wolf dog at a wolf reserve south of Houston, Texas. My purse kept slipping off my shoulder when my friend was trying to take a picture. I was afraid it would hit the wolf dog and I’d be in trouble. 🙂
I no longer have a dog, but bring yours and we can take pictures. I’ll be signing some of my books that feature dogs like The Highlander which has a sheep herding dog that features prominently in the story, and Irish Wolfhounds in my Highland wolf stories.
I’ve had several breeds of dogs over the years, but when my last standard poodle passed away, I decided to travel and it’s really hard for both of us for me to put them in a kennel when I can’t take them on trips.
So if you’re in the area, please stop by, bring your dog, pull up a chair, and we’ll get pictures. 🙂
Pets are so good for you. They bring you joy, help with bringing down blood pressure, can aid against the effects of arthritis if you have it in your hands and pet them, make you smile and laugh, great for photo ops, entertain, and they’re great for conversation starters. Think of 101 Dalmatians. You know me, always a romance angle. 🙂
I’m whittling away at the blogs I need to do. Three done this morning, working on the 4th, lots more after that. Finished the idea for the cover for A Silver Wolf Christmas. And then it’s time to get back to Jaguar Pride edits.
Back to blogs!
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
I usually pitch three books at a time, but I had 6 books to complete on one contract and was asked to do another, so I had 7 and it took forever to write that many books. So I’m trying to keep it down to 3 books that I have to write at any one time. Though in truth, I’m nearly done with Jaguar Pride. Still, I’ll need to work on edits after I’ve written THE END.
I had a lovely time at the zoo yesterday, though I wasn’t thinking that it was a holiday, so it was packed. Animals that are usually fairly quiet or sleeping were agitated with all the noise at the zoo. Some of the animals that are usually quite active were worn out. This is a coyote that had crashed. Her mate was nearby but hidden.
Because of goofing off, I only got 1,000 done on my mss instead of 2, which means I will have to write 3,000 today. See how that works? It’s like getting deeper in debt. By huge amounts. If I’d done what I was supposed to have done, I wouldn’t have so much more to do. 🙂
And I really, really want to finish the book by this weekend. That will give me a couple of weeks to keep revising it. That’s the really fun part. 🙂
I still haven’t come up with the end. Okay, I’ll let you in on a secret. My characters often tell me how it ends. And when it’s the right time, they’ll let me know. You might think that’s crazy, but it’s true. I can brainstorm all I want, but I come down to that end, and all of a sudden, I have it! You don’t think I came up with it all on my own, now do you?
Have a super Tuesday!!!
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