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In Fantasy or Fiction…

We create worlds.

In the one picture I took in Scotland, I was on the bus in Edinburgh, and we saw a beautiful rainbow. But the setting wasn’t beautiful, cluttered with buildings and stuff. So I created a fictional world–from a photo I’d taken from a castle on the Isle of Skye. The scenes were both fantastical, as if being dropped into a fairy world, yet both are real. I’m sure the passengers thought my friend and I were nuts as we took as many pictures of the rainbow as we could capture while the bus kept moving along.

In the one I took of the cardinal, he was looking into the water as if peering at his reflection. But, what if–and that’s the start of a story. What if he sees himself as a hawk. Or he wishes he were a bird of prey. Or what if he realizes the hawk is above, his reflection in the water? That’s what makes creating stories from reality into fiction, or fantasy, fun. The cardinal was really at a birding stand at the cabins where we did our writer’s retreat, staring into the water. I edited the book I had to edit while there, but I also took advantage of photographing as much as could. 🙂 <3

The cooper hawk was sitting on my fence. I included an awful picture of a blurred version of the cooper hawk when he was on a different fence section and was getting ready to take off. I wouldn’t have shown it on here, but I posted it on FB to show the wing span, and one of my readers said it was a shifting hawk! There you have it! My shapeshifters shift so fast, they are a blur of forms. I love my readers. 🙂 She turned my poor photo into fantasy, and now, you know what that means? Anyone who sees a creature shifting is in trouble.

I really, really need to run errands today. I hate running them because it messes up my writing routine, then I’m struggling to get it done. If I don’t go early, though, I’ve begun to write, and then…yep, no errands. My car registration came in and I have to get a safety inspection before I can register it, so….no putting it off. That’s the mundane of life. I’d rather be photographing, creating bears, creating composites, gardening, and writing. Oh, and I did get about 60 gals of branches cut and weeds pulled yesterday. Then I moved a rock, it was starting to get too dark to work, and found a snake. Yes, it was a garden snake, but that decided it. No more gardening for the night!

Have a super, lovely day!!

Terry
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A Mix of Reality and Fantasy…

Yesterday, I shared a picture of Eilean Donan in a fantasy world. I added cliffs reflecting in the water on the Isle of Skye (just love how glassy the water can be and the beautiful reflections that can be captured in Scotland!)…so that it looks like the fairy mushrooms are now a long distance from the castle, and the castle is no longer floating in the sky. I love both, but this just gives a different story.

Here is a picture of a snow leopard I captured in a shot at the Omaha Zoo. In Loving the White Bear, a polar bear shifter story set in Alaska, three brother snow leopards also live, and this is Simon. He and his brothers are on vacation in a nice fantasy spot. It appears he is grooming himself after he went fishing. Do you think the koi will catch the dragonfly? Nope! He makes a narrow escape. And that’s my story!

I wrote nearly 4,000 words yesterday, rained most of the day, but I also got out in between rain showers and dug up more grass. Yes! Then I remembered my daughter’s corgis are staying with me for a week. Ack! If they run through the plant border, which they’re bound to do, and we keep having rain…what a mess! So I’ll have to cover it with planter boxes until I can get some bark mulch. Even then, I think they’ll end up getting muddy. So I’ll just block it. We’re supposed to have rain again today and tomorrow. Haven’t checked the weather yet, but I hope to run errands…if I don’t melt…

Have a wonderfully, fantastic day!!!

Terry
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Fantasy–Moonlit Castle

While baby was sleeping on my lap, I played around with a couple of photos. The fantasy castle was created with a mushroom background. I actually saw red and white mushrooms in Scotland while climbing green hills where sheep roamed freely, but my camera battery had died. Note to self: Always have a backup with me.

I did take the picture of the castle in Scotland, the beautiful Eilean Donan, the reflection in the still water. I added the bunny and moon and clouds.

In the blackbird picture, it was a blown-out sky with a stone pillar behind the one bird. I added some sun flares.

I managed to run errands with baby before the rain started, only it didn’t until later that night. So I took her for a stroller ride too. I don’t know who was more worn out–her or me. She at least took 3 naps. I couldn’t! 🙂 The only way she will fall asleep for me is on my lap. I even weeded a little while she watched from her stroller.

I did manage to get another 1,000 done last night on the story! Nearly halfway done! Then it’s all downhill from there! Today is humpday. When I reach 40,000, that will be another humpday no matter when it is. Hopefully tomorrow.

I need to run more errands, the ones I couldn’t do with baby. But…it’s supposed to start raining around 9. I’m a fair weather errand runner.

The ground is nice and wet, so I’ll weed a little first–that means pulling up stubborn, hard rooted grass that is in the new flowerbeds I created last year.

If I was smart, I would have pulled the grass up BEFORE I planted the floral plants. But instead, I keep working at it until the grass is all gone around the plants. And once it’s done, yes! It’s done!

When I took baby for a walk around the yard, I was looking at all the plants I need to cut back and the flowers that are getting ready to bloom. This is a fun time of year. Fire ants aren’t out. Mosquitoes aren’t too bad. It’s not hot! Just perfect.

And….it’s pouring out. So much for holding off on the rain until 9.

Okay, that means????? I get to write!

Have a fun fantasy-filled day! 🙂 <3

Terry
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Feeling Unfinished!

I have a bear I need to finish making and a book I need to finish writing. I have a ton of books I need to finish that I’ve started and work on when I have a chance, but I always have so many other deadline books, I can’t get to them. Soooo this morning, I’m feeling…unfinished.

A beautiful, ancient, moss-covered dyke and gorse, heather and a stream in Scotland. Perfect for taking a break, enjoying nature, reading, writing, taking pictures, just sitting there, soaking up the beauty.

Do you have unfinished business??? Hope you feel you’ve accomplished something today!! I WILL have the bear done today.

Terry

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Dock on a Glassy Loch

Babysitting. Which is why I’m so late in getting this posted. So the one picture had a sunflare when I was taking it that I thought was pretty, but the other was from another vantage point and showed the vista off in the distance in Scotland. 🙂

Doesn’t it make the eye wander to that far away place?

We have a Homeowner’s Christmas party next week, so I’m giving a bear I’ve made and some Christmas books I’ve written for a door prize so I’m taking baby for a walk to drop it off.

Have a beautiful day!

Terry

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The Magic of Scotland

The heather and fern were below one of the castles in Scotland. Love the Highland cows.

NaNoWriMo ends today. But in my mind, I “see” this as saying Write More. I’m at 65,000 words on My Highlander and need to finish up the story. I ended up having to babysit last night, so I didn’t write as much as I planned to.

But playing with some of the photos I took in Scotland helps immerse me in the world. I had to run errands today before baby is here again tomorrow and guess what I forgot to do. Post my blog. lol

Off to write. Have a lovely day!!

Terry

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Back in the Highlands

At least in the book.

Some beautiful places in Scotland! Castle Moil Ruins on top of the hill. It’s a bit of a climb, so if you’re the enemy, you’ll have trouble reaching it. 🙂 <3

I’ve been writing, without editing (much). I can’t write and not edit. But I’m over halfway done, and I wanted to go back in and pick up loose threads and begin to weave magic. In other words, make sure I don’t have a lot of mixed up stuff in the book… But weave magic sounds so much more….magical, doesn’t it?

And also, when I get stuck, like I have for the last 2 days, horrors, because I’d hoped to be much further along, it can help unstick me. 🙂

Have a lovely day. I have a ladies’ luncheon to go to so must try to get somewhere with the book in the meantime!

Terry

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Black-faced Sheep and Thistle–Scotland

 

On the Isle of Skye, love seeing thistle growing wild, and the black-sheep roaming all over near Neist Point Lighthouse. And an ancient bridge, heather, and fog.  I always think of Scotland that way–and the Highland cows, and Scottish heather…

Have a terrific day!!!

Terry

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Scotland–Darkness and the Light

Cemetery in Scotland, pretty flowers growing on the ancient stone. And the dark, dark castle. You can imagine without torches, it would be very dark, the only light coming from the window above. 🙂

Baby is here and between a cold and getting two more teeth in, she’s a handle, poor thing. So just getting my blog done during a 15 minute nap.

Hope your day is going great! It’s COLD here. Loving it. 🙂

Terry

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Loving Scotland

Love Scotland. This is an ancient building in Scotland, a rainbow, and on the Isle of Skye, a momma and her calf trailing behind at sunset. And of course the best part, a couple of Highlanders to love.

Next up! My Highlander!

The house was hot, but it’s cool out this morning, so windows are open, fans going, cooling off the stuffy house, nature’s way!

I worked on My Highlander last night, 500 words, yay!

But I had to write up the synopsis for Billionaire Wolf Christmas because I’ll soon be asked for marketing materials. It doesn’t take me long to forget the details of a book because I’ll be wrapped up in a new one, and I’ll always be doing edits on another. So that was my priority last night. Still have to do more–this is the fun part–giving some details for the cover! Taking a 107,000 book and turning it into a 50, 250, and 2,000-word synopsis is not easy!!! But they need it for marketing, so it has to be done.

Hope everyone has a fantastic day! I’m done! I’m done! I’m done!!!

Terry

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