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Every Photo Tells a Story

The Havanese Whisperer. Inge (pronounced Inga) is a natural with animals. She was reading my book, The Dark Fae, sitting next to her, when Tanner wanted up on her lap. Max, the whiter one, wanted up too. And that was the end of reading and instead, the time for cuddling. Of course, that was time for me to take a picture. I didn’t use a flash or any lighting except for an overhead light. I knew if I opened all the blinds, the dogs would jump up and join me to see what I was doing.

The second picture shows what happens when you take baby for a walk in her stroller. lol

I had lunch with a friend I’d made at a neighborhood craft party and she is studying to get her teacher’s certificate for Texas. She said it was incredibly hard, but I know she can do it. It can take a lot of work, dedication, and drive, but if you really want to reach a goal, that’s what it takes.

I wrote for ten years before I was picked up by a publisher. I wasn’t an overnight success. There was no such thing as epubs or indie publishing at the time. When I was writing my early children’s stories, I had to use a typewriter. There were no personal computers back then. And I didn’t have the fancier typewriter either. You couldn’t turn in anything with any mistakes. Cut and paste meant literally, cutting scenes, sentences out and taping them to places I wanted them to go!

With the advent of computers, the internet for research and finding publishers even, who were looking for submissions, agents who accepted queries from prospective clients, and word processing so that cut and paste was super easy, and INDIE publishing and ebooks were now part of the scene…well, it’s a piece of cake.

Or not. It’s still work. Lots of work. But for me, it’s a lot faster and easier work!

Reach for your goals and succeed. You can do it!

Have a lovely day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Fun with Photos Using Alex Markovich’s Abandoned Summer House

Alex Markovich has some lovely free images for writers to use to create little stories. Or poetry.

So I took one of his beautiful shots of abandoned summer houses and played with the coloration to make it more moody, or something. His is beautiful, by the way, just like it is.

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Free images for poets. Part Three. Abandoned Summer Houses. Twelve pictures

All of the photos are beautiful, but it’s like a story. When you add a character, it makes it all the more interesting. Think of it. A flood is washing homes away down the river, and yes, it’s horrible, but see a person struggling to hold onto the roof of one of those homes, or a horse swimming in the debris, then it’s terrifying. You can’t rescue the house, but you sure want to rescue the person and the horse.

In this image it evokes all kinds of ideas. A woman caught between different worlds of existence. A woodland fairy who was caught sneaking into the abandoned cottage. A woman seeking shelter from the pending rainstorm.

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yellow highlights Northern Lights Alex-MarkovichA mystical Northern Light night…

Thanks for the fun, Alex!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Taking an Out of this World Photograph!

Oh, okay, so some would say it’s just a mistake. But to me, it’s the coolest thing ever.

And it all had to do with taking pictures of all the dogs sitting on our laps while we were playing a video game and having to say the spells out loud. I’m sure that one of the spells created the vortex.

Some would say not.

But isn’t that the joy of making up stories?

Note how serious everyone is.

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Jennifer cast the spell!

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We were caught up in the spell’s vortex.

No, this was not photoshopped. It really happened just this way.

So just remember when taking a picture and a spell is being cast, beware that you might just catch the whole thing on disk.

Thankfully, we came out of it all just fine. 🙂 Puppies and humans alike.

And that’s my story…

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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Do You See the Light???

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I’m a total pantser, seat of the pants writer, and I couldn’t plot  a book for the life of me. I never could write the outline before I did a paper when I was in school either. I would always write the paper and then write the obligatory outline. Why do teachers make us conform to some rule that doesn’t work for everyone??? For some, organizing their thoughts in an outline works. But others… I begin to research my subject and want to go in a totally different direction. So, too, sometimes, when I’ve pitched a book and sold based on two paragraphs. The story evolves in a different direction than I planned for it to go.

That sometimes happens because of research I’ve done. Even though my werewolf books are urban fantasy, in that you know that werewolves don’t live among us, as you shouldn’t–they’re not meant to be discovered, right?–but they do live within the parameters of our world and are based on real wolf behavior… As much as werewolves can be real wolf-shifting humans.  This means that sometimes I create a town for them to live in and other times I have them live in real places.

But other times, the characters–since my stories are character-driven and for romance need to be–take over and run with the story. Well, oftentimes they do. I’ll be going along, happy as can be, throwing wonderful obstacles in their path, causing them all kinds of stress, and suddenly, they change the rules. Now, you might think that’s a bad thing. I know what I’m doing. They don’t.

On the other hand, it makes for some nice twists in the plot and so I allow them free rein as long as they assure me they can reach that happily ever after, which is what they want more than anything else in the world, too. 🙂

So yesterday, as I again spent another day of trying to force the direction of my plot, I took a moment out of my deadline-packed schedule, had lunch with a friend, saw a movie, came home, did NOT want to write, since I’ve been at this for weeks, and watched another movie.

And something hit. I really, really was going to watch another movie. I just was having too much fun. But the light dawned, the problem I’d been seeking came to me, and I began to write again.

Sometimes, just stepping away from the problem can be the best thing we can do!! And then, that moment of clarity will come.

Other times, if the deadline is approaching and letting the muse find me is not a viable option, just pushing forward and brainstorming with others, listing 20 ideas of where this could go, etc, can sometimes give the direction I need to go.

So I’m off to write! Ever give up on something you’ve been hassling with and can’t seem to find a solution, and voila, there it is???

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
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