I took the picture of the clouds and alpha wolves. Then added a new backdrop, which is under the clouds in part.
Yesterday was a hectic, but fun day and I managed to lose 2.2 lbs. Now that’s more like it! So I walked and am going swimming in a few, did a little weeding and I’m going to get back to the book. I managed to get 1,000 words yesterday. I tell myself I can’t get out to walk–too hot, or take the time to swim, because I’ll lose so much time writing. Ha! I waste so much time not writing, doing other stuff, and I need the exercise.
Less hectic today, but still need to pick up my granddaughter at preschool this afternoon.
I worked on this wolf, a beta, a picture I took at a wolf reserve in Texas. And then I added one of my own cloud pictures, grass, water. I love water and I enjoy adding it to a composite. I did give the wolf a reflection, but then the water didn’t look realistic enough, so I added a different water on top and it was more rippled, so the reflection of her legs was more hidden. Ripples in water would distort a reflection anyway. I’ve been working on another wolf photo I took, but it’s still not done. And added more of my clouds–Texas has some spectacular cloud formations.
I’m going to try and get more done on You Had Me at Cougar today, but most of the day will be crazy busy. I was going to walk last night, but the heat index was 98. This morning it is 77 degrees, much better. So after I feed the dogs, I’m off to get my walk in! I did manage 1,000 words yesterday, but was doing a lot of cutting and adding so it meant I only managed 1,000 instead of more. I did write a new scene last night and need to type it up, but I’m afraid I’ll be cutting some of the old stuff too.
Okay, I’ve got to get going before little one is here. Because after that, it’s hectic. Well, more so than usual.
I used Mindy’s watercolor brushes and course from Magnolia Textures to create these. They were fun and easy and just something new to do with Photoshop! I am still experimenting, so having fun with it when I have time. Since I couldn’t think last night about Billionaire, I worked on these pictures instead.
I took the picture of the great white heron on the walk with little one. Thankfully, she’s been very good about not scaring away the birds I’m trying to photograph. When I used to take the dogs for a walk, they would lie down while I took pictures of things. I quit taking them because they were such a nuisance with other dogs. They love little dogs and would bark to greet them. They bark at big dogs too. I would like to take them to the dog park again. Now that I’m vaccinated, I hadn’t thought of it, I can do that again!
The other picture is of an alpha male wolf at the Wildlife Center in Omaha. The one is with the original background, and the other is after I had already changed the background using a texture. I so want to go to the reserve again! The last few years I’ve gone, it has been closed due to first snowfall, even in October.
Anyway, I’m going to try and get something done this morning on Billionaire before I have to go with my daughter to the pediatrician. I just still need to figure out how to end the story!
Sometimes it’s really clear to me by the end. This time, it isn’t. I’m sure that has something to do with having so many distractions in my life right now!
It’s so nice out this morning, but the temperature’s going to heat up again!
I love this wildlife reserve. The last couple of years I’ve gone to Omaha, it’s snowed, even in October, and they close it the first time they get snow. Ugh.
This is the alpha male at the Omaha wildlife reserve.
So today will be a busy day. If we can manage, we’ll be making vegetable bugs, my granddaughter and me, and we’ll be creating a paper dragon. Now, depending on how they turn out, there may not be pictures. lol
My daughter was telling me about a 3 year old who could read 1 00 pages. My granddaughter every once in a while tells me a word she recognizes, but she doesn’t want to read really. I do ask her to tell me repetitive words in a book to try and get it to sink in until she’s learned them whether she wants to or not. And it’s fun for us.
I need to get this done as she’ll be here momentarily.
I managed to get to ch 7 on proofing on White Wolf Moon yesterday. Need to get some more chapters done today. And I did get 1,000 words done on Billionaire. Tomorrow is zoo day and I hope I can get some good pictures. It’s supposed to be overcast, maybe rainy, so we shall see. Then we’ll have her birthday party also. She’s really not 4 until the end of the month, but just in case my daughter has the baby early, we’re trying to get some other things done first.
I’m hoping to get White Wolf Moon done by Friday so I can work on taxes on the weekend.
I also saw the cutest Easter idea for a sweet treat–a Peep driving a Twinkie. I couldn’t find Peeps yet, so we’ll do it later.
Best friends are the best, aren’t they! Created with pictures from Oscraps!
Did I mention my Halloween novel (which I’ve done at least one for three years and this is the 4th year), has turned into a novel? *sigh* I just figured I’d get it done and move on to the summer book, while I’m working on the white wolf deadline book.
That happens sometimes. A novella doesn’t want to be a novella. The characters want more of a story. I’m sure my readers won’t be unhappy with a longer book. lol
In any event, I’m going to try and proof it this weekend. And get back to working on White Wolf and try and finish that. Then next on the deadline schedule is a Christmas wolf novella for an anthology, and the next Billionaire book. I keep thinking I need to write Uncle Strom’s billionaire book too, though he’s a jaguar. But for this one, I’m writing about the female bodyguard, assistant to the female billionaire in the last book and then…well, I can’t say who she ends up with. But it’s coming next! Oh, and I’m still working on the summer cougar book.
In the meantime, I’m trying to keep up with weeding the yard. It gets out of control so fast. So far, we’ve had a really mild winter and some flowering plants are still flowering. And some plants that lost their leaves are leafing out again. But it doesn’t mean we won’t get a really bad freeze coming up. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the nice weather before the heat settles in!
I also plan to finish the Plum bear today, and begin cutting out my grandson’s bear. And find out what the woman customer wants for her bear. We lost touch, but I need to get with her on that.
I wonder what it will be like this year. Crowds of people filling shops? Or ordering online like crazy?
The word has gone out that you need to order early for Christmas because when they start shipping vaccines, mail is going to get bogged down.
I’m still working on Wolf Wore Plaid proofing. This cold has really knocked me for a loop because of all the coughing at night and lack of sleep. I’m feeling better today. Still no appetite, which is a good thing. I’m a 1/3 of the way done. Hopefully, I’ll make more progress today.
Started putting up Christmas decorations and put away all the fall stuff. But I need to finish this proofing, so I’ll probably do a little bit of decorating at a time. The fun part about Thanksgiving, and we did have a great time! Leftovers! Turkey, gravy, potatoes, carrots, green bean casserole, fresh made cranberry jelly, yes!
On the shifter stories, I will be introducing bear shifters into the jaguar/wolf mix. It’s time to expand their world. And I’m adding bears to the cougar mix.
Arctic wolf Axel and Boltz gray wolf. Axel was vying to be pack leader. Boltz was acting like an omega wolf! Everyone else was sleeping in one den. Boltz was in another.
Okay, I’m running late on blogs in the mornings. Yesterday, I ran to the grocery store at 8:30, forgot they opened at 8, first time in 4 weeks. But I took a walk first. It’s soooooo muggy out. I was moving pavers this morning, took my walk, felt like I’d been in a sauna and surely, surely, I melted away some fat. LOL
So I’ve been managing 3,000 words a day on Wolff Bros. Have 15K now on it. Sixty-five thousand more to go.
It’s going to be 99 today, which means about 109 heat index. I want to put out a bag of bark mulch and plant two crepe myrtle seedlings before it gets any hotter. And then I have to buckle down on the book.
This is the first book in the Arctic Wolf series and this will be the 10th Anniversary release with a new novella. For those who already have the ebook, you can download the new version on March 31. For those who already have a paperback copy, the novellas will be in their own book in the future.
Well, I’m spending way too much time on reading articles about the coronavirus, and need to spend more time thinking and writing.
But lots of articles about what could work has come out of this. Like the use of copper–which we no longer use:
Canceled trip to Seattle/Vancouver–it was supposed to be for the end of April. So had to cancel on the kennel, Amtrak, still need to do the airline reservation, but they said to wait until 72 hours before the flight leaves. I’ll probably try on Monday. Thankfully, I had trip insurance and it seems that means I can get a voucher for flying some other time.
I’ve been staying home, though we don’t have an order in place for it here, but they’re not doing hardly any testing either, so who knows how many we really have who are sick with the virus. And it can easily be spread when someone has it before they’re showing symptoms. So, the next time you cast an evil eye at someone who has allergies–post nasal drip, and a cough–remember that person might be perfectly healthy. It’s the guy or gal on the other side of you who looks as healthy as can be who could be carrying the virus.
So in other news, my editor said they were giving my Highland Wolf book the title of: Wolf in Plaid. It will come out April 27, 2021. So excited! Love the title. Can’t wait to see the cover and share.
Reporting on the Goodwill News during these difficult times:
Florida distillery drops booze for sanitizer
A Florida craft distillery has halted making alcoholic beverages in
favor of hand sanitizer – and it’s giving the stuff away for free.
Copper Bottom Craft Distillery in Holly Hill announced the BYOB offer –
you bring the bottle, they will fill it – on Wednesday. Within hours
they had given away 20 gallons, mostly in 4-ounce pours. Customers
included representatives from a
sheriff’s office and a fire department. There were obstetricians,
medical clinic workers, school teachers and service industry
trying to spread some goodwill,” said Jenni Craig, who owns the business
with her husband, Jeremy, and his parents. “This is a crazy time going
on right now, and we want to do what we can to help.”
– Suzanne Hirt, Daytona Beach News-Journal
I am determined to get more writing done today! Have a good one. Hunker down. Change everything you own out to copper. Good luck with that!
Right! If you’re reading, writing, or doing the taxes, you need this sign. Correct?
Or if you have edits and material requests coming in for two different books when you’re trying to finish up a book in process! I finally got minimum word count on Highland Wolf but need to finish it. And little one is coming in a few minutes, so forget getting anything done. *sigh*
It was 73 yesterday, 33 this morning. Ugh. No wonder we all get sick. I spent the day digging up ferns that volunteered along my pavers. I moved them against the fence. They’re from the native woods and just popped up in my flower border, and I love ferns!! I’ve never been able to grow them before, so I’m excited to have my own little woodland scene, if they survive the move.
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!