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Robin Juvenile Scratching an Itch

So I admit it! I HAD to go to the grocery store. I needed dishwasher soap, forgot to get it last time, so stocked up on more vegetables and–yes, of course, last chance to get my favorite Cadbury eggs. It’s nearly Easter. What can you expect?

If I don’t have long to live–who ever knows, right?–I want to have my favorite Easter treat before it’s too late.

They did have plexi-glass up to help protect the clerks at checkout. I’m so glad for that and hope it really helps.

I didn’t get very far on my writing yesterday, only 1,300. I did play one battle in Divinity–Original Sin 2. I had finished the first game, figured out how to make myself nearly invincible in that one and loved it, great ending, but then I had so many deadlines that I never got back to finish the 2nd game. Everything is different in that one, so I couldn’t use the same strategy. Darn it. But I’m at the last leg of the journey, I believe, so having fun relearning how to do all this stuff that I haven’t done in over a year. I need to finish it because it’s taking up a lot of storage on my computer that I don’t have–doesn’t that sound like a great excuse?

But first, I need to get to my writing. I’m kind of stuck or I would have had more done yesterday. Plus, I was editing, added new scenes which meant eliminating others, so I didn’t get as much word count.

I tried not to watch the news too late last night. It gave me nightmares the night before. The morning news is so unbelievable, I’m so angry about what’s going on, but I need to press on and do what I can to not help to cause the spread of the virus if I should get it and pray that everyone else can live through this…despite the dire predictions.

And I’m back to the new count of staying home. I did walk around the neighborhood this morning.

Stay home if you can and stay safe!

Butterball Juvenile Robins

On a hot day, it was time for two robin juveniles to pop into the fountain and take a bath. I rarely see robins, and only occasionally sitting far away on the fence–like maybe once or twice a year. So imagine my delight when two juveniles decided to have fun in the fountain.

Forget writing! It was time for picture taking.

Hope you are staying safe. I was trying to figure out a mask this morning, but don’t really have anything but a painter’s mask for when I was painting some outdoor furniture.

Stay healthy and safe! Terry

Forget Reality, Time to Take a Break

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In our county, someone started a testing service for the virus at $150 a pop. Cash. No credit cards. When insurance is supposed to be covering this. What gives? A scam?

A get-rich scheme by someone for people who can’t get tested?

Despite some saying that everyone can get tested. There is no problem with testing–it’s not true. So stop saying there’s no problem with testing.

Off my rant. I’ve got to write in my realistic fantasy world where there is no pandemic, soap and toilet paper shortages, no problem with eating out or flying on a plane or taking a cruise on a cruise ship, no problem going to a movie theater packed with people, or a grocery store, or a restaurant. Where kids can be seen playing on playgrounds, and bicycles are locked while the kids are in classrooms, and everywhere the traffic is a mess (well, one good thing from the lock down), where people still greet with a handshake and don’t have to stand 6 feet, or is that 10 feet away now? Where the news isn’t about death and dying numbers rising as if we were a world at war–which we are, just a different enemy this time. Where people aren’t calling their lawyers constantly, asking when they can file for divorce. Where the wasn’t a condom shortage. Yeah, of all times, right?

Yeah, my perfectly realistic fantasy world that is looking better each day!

Be safe!!!

Terry

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Now We’re Supposed to Wear Masks

Yep. Before it was it could be a bad thing for you. It could be worse for you.

Now the truth is, well, we want to keep the masks for our health professionals, which is totally understandable, but quit all the lying!

Yes, the masks can help, not only those who are showing virus symptoms, but from those who aren’t.

I read a good article about the density of the virus and how much sicker you can get if you are surrounded by it at work or at home with a sick family. It made sense that if you were in a grocery store and randomly picked it up, you might not be as sick, if you have no underlying health issues. But if you are packed in a place with people who have it, that you could be sicker.

I know from colds you can reinfect yourself, even with reusing a tissue. That you can do the same with the flu with using the same toothbrush from when you were sick. I always discard mine after I’ve been sick.

Can you reinfect yourself with this virus?

My son said that some say if you’ve had the flu recently, which I had, that your immunity might have built up and so you might not get it or as bad a case of it. If it takes the immune system a while to get into gear, that means it takes longer to take on the virus. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but since I have 5 weeks of being sick with the flu, I sure hope so. I was worried my immune system would have been compromised, but maybe not. I had read where the swine flu in 2009, that was totally downplayed and I didn’t even realize the States had it that bad, affected the younger people, that they thought that 60 or older crowd had built up an immunity from an earlier flu, but that the younger people hadn’t been exposed to the earlier flu that would help them have an immunity.

I don’t know. I had the flu really bad maybe seven years prior to that. So maybe so.

Hmm, so does that mean a little exposure might help in the future against other viruses? There is so much that is unknown.

Now we should wear masks. But it’s not mandatory. You know what? That’s really a good thing because buying them? There is no such thing.

Terry

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Another Day in a Surreal World

Turned in Wolf Fever 10th Anniversary edition! Yay!

Okay, need to get back to Red Wolf. The weather was so nice and it’s garbage day, so I was out trimming back plants. I planted an esperanza and it kept dying back in winter, not this year, and I have a rosebush near by. The next thing I know, I have a pine tree, several crape myrtles, and a yaupon holly tree all growing in and around them. I had a crape myrtle butted up against the fence, another rosebush, this one a volunteer right next to the fence and another crape myrtle showed up right next to the patio, all in bad places. So I was cutting back, digging up.

Now, if I hadn’t bothered to plant, I could have had all kinds of things growing there without any effort. Or would I have? In any event, everything was getting way too crowded. I’m trimming up the yaupons into straight trees. They’ll grow 15-25 ft, so that will give me some screening from the neighbors.

I alternate between wanting to just shut down, play a game and wake up when this is all over like Rip Van Winkle. Don’t you?

But deadlines loom and I LOVE writing stories. Especially when they come to me easily!!! Story…where are you?

Be safe!

Terry

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Flowers to Brighten Your Day

Okay, so I wrote 400 words on Red Wolf yesterday and I couldn’t get anywhere with it and wham! I get Wolf Fever’s 10th Anniversary Edition to proof, along with the new novella. I started on that, figuring it was easier to proof than to write the other novel, and I need to turn this in 9 days from now. I’m up to page 84 of 361 and raring to go this morning.

But first, my computer crashed and I was in the middle of redoing a cover for Scepter of Salvation. And of course when I brought up Photoshop, it wasn’t one of the pictures that was recovered. Of. Course.

And I have no idea if Red Wolf was recovered properly either. I haven’t opened it up yet.

That is my morning, and it’s going to get better. I’m going to make sure of it! Off to get going on Wolf Fever! So I can get back to Red Wolf!

Have a wonderful day free of stress, if that’s at all possible in the world today.

Terry

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Salvia, I Think!

I planted a whole lot of the seeds there, and I hope that’s purple salvia and not just weeds. Otherwise I should be tearing them up right now and not waiting!

Here it is in one flowerbed, but I haven’t seen any sign of it this year. It’s a perennial, so it should keep coming back. I have another flowerbed where it seems to have vanished too.

Here it is in another flowerbed and it’s growing strong. I need to take pictures of it. And the other with just the seedlings, that’s a new flowerbed. They’re really beautiful if I can just keep seeing them year after year. And yes, for master gardeners, I’m sure the seedlings are all too close together. So what do I do? Try to transplant them? Or keep trying to figure out my plot for this book and carry on?

I managed to reach 10,000 words on Red Wolf. 70,000 to go. Still need a great plot and conflict between the hero and heroine! I’m also redoing a cover for one of my fantasy books. I’ve looked at tons of book cover artists premades, but don’t see what I’m looking for and when I try to have something custom made, I usually am not that happy with it.

I could say that my writer’s block is because I’ve written probably 70 books and it’s hard coming up with brand new plot ideas. I could say it’s all the alarming news about the coronavirus and what is in store for all the countries of the world that are dealing with this–and believe me, I worry about everyone everywhere! I could say it’s because sometimes this is just my method of madness and if I keep writing I will have an ah-ha moment and know just what I need to do to fix it.

And I could say it’s a combination of all three and I’d probably be right. But I persevere in the face of real catastrophe while I try to concentrate on the deadline book, because the deadline isn’t going away.

All I can say is stay safe and keep going!

Terry

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Where are they Going?

I saw a plane flying overhead this morning as I walk to the mailbox to pick up all my spam mail and around the block for my morning exercise. I hear one later and I wonder, where are they going?

Isn’t the WHOLE world under lock down? Should you be traveling in an airplane or a cruise ship right about now? Why would you?

Fleeing somewhere that’s been hard hit and then possibly carrying the virus somewhere else? Not that I blame the people who think they’re not carrying it and want to go to somewhere more isolated, but….who knows?

I see the numbers go up and up and up. And yet, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have no idea how many people really have it. Mild cases. Not so mild cases. We don’t have the testing for it. Those who have it can’t get tested because they’re not the right age. They don’t have proof they’ve been infected by someone who has it. Yet they have it.

We finally went into lock down ourselves in our county.

Over 40 teams around the world are working on a cure. Pray that they find one soon.

We will get through this. The economy will come back. But it’s going to take time.

I said I wouldn’t go anywhere for 3 weeks. I try to stay home for 2 weeks at a time. That’s to ensure that if I get it, and it’s incubating, I can stay away from others and not spread it. It’s been a week and I’ve got to go out again. *sigh*.

So I thought, no problem, prescription medicine, pick up at the window. Then my daughter tells me their marriage is in grave danger if my son-in-law doesn’t have Dr. Pepper and their food isn’t being delivered until Thursday. If I get this from going into the store, I want Dr. Pepper to know it’s all their fault.

Okay, still trying to find a great conflict between the hero and heroine of Red Wolf. I have 9,000 words now. Seventy-one thousand to go.

Have a safe day!!!

Terry

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Zoo Day with Stuffed Animals

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The neighborhood got together to do a Zoo Day with stuff animals in our yards so kids could visit the zoo on another day of stay-at-home activities.

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My computer keeps locking up so I will say I finally managed to get 2,000 words on Red Wolf. I was trying to think of an opening, and I finally figured out one after several false starts. And I wrote 400 words on Seducing the Vampire. I’ve had Coronavirus news writer’s block.

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Okay, have to feed the dogs and such. Stay safe!!

Terry

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Keep Your Distance and Chin Up!

I thought this was cute:

At the grocery store yesterday, they had us standing 10 feet away from each other. They were cleaning carts, the clean ones were inside the store. They had hand sanitizer they would squirt on your hands before going in and coming out. It wasn’t crowded inside and no long lines. They were limited how many went into the store. A good thing! I also finished my taxes. Yay! I still need to do my car registration for April. You can register online, yay! But you have to go in to have a car safety inspection. Boo!

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Working on Red Wolf. Or trying to, but taking my morning walk in the dark before too many people are up and about and it gets too hot.

I published Vampire Redemption, but still waiting on the links for most of the sites.

Vampire Redemption

Huntress Pasha wants revenge against the vampire who had decimated her family of hunters and she’s sure she’s found her mate—a hunter who saved her and helped free her family. But he is a hunter turned vampire now and as much as she hates the vampires for what they’ve done to her and her family, she scorns any notion of settling down with one.

Zachary is in love with one hot-blooded huntress and he’ll do anything to save her and her family from the vampires who had taken them hostage. But now, he’s one of them, and he can’t come to grips with what he’s become. He’s on a mission to help Pasha eliminate the vampires who destroyed her family and hopes he will fall in battle, an honorable way to die—as a hunter eliminating rogue vampires who threaten mankind.

But just maybe being a hunter turned vampire isn’t the worst thing that can happen to him, if he can have an edge against the vampires, if only he wasn’t shunned by the huntress he has lost his heart to.

https://books.apple.com/us/book/vampire-redemption/id1504327605

Keep safe!

Terry

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