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The Flowers Are Coming Back!

It was really windy when I went out to capture some shots. Does that sound like an excuse for why some are not real sharp? But it was! I tried to hold a stem one time, that doesn’t work. Then I couldn’t focus. lol

Okay baby is here today and I did get my edits off for Jaguar. But got request for promo stuff on the A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas coming out in October.  I know I’ll be getting edits on the SEAL wolf book too soon. I’m trying to finish the Silver Town Wolf Christmas book again.

Off to take care of the baby! Have a fun day! Love the zinnias. They are looking so pretty!

Terry

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No More Vacation–Time for the Real World

Returning home means reality sets in! Writing daily goals, taking care of the dogs (I spent hours combing out Max yesterday and need to work on Tanner today), WEEDING the flowerbeds, have three bear orders waiting on me, etc.

Koi at the arboretum in MN, a sleeping fairy at my friend’s house, and then my gardens: zinnia flowerbed, golden zinnia, and the lilyturf (liriope)’s purple flowers are blooming, and purple magic crepe myrtles are in full bloom.

Last night, I was working on one of the flowerbeds out front after getting my word count and grooming Max, and man was it awful. Not only was it still 103 heat index, dripping wet humidity, but the mosquitoes were ravenous. I covered myself in insect repellent, but apparently not well enough. So when they found my ankles, I was trying to kill them as fast as they were landing. Not fun. And finally gave up, making a hasty retreat to the house.

But I was determined to do it again this morning because I have 7 flowerbeds out front filled with zinnias and weeds. I finished the one from last night, another out front that was filled with weeds, and 2 that weren’t bad. My hands hurt–the weeds and grass roots are dug in all the way to China, and I was soaked from the high humidity, so came in and will try for the last 3 beds tomorrow. They are really bad too. If it hadn’t been so hot and humid, I would have just stayed out there and finished all of them. Hate not getting something done. But…at least 4 are done! I kept thinking if only it was 59 degrees out. That’s what the temperature dropped to this morning AFTER I left Minnesota!!!

Reached 21,000 words yesterday on the new story! 59,000 to go!

As you can see, I still have to take my pictures. lol

I’m off to write! Have a wonderful day!!!!

Terry

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More Teddy Bears and Zinnia!


More bears finished! The Butterscotch Bear with the white paws is sold. Most likely one with the suede paws also, and the white bear. I still have four more bears I’m working on. I was missing ears for another Butterscotch Bear so he was delayed. Otherwise he’s done. And I’m still finishing a panda and another white bear. Plus, I picked up a pretty Pink Cotton Candy Bear fabric the other day, so I’m making it. Brand new fur.

Baby did sleep for two hours twice yesterday. Yay! So I managed to do a little sewing for one of the hours.

Also pictured: Giant zinnia in three colors, and pretty pom-pom coral zinnia. I have to go out and check out the beauty of the flowers while they are still beautiful! Despite the humid heat.

And…I’m still mulling over the new book. I’m getting closer to an idea. Some writers are fortunate to have dreams where their stories are revealed. Me? I have bizarre nightmares that make me think I’m on illegal psychotropic drugs.

I’m off to a dental appointment. ugh.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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Fun in the Garden

Coreopsis, marigolds, giant zinnias, and gerbera daisy

We were supposed to have a beautiful storm, lots of rain, didn’t happen. BUT, it did cool down a bit last night and I was able to pull more grass. I had to water though. First thing at 5 am, it was beastly hot again.

I did finish edits on You Had Me at Shifter! I’ll be re-reading one scene over again this morning, turn it in, and then working on some more edits on SEAL Wolf Surrender. I also worked on Claiming the White Bear last night. I think that gives me 13,000 words. 57,000 more to go!!! So I need to type up my notes on that.

And today, I hope to get the St. Patrick’s Bear done and Santa ready to ship tomorrow.

Oh, and yeah, take pictures…just….because.

Have a lovely Sunday!!!

Terry

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Billionaire Proofing is Done!

Dragonfly watching the fairy in the cowboy boot, Tanner wanting to get into baby’s wading pool when she was gone, a tangerine zinnia, and a beautiful, magical sunrise.

A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas final proofing is done! I’m turning it in momentarily so I can get back to work on finishing SEAL. Nearly there. Jaguar edits will be coming any day.

Off to work!!! Have a magical day!

Terry

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Zinnia in the Garden

The different colors of zinnia, the gold and light pink are both giant zinnias. The two at the bottom tower over purple Spanish heather!

Baby should be here any second. And I wrote the final fight scene in SEAL Wolf Surrender. Edits for You Had Me at Jaguar are coming in a couple of days, so I really need to finish this other book and get it to my beta readers.

Okay, got to run!!! Have a wonderfully perfectly beautiful day. (By the way, you’re not supposed to have a bunch of modifiers in a sentence like that. Do I care? No! I’m going to have one of those days too!)

Terry

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Macro Shots in the Garden

Coneflower, yellow esperanza, coleus, lavender lantana, pink zinnia

I haven’t played with macro shots in a while, so thought it would be fun to give it a try!

I’m only 3,000 away from word count goal on SEAL Wolf Surrender. Annoyed with myself that I couldn’t just at least write the last 3,000, just for the minimum goal, but the story isn’t coming to me. Baby is here soon, so then the story REALLY won’t be coming to me. lol

I need to make the bad guys’ presence known early on. One is from the very beginning, so that’s good. I’ve been watching Cold Case Files, interested in seeing procedures on criminal cases, because I write romantic suspense, and the guys they’re after are criminals.

My villains are often shifters, so they take care of their own. Sending a shifter to jail when the world doesn’t know about them, won’t work. It’s fun creating a fantasy world within the real world (cougar shifters, wolf shifters, jaguar shifters, bear shifters, snow leopard shifters), though sometimes it’s just easier creating a whole fantasy world, where the characters visit the real world (as in my fae series).

All right, off to play with baby! Have a wonderful TGIF!

Terry

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Fun Stuff in the Garden

First zinnia flower from seed. And the new orange and yellow daylilies finally bloomed. The mushroom is the fairies’ planting, I’m sure.

Off to write!! I’ve been working on the cover for Claiming the White Bear. It helps me to visualize the characters. I added a little word count to that book yesterday (up to 12,000+ now), and to SEAL Wolf Surrender. I’d prefer a conflictive couple for the cover of the new white bear book but couldn’t find any. Conflict is better! For a book that is romantic suspense.

Anyway, I started Claiming the White Bear at Christmas time while visiting my son and DIL. He was playing a game and I was watching it and giving direction (lol) and writing. Perfect vacation. But then I got a new contract for 3 more books and had to get down to writing deadline books.

Oh, and my daughter claimed the Sunshine ligustrum that volunteered next to the house. So I’ve got to try and dig it up for her. 🙂  I love being able to share plants!

I’m back to the word count!!! Have a great day!!!

Terry

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The Secret Garden…

 

Zinnia–flower nearly out, first one. Dianthus, neighbor’s, in the sun. Coneflowers, first ones, and then the next. They look so different, yet, they’re all the same.

The Secret Garden:

You might think of a hideaway garden, a sitting spot in the center of a hedge maze, somewhere that few know about it. A place where you can share…secrets.

Not mine. It means a garden filled with mystery plants–what color flower will this be? What kind of flower is this? Is it a WEED? The secrets are only for the plants to tell…if I can wait long enough.

That’s what my Secret Garden is!

I have a million things to do today.  So I’m off to do them. Made word count! Need to make it again!

Have a wonderful, secret garden kind of day!

Terry

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It’s Fun, but…

A mass of daylillies on our walk, zinnia from seed, just beginning to bloom, never tried them before, and a sunflower from seeds the birds dropped.

I love all the colorful flowers, but yesterday, I was digging up a lot of weeds, and my neighbor even came over and helped! I need to get more bark mulch to keep the weeds from coming back.

In the backyard, I’m digging up grass to create a new flowerbed. What a job. I’ve spent two days on it. Probably have three more days to go. Once it’s done though, it won’t be too much work. If I just weed periodically, it’s no problem.

In the end, is it worth it? You bet. Don’t you love the flowers?

It’s like grooming the dogs, or weeding out and fleshing out and making a story the best it can be. It takes work. But in the end, it’s totally worth it.

I should be “done” with The Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf today. Yesterday, I spent the day home, instead of going to my daughter’s. Between the night before after I left her house at 6 pm and working until midnight and all day the next day until late last night, I wrote 12,000 words. It’s not because I had the time to do it, but because the scenes start to unfold, one right after another. 🙂  I have to remind myself when I’m trying to force the scenes to happen, it won’t happen. That I have to keep writing and writing and writing, and all of sudden, I have it. It’s there. Happening. Amazing.

Yet, it’s still not “done.” Once I type up this “last” scene I was finishing by hand late last night, I need to get descriptions of a couple of characters from another book to add. And then? It’s not done. The story is written. That’s the fantastic part!!! And then the reading and rereading begin. To make sure that moving things didn’t mess up the flow, that all the scenes are fleshed out. That it’s the most enjoyable read that it can be. And that I didn’t leave any loose ends.

Have a fun day…it might be work, but the results can be worth it.

Terry Spear

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