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The Trouble with Portraits…

This is baby nearly a year ago and one I shot yesterday. I don’t normally take people pictures. She was two days old. I love wildlife and landscapes, but when baby was coming, I took a lot of maternity photos and then baby photos. My problem? I didn’t know how to do manual, and I had a lot of grain with high ISO, AND I had terrible lighting. So I’ve gotten better, but now that baby is moving so much more, it’s harder!!!! Again. I can’t use a tripod because she moves too much. and if I raise the ISO, more problem with grain again. The first one was shot at my daughter’s home with what lighting I had. Even with all the windows open, she has no overhead light and just one small lamp. So I must have upped the ISO to compensate.

Some might say my daughter should have her pictures professionally done. But she wouldn’t anyway, and these are MUCH better than the ones I took of the kids with my really poor camera years and years and years ago. 🙂

In the new picture I shot yesterday, I took a ton while baby was sitting in a box, well, trying to climb out of said box, and so I only got a few shots where her features were in focus. It was warm out, overcast, and I opened the back door to let the dogs out, and the light helped to give a lovely natural color to her photo. I had all the window blinds open, but it wasn’t enough. I had considered taking her outside in the box, so I might try that later. I need a taller box so she doesn’t climb out. I need a captive, immovable audience. This box has a hinged lid and I normally use it to store fur, so I used the lid to drape the fur fabric behind her. The bears in the purple baby picture are the ones made out of the fur she was sitting in yesterday.

I edited jaguar a little bit last night, but between playing with baby all day and eating out at a restaurant last night, I wasn’t able to do much more.

And I received a great review from Booklist!

Booklist Online Exclusive: February 7, 2018

Flight of the White Wolf.

Spear, Terry (Author)

Mar 2018. 352 p. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paperback, $7.99. (9781492655787).

Spear (Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas, 2017) revives her Heart of the White Wolf series with this suspenseful tale. Die-hard werewolf fans will enjoy the tangled wolf politics.

Tangling with a White Wolf―Best Christmas Ever, or Real Trouble?

Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life―until an accidental bite from a werewolf puppy turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. She’s forced to isolate herself in the wilderness to cope with her unpredictable shifting while she works on her deadlines. After all, for Candice, Christmas is just another day.

Enter private investigator Owen Nottingham, a wolf shifter hired to find Candice so she can collect her inheritance. They have a real problem: she must arrive home in human form, and that’s not happening during the full moon. Besides, Owen has a new mission: to convince the pretty she-wolf her best move is to join his pack in time for Christmas…and to prove he’s the only wolf for her.

White Wolf series:

Legend of the White Wolf

Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas (Book 1)
Flight of the White Wolf (Book 2)

Today, it’s pouring out. We’re supposed to have severe thunderstorms. Love storms. Maybe I should add one to the story.

I’m hoping to get my word count of 2,000 and more. It just depends on how stuck I get on the story. So far, I have 69,000 words to go! See, just keep after it and before you know it, it’s done!

Have a super, duper day!!! I’m raring to write!

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Photographing People


Or at least my daughter. So in the first one, I was using a 300mm, and in the 2nd one, a prime 85mm. The 2nd one is much clearer on my 2nd photo shoot of her and it still has a lot of the light from the sun bouncing off her hair. I’m going to turn this into a more fantasy setting so I had her petting the air. 🙂  Years ago, we were at the Renaissance fair and I took a bunch of pictures of her and used one for the cover of Shadow Elf. Everyone loved the picture, though it was really awful as far as quality for a cover. So I’m hoping to use her photo in a new book that I’m writing in the series. 🙂  She’s pregnant, so I’m also photographing the progress of her baby bump for her, lol, and so I want to get as many pictures of her that don’t show the baby bump for the teen books. lol

Though I probably will do one of her as a pregnant fairy later. 🙂 Not for a teen book, just for fun.

So one of the things I failed to do and am FINALLY getting around to doing, and it’s taken me 3 days to do is add links to sales sites on my book list in the books to make it easier for anyone interested in any of the other books to buy. I’m STILL working on it. It will probably take a couple of more days.  I love the Vellum program, which can only be used on MAC, but I needed that to upload to Apple, soooo, with that, I need to put my doc in the Vellum program, then I had to make a template of book links, then had to put that in every book I already have on Vellum, which means on iBooks (I still haven’t uploaded some to iBooks)…and that was a major job. Some was because, horrors, I didn’t have all my links for the different sales sites for each book (have over 60), on their book pages. And, some of the links I did have were broken, for some reason. And then because I use my PC, not my MAC for all my writing, I didn’t have updated covers uploaded to my Vellum for 3 of the books, so need to go back and do that.

Then I get a message from one of the sales sites this morning that my keywords don’t reflect the title. Well, that’s not true at all! And it flew before. Soooo, I took out one and replaced it with another. We’ll see what happens next. But I have to jump back and forth between computers to fix all this stuff. Will it help sales? I hope so. If not, at least I feel I’ve done what I’ve needed to in forever. And I’m glad I updated my website at the same time. Now, the reason I don’t have all the links posted to sales sites is because when I have a new book out, some sites are slower to upload than others. And I forget to go back in and add the ones that aren’t listing the title until later. 🙂 But also, I had some books coming, that are out now, some that I wasn’t able to write because of other deadlines, and so needed to fix those too. So it’s all good.

Now, I keep telling myself that when I have a new book out and new links, it’s going to be less of a rigmarole to update, because I’ll only be adding one title and its new links. But I will sill have to update ALL the books, and reupload All the books. There’s no easy way around it.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

In the meantime, also, I’m critiquing my friend’s book, finishing White Wolf Christmas. I’m finished with the story, but still need 5,000 word count, and I’m going through from beginning to end to smooth out scenes and make corrections because as I’m writing, I change my mind about things and then some of the earlier stuff doesn’t mesh. Oh, and Find and Replace can be your friend or your enemy. Did you know that if you replace Mark with Jim, it can create all kinds of havoc? Yep. As in rejimable. Remarkable? And rejim. Remark. And highmarking, highjiming. Yep.

Highmarking refers to snowmobilers racing up a hill to see who can create the highest mark in the snow before they can’t go any higher and then the next guy tries to beat it.  So I have a fun, very important scene, about that in White Wolf Christmas.

I’m also a featured guest today, talking about Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing, and creating bears, because it’s a book and craft’s blog. I met Tamye at the Coastal Magic Conference this year and look forward to seeing her again next year! She’s done a BEAUTIFUL job putting the post together. It might be a little while before it appears…but the link will work in a bit. She thought we should get together around 10 for our tea/coffee time. She’s the sweetest!


My son is coming the first week of October to visit and pick up his puppy. He’s been in Alaska working hard with his AF buddies.


blaine-in-glacier-alaska-900x506Yes, he has. Long hours, but when they have a chance to get away, they’ve been having a ball. Now….he can’t share work pictures, so he has to show something for his time, and besides, who wants to share work photos anyway? We all want to share fun photos!







These were taken inside with low light from the window, no other light, and a flash. They turned out great with the 85mm.

Okay, I’ve really, really got to get back to work updating books, critiquing, playing with pictures, and writing the book. There are just not enough hours in the day! Don’t you agree?
Happy TGIF!!!
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