The Doorway Prince – Part 2

March 22, 2017

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Eclipse searches for the new king after the previous ruler dies leaving no heirs.

Unclear signs block his path. Be brave, the magical omens keep directing him through his multitude of attempted calculations. Eclipse never liked that answer.

When one gets told to keep their courage, danger always follows.

With only a star to follow, who knows what Eclipse will find?

Travel the Wells of the Onesong for another fantasy adventure told in three parts. Available for 1 week only! Then, part 2 will turn back into a pumpkin and part 3 will appear.

Enjoy!

Last week: Eclipse followed the clues he’d been given only to find a filthy little urchin sleeping in a doorway at the other end. The boy tried to outrun Eclipse, but couldn’t get away. Eclipse returned with the boy back to the castle. Come morning, Eclipse discovered the boy terribly afraid of doorways, claiming that it took him to other world. When Eclipse tried to coax the boy through, he vanished.

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Progress – 03/20/17

March 20, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 2,352 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  297 words

Writing month to date total: 13,986 words

Writing year to date total: 60,631 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent nearly 9 hours on recording and editing  audio.

Week’s happenings: The Last Ant finally published to audiobook outlets. It sounds better than Fractured Echo, but I’m still unsettled about how it changes once it goes through the final processing. Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I’ve spent a significant amount of time working on The Doorway Prince and getting the audio ready for it. I’m only about halfway through recording it, and a quarter of the way through editing it. Considering how much time it use to take me to edit audio, I am definitely finding Adobe Audition as a huge time saver. Considering the difference in the audio quality of Fractured Echo to The Last Ant, I’m happy that I made the switch too. Let me just say that it seems pretty cool to be able to say that I’m an audiobook narrator now too. It feels “more official.” (grin) I am really looking forward to this summer when I can kick out The Three Books and 1-800-Mischief as audiobooks too. Chances are, though, I’m going to have to re-record them. I don’t know. I still need to go back and listen tot he audio files I have and see how they sound.

Yeah, so I’ve been really kicking it on the audio side as you can tell. Writing, not so much. I’ve been trying to get to doing the edits on a few stories but that hasn’t happened. I’ve been reading the fourth book in the Sacred Knight series. But I just haven’t been in the mood to write. I tell myself that’s a falsehood — that I should just start writing, but every time I open a document, I just sit there and stare at it. It’s easier to go work on other things that really need maintenance, like my website or posting blogs. In the back of my mind, I hear Loki rattling his cage. He wants out. He’s been quiet for a couple months, let me work on other projects. Such is his routine. I start hearing him in my mind, feeling the serpent essence crawling around through me and in my life, and I know he is about to strike. Maybe I am resting before the storm. I’d really like it if he’d let me finish the fourth Sacred Knight. It now feels like a race to the finish line and we shall have to see who wins.(Probably Loki!)  I feel him tempting me back to the file that I started for the next novella. Just open it, read through it, that’s all I have to do. I don’t have to work on it now, just get it back in my mind. But I know what happens if I crack that door! Chaos ensues. I’ll be back to writing at 3:30 in the morning because I can’t stop. Right now, I don’t have time or energy for that. Yes, now I can feel it: Steigan struggling against the chains that Loki has him in. Can you hear the clink as Steigan rushes forward and the chains tighten with a heavy clank? Loki steps closer, the tempting smile, the chill reaching me without a touch. I feel his shadow cross over me. He comes and I am helpless to resist.

DRAMA QUEEN!

I saw a tagline on a writer’s website last week that read something to the effect of “I will lie to you and you will like it.” Yes, my little sidetrip above may have seemed like a bit of storytelling drama, but that is exactly what it feels like to have characters vying for attention. And I enjoy being able to entertain their struggles in my head. I don’t have a schedule or a timeline or even a deadline. I just write what suits me. And, if I don’t write for a week, I know that I will be pounding away hard at the keyboard some other time. It’s a cycle. I trust the process.

In other news, my son came home from college for spring break late last week, so that might be the other reason I didn’t get any words done since he’s been back. I’d rather be spending my time with him. Still, he knows that writing is important to me and would allow me the time if I needed it. Again, the mood just isn’t there, so I’m happy to give the time to him. He did give me time to record; “I’ll be in my room, making no noise, and pretending I don’t exist,” was his quote. Thanks, Harry Potter! The point is that I could have found time to write if I’d wanted it.

I hope you all have enjoyed Part 1 of The Doorway Prince on my blog. Part 2 will be posted this week, so be sure to finish up Part 1 before it goes away. Next week, the third and final part will be posted. Then we’ll get started on By the Numbers, the story of one of the side characters from The Doorway Prince. I certainly hope that if you enjoy my writing, you share it with friends you feel might like it too. A writer’s work is only completed when someone reads it.

 

 

 


ACEO of the Week – 03/18/17

March 18, 2017
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Flower #1
2.5″ x 3.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2010 Dawn Blair
SOLD

This is one of a series of ACEO’s I tried to do on abstract backgrounds. I have to say that it wasn’t entirely a success in my mind, but I did like some of them. This was one I thought about keeping. I eventually released it to a happy home.

Take home your ACEO today.


Progress – 03/13/17

March 13, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 7,254 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  659 words

Writing month to date total: 11,337 words

Writing year to date total: 57,982 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent 4.5 hours on editing  audio.

Week’s happenings: I finished writing By the Numbers, which is a “sequel” novella to The Doorway Prince and it’s off to my first reader now. I feel like I’m working with a whole menagerie of characters — anyone who has read the Sacred Knight series will be familar with the saperes, and readers of Fractured Echo know that the saperes cross over to the realm of the novihomidraks (human born of the dragon). The Doorway Prince goes deeper into the novihomidraks, but it also exposes a type of oracle character. By the Numbers explores the journey that this character takes to discover her powers. Strangely enough, shortly after I started writing By the Numbers, I had this idea for something I knew would become a series. As I neared the end of By the Numbers, I realized that I had been working toward that series idea the whole time. Seriously, it was just something I thought would be neat to do in about 5 years or so. I wrote down one sentence, enough to jog my memory and give me a reference point to go to. I’ve already started the “1st book” of that series and By the Numbers becomes a sort of prequel for it. It just feels so weird. I just hope that whoever is holding on the boxcar of my writing can keep it on the rails — it feels like it’s a runaway train, but I trust the process.

Best of all, who knows what tomorrow brings; it could be an all new adventure!

 


ACEO of the Week – 03/11/17

March 11, 2017
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Tree 2017-3
3.5″ x 2.5″ acrylic on Bristol Board
©2017 Dawn Blair
For Sale

Look at the big crack in the tree. I wonder what caused it? Do you think it’s hollow inside? What could live in the tree? Oh the questions I have.

Check out this ACEO and more on ebay.


Progress -03/06/17

March 6, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 3,905 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  679 words

Writing month to date total: 24,448 words for the month of February, March to date is 3,424 words

Writing year to date total: 50,069 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent 7.1 hours on editing  and recording audio. It was more than that because I didn’t count a lot of time when I was testing and learning new software — this was only actual time that I was editing and mastering.  More to come on this below.

Week’s happenings: Another low week for the word count. I was busy reading the 4th book in the Sacred Knight series instead of writing. Worse, I hit a spot that really needs work — I’m not quite sure what to do with it, if I want to move it or just adjust it. I really haven’t decided other than to say that I have issues about where it’s at, so I have been reading through various sections trying to decide what to do. I also started a trial of Adobe Audition last week. I’ve been using Audacity to record and edit my books, but it takes so much time. I really want something that will speed up my work flow. I think I’ve found it in Audition. I used Audition to finish editing and mastering the audio for The Last Ant. I’ve uploaded the audio to ACX, so I’ll be able to officially announce its release in the next couple of weeks. My hours above also didn’t count the time that I used to adjust the image for the dimensions that ACX wants for their covers. I also started working on the audio for The Doorway Prince. So far it takes me far less time to go through the edits in Audition than it did in Audacity. Basically, it does what I wished I could have done in Audacity. On the downside is that it can become very easy to overprocess the voice. It didn’t help that I went and listened to several other “professionally” produced audiobooks and found issues in them similar to ones I was having in my own recordings — all that did was tell me that I’m trying to make mine too perfect. I just want to be releasing the best that I’m capable of at that moment. Right now, to me, it sounds like I’m working way too hard compared to the professionals. That makes me wonder what I’m missing too because on the other end of the spectrum I’m probably becoming lazy. But I guess that’s not the point. The point is that I spent 7 more hours on audio and was finally able to upload 39 minutes. Yep. Sad.I have probably spent about 30 hours getting those 39 minutes. That certainly doesn’t count the hours in which I was testing tracks and learning what the features of the program were — what does this effect do? Oh, not good! Let’s try something else. Hey, that’s pretty cool. Etc. I try not to think of it as lost writing time. That would depress me way to much. Especially since I do love recording my own stories. I really wish someone had told me sooner that voice acting was a real job. Anyway, I have decided to stick with Audition at least for a year just to see what happens. Next week I’m looking forward to getting things evened back out — I’ll go back to my normal routine. Of course, I’ll still be working on the 4th book and wrestling with that scene, but I know an ephiphany will come. I also hope to finish up By the Numbers, which features Amanda from The Doorway Prince. I thought her story would only be about 8,000 words long, but so far it’s over 10,000 and will probably end up being close in length to The Doorway Prince. That feels like a good story length to me. Overall, not a bad week considering.


ACEO of the Week – 03/04/17

March 4, 2017
evening-eclipse

Evening Eclipse
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2007 Dawn Blair
SOLD

Because I love eclipses.

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