Progress – 01/16/17

January 16, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 4,405 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  789 words

Writing month to date total: 10,384 words.

Writing year to date total: 10,384 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 43.75 square inches painted.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent a little over 2.5 hours last week editing audio that I’ve recorded. At this point, the recording for The Last Ant is about halfway done.

Week’s happenings: This week I had a lot of bookkeeping to do. Okay, so I was a little behind. The cobbler’s children have no shoes (and that’s all I’m going to say about that!). I spent some time this last week getting my author page set up on Facebook. Previously, I had 2 series pages (1 for Sacred Knight and the other for The Loki Adventures), but let’s face it: that wasn’t planning ahead very well. I will still post occasionally to the series pages, but mostly I’ll be posting to my author page. I’d love it if you’d join me over there too if you haven’t liked the page yet. I also spent time working on the manuscript for the February release. Technically it’s a novelette right now, but who other than writers know the guidelines for word count anyway? Readers want a story. This one will be just a little longer than my recent short stories, but just a hint shorter than 1-800-Mischief. I also worked up the cover. I’ll probably put a sneak peek on my Facebook page later this week, but even if you don’t join me there (I’m crying over here in my corner!) I’ll still run a post about it on my blog later. I’m toying with the idea of putting a preview in my newsletter for my readers — hint, hint: sign up for the newsletter now so you can get that. On a final note, I have news coming out soon about the 4th Sacred Knight book (I think it’s done — I’m just making sure now — it’s a me thing). Overall, I’m very excited about everything I have going on right now.

ACEO of the week – 01/14/17

January 14, 2017

3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on canvas
©2011 Dawn Blair

While this one is sold, you have a chance to find your new favorite here. Don’t forget to follow me so you see my new listings. You wouldn’t want to discover the piece you love got sold to someone else.

Progress – 01/09/17

January 9, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 3,549 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  209 words

Writing month to date total: 5,190 words.

Writing year to date total: 5,190 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 87.5 square inches painted. Yes, you read that correctly. I have gotten some painting done. I’ve finished about 10 ACEO’s and done a few bookmarks (which I haven’t included in this count since they are kind of a by-product of the way I make my ACEO’s sometimes). I’d really like to see myself keep this up throughout the year.

Illustration year to date total: 87.5 square inches.

Audio: I spent a little over 2 hours last week editing audio that I’ve recorded.

Week’s happenings: This week I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done. In fact, that’s probably my lowest word count in a while. Considering that the universe gave me every possible opportunity to get something done (sending a blizzard our way which made me leave work early one day and had me snowed in the next — my tire was frozen and wouldn’t move, so I got to stay off the icky roads until way later in the day), then several hours where I could have been writing but I sat wrapped up in my blanket with my cold dog while I watched Superman Returns instead, I should have more writing done. I also took my son back to college this week and because of the weather and the roads that was six hours of driving and last minute shopping (oh, by the way, Mom, I know you’ve asked me several times the three weeks if I needed anything for next semester and I kept saying no, but now I do. — yeah, no parent escapes it). My only hope is that the flooding they are predicting for our area is not nearly as bad as they think it will be. I don’t think I was worried until I heard the snow avalanche off my metal roof on Sunday. It’s come off in a wave like that before and I wish the other side would do the same, but now I keep thinking of things that really need to be checked and watched so we don’t have issues and it’s making me nervous. It’s making me just want to stick my head in the sand and write more. If I’m in my fantasy world, then I control everything that happens. When I’m in this world, I don’t have control and I don’t know what’s coming. I can only make guesses and I’m horrible about predicting what will happen in this world. I’m always on the worst case scenario which doesn’t happen or I’m completely blindsided and left wondering how I will deal with things. I much rather prefer my own little worlds. I even had the thought tonight that I needed to bring myself to a complete minimalist lifestyle so I can just write and not worry about anything else — don’t get sentimentally attached to anything physical; it’s all fleeting anyway, right? See, nervous. This is precisely why I don’t like drama in my life. I want it calm. Anxiety-free is a state I think we should all work for in our lives. Yet here I am letting the weather and “the sky is falling” media get the better of me when I know better than to let myself get worked up. Deal with circumstances as they are presented. Yes, if anything this week has shown me that I still need to take better control of my life and learn to rein in my out-of-hand reactions. No one knows what tomorrow holds and we can only accept the present. I think I wrote something like that in one (or more) of my Sacred Knight books. Heck, I think that though has even crept its way into Loki’s stories in a spot or two. Well, now that I’ve made this into an incredible run-on paragraph, I’ll finish up by saying that I hope the weather is treating you well, where ever you are. We can’t always control outside circumstances, but we can control our reactions. Even though I didn’t get as much writing done as I would have hoped, I did still get some painting done, plus writing. It might not be a rousing success, but it does still count as failing forward.

ACEO of the Week – 1/7/17

January 7, 2017

Since last week I showed a planet painting and hoped that 2017 would be cosmically aligned for everyone, I thought today I’d give you a path to follow to help you on that adventure.


Magical Pathway 2015-25
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2015 Dawn Blair
Availability: For Sale

The Last Ant

January 4, 2017


Steven King is quoted as saying, “Write what scares you.”

The Last Ant scares the heck out of me.

It’s my darkest tale by far and I considered not publishing it. Natalie, my character and narrator of the story, has lived a life similar to my own in some ways. I found myself taking my own thoughts and pushing them to a psychotic edge. I kept teetering on this cliff, wondering when she would push me over. In some ways, the story was cathartic to write.

I had found what scared me: finding myself in a dystopian world, especially when I already feel like I’m watching the decay of society going on around me right now. At least Natalie was able to formulate a plan of escape.

Come jump down the rabbit hole with me. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning.

Preorder now. Release date January 17, 2017.

Progress -01/02/17

January 2, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 6,412 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  1,795 words

Writing month to date total: 25,346 words.

Writing year to date total: I achieved 260,108 words in 2016. My starting count for 2017 is 1,432 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted – yeah, I’m still bad here.

Illustration month to date total: 841 square inches for 2016 and the big old zip, nada for 2017 so far. Let’s work on changing that, right?

Audio: I recorded and edited for 3.9 hours total last week.

Week’s happenings: This week has been extremely busy for me. I got my January 17th release all set up online and ready to go as an ebook and a physical book. That’s what I spent a lot of time working on with audio this week. It’s a short story called The Last Ant. I also got my website all updated. It’s been a good and busy week. Even though I got a lot done, I still don’t feel like it’s enough. It never feels like I’ve gotten enough done. I’m not sure it ever would feel like enough. Especially not when I finish one story and get ideas for three more. I’m really excited about all that 2017 will hold after having such a “level up” in 2016.

I hope that you all have a wonderful 2017!

ACEO of the Week – 12/31/16

December 31, 2016

Last post, last ACEO for 2016.

I hope 2017 is brilliant for everyone. I know I’m certainly expecting a cosmically aligned year. How about you?

Speaking of cosmic alignment, how about a planet painting to get things rolling in that direction?


3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2014 Dawn Blair
Availability: SOLD

This ACEO is sold, but you can find other ACEO’s here.

If you have your heart set on a planet painting, I do still have a few on my Zibbet store.