One week until Snake River Fandom Con

September 21, 2018

I have more business cards (I thought I might run out at FanX!) and I have restocked my books. I have new labels for the backs of my paintings. I think I’m ready to go.

Snake River Fandom Con — let’s do this!

As I mentioned when I wrote my post for FanX a few weeks ago, one of the best thing about conventions is getting to meet up with people I’ve gotten to know at other shows. FanX was so busy that I didn’t get away to visit as much as I would have liked to. I did meet some great new people, as previously discussed, but I couldn’t visit with others as much as I wanted. And by the end of the day, I’m tired, hungry, and want to go get some sleep. I’m old!

I like participating in smaller cons, like Snake River Fandom Con in Pocatello, ID, because it’s not such a hectic pace. I will get to visit with people a bit more.

I’d like to introduce you now to one of my friends who will be there in Pocatello, Jeff Stagg. Jeff and I met several years ago at FanX (then called Salt Lake Comic Con). We were a line of three writers (with another writer, who had sci-fi stories) and we were bouncing people between us. I had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. It was really great to link arms with other writers, especially since our stories were so vastly different that we could “refer” pretty easily. If someone came up and said that they wanted scary, thriller type stuff, I’d send them to Jeff. If someone told him that they liked fantasy, he sent them down to me. Yeah, I thought it worked really well. Read the rest of this entry »

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One more than you had yesterday

September 13, 2018

While I was at FanX, I had someone (Cody) ask if I could say a few words for a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. I laughed as I asked him if he’d read my blog; why sure, I can say a few words! I’ve been cheerleading the creative entrepreneur for years.

Then, of course, the instant fear set in. What would I say? I’m a writer, not a speaker.

It took me a good moment to settle down and get my act together. Then, as Cody and I talked, I was fine as long as I kept my eyes focused on his face. If I looked toward the phone he held to record us, well, things didn’t feel too good.  Read the rest of this entry »


Field of care

September 7, 2018

A ghost rose in front of me this morning and gave to me a “field of care.”

Yes, this is going to take a little explaining.

It’s apparent to most people who talk to me, follow my blog, or generally interact with me in one way or another that Loki writes the stories through me. I’ve said before that I’m not clever or funny enough to write his stories. I’m glad he chose me to be his author.

And I’ve often said that I trust the process of writing. Again, I’m just not clever enough nor do my plans ever work out as I make them, so there is no way I could have plots come together like they do. I’m always trying to get words down rather than make them up.

With all that out of the way, let me get to what happened yesterday at the convention.

I was talking to a lady about Diane Wynn Jones because she had a Calcifer shirt on. She told me she had ready the book, Howl’s Moving Castle. So we chatted for a bit. (PS come see me today at FanX Salt Lake)

This morning, I was wishing that I’d mentioned Enchanted Glass to her, another book by Jones which was published shortly before her death. It was probably one of the last books she saw. In Enchanted Glass, the main character inherits a “field of care” from his grandfather. Throughout the story he spends time walking around his field and overcoming obstacles. Only once he has full accepted his “field of care” does he come into his full power.

Here’s where the ghost comes in. Read the rest of this entry »


FanX Salt Lake 2018

September 6, 2018

I’m currently out at FanX Salt Lake. We’re still an hour away from the show’s official start with VIP’s entering.

I hope I’ll get out to walk around tomorrow, but for now I’m sitting at my booth trying to get myself psyched up for the day ahead. Yeah, I was ready for this a week ago (grin) and now I want to be out adventuring instead. Maybe that speaks to my vibe being off.

Oh, I’ll get there again. I always do. I’m ready to rock this. I have new titles on my table: 1-800-CallLoki (the Loki Adventures omnibus), Let’s Make A Deal, and Space Ninjas Aren’t Real. I guess Prince of the Ruined Land is new to this show too, so if you have the first 3, you better come get #4.

I forgot my hat. That makes me a little sad. I wonder where it went because it wasn’t with the rest of my show stuff. As I wrote that, I wonder if I had taken it home. I think I did because I’d been planning on re-packing my shirts in there as soon as I had the dry cleaned. After I did that, I went to plan be and forgot my hat. Yeah.

Outside, the crowd cheers. They are really getting worked up. I hope the attendees have a great time.

It’s time to show some fandom love.

Let’s get this game on!


One week until FanX

August 30, 2018

I’m gearing up already for FanX next week. I half wish it were this week as I’m ready to go. I’m ready to get back out and share my stories with people. I’ve been by some amazing people at cons this year.

One of them was Thomas Estrada, who was one of the animators on several beloved films.

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We met at Salt Lake Gaming Con earlier this year. It was fun to watch people’s faces as they realized he’d help to animate one of their favorite films.

We talked about animation for a bit. I was glad that I’d had my little foray into animation so I could actually ask intelligent questions to him. It also made me want to get back to my animation. (Time!) He’s fortunate enough to have someone else set up all the assets with their rigging (basically, that means that someone has already drawn the character and set up how they move), and Thomas makes that “asset” act in the scene. It’s probably a way oversimplification of what he does (you know, it sounds easier than it is), but I think he’s got the fun part. Read the rest of this entry »


Nebula painting

August 17, 2018

Been working on more space nebula paintings.

This one is now available in my Zibbet store. Don’t know about Zibbet — well, it’s like Etsy and has lots of amazing items. Check it out.

zibbet block

Space #4618008
8″ x 10″
acrylic on canvas
©2018 Dawn Blair


Dragons of Wellsdeep – the painting that started it

August 16, 2018

It was brought to my attention (and I’m grateful for that tap on my shoulder which told me I could do things better) that I may have overloaded yesterday’s post with too much because of the painting. I broke the rhythm of my blog and how I run the chapters. So now I’m moving the painting part off to this post.

If you haven’t read chapter 1 of Dragons of Wellsdeep, I invite you to do so now.

I remember when I first saw the scene for the chapter you’re going to read today. I’ve written before about how I get ideas, how usually a character starts talking to me and I get transported into their story. Dragons of Wellsdeep was way different.

I painted him first. I was doing some of my planet paintings and there was one that I felt had a boy hunting on the moon of the planet.

planet study #4

Planet Study #4
8″ x 10″
acrylic on canvas
©2011 Dawn Blair

 

I showed it to my youngest son (when he was about 7 or so) who loves archery and he said, “Wow, he’s got a bow!” Read the rest of this entry »