Progress – September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

I’ll admit it: this week got away from me. It’s been productive, but not in a way that I had originally planned.

I finished Space Ninjas Aren’t Real, sent it out, and got it back. I worked up the cover for the audiobook of Stardust, and got two of the three tracks uploaded. And I had a show in Burley, Idaho, this weekend with my friend, Stacy, where we shared booth space. She does amazing natural stone jewelry and beautiful crochet work — all of which she does herself. My son was there, and her husband and their beautiful puppy, Loki, came over. It was a good time. I’m really glad I did this show.

Now, I only have to get ready for Salt Lake Comic Con. Plus, I want to get some pre-orders done before I go. Just a few things to do.

So, here are the numbers.

Fiction words written last week: 4,437 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,448 words

Writing month to date total:  9,071 words (That’s not even enough for 1 of my weekly goals. I really need to get it together!)

Writing year to date total: 266,154 words

Drawing/painting last week: I didn’t get any painting done, though I did spend time on Thursday varnishing several paintings I had finished and Friday packaging up those paintings for sale. I also wired up a couple of the wrapped canvases I had finished. I completely forgot to record time for this. It’s just something I do, part of the process, and I don’t think about all the time that goes into it.

Audio: I spent 3 hours editing audio. That, of course, doesn’t include the time I spent working on the cover for Stardust or uploading the audio; just the time I spent actually working on the tracks.

 

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Progress – September 4, 2017

September 4, 2017

This is now the third time I’ve tried to write this post. Third time is the charm, right? How about we start off with this:

Happy Labor Day.

Goodbye summer of 2017. Let’s not do that again.

While I’ll be glad for a reprieve from the yard work which I haven’t been diligent about this summer, I’m certainly not ready for the steadily approaching winter either. I’m not much of a fan of ice and snow. Maybe this winter will be a mellow one. Keep the snow in the mountains. Yeah, don’t want to think about that either. Moving on.

Last week wasn’t a very productive writing week. Certainly not as much as I had hoped. Oh well, some weeks are like that. I’m hoping the next four months can be very focused and productive.

By the end of the year, I really hope to have Stardust and The Three Books out in audio, as well as the 6th Loki novella (tentatively titled: Mischief on Wheels), Prince of the Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

Changing this up a bit. I thought I’d start by talking about my week first, then show the word counts at the end. Giving it a try. Let me know if you love it or hate it.

I had the week off from work, but I was busy running around so I didn’t get as much accomplished as I would have hoped. I didn’t even hit my word count for the week though I had been hoping to.

Of course, last Monday we had the eclipse. That was fun to watch. My son and I played video games out in the back yard in-between viewing the sun. Afterwards, I got some writing and painting done.

Tuesday and Wednesday I spent preparing for my trip to Nevada for my Dad’s “Come for Coffee” service.  I spent as much time as I could writing and painting on those days too. Also got some audio recorded. I was trying to get all the individual character voices Read the rest of this entry »


Landscape #4517004

August 26, 2017

Last week I showed the progression painting of the landscape I did which I mentioned I had started out on a canvas which I’d originally airbrushed on. Fortunately, I remembered to take progression pictures as I started this one. Here’s the actual canvas before I started painting:

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Landscape #4517004 (work in progress) 5″x7″ acrylic on canvas © 2017 Dawn Blair

Yeah, it’s not pretty. After sitting, probably for a year or more, it had gotten dirty, dusty, and scratched. I’ve cleaned it off pretty thoroughly before taking this picture. In fact, from the looks of the wavy lines on it, there might even be another coat of white acrylic Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 6

August 23, 2017

I want to thank those of you who have shared with me about how much you are enjoying the story. Your feedback means a lot to me. When you are sharing your excitement over the story with me, it infects me with your enthusiasm too. Thank you.

I’ve also been getting questions about how this fits into the Sacred Knight story. It seems I have some people who are reluctant to start Sacred Knight until they’ve read all of Onesong. Trust me, you are fine to start reading Sacred Knight. You won’t have any spoilers for Onesong, I promise. Frankly, if you are concerned about spoilers, you probably should stop reading Onesong now and wait for me to finish the Sacred Knight series before reading Onesong. There is a HUGE reveal in Onesong that has gone completely unseen by my Sacred Knight series readers. I know, I’ve asked many of them because I wanted to know if I’d tipped my hand somewhere and unknowingly revealed my secrets.

Oh, don’t let it scare you off. I personally think it will only make the story more dramatic if the reader knows certain things that the main character (Steigan) doesn’t. Which is why I’m putting this story out here every week. Of course, I’m not sure if we’ll get to that part of the book, so the whole point might be moot anyway.

Just so you are aware, Onesong takes place approximately 2,000 years before Sacred Knight. You start to see inklings of how the two stories blend in the fourth Sacred Knight story (Prince of the Ruined Land, which is coming soon as I’ve been told by my first reader that she has finished reading it and that there are no structural problems – yippee! That doesn’t mean I don’t have some things I want to do and clear up that I’ve been thinking about). In the fifth Sacred Knight book which I am currently writing, then the two stories will blend together. Part of my wanting to write Onesong now was so that I could get the event lined out how I need them to be. Same reasons I had to wait until I’d written most of To Birth a Destiny before I released Manifest the Magic, and that I had to write History of a Dead Man before I finished The Three Books; I had to make sure my path matched up with my map. When you’re writing into the dark like I do (that means, writing without an outline or usually even about the next step in the story) sometimes these side adventures help flesh things out. It’s part of the reason why I’m writing extra stories featuring Moonhunter as well as the other Wells of the Onesong stories before I finish up Dragons of Wellsdeep. I want to have as much knowledge about the world my characters live in before I button things down in the novel. It’s a way of setting and testing the ground rules so that my mind can go to work on how to bend them or break them logically. It’s all a mind game and it’s one I play with myself first before releasing it upon the world.

Best job in the world!

Onto Onesong, shall we?

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 6 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

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Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 6

This chapter of Onesong was available for one week only and has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the links below to find it or another great story to read. There’s also another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every Wednesday. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this, try out The Three Books – Legend 1 of the Sacred Knight series.

Onesong – copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair

Published by Morning Sky Studios
Cover and layout copyright © 2017 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art “Looking Toward Yesterday” copyright © Dawn Blair


Progress – 08/21/17

August 21, 2017

Happy eclipse day! If you are somewhere with a good viewing position, please stay safe and sane out there. All of your senses are worth taking care of.

Fiction words written last week: 8,535 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  3,956 words

Writing month to date total: 22,107 words

Writing year to date total: 248,536 words. I am less than 2,000 words short of my word goal that I had set for last year (250,000), which means I’m about 12,000 behind what I actually accomplished for last year (260,108). If I have another good week like this last one, I’ll hit it next week. I’m still far off on my word goal for this year — I’m not sure I’ll make it, but one never knows. Maybe I’ll really buckle over the rest of the year and knock it out of the park!

Drawing/painting last week: 5 5″x7″ paintings completed (175 square inches) and I got started on two larger pieces. I spent about 6 hours painting, maybe a bit more.

Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: I hit my streak again for 6 out of 7 days for the word goal. Saturday I spent doing business related tasks, so I didn’t quite meet my word goals on that day. However, I did meet my word goal for the week, so I’m on a streak of 1 week Read the rest of this entry »


Landscape #4517003 progression

August 20, 2017

So yesterday after going on and on about my struggles with painting, I said that I’d show so progression shots of developing the third painting I showed.

Remember, each of these was painting into the dark (meaning without a real plan — I just started painting to see what adventure it would take me on. I’m a sucker for the quest!)

Now, the one picture I wish I had for this painting that I don’t have is how the canvas actually started out. It wasn’t a fresh, white canvas. Rather, I had started a painting on it before. More specifically, I’d tried to do an airbrushed painting on it. I’ve never been Read the rest of this entry »