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 »

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Paintings – August 18, 2017

August 19, 2017

Science fiction author, Robert A. Heinlein, created a set of rules for authors to follow. The very first one is: You must write.

I have been following his rules for writing for a year now. If you’ve been following my writing during this time, you’ve seen it.

What I haven’t been doing (not just in the last year, but for several years actually) is painting. It has been so very hard for me to paint since my mother’s death. I don’t know why. I can’t even say that event triggered anything in me to stop painting — it’s just that’s a vivid marker in my life. I just slowly ground to a halt with the painting. Not because I wanted to either. I love pictures and images and every time I’d go looking to get inspired, I would until that moment I went to sit down. Then it all fell apart and I would just not paint.

Recently, I had someone ask me: Aren’t you a painter, and a good artist in my opinion, so why do you want to write? Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 08/14/17

August 14, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 4,423 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,174 words

Writing month to date total: 9,616 words

Writing year to date total: 236,045 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 35+ square inches

Audio: I spent 3 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: This week doesn’t look too much different than last week, except that I did some painting. It was busy though. I began rearranging my office last week. I really wanted to be able to set my easel up in my office. With my son’s help, we got that accomplished. There’s still a lot of cleanup and organizing that needs to be done, but at least I’m able to get in there to work now.

I also revised my word count spreadsheet to count consecutive weeks of hitting the word count. Yes, it’s hard to write to a certain word count each and every day. Life happens. I Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 08/07/17

August 8, 2017

Okay, I’m actually a day behind here. More below.

Fiction words written last week: 4,431 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,054 words

Writing month to date total: July finished with 39,212 words, August is currently at 4,018 words

Writing year to date total: 230,447 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches and no sketching either

Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: It’s 2 a.m. and I’m getting caught up on my blog because I can’t sleep and this is nagging me to get it done. I was driving home on Sunday from another Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 3

August 2, 2017

I want to thank everyone who has been reading and enjoying the story, especially those of you that take the time to let me know you’re enjoying it.

Stories are part of our nature as humans. We tell stories about our lives to each other. We let our words teleport us to another time and place. We embellish our memories as we relive them. We even have stories that we ourselves don’t necessarily remember until someone else mentions them to us and we have one of those, “Oh, yeah! That did happen,” moments.

Writers are fortunate enough to live multiple lives because we don’t just have our stories and those of our families, but the tales of our characters as well. There is something very special in getting to share that with others. Thank you for letting me share this story with you.

So, away we go. Enjoy!

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 3 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Onesong

 

Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 3

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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Since Onesong is the prequel to the Sacred Knight series, 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 – 07/31/17

July 31, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 1,170 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  470 words

Writing month to date total: 37,745 words

Writing year to date total: 224,962 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches and no sketching either

Audio: I spent 0 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: There was no getting back on my writing streak. Unfortunately, my emergency, which ended my streak as reported in last week’s progress report, had a Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 07/24/17

July 24, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 5,842 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,167 words

Writing month to date total: 36,105 words

Writing year to date total: 223,322 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches and no sketching either

Audio: I spent 4 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: My writing streak ended at 43 days. So, what happens to break a streak? In this case, a family emergency which made my Thursday end on Friday at 3:30 in the morning. Words didn’t get done during that day and the next while I was distracted by other issues. I’m finding a new balance while I’m still dealing with things. Hopefully things will settle out over the next week, but even then it will take a while to balance out.

I am nearly finished the sixth Loki novella. I hope to finishing it this week — of course, that depends on what goes on in the next few days and how much time I can actually dedicate to writing. I did spend some time each day writing, which I feel was still good.

I spent some time recording audiobooks, but that had pretty much come to a standstill. I’ll get back to that when I can.

I’m trying to keep this short as I’m having a moment of rest while I can.

Don’t forget that Stardust comes out tomorrow! Pre-order now!