A few thoughts today

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I’m currently working on the audio for the third chapter of The Three Books. While I was listening to it, I felt a little overwhelmed at how important this chapter was to the whole story, though it certainly doesn’t seem this way. This chapter, this one chapter which doesn’t seem to have much relevance, becomes so important in the fourth and fifth books.

I really couldn’t have planned it this way.

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Maybe it’s striking me because of where I’m at in the fifth book (tentatively titled The Missing Thread) where Dragzel becomes so important to the story. Yes, if you are reading

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Progress – 01/09/17

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.

Walking through the door

Doorway 2014-41 2.5x3.5 acrylic on bristol board Dawn Blair ©2014
Doorway 2014-41
2.5×3.5 acrylic on bristol board
Dawn Blair ©2014
Starting at $4.99 on eBay

A doorway beckons, a promise of adventure just beyond…

Are you brave enough to walk through it or will you turn and leave? Is this your doorway or someone else’s?

Every day we are faced with opportunities. Some doors are meant to stay closed. Some should be opened. Sometimes we need to open them just enough to see what’s inside, then we can change our minds. But nothing will happen until first you reach out for the handle.

Rose City Comic Con

Hello and greetings from Rose City Comic Con!

I’m all set up in Artist Alley (S-11) and ready to go. Here’s a picture from yesterday after set up:

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If you are at the con, please be sure to stop by my booth and get my Rose City Comic Con exclusive button. They will only be sold at the con. Here’s a sample:

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Also, since I’m at Rose City, that means History of a Dead Man is free for Kindle today and tomorrow. Just remember, it’s not really meant to be read if you haven’t read the first three books in the Sacred Knight series. I just don’t feel that it’ll have the same meaning without that basis. But get it now for when you are ready for it.

See you at the con!

Nature Observing

One day while having lunch, I noticed one of my blueberries was a little more purplish red than blue. As I looked at it closer, I noticed that where the stem once connected it to the plant, it looked like a little flower. I (of course) had to check out my other blueberries and sure enough, little flowers on top. Here, have a look:

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Flowers on blueberries

I know that if you cut an apple through the center horizontally the seeds will make a star. Do you think nature is trying to tell us something sending us hidden flowers and stars like this?

And yes, I have a thing about photographing food (some people who know me think it’s weird. Whatever!).

Need a holiday gift idea?

The Jerome Music Boosters, an organization representing the Jerome High School music program, is selling a lamp made out of a real baritone saxophone. Look:

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All money raised from selling this goes to the Jerome Music Boosters to help them with their fundraising efforts to get the kids (band and choir) to Disneyland – check out other things the band has done here. You can read more about it in the item description on eBay. Or, if you’d like to just help out the program, please feel free to contact me about making a charitable contribution (now is a great time to be thinking about your 2013 tax deductions — sorry, bookkeeping hat there!).

I’m glad I can be helping the Jerome Music Boosters out and sharing this item with you!

Happy holidays!

Good luck!

Thank you to all of you who grabbed a Kindle copy of The Three Books while it was free. I’d appreciate if you left a review on Amazon after you’ve read it. If you’re just now getting this, you can still get a free copy on May 7th. See the previous blog post for more details.

Currently on Goodreads is my giveaway for 1-800-Mischief — the first in The Loki Adventures. I’ve had a splendid response. I’ve been doing the happy dance while watching the numbers grow. I’m glad so many people are interested in it. Yeah! Good luck to everyone who has entered. I can’t wait to mail out the books to the lucky winners. If you are a U.S. resident and haven’t entered, you could be missing out on your chance. Get your name in there now!

Good luck!