Progress – July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018

Color me exhausted!

I just can’t seem to recover from Salt Lake Gaming Con. This week seemed like I didn’t have a moment to have some downtime and relax. It wasn’t like I was busy, even though I got a lot done — more on that to come. I headed into Wizard World Boise already tired.

I did get to catch up with some friends at Wizard World Boise, plus I made new friends and talked to lots of people. That was great fun.

In getting ready for the show, I didn’t get a whole lot done on anything else during the week in-between. My word count last week was pathetic. I thought I’d at least have some time to write in the car as my son drove (which he did, but I didn’t write at all) or in the hotel room before and after the con (which I tried on Saturday morning, but I was so tired nothing was flowing and after the con I was way too exhausted to do anything but have dinner and go to bed, where I crashed quickly and slept well).

Here’s Loki showing his support: Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Fiction: Uploaded on the 4th of July

July 11, 2018

I was sorely tempted to post this last week and delay the ending of Onesong by one week, but I figured I might have readers coming at me with hatchets if I did that. **grin**

I have enough adventures like that already!

I am kind of disappointed that I couldn’t post this on the 4th of July, but it’s not a very happy story, so I thought it might be best if I wait anyway.

This is a story I wrote last year. My reader sent my comments back, but I honestly don’t think I’ve incorporated them into the story yet, so you’re seeing this pretty much just as my reader did. Nothing about this story here is final. This story kind of got lost in the events of last July — I’d really thought it would be my July 2018 release. But, yeah, llama face.

Obviously I’m still tired and words are not my thing right now.

I thought you might all like a short break before I start something else. I really did like running with a novel. We shall see what strikes my fancy for next week, but for now, a short story.

Enjoy!

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Uploaded on the 4th of July

by Dawn Blair

The end of the world happened on July 5th. People were too busy the day before with their barbeques and fireworks to notice. The crackles and thundering booms covered the multitude of crashes by computer systems all over in offices shut down for the day. The next day, it hit grocery stores and department stores which had had great sales on the 4th, but by the 5th were too busy restocking their shelves and preparing for the next sale to notice their systems being slowly infiltrated like smoke gliding under a door. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – July 9, 2018

July 10, 2018

My 4th of July started at 6:30 a.m. It didn’t end until 1:30 a.m. on July 5th. With the exception of sharing meals with my boys and all of us playing Legendary (where we finally managed to beat Thanos!), I spent the entire day getting ready for Salt Lake Gaming Con. Just so many little things that needed to be done.

I didn’t get a word written that day.

I also have been so tired (with some other things going on too) that I just didn’t get this blog done as I normally do. So, it got delayed a day.

I did manage, in the extra time, to get my dictated words transcribed, so I got to add them into my numbers. I just was too busy running around last week and didn’t get enough written. Yes, that means I didn’t get my full word count done, so I once again start at zero.

I’m not sure how much I’ll get done this week either. I’ve got Wizard World Boise coming up this weekend. Fortunately, there’s very little for me to do to get ready for that show now that I’ve done most of it for Salt Lake Gaming Con. If you want to get 20% off tickets for Wizard World Boise, please use code SKYS20 at checkout. This is not an affiliate code and I don’t get anything in return for you using it. It’s merely a discount.

I should say that Salt Lake Gaming Con was fun. I met some really great people and I’ll be sharing more about that here later on in the week (unless I get too busy, then it’ll be next week). I also learned about some other shows in the area and am trying to book more. We’ll see what comes out of that.

Well, right now I want to go get some sleep.

Then, I have to figure out what my Wednesday fiction will be. (yikes!)

Fiction words written last week: 3,915 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  106 words

Weekly word goal reached for 0 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  4,642 words

Writing year to date total: 174,351 words

Drawing/painting last week: I varnished a ton of ACEO’s for my shows – yes, new miniature artwork if you come see me at a show.

Audio: I spent less than an hour editing audio. Yep, this hit the floor this last week too.


Onesong – Chapter 50 (final)

July 4, 2018

Here it is: the last chapter of Onesong.

Thank you to all of you who have been with me since the beginning. Special thanks to Sally who read the whole thing and gave me feedback along the way. Keep going, girl, the rabbit hole only gets deeper. 🙂

It also was great to see how many people joined us along the way.

Next week, well, I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing yet. I have ideas, but no plan yet. Guess we’ll all be surprised!

I won’t keep you any longer. Let’s finish this!

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 50 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – July 2, 2018

July 2, 2018

Greetings, fellow adventurers.

One of the things about traveling through time and space is never knowing what germs you might come up again. Generally, I found that the Wellness Formula by Source Naturals is wonderful for keeping me healthy (note: these are affiliate links). I swear by the stuff and never leave home without it.

However, in my latest travels, I came across the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, or at least that’s what the physician at Bayllor told me. She recommended tripling my Wellness Formula (see, the stuff is even recommended on other worlds), doubling my intake of doTerra’s On Guard formula (yes, I do recommend doTerra’s essential oils — I’ve tried others, but doTerra’s is truly better than any of the ones I’ve tried — PS. I hate MLM’s, so for me to be a part of doTerra’s system says something about my belief in their oils. I can sell them, if someone wants to get them through me, but I’d rather be out playing in time and space, so I don’t get aggressive about selling doTerra. Besides, that’s not why we’re here today),  taking some Slippery Elm along with some of Source Naturals Throat Spray (that stuff is wicked but does seem to work well), and decreasing my activity until my body demanded that I just sleep. I still went and walked for over a mile that day, but come afternoon when I got home, I crashed. I slept, broke with bouts of trying to eat and drink some, though it did make me nauseous at one point, so I just went back to bed.

The next morning, I woke with a hoarse voice and my head is still terribly congested. Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu is a lot like major head congestion. Not fun. It certainly put a dampener on audio work because I couldn’t hear what I needed to fix in my audio.

Fortunately for me, I’d gotten a lot of things done early in the week, so taking this time off didn’t hurt me so badly, unlike last weekend where I had to get all my words in during those two days.

I have been trying to get back to painting all week. Before I came down with the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, I got my palette all set up, went and dug an easel out of storage, and even prepared a couple canvases. I’d like to have some more quick pieces done for my shows. I even watched some YouTube videos to help inspire me. This one guy I found talks about doing paintings in 10 minutes — haven’t I always said that you don’t need a whole lot of time to take baby steps toward your dreams? He is definite proof that once you have the skills for your creative craft, you can certainly increase your production. I think an 8″x10″ in ten minutes (sometimes a little longer) is fast painting. Someday I hope to get there. At least he’s inspired me to do it.

Now we fall into July which is going to be a busy month. I have two shows (Salt Lake Gaming Con (booth #58) and Boise Wizard World), bike rides, company coming, other obligations, plus my usual travels through time and space. I am so excited, even though I know it’s going to be busy. The next busy month will be September. Guess if I was going to get the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, now is a good time.

Well, it’s time for me to go take a round of my medicines and rest some more. I want to recover fast. Much left to be done before the quickly approaching Salt Lake Gaming Con.

Take care, fellow adventurers, and never leave home without your Wellness Formula.

Fiction words written last week: 4,357 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,697 words

Weekly word goal reached for 5 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  27,348 words for June, 621 words for July.

Writing year to date total: 170,330 words – halfway done with the year and over halfway towards my goal.

Drawing/painting last week: I set up my palette and did some sketching, but that’s all

Audio: I spent 3.5 hours editing audio.


Onesong – Chapter 49

June 27, 2018

Only 1 week to go after this.

I’m not sure what I’m going to run next. I’ve been debating.

I just never actually thought I’d run this to the end. It made good practice for getting me to write even though I had a good start. I was terrified of the weekly blog catching up to and overtaking me. Honestly I probably should do the same sort of thing with Dragons of Wellsdeep — I have a good start on that novel (as well as the official cover done up in mock form, but it wouldn’t take much to finalize it), but it feels like I’m dragging my feet on it. Of course, I have only recently realized that I’m writing it in two points of view — another odd thing since I usually like to stick with one character, but Balthier really needs a voice too. Balthier is developing as a character and giving me some surprises. I really can’t wait to see what happens with that.

One the other hand, a couple shorter pieces would be nice too after coming off such a long stint.

Okay, fellow adventurer, I know you’re as excited as I am to get onto the next chapter, so let’s go!

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 49 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!  Read the rest of this entry »


Loki – a blooper

June 26, 2018

Welcome, Loki believers!

If you read my progress blog from Monday, you saw that 1-800-IceBaby is now up for pre-order and releasing on August 28, 2018. Yippee!

I know, you’re thinking that August is so far away. It’s hot now and you want Loki to come cool you down.

Okay, okay, I will provide you with a special treat — a scene that got cut from the story. I really didn’t want to do it, but alas, it just didn’t fit. It had to go.

But that’s fine because you can see it now and have a small spoonful of the delicious delicacy that is coming. Read the rest of this entry »