Thoughts on Real Magic

November 16, 2018

Magic is real. It’s not quite like you imagine it to be and certainly not like the tricks of stage magicians. But what exactly is it, can it be measured, and can it be scientifically proven.

This is the premise of Dean Radin’s Real Magic. Radin holds a PhD and has done many experiments for psi research.

I listened to this in-between finishing A Flaw in All Magic and Solve for Happy. I could only take so much of this book at a time. And just as the process would have it, some of the sections I listened to in conjunction with Solve for Happy were entertaining. Sometimes it felt as if the two were at extreme odds with either other and I got to see two sides of how scientific minds explore similar topics. At other times, they were in agreement, but saying it in two ways based on their own life experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can happiness be solved like a math equation?

November 9, 2018

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been listening to Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat for the last couple of weeks. Let me start by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much by listening to an audiobook before.

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Solve for Happy came about from Mo’s own search to be happy when he found that all the things he’d accomplished and acquired so far during his life left him unfulfilled. He began to pursue his personal quest for happiness analytically like the engineer he is. Not as a psychiatrist, or a self-help guru spouting things that he has yet to experience, but as a scientist seeking his own answer. What he found led him to share his findings with his friends, who reported back with similar results. He started to feel that he was finding the answer and began to fine tune it.

A few days, less than a month before he started writing the book, his son told him to never stop working, that his mission wasn’t finished. Seventeen days before he started writing, his son went in for emergency surgery, a routine appendectomy, and did not survive. Read the rest of this entry »


Thoughts on A Flaw in All Magic

October 19, 2018

I recently finished listening to A Flaw in All Magic by Ben S. Dobson.

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Now I came across this book through watching a video that the narrator, Travis Baldree, put out on YouTube. He was sampling a tool that I had just started using for my own audiobook narration and did a sample read in the video. I decided that I really enjoyed listening to his voice. I can’t remember if he mentioned this book or not in the video. I actually think he was working on another, but this caught my eye when I went out to Audible. I listened to the sample and decided to make the purchase.

I enjoyed the story. I can’t say it gave me too many surprises, but it was enjoyable to listen to as I took my lunchtime walks. The writing is solid, enjoyable. Travis does an wonderful job of narrating. He really does make it look and sound so easy.

The story wraps up completely. Though I didn’t feel compelled, I did get the next book in the series. In audio, because I’d be hearing Baldree’s voice in my head anyway and I’m finding that it’s easiest for me to get my reading either when I’m driving to/from work, exercising, or when I’m doing housework. It really has helped me actually finish books that I start (I think – I am getting several half-finished audiobooks now too, but my chances of finishing one are better than books I have to read, be they physical or ebook.)

To learn more about the author, Ben S. Dobson, click here.

To learn more about the narrator, Travis Baldree, click here.

Time for adventure.


Talking Heads

April 6, 2018

As I’m finishing up with Prince of the Ruined Land, I’ve only had a couple moments to work on my comics. When I went to open up the next page I’d sketched out some time ago, I got the very laughable reminder that sometimes things just don’t work out.

I opened up this page and said, “WTF! Talking heads!”

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Even with the placement of the dialogue, I couldn’t justify any of this to myself. There in the 3rd panel, she’s supposed to be doing this little head turn to glance away. Really? Didn’t I just do that on the last page? Maybe it was two pages ago.

Anyway, I got a laugh at myself, then I made the page invisible and tried again.

Failure is not fatal.


Sketching Fun – March 29, 2018

March 30, 2018

Another Weblink’s page has been posted on Noble Heart Comics for your reading. This is based on some of the work in progress blogs you saw here earlier.

If you want to stay up to date with the comics there, I suggest subscribing to the email (the box on the right). Honestly, I have no idea if it works (yet) as I just remembered to subscribe myself to it yesterday.

Yes, I subscribe to my own blogs. Yes, I’m a goober. I know. (grin) Read the rest of this entry »


Working on Weblinks

March 20, 2018

Last week, I showed a page in progress for Weblinks.

Here’s an update on that page:

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This is just the pencils for this page. Inking and toning to come. Progress!

I do love Lucky’s wimpy arms in the upper panel. You see, Lucky is actually the younger of two brothers. His older brother is the buff, athletic guy. Unfortunately, the events that befall the brother make Lucky into a computer nerd. He’s spent many hours researching and digging through bad scans of arcane texts in a desperate attempt to translate them. He knows just enough to be dangerous.

But oh so much more than what Caitlyn knows. (grin)

I have always felt like this Bite (chapter) of Weblinks is talking heads, but there is so much information here. Don’t worry. We’ll get back to the action soon.

P.S. If you’re wondering why there has been no dialog on these pages, it’s because I’ve taken it off. There is a joke on this page that I’m particularly fond of and I don’t want to ruin it for readers who might see it here first. So, if you want to know what it is, you’ll have to get to reading the comic. Hopefully this page will post next week, maybe two weeks from now.

 

 


A Little Sketching – March 2, 2017

March 2, 2018

This week I started working on a new page for Weblinks. I have the whole chapter (currently in chapter (a.k.a. Bite) 5 of the story) done in rough sketches, but when I got to this page, I didn’t really like the layout I had for it. It was time to re-envision the page.

So I did.

You can see the new rough sketch in light green. The black on top is my new rough pencil layer.

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Weblinks – Bite 5, page 7 (incomplete) – copyright 2018 Dawn Blair

You can see that rough sketches are really rough. They are never pretty. In fact, sometimes when I come back to them after an interlude (boy, that’s a  nice way of saying that I haven’t gotten to it for several months to a year!), I wonder what point I was trying to get across.

I also have a lot of dialog on the page and it’s not yet in its final placement. But I have it there to give me an idea of how much space I will need.

It’s kind of challenging figuring out how to draw pages when you have two characters sitting in a cafe having a moderately intense conversation that if they got too loud everyone else around them would think they were crazy.  This might not have been the best scene to place them in, but when I wrote the chapter I wasn’t thinking about the challenges involved in drawing the scene. I’m such a green graphic novelist!

I would love to point you all in the direction to read Weblinks if you wanted to start from the beginning and get caught up. I hope to post the previous page to this one next week. However, due to my continuing challenges over my domain names, I don’t know if I’ll have a site to point people to. (Oh ye of little faith!). Time to get my other site up and running. I think this weekend I’ll be hard at work on that. “Yeah, I didn’t have any other projects that need to be worked on right now, ” I say with heavy sarcasm.

At least I have my blog. (grin)