October 9, 2017
I’ve been having quarterly business meetings with myself over the last year so that I can really focus in on what I want to do with my writing and my art. This has been really good for me. But yesterday when I had my meeting, I had to give myself a stern talking to. Thank goodness I was writing it down or the people at Barnes & Noble would’ve thought I’d lost it. (grin)
All considering what happened last quarter, I got a lot done. Granted, most of it was busy work because the writing/publishing side of things got smacked against the floor a few times. Yes, you may think about Hulk and Loki here. I give you permission. “Puny god.” Especially since it was the 6th Loki novella which really took the beating — I’d planned Read the rest of this entry »
October 3, 2017
I had fully intended on posting my progress yesterday as scheduled, but when I sat down to do it, I really felt I needed to say something about the tragedy in Las Vegas since Nevada is my original home state. I soon found myself on a mission with that post and felt it wouldn’t be right to finish it with a, “Oh, and here’s the fun I had last week,” kind of thing.
I really do mean what I said: people need to read more, read for fun. We are a planet losing our imaginations. We take what others so readily want to spoon feed us without ever really thinking about it.
I hesitate to go on. I have a prime example, but I really don’t want to go down that trail. Not now at least. I don’t want to put myself in a funk. Let’s go back to what I was originally going to post.
So, last weekend was Snake River Comic Con. Let me just say that it was an exciting adventure. If you missed it, you lucked out. It was their first comic con, so several people, Read the rest of this entry »
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:
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »