One more than you had yesterday

September 13, 2018

While I was at FanX, I had someone (Cody) ask if I could say a few words for a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. I laughed as I asked him if he’d read my blog; why sure, I can say a few words! I’ve been cheerleading the creative entrepreneur for years.

Then, of course, the instant fear set in. What would I say? I’m a writer, not a speaker.

It took me a good moment to settle down and get my act together. Then, as Cody and I talked, I was fine as long as I kept my eyes focused on his face. If I looked toward the phone he held to record us, well, things didn’t feel too good.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Progress – September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

I had a great time at FanX. I went back to the hotel each night sore from being on my feet most of the day and tired. I still, somehow, got my words in each day. That was not an easy thing to do, especially when I was sitting in a chair at a desk not quite the right height and my feet were throbbing beneath me. I’ll have to find something to massage my feet after a long day on them. Must be portable.

The cool thing was the Jacuzzi tub in the hotel room. I’ve only used a tub like that a couple times before, but for me, it was a lifesaver this time. Warm (yes, I do like things toward the hot side) and massaging. It was my reward for getting my words done.

I did like being within walking distance of the hotel, so that was convenient. I do, however, suggest never walking alone in Salt Lake City after dark — scary.

But I know that you all would rather hear about FanX, especially if you weren’t there. Here’s a few pictures of cosplay:

 

I had a great spot. Beside me, I had Guy Kidd and Kimberli Johnson. Across from me was Kyle Shoop. I had a great time with these three. Other writer friends, Jeff Stagg and Jo Ann Schneider were there, but I didn’t have nearly enough time to visit with them. Read the rest of this entry »


Field of care

September 7, 2018

A ghost rose in front of me this morning and gave to me a “field of care.”

Yes, this is going to take a little explaining.

It’s apparent to most people who talk to me, follow my blog, or generally interact with me in one way or another that Loki writes the stories through me. I’ve said before that I’m not clever or funny enough to write his stories. I’m glad he chose me to be his author.

And I’ve often said that I trust the process of writing. Again, I’m just not clever enough nor do my plans ever work out as I make them, so there is no way I could have plots come together like they do. I’m always trying to get words down rather than make them up.

With all that out of the way, let me get to what happened yesterday at the convention.

I was talking to a lady about Diane Wynn Jones because she had a Calcifer shirt on. She told me she had ready the book, Howl’s Moving Castle. So we chatted for a bit. (PS come see me today at FanX Salt Lake)

This morning, I was wishing that I’d mentioned Enchanted Glass to her, another book by Jones which was published shortly before her death. It was probably one of the last books she saw. In Enchanted Glass, the main character inherits a “field of care” from his grandfather. Throughout the story he spends time walking around his field and overcoming obstacles. Only once he has full accepted his “field of care” does he come into his full power.

Here’s where the ghost comes in. Read the rest of this entry »


FanX Salt Lake 2018

September 6, 2018

I’m currently out at FanX Salt Lake. We’re still an hour away from the show’s official start with VIP’s entering.

I hope I’ll get out to walk around tomorrow, but for now I’m sitting at my booth trying to get myself psyched up for the day ahead. Yeah, I was ready for this a week ago (grin) and now I want to be out adventuring instead. Maybe that speaks to my vibe being off.

Oh, I’ll get there again. I always do. I’m ready to rock this. I have new titles on my table: 1-800-CallLoki (the Loki Adventures omnibus), Let’s Make A Deal, and Space Ninjas Aren’t Real. I guess Prince of the Ruined Land is new to this show too, so if you have the first 3, you better come get #4.

I forgot my hat. That makes me a little sad. I wonder where it went because it wasn’t with the rest of my show stuff. As I wrote that, I wonder if I had taken it home. I think I did because I’d been planning on re-packing my shirts in there as soon as I had the dry cleaned. After I did that, I went to plan be and forgot my hat. Yeah.

Outside, the crowd cheers. They are really getting worked up. I hope the attendees have a great time.

It’s time to show some fandom love.

Let’s get this game on!


Nebula painting

August 17, 2018

Been working on more space nebula paintings.

This one is now available in my Zibbet store. Don’t know about Zibbet — well, it’s like Etsy and has lots of amazing items. Check it out.

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Space #4618008
8″ x 10″
acrylic on canvas
©2018 Dawn Blair


Space nebula available on Zibbet

August 10, 2018

You didn’t know you could buy a space nebula online, now did you? Yes, it’s true; your very own space nebula.

All you have to do is order on Zibbet today. Don’t forget your coupon code!

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Space
8″ x 10″
acrylic on canvas
©2018 Dawn Blair

This wonderful little cauldron of life has already spun off three little galaxies of its own. We suspect more are coming. See me on Zibbet. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – August 6, 2018

August 6, 2018

I did something very unusual for me last week: I took a vacation.

A true vacation.

Normally when I take time off of my day job, it’s to go do a show for my writing/art, or to finish up a project I’ve been working on, or on occasion to do something fun with my family but I still take along my writing and get in as much as I can, I still am active on social media, and I still try to keep my business operating. I can do that in today’s world.

When I was growing up, I can think of two times that we actually took a vacation. When everyone else was out for summer break, I was working on the farm, trying to juggle swim team with that, as well as writing late into the night, and still having fun. My days started about 5:30 a.m., I was out on the rake by 6:00, swim team at 8:00, back out on the rake by 9:00, finishing up about 11:00, then lunch, fun time swimming from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00, nap until 5:00, play until dinner, dinner, play until sundown, write from about 10 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., then start all over again.

Yes, for as long as I can remember, I have juggled work and play, day in and day out. So much so that I still remember the outline of my schedule nearly 35 years later.

Recently though, I’ve been feeling burnt out and needing time away. I’ve reduced my time on social media, including changing where I was hanging out at the most as a way of trying to jolt myself out of this. I knew it wasn’t enough. I really needed a weekend of no email, no social media, and no time on my phone if I could manage it.

I made that happen this last weekend.

Us getting away in our Jumping Jack trailer.

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I took paper along to write, but I never got to it. I did paint some, but not as much as I wanted to. My oldest son took us to see the Sailor Moon movie. We went biking.

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Adrian fixed his bike tire – this is what happens when he tells me how long it’s going to take us to get somewhere. If he just tells me what the distance is, then he never gets a flat then.

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And we played games together. Yes, I know Adrian has his phone here. It was supposed to be a cell free zone (except for taking pictures) at the camp site.

Ahhh, sunset!

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Well, I didn’t check my email or social media while I was gone. I didn’t even read on my Kindle app. Yet every minute was busy. I always overestimate how much I can get done in a certain period of time. I really should get better about that.

It did mean that I had to plan ahead to get my words in, so I spent earlier in the week getting that done. Or mostly done.

I’m glad I took the time away. I think everyone needs to have a break from the constant screens, texts, emails, etc. every now and again. I wish I could have taken longer, but that’s getting harder with two boys who are working now. I’m just glad we had the one weekend together to go camping. My youngest joked that he’d be ready to do it again in another 5 years.

Then we got home and watched Ready Player One. I joked that we should have watched it before going out. (grin)

Well, I still have a bit of unpacking to do before I hit the sack tonight. I’m not as young as I use to be and can’t get by with only three hours of sleep a night any more.

Fiction words written last week:  3,594 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  2.219 words.

Weekly word goal reached for 2 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  July finished with 16,628 words, and August has 4,413 words so far

Writing year to date total: 190,750 words

Drawing/painting last week: I painted 2 8×10 paintings last week

Audio: I spent 2 and a half hours editing audio. I am really hoping to finish up Quest for the Three Books this coming week.