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.

zibbet block

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

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – the painting that started it

August 16, 2018

It was brought to my attention (and I’m grateful for that tap on my shoulder which told me I could do things better) that I may have overloaded yesterday’s post with too much because of the painting. I broke the rhythm of my blog and how I run the chapters. So now I’m moving the painting part off to this post.

If you haven’t read chapter 1 of Dragons of Wellsdeep, I invite you to do so now.

I remember when I first saw the scene for the chapter you’re going to read today. I’ve written before about how I get ideas, how usually a character starts talking to me and I get transported into their story. Dragons of Wellsdeep was way different.

I painted him first. I was doing some of my planet paintings and there was one that I felt had a boy hunting on the moon of the planet.

planet study #4

Planet Study #4
8″ x 10″
acrylic on canvas
©2011 Dawn Blair

 

I showed it to my youngest son (when he was about 7 or so) who loves archery and he said, “Wow, he’s got a bow!” Read the rest of this entry »


My little cat helper

May 10, 2018

Bella is in her usual spot this morning. I like to work on audio first thing in the morning. She sits as close to where I set my mouse so that as I move it, she gets *unintentionally* petted.

Today we are waiting for updates to finish. Here’s how she really feels about this: Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 42

May 9, 2018

The scenes you are about to get today, there are two of them, are not completely fleshed out. I feel there is more coming. It’s also another section which I’m not sure belongs right here.

And, after watching Infinity Wars this last weekend, I wonder if what I’m setting up in the first scene is even a good idea or not. It might lead to an overpowered character that my current characters have no hope of defeating. Yeah, I suspect that before these scenes become official in print, they will change greatly. But you get to see the original acorn of the idea.

Okay, let’s get onto it.

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 42 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 »


What the cat dragged in

May 8, 2018

I write in the dark, which means that I like to write without planning out the entire story.

For the longest time, I was convinced that I was the only person who wrote like us. It seemed like everybody else had plot outlines and character sheets and notes and research. I seem to be the only one who likes to write the story and then go back and have the elements that I needed. I like to discover the story as I went to log.

I can’t tell you the amount of relief that I felt when I discovered that there were other writers, as well as a term, a couple of them actually, for those who like to write into the dark. Discovery writers, is another term. Pantster, yet another. My preferences would have to be writing into the dark, or discovery writer.

But that does bring up a good question: what do you do when you need to know certain elements of the story?

I was thinking about this as I was driving to work. I like to take the country roads, mostly so that I can think, talk to myself, and be in my Zen head at 50 miles per hour rather than 80 miles per hour. I’m not insane. So as I was driving along enjoying the country morning, I got to thinking about what I need to do in the next Sacred Knight book.

That’s when, of course, the little voice had to pop up, “Aren’t you writing this story into the dark? Shouldn’t you be discovering this as you write, instead of pre-planning this?”

I spent enough time with my cynical voice to know it when I hear it. If it’s snarky, and sounds little bit like Dragzel, it’s my critical voice.

I instantly found myself replying back, out loud, “I’m just throwing things into the hopper to let it walk around in my subconscious. I don’t need to make firm plans. I’m just mulling it over. Then we’ll see what the cat actually spits out.”

A lot of times as I’m driving and thinking about things, I do have great ideas. It is one of the reasons why I dictate while I drive. Don’t judge me. I know you talk to yourself, or sing to the radio. Same diff.

But yes, in some ways mulling things over is equivalent to plotting things out. Although, I would put forth one major difference. When the scene decides to arrive to discovery writer, it comes full force, the complete scene, meaning: narrative, dialogue, setting, the whole shebang. While I can’t say it’s completely true, I would say that people who plot their stories would only get a certain elements, such as just an action, needed in order to craft the scene. I’m not saying that one way of writing is better than another. I’m merely saying that there are differences, and I think those differences are and how the scenes land in our head. I would even say, that in truth, writers are really a combination of both at all times. Even when you’re plotting, you don’t know what’s going to happen until you make the decision to make it part of the plot.

I personally would rather get the writing down then have to think things up. Because what I’m thinking things up, I am forcing the story and I’m losing energy out of it. But that’s merely my thoughts about that.

So, I know that when I get the right scene for the story that I’m been mulling over, it will come complete and perfect. At least in my head. What actually arrives down on the page will not be as perfect as it is in my head. It never is. But that’s a discussion for another day.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to mulling things over.


New development on Onesong

May 3, 2018

It’s been an interesting couple of days for Onesong.

I finalized the cover idea for Onesong. I’ve basically spent time the last two mornings on it — time I usually reserve for audiobook work and editing, but my artist child wouldn’t leave me alone. I am still working on the title, though I think I have it now. Not completely sure. I want to live with it for a moment.

I have also been looking at where to divide the story. I suspect it’ll be two novels, each about 70,000 words. Looking at the dividing point, it would be somewhere around chapter 20 and I do have a great spot. It’s where Nyree tells Rivic to walk the path.

It was as I woke up this morning that I realized Walk the Path might make a good title for it. I am still open to suggestions though. If any of you, especially the readers who have been with me since near the beginning, have any ideas, I’d love to hear them. Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 41

May 2, 2018

There is part of this chapter that I’m unsure about. I feel that it needs to happen, because Rivic gets information he needs, but it just feels a little out of place. I think I need to add a scene or two earlier. I’ve talked about placeholders in the story, usually put there unintentionally by me until I figure out what I’m really going to place there and sometimes not. But as I recall, I have a placeholder which I had already fleshed out once, but it still feels a little lacking to me — it might be because I need to add a visit to the tea shop when Nyree is showing Rivic around Gohaldinest (remember that? Forever ago, huh?)

For the second time, I have “finished” writing this story. At least until yesterday when I was thinking that I still have several scenes to finish in addition to the list I already had made. I use to think that Sacred Knight was the never-ending story. I’m beginning to think it’s really Onesong. (grin)

But I did have to get back to writing Dragons of Wellsdeep while Onesong was in a cooling and reflection period. Something happened in Dragons that I realized I needed to put into Onesong. I have absolutely no idea what it was as I’m writing this, but I know its safe within Dragons.

We’re also getting closer to a new cover for Onesong (or the 1st book in the series), but more on that later.

Okay, let’s get onto it.

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 41 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 »