Self-Improvements

June 12, 2018

I’ve learned skill I never imagined I’d be learning. Plus, I work at learning new things all the time. I think it’s important to always be improving yourself.

Okay, the “advice gurus” these days are always touting how “entrepreneurs or people wish to be leaders” should specialize and niche down — hand off the things that they are not good at.

While this is fine most of the time, what about when you are raising a family with no outside help? There is no one else I could hand things off too that would just do it for free. What are they going to work for? Exposure? (Okay, that’s a bad artists’ joke — doctors, plumbers, accountants, lawyers, etc. all expect to be paid for the work they do, but when it comes to artists (whether it be writers, photographers, artists, actors, etc) they are often asked to do a job as a “favor” for free because it’ll get them great exposure with all the people at the wedding, event, social gathering, etc. Annoying!)

Yeah, trust me, my plumber doesn’t want to come fix the pipes on my old house for the exposure of having his truck out front, even if I were to pay for supplies myself. (“But other people in my neighborhood might need your help and imagine how much business you could get by having your truck there.” Okay, I actually have a plumber living across the street from me, so in my mind, Loki is really laughing at me right now asking if I want a plumber fight on my hands.) So, I learned to fix things and put in my own elbow grease.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Progress – April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018

It’s been a good week and I feel almost human again. I did spend the first part of the week all scattered and distracted, but as it progressed I got myself together.

Prince of the Ruined Land was released and I got my print books just a few days later. This made me able to fill orders pretty fast and that made me happy.

I finished my review edits of the sixth Loki novella, designed a cover, sent the book package to my reader (since I’m trying to not be behind the 8 ball in publishing any more), argued (grin) with my reader about the cover, debated, and decided she was right. I haven’t put together the official cover yet, but I’m certain there will be a reveal soon.  Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


Eggs at Play

February 23, 2018

I finished my children’s book. It’s really amazing to think that this day is here.

Here’s one more page from the book:

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As you’ll see below, this page also became the cover for the book. I haven’t decided yet if I want this to be the actual cover or if it’s just temporary. Decisions, decisions.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these pages each week. As of my writing this, I haven’t decided what I want to work on next, so I might just spend a little time working on Weblinks and Rockin’ Life.

If you’re interested in the full book, you can pre-order the ebook now.

EggsAtPlayCover

More links coming soon.

 


Children’s Book Progress – January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018

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I’ve had a two page spread to work on this last week and I still need to find a reference sketch I did in a sketchbook several years ago before I can finish that spread. So I’ve been inking the next few pages until I finally have a moment to go digging through sketchbooks. I still have my final four pages to do the rough sketch on too. I’m trying not to have creative procrastination on this book too. (grin) I’m not sure if that can be helped or not. Keep prodding me along!


Progress – January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

Another week and more words done.

That makes it a good week, right?

Yes, it was a good week (mostly). My son took me out to see Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Not as good as Your Name, but still a beautiful movie and well done. I love it when I’m told a wonderful story.

I’ve started working on my last pass through Prince of the Ruined Land. I finished another story which I hope to get out in February. And, I don’t know if I should feel lucky or not, but I started the 8th Loki novella. For the record, I haven’t even finished the 7th one, though I figure I’m nearly halfway there.

I have also gotten over halfway through my children’s book which I’ve been posting pages here. It feels really good to be making progress on it.

My new novel is coming along and is nearly 10,000 words in length so far. I’m getting to know these characters and what they want. And yes, I’m having fun keeping that away from them.

Let’s get to the numbers.

Fiction words written last week: 8,318 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  785 words

Writing month to date total:  26,021 words – I currently have a writing streak of hitting my daily word goal for 19 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 3 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 26,021 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 4 hours working on my kids’ book. I didn’t get any painting done last week.

Audio: I spent 4 hours editing audio. I still wish I could speed up this process some. I keep reminding myself that it’s getting done, even if it is in small increments. When you spend half an hour doing something that translates out to 4-5 minutes of a project that I estimate to be about 17 hours, yeah, patience. I’ve never been very good at patience. Again, I’m still learning and working on speeding this up. I believe it can be done. I swear it’s truly a curse of wanting to achieve lots of things. You can’t look at the whole staircase and wonder how you will make it to the top. All you can do is take the next step.


Progress – January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

Well, we survived the first week of 2018. Personally (and honestly), I’m ready to throw this year back into the river and hope we catch a better one.

Yet, I trust that there is balance in all things, so I know some good will come for the sh’tuff I had to deal with last week.

It felt really hard to get back in my groove. The dust irritation which gave me a cold left me hardly able to do any audio editing because I knew I wasn’t hearing everything correctly. I also forced myself to admit to myself (yes, some of my self talk goes just like that) that I needed to get some sleep and that pushing myself, especially when I wasn’t feeling 100%, was really not healthy physically or mentally. So, I let myself sleep in for a couple days. Yep, that threw off my morning groove. As a result, I didn’t get much audio work or illustration work done. Oh well, healing is important too.

I also had my quarterly publishing business meeting with myself. I write out what I’ve done in the last quarter and what I want to get done in the next quarter so that I can build a picture of where I’m at and where I want to go. Generally I leave these “meetings” feeling optimistic. This time, I just felt overwhelmed. Not because I have so much to do (which I do — I’m not trying to close any gap — I have a lot of projects I want to do and the Universe keeps serving me up with new ones, which I’m glad for because I love starting new stories), but because… well, I’m not really sure. I had hoped writing out the sentence would clue me in, but I still don’t know.

WARNING: authenticity ahead! Tread carefully. The waters will get murky.

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