Progress – December 3, 2018

I’m going to call this prior week the “hard-won week.”

Adventures didn’t go well and it seemed like a struggle to get my daily words in. Each day I barely eked in the words. Life itself was trying to kick me and keep me down. Even getting my daily exercise in seemed to be a challenge. It was definitely strange.

The Jerome Craft and Gift Show over the weekend did go well. I met lots of cool new people. Got some great coffee and continued my own holiday shopping. I think it surprises people to discover that there is a prolific writer and artist living in their very town. Some people do know my kids, but I’m sure there’s a good number of people that think that I’m a recluse. Truth: I’m busy working full-time and building my writing and art on the side. I don’t have the extra time I wish I did to get out into the community. I do hope that changes someday. So, it’s a shock when they realize that someone with so many books lives in Jerome. Also truth: there are several writers in the area who have written and published multiple books.



One of my paintings, the lotus painting, got a tear in the canvas. I told you it wasn’t a very good week. Adrian was carrying it out after the show and slipped on the ice. He dropped what he was carrying and a box went right through the canvas. It’s a clean tear, so I think it’ll be easy to repair. Adrian wasn’t hurt, he just slid and didn’t fall. It is the second canvas that he’s injured though. Yes, I’m counting. *grin* Oh well. I’ve been looking at the painting over the last year and thinking about how I wanted to retouch a few things. This is now my opportunity. What am I going to do? Ruin it?

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Tough and thriving

Good news: I didn’t get sick. The OnGuard and Wellness Formula did the trick once again.

Knock on wood that it continues.

Yet, it was pointed out that I may have been what some may call “a little preachy” about my stance on health and wellness. What? No cigarettes? No alcohol? How can a person live?

My answer: how about a lot healthier!


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Progress – July 22, 2018

Pre-bike ride of 12 miles:


I survived.


At least I was good during the bike ride and recovered well enough to go walk another half mile at the gym and then went and walked around an “craft” show. I use that loosely because it was supposed to be a craft show but was mostly an MLM show. Sigh.

Then I went home and got sick.

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Progress – July 2, 2018

Greetings, fellow adventurers.

One of the things about traveling through time and space is never knowing what germs you might come up again. Generally, I found that the Wellness Formula by Source Naturals is wonderful for keeping me healthy (note: these are affiliate links). I swear by the stuff and never leave home without it.

However, in my latest travels, I came across the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, or at least that’s what the physician at Bayllor told me. She recommended tripling my Wellness Formula (see, the stuff is even recommended on other worlds), doubling my intake of doTerra’s On Guard formula (yes, I do recommend doTerra’s essential oils — I’ve tried others, but doTerra’s is truly better than any of the ones I’ve tried — PS. I hate MLM’s, so for me to be a part of doTerra’s system says something about my belief in their oils. I can sell them, if someone wants to get them through me, but I’d rather be out playing in time and space, so I don’t get aggressive about selling doTerra. Besides, that’s not why we’re here today),  taking some Slippery Elm along with some of Source Naturals Throat Spray (that stuff is wicked but does seem to work well), and decreasing my activity until my body demanded that I just sleep. I still went and walked for over a mile that day, but come afternoon when I got home, I crashed. I slept, broke with bouts of trying to eat and drink some, though it did make me nauseous at one point, so I just went back to bed.

The next morning, I woke with a hoarse voice and my head is still terribly congested. Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu is a lot like major head congestion. Not fun. It certainly put a dampener on audio work because I couldn’t hear what I needed to fix in my audio.

Fortunately for me, I’d gotten a lot of things done early in the week, so taking this time off didn’t hurt me so badly, unlike last weekend where I had to get all my words in during those two days.

I have been trying to get back to painting all week. Before I came down with the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, I got my palette all set up, went and dug an easel out of storage, and even prepared a couple canvases. I’d like to have some more quick pieces done for my shows. I even watched some YouTube videos to help inspire me. This one guy I found talks about doing paintings in 10 minutes — haven’t I always said that you don’t need a whole lot of time to take baby steps toward your dreams? He is definite proof that once you have the skills for your creative craft, you can certainly increase your production. I think an 8″x10″ in ten minutes (sometimes a little longer) is fast painting. Someday I hope to get there. At least he’s inspired me to do it.

Now we fall into July which is going to be a busy month. I have two shows (Salt Lake Gaming Con (booth #58) and Boise Wizard World), bike rides, company coming, other obligations, plus my usual travels through time and space. I am so excited, even though I know it’s going to be busy. The next busy month will be September. Guess if I was going to get the Bratlitski Sa Mucus Flu, now is a good time.

Well, it’s time for me to go take a round of my medicines and rest some more. I want to recover fast. Much left to be done before the quickly approaching Salt Lake Gaming Con.

Take care, fellow adventurers, and never leave home without your Wellness Formula.

Fiction words written last week: 4,357 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,697 words

Weekly word goal reached for 5 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  27,348 words for June, 621 words for July.

Writing year to date total: 170,330 words – halfway done with the year and over halfway towards my goal.

Drawing/painting last week: I set up my palette and did some sketching, but that’s all

Audio: I spent 3.5 hours editing audio.

The balance in spring

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

I found this quotation in my thesaurus this morning. Unfortunately, it didn’t say who it was from. I’m sure I could Google it, but that seems like “work.” That’s how my weekend has gone. I’m the stone that’s come to a stop and is gathering moss now. Truth be told, I hate this feeling!

I’ve now had three weeks of inactivity, or close to doing nothing. Granted, I’ve been sick with this stupid cold that everyone in the valley has had. I do hate it when I come to a stop.

Where is the wind that will get me going again?

How much longer must I be imprisoned in the “real world” to “take care of myself” when I want to get back to my imagination and run free again?


Spring comes tomorrow. The days and nights will be in balance for the equinox. Maybe I will find my own balance once again.

Let’s talk bookkeeping! Part 1a – Assets continued…

As an artist, there is one main asset I didn’t even cover in my last post yet it is the most important of all. Even more important than cash. Really? More important than cash? B…b…but cash is king! What could possibly be more important?


You are the one thing that bookkeeping can’t account for and yet you are the most important asset there is. No one can make your art like you. No one can even make you create art. You are the one that has to make the decision to do it and to stay with it.

Inspireation Falls
36x18 Acrylic on wrapped canvas
© 2010 Dawn Blair

You need to take care of yourself.

I never realized how important my hands were until I had both of wrists in metal braces and could barely wiggle my fingers.

My mentor was a fantasy author who loved her characters so passionately she wrote several books about them, had a screenplay worked up and was talking to people about getting it made into a movie, and had written the musical score to go with the movie. But she smoked and it killed her. While her books were published (and faded into obscurity), she never got the movie produced. It died on the vine. I think of her when I hear Wayne Dyer’s quote, “Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.”

So do stop every once in awhile and make sure you’re taking care of yourself. This not only includes eating right, exercising, and pampering yourself (along with all that other ya-ya people always say when they tell you to take care of yourself), but to take a moment to relax, read, learn, practice. You need to stay sharp physically and mentally. As they said about the Sword of Gryffindor in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie part 1, take in that which makes you stronger. Try something new. Keep adding to your skills. Yes, you can take certain expenses in your own development, like the cost of classes, but as I said when I started this piece, you are one thing that can’t go on the books and knowledge is something that can’t be taken away from you. Those unique skills and your knowledge combine to become your style and your voice — it’s how your art ends up expressing itself to the world.

So when you’re doing your monthly financial evaluation as I’ve recommended before, ask yourself what you’ve done for yourself lately. Don’t let your art die on the vine. Keep growing the asset that is you!