Progress – November 12, 2018

I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through November now. When did that happen?

I’ve been reviewing where I’m at and all I accomplished (or didn’t) this year. It feels strange to not have my next publication date at least in mind — the calendar right now is barren, at least in that aspect. I do know what’s coming, I just don’t know how long it will take to get there; more on that in a moment. Right now, I’m about 10,000 words away from hitting my yearly word goal that I’d wanted to accomplish. I figure I’ll be there by the end of November. There is a part of me that’s tempted to take a month off. Don’t worry, I won’t — I fully plan on breaking the tape and continuing beyond, mostly because I’m curious how far I can go. Last year was too much of a push, so I had backed off some this year and still wanted to make it a challenge. I think that challenge has pretty much become norm for me, but I might want to shift my goals a little next year, so I need to take good stock of what I can do.

Next up on what I plan to publish is Tangled Magic. I’ve been working that over this week and am finally getting to a place where I’m satisfied with it. If you read the whole thing here on my blog, you are in for some wonderful changes. I hope you will be as delighted by the arrangement of scenes (it was getting a bit fragmented there at the end) and new scenes that have been added as I am. I do still have a lot of work to do on Walk the Path, but I hope it comes together just as quickly. Obviously there is also Dragons of Wellsdeep which is getting close to… well, I feel as if I should be three quarters of the way through, but I don’t think I am. But I know the direction I’m heading. I don’t know if I’ve ripped out a scene that will be coming up in the next couple of weeks or not — in trying to structure as I go, I can clearly see that this scene doesn’t fit, at least now where it’s at. I really liked the scene too. But maybe another book. Maybe it’ll be a book where I write the story around the scene just so I can have it (then I’d probably end up tearing the scene out of there too because it wouldn’t fit –writers are weird creatures).

That’s three books I plan on having out next year.

I know, I know. I hear you! There’s no Loki or Sacred Knight in that list. I know already!

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Free Fiction: Uploaded on the 4th of July

I was sorely tempted to post this last week and delay the ending of Onesong by one week, but I figured I might have readers coming at me with hatchets if I did that. **grin**

I have enough adventures like that already!

I am kind of disappointed that I couldn’t post this on the 4th of July, but it’s not a very happy story, so I thought it might be best if I wait anyway.

This is a story I wrote last year. My reader sent my comments back, but I honestly don’t think I’ve incorporated them into the story yet, so you’re seeing this pretty much just as my reader did. Nothing about this story here is final. This story kind of got lost in the events of last July — I’d really thought it would be my July 2018 release. But, yeah, llama face.

Obviously I’m still tired and words are not my thing right now.

I thought you might all like a short break before I start something else. I really did like running with a novel. We shall see what strikes my fancy for next week, but for now, a short story.

Enjoy!

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Uploaded on the 4th of July

by Dawn Blair

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The Gift of Time

So after two months of squeaky wheel battling to get my Morning Sky Studios domain up and running, it suddenly started working last weekend.

I wish I could say this was good news, but I’m not certain that anyone is really running the ship over there at the web hosting company. I honestly think it was an automated process rather than someone actually doing their JOB!

But, that gives me time.

I now have until May to get things all reworked and since these direct to sites that have been more focused on art rather than writing, they will actually be easier. I now have until next February to get Morning Sky Studios pointed to the new sites.

I’m no longer in quite the panic I was. I’m still tired though. The time change finally caught up to me and I found myself totally exhausted. I think I was just so physically and mentally drained, especially after having upper respirator infections weakening me too, that it just all made my sleep weird for the last week. That’s the only way I can thing to describe it: weird. I was sleeping, not nearly as deeply as I normally do though according to my watch, and I felt like I was just beneath the surface the whole time. It gave me some funky dreams too. The only one I really remember is the one where I was painting a Def Leppard cover (sort of). I had this vinyl record album that was wrapped in plastic, the cover itself was white while the band’s name was done in red, and there was only a picture of young Joe Elliott in black and white. I was trying to paint a portion of the cover in blue (on the plastic) and I had to paint very carefully because the plastic kept shifting. See? Strange dream, like I said.

I’m finally starting to feel out of that weirdness now, so I hope by the end of the weekend I’ll be back to my “normal” self.

Prince of the Ruined Land is still coming along well, though I have hit that stage of asking myself, “What the hell do I think I’m doing!?!!!??? Couldn’t you just leave well enough alone?” Yes, I do often talk to myself in both first and second person. Don’t you?

Anyway, my point wasn’t to bring a progress report — I really need to save that for Monday, but rather to share my good news about having more time. I’d love to get the codes to transfer my other domains, but if I don’t, by May it won’t be the end of the world if I don’t. I still have to go through everything, but that’ll be easier once tax season is over and my job isn’t taking so many extra hours. It makes me happy that the stress is off to get everything done.

Well, I’m off to go work on Prince.  Would anyone be interested in seeing a first chapter excerpt? Let me know. If there’s interest, I might run something on a Friday. I think that might be fun.

Catch you later!

Shouting in the wind

My son has a Wolverine walkie-talkie. Somewhere, he also has a Spiderman counterpart. Several times a week, he picks up Wolverine, turns it on and calls against the static, “Spiderman, come in Spiderman” as though someday the lost Spiderman will answer back and reveal his location. Tonight, I added even more by saying, “Web-boy, Web-boy, Nails here. Come in Web-boy. Nails wants to talk to you.” At first, I got a glare, until I started to laugh, then my son laughed with me. It’s good like that.

I’ve just gotten a copy of I’d Rather Be In the Studio by Alyson Stanfield and started reading it. So far, I have to say that it’s really good.

Now you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this and how these two things relate together. Well, here I am reading a book about self-promotion and teasing my son about calling out to dead air. It seems like everyone now days has something they are trying to sell or promote. Ads abound everwhere saying that advertising during a recession pays off. On and on it goes. With everyone, especially on the Internet, shouting “LOOK AT ME!” is anyone getting anywhere or are we just shouting into the wind? Don’t get me wrong. I’ve made a lot of great friends on the Internet. I’ve reconnected with some I’ve lost.  I enjoy my Twitter and Facebook family – people I don’t even know telling me about their lives each day. For someone like me who enjoys sitting back and watching how people do things, it’s great.

But in the end, after we’ve spent all day talking about what we’ve been doing and reading what everyone else has done, have we really added value to the world? Or have we just wasted our time? Is directing traffic to this website or that really functional? I have to wonder if we are just learning to settle down into our new little villages. If you stop and think about it, a little over 100 years ago the whole town knew that Bob ran the grocery store where farmer Sam sold his eggs. Everyone in town was friends with Bob and Sam. Bob didn’t stand outside and shout, “I’m Bob. Come check out my store.” and Sam didn’t ring the cowbell as he delievered his eggs to Bob’s store and yell, “Fresh eggs, going right now to be sold. Come one, come all to Bob’s store.” Not to say that they didn’t do their own advertising, but just that it was different.

What do you think? Is social networking a good thing, or are we just giving the Internet a hoarse throat?