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 »

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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


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.

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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 »


Free Fiction Day: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 1

August 15, 2018

Are you ready to fall in love with Moonhunter?

I’m just saying — he’s infectious.

Much like with Onesong, you are getting a raw story. It is not yet complete, so I’m certain things will get added or taken out later. Parts may not always make sense. But, we had so much fun when I did this with Onesong that I thought I’d give this one a roll too.

Please like and share the story with all your friends. It’s more fun to read these chapters together. As long as everyone keeps enjoying the story, I’ll do my best to post chapters. (I will trust the process though, just like I did in Onesong.)

UPDATE: This chapter will remain up as a sample chapter for the book. It will not go away. 

Let’s get to it, shall we?

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 1

by Dawn Blair

Her time of merely watching drew to a close. Soon, she’d take the child.

The little boy headed to the well. She watched him in the reflection of the water’s surface, a waving mirage with the blue sky behind him. He stomped his feet as he walked, pounding on the earth like a heartbeat. She felt his restrained temper tantrum mixing with her own pulse in a growing, synchronized cacophony with his irritation. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018

For the last few weeks, I’ve been telling myself that “this weekend I’ll get to go upload audio.” Well, this last weekend was when it came true.

When I upload an audiobook, I like to go sit at Starbucks. First off, coffee = yes, please! Second, I don’t often go to Starbucks (I usually go to Barnes & Noble which is a cafe serving Starbucks coffee. It never quite tastes the same. I have yet to have a drink at B&N that tastes exactly like Starbucks — and I prefer the way B&N does it, so double yes please to books and coffee). So a trip to Starbucks is actually a break from my usual routine and and therefore a treat. Thirdly, killer Internet! I can upload the files much faster than anywhere else I’ve found so far.

Now, I just sit back and wait for my files to be approved. Fingers crossed on that one. I’m a little worried. Plus, I didn’t do my final listen through on this book (another worry). After spending 6+ years trying to record this book and trashing so many rotten versions, I just can’t listen it to once more. You know, this book is the whole reason I threw in the towel and bought myself a Whisper Room; I despised the sound I was getting, not to mention having to wake up at 2 a.m. on the weekends to record so I didn’t have noisy neighbors, cars, birds, cat fights, barking dogs, owls, crickets, etc. in the background of my recording. When I had the rain and wind in the middle of the night, plus I was a wreck for several days afterwards from a strange sleep schedule, I decided trying to have my own homemade studio was not what I wanted to do. I wanted it to be quick and simple: a good recording, quick editing, done and released to the world.

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Yeah, let me tell you, even with the Whisper Room, it’s a journey I’m not sure I’ve ever been prepared for or one that I will ever be successful at. And I feel this way every time I release a new audio. I never feel like it’s good enough. I know there are still flaws in this, which is why I had to let it go. If I went through it again (and I can say this as a fact from where I’ve re-listened to parts of it in trying to find something I wanted to use as a sample), I would ditch all the audio again and re-record it over again. No matter how careful I was when I was going through it, I was always going to hear something that needed fixed. You get the loud clicks out of an audio and all the small ones come jumping back at you. Read the rest of this entry »


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.