Progress – February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

Last year, I really began to see how discipline (yes, I know I used a bad word) and routing could keep someone on track to at least continue doing a little bit every day. Those habits are once again serving me well as my non-artistic life kicks into overdrive. I’ve had so much going on this week, yet I’ve also gotten a lot done. I admit, I’ve kind of amazed myself.

I finished my children’s story — more on that later in the week. I even made several corrections to things I didn’t like, as well as some color changes. Now that I’m done with that, I’m going to turn my attention to my next children’s book, though I haven’t made a commitment yet. Part of me thinks I should do this one story involving a dragon because I have so many young kids who see the Stardust cover shout at me that they love dragons. They are disappointed when they find out that Stardust doesn’t have pictures. It makes me sad. But, I really want to do a story about a wizard and his dog. It’s just flat out cute and I’ve lived with this story for so long that I want to get it done. Both stories are written, and I’d need to do page breakdowns on both of them. So, it’s not like either of them have an advantage right now.

I did also spend some time working on the next page of my Weblinks comic. Now I begin my rotation of working on different illustration projects. This should be interesting. I’m excited to see what happens.

Onesong is growing. OMG, it is so developing and at the moment I’m wondering if I’m reaching for three books. A trilogy wouldn’t be too bad, I suppose. Okay, I can’t even go there right now because that though scares me. Any yet…

Yeah, more on this later too.

I am now halfway done editing the audio for Quest for the Three Books. I also have only 6 more chapters to record. Yes, this project is coming along nicely too.

Speaking of Sacred Knight, I have a big announcement. Yes, you guessed it: later this week. Sorry. I feel like such a tease today, but I just don’t want to give it all up at once. (grin)

Well, let’s get to the numbers.

Fiction words written last week: 5.217 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  3.857 words

Writing month to date total:  20,690 words – my writing streak for hitting my daily word goal is now at 47 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 7 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 56,984 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 5 hours working on my kids’ book and Weblinks. No painting this week.

Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.

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Progress – February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

I survived last week.

That is amazing on so many levels that it’s not even funny.

My brain just kept wanting to work on stories and jumped around like a monkey. Every time I would start to pin it down to work on Prince of the Ruined Land or Onesong, it would remind me that I had other things I needed to be taking care of before I could continue. It was right. I really needed to start to make a list of all the leaps in time. There’s a lot of them and I have them all in my head, which is getting to be a bad place for them. So I started a list. I was surprised at how many their were already, not to mention the ones that I know that have to happen. Good grief! Kids, don’t write time travel; it just messes everything up. (grin)

Then there was Stonecharmer. For as fast as that story had been going, the scene I’m working on now feels like it is taking forever. I swear I’ve dedicated three different writing sessions to it and I’m still not getting my main character any further along. She’s developing her abilities, so I realize it’s going to take awhile.

Then, Loki. I had one evening where I needed to get my words done fast in a short amount of time. I hear him tell me, “Yeah, you only work on me when you need to get your writing done fast. What do I look like to you?” The rest of what he added is not fit for blogging. I just told him to shut up and start telling me the story. (grin) I’m sure I’ll pay for that soon. We pumped out over 900 words in 45 minutes. That’s really the top of my time to word production. Yes, Loki, I do write fast when I’m working on your stories. They just roll. Thank you!

I also got so much done on Onesong this week that I really think I’m going to have to divide it into two books. More to come on that later.

On to the numbers:

Fiction words written last week: 6.530 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,219 words

Writing month to date total:  36,294 words for January and February is currently at  4.181 words – I currently have a writing streak of hitting my daily word goal for 33 days and hitting the weekly goal for the last 5 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 40,475 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 3 hours working on my kids’ book.  It is now completely sketched out. I only spent 1 hour painting last week, which is less than I wanted to do, but my Saturday got weird on me. The weather was nice, so I took the paintings I brought back from Nevada outside to really give them a good cleaning and after that my throat started to get sore again. Dang dust. I didn’t think I was allergic to it, but I must be. It just made me feel not quite right all day and I couldn’t bring myself to get to painting after that.

Audio: I spent 4 and a half hours recording and editing audio. I am nearly to the halfway point in Quest for the Three Books.

It feels like “slow but steady” is my motto for right now.


Onesong – Chapter 28

January 24, 2018

I admit that I’ve still had some “creative procrastination” going on with this story. Other projects have bumped it aside. But, I sat down earlier this week to try to work on Onesong and I have yet to figure out the puzzle. I know it’s there. I trust the process, so I know the answer is in something I’ve already written. I’m trying to stay calm since I know I still have a lot of this book to piece together. I just haven’t figured out what scenes still need written and that’s a problem. I’m not even seeing the scenes any more but I have wholes that need filled. Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 13

October 11, 2017

I hope you enjoyed having a longer chapter this week because this one is a bit shorter. You just never know how they will turn out.

I say that while laughing at myself. I’ve had to completely tear apart Sacred Knight #5 to do away with the chapters and am writing it scene by scene. Sacred Knight has been the strangest series for me. Every book has to be done differently. The Three Books (Book #1) changed genres repeatedly and the only way I got through it finally was by writing it as a script, then changing it to prose. Manifest the Magic and To Birth a Destiny (Books 2 and 3) had to be written together as one piece and was a combination of script and prose. Prince of the Ruined Land (Book 4) was half scripted when I tore it apart and wrote it as prose. The Missing Thread (Book 5) has been entirely prose, but chapter headings have been completely useless throughout.

Another book I’m working on for my dragons series, has just been one long straight story without any breaks. The 7th Loki novella is working out in the same way.

Yet, while each story has a tendency to be different, I was asked earlier this week if I have a process or a ritual that I go through when I sit down to write. I know people that have rituals to get themselves ready to write. Some people use a different computer than their normal computer. Some writers have a mantra or a prayer that they say.

No, I don’t have a ritual. I’ve always had to be ready to write at a moment’s notice and the method has never mattered to me. Getting the story that’s jabbering at me out of my head is what’s important. I have mentioned a couple time that I dictate some of my work. I’ve been doing that for a long time. I use to use a tape recorder. I hope my mother burned all my old tapes! I’d sit in the closet and record my stories. Yeah, and you all wondered why I wanted to sit in a box and record the audiobook for my stories! (grin) I discovered DragonSpeak when it was at version 3 and have been using it off and on since then. Instead of having to transcribe everything myself, it has made the work so much easier. Not perfect, but what is.

The closest thing to a ritual that I might have is turning on music. Why? Because what I want to write determines what I listen to. Here’s a list of my Internet radio stations and what I write while I listen to them: Read the rest of this entry »


A few thoughts today

October 8, 2017

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I’m currently working on the audio for the third chapter of The Three Books. While I was listening to it, I felt a little overwhelmed at how important this chapter was to the whole story, though it certainly doesn’t seem this way. This chapter, this one chapter which doesn’t seem to have much relevance, becomes so important in the fourth and fifth books.

I really couldn’t have planned it this way.

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Maybe it’s striking me because of where I’m at in the fifth book (tentatively titled The Missing Thread) where Dragzel becomes so important to the story. Yes, if you are reading Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 9

September 13, 2017

I’m currently working on the 5th book of the Sacred Knight story, which has been given the tentative title of The Missing Thread. I’m going deeper into the story about the reincarnation of Rivic. So I have that in my head while I’m trying to get caught up on the edits for Onesong, as well as reading it just slightly before you are getting this, and it’s amazing to see the two stories piecing together.

Can I say that they are “piecing together” since on Monday night I ripped book 5 down to the scenes and started rearranging? I don’t even know why I bother trying to write that book in chapters! I ought to just start writing it scene by scene and labeling those as I go along since I always seem to end up tearing it all apart and reconfiguring the story. So how does this happen? Well, I have a character (whisper: his name is Steigan) and won’t stop moving around. I kid you not! I have literally had him in New Lilinar, then to Dubinshire, then to New Lilinar, then to the centaur village, then to Whalston, then to Dubinshire, then to New Lilinar again in one book. When I start to see him all over the place like that, I know that I need to simplify. That’s when scenes get rearranged. It ALWAYS makes for a stronger book. I’ve never been sorry that I’ve told Steigan to stay put for a while. And while that means that The Missing Thread will have a lot of work to be done to straighten out the timeline and get the correct characters in position, it’ll so be worth it.

Fun fact: The scene with Jaxsen in the wardrobe (Manifest the Magic) happened because I told Steigan to stay put. In that book, he was bouncing between Searn’s fief, the Temple, and Lilinar. When I went to straighten out the timeline, I needed him to have more time at the Temple and to do that, I gave him a friend. In the end, Jaxsen helped me more than I realized he would at the time. I remember asking myself why I was writing filler, but in the end, Jaxsen shaped a major portion of the story both on and off the page. He is a major character who doesn’t get full credit for what he’s done.

Now, Steigan doesn’t fall far from his relation, Rivic, who also wanted to bounce around a lot. I had much the same issues going on in Onesong when I first started it. But I’ve run this rodeo enough times with Steigan that Rivic was simple to fix by comparison. There were times though. In fact, part of the scene that you will read this week is actually split off from the first fight with the Necroathelings when they were still inside the dragon pearl with Sontre’. Of course, that whole scene was different and originally the Necroathelings did what they do in this scene. No spoilers! Unfortunately, if I had left that as it was, Rivic would have had no reason to stay with Ellonia’s tribe and would’ve had more motivation to get to Gohaldinest. So, the fight got split into two. And yes, that’s what you have to look forward to reading this time.

Are you ready to begin this new chapter?

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 9 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

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Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 9

This chapter of Onesong was available for one week only and has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the links below to find it or another great story to read. There’s also another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every Wednesday. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this, treat yourself to The Three Books – Legend 1 of the Sacred Knight series.

Onesong – copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair

Published by Morning Sky Studios
Cover and layout copyright © 2017 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art “Looking Toward Yesterday” copyright © Dawn Blair


Progress – September 4, 2017

September 4, 2017

This is now the third time I’ve tried to write this post. Third time is the charm, right? How about we start off with this:

Happy Labor Day.

Goodbye summer of 2017. Let’s not do that again.

While I’ll be glad for a reprieve from the yard work which I haven’t been diligent about this summer, I’m certainly not ready for the steadily approaching winter either. I’m not much of a fan of ice and snow. Maybe this winter will be a mellow one. Keep the snow in the mountains. Yeah, don’t want to think about that either. Moving on.

Last week wasn’t a very productive writing week. Certainly not as much as I had hoped. Oh well, some weeks are like that. I’m hoping the next four months can be very focused and productive.

By the end of the year, I really hope to have Stardust and The Three Books out in audio, as well as the 6th Loki novella (tentatively titled: Mischief on Wheels), Prince of the Read the rest of this entry »