Space Ninjas Aren’t Real

November 4, 2017

Or are they?

I will be the first to admit when this title popped in my head and I started writing it, I thought it would be a comedy, something along the lines of the humor in my Loki series.

Yeah, not so much.

Selena was too serious of a character right from the start. As the story progressed, I realized why she was so uptight. It took some prodding because she really didn’t want to admit that she’d done anything wrong. I’ll save that for the story.

But I did want to give you a preview.

Space Ninjas Aren’t Real hasn’t been run on my blog as a free story because I’ve been putting up Onesong instead. But now Space Ninjas Aren’t Real is up for pre-order and will be released on November 21, 2017 – just in time for reading while you are waiting for the turkey to cook this Thanksgiving.

Let’s go check out a sample of the story, shall we?

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Space Ninjas Aren’t Real (excerpt)

by Dawn Blair


Selena Bennett stood at the large, cold, plastiglass window of the space dock and watched as shuttlecrafts flew to and from the larger spaceship, the Honeycomb. It would be her new home for the next couple of months. Thinking about all the supplies the Read the rest of this entry »


ACEO of the Week – 06/10/17

June 10, 2017
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Evening Tree #5
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair

Space, trees, mountains. This is a very old ACEO I thought I’d bring up this week, but it is one I adore.

Maybe I should restart paintings like this. I’d be so much better at it now. What do you think?

In the meanwhile, keep looking up and dreaming. We’re here to create ourselves. Why else would we have this little bubble that we live in? What is the purpose?

Come closer and let me tell you a little secret several billion people on the planet don’t realize.

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The Tiny Dipper

May 31, 2017

I have to admit that I was pretty amazed last week at the feedback I received on Broken Smiles. Thank you to everyone who shared it with their family and friends, with their social media outlets, or contacted me to let me know how much you enjoyed the story. Super thank you to those of you who did all of the above!

This week, I thought I might step it down for a moment to go from something scary to another kid’s story.  Especially since I’m hoping to have another intense story next week.

My dad and I use to spend a lot of time out walking with the dogs on summer nights. We’d stand in the driveway and he’d point out the constellations. When I go back “home,” I like to stand in the driveway with my kids and point the stars out to them. There are so many more stars to see when we are in Nevada compared to here in Idaho.

Another thing I remember vividly is all the time I spent out back while my mom barbecued. I can still remember the smell of her chicken cooking over the charcoal as she brushed on her special sauce. Okay, it wasn’t anything “special,” just butter, salt, pepper, and paprika, but it always made my mouth water. There was just something about the way she made it. When I was really young, I remember dancing around to the radio, loving it when they played Hotel California or Another One Bites the Dust (gee, that makes me feel old).

This story was born from those experiences.

The Tiny Dipper is a children’s story. Available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new story will appear.




by Dawn Blair


This story 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!

Find out more about Dawn’s stories here.

The Tiny Dipper – copyright © 2017 Dawn Blair


ACEO of the Week – 04/15/17

April 15, 2017

Space 2014-4
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2014 Dawn Blair

If today weren’t a Saturday, chances are it would be tax day. If you still aren’t done with your taxes, tick-tock! I thought I’d bring everyone an ACEO to remind you that this universe is much bigger than we recall when we are dealing with everyday stuff. Here’s a glimpse of the universe as a tree grows against a nebula. How many planets and stars are currently being formed in that nebula? Just remember, that even when we feel so out of control in our lives, there is something so much bigger that is orchestrating everything perfectly. Aren’t you glad that we don’t have to be in control of how the planets rotate and orbit along with everything else like doing our taxes?  Yeah, puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

Find the art that brings you peace now.

ACEO of the Week – 03/04/17

March 4, 2017

Evening Eclipse
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2007 Dawn Blair

Because I love eclipses.

Find what inspires your heart now.

ACEO of the week – 01/21/17

January 21, 2017

Ice Castle
2.5″ x 3.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2014 Dawn Blair

Brrr! Drifting snow. I’d much rather look at the snow in artwork than have to deal with it outside. How about you? I should have kept this one, made it part of my own collection. Sigh. Oh well. I know the collector who has it is enjoying it.

Want your own ACEO? Need to start or add to your collection? Get started now.

Work in Process – Space Nebula

September 24, 2015

This is an 8″x10″ wood panel. I knew I wanted to do a space painting. Here’s the start:

Space Nebula Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

Space Nebula
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

Wow. Space.

Yep, that’s the easy part.

I wasn’t really sure how this was going to work out when I started the piece. I don’t often paint on wood panel (it’s been a really, really long time – like since I was airbrushing a lot, so years!). I wasn’t really sure how or if it was going to turn out. So, I don’t have any paintings of in-between. I wish I did, partially for my own reference of building up all the layers. Anyway, here is the next one I do have. The painting is nearly complete here. Still some work to be done, but it’s very close.

Space Nebula Work in process Dawn Blair ©2015

Space Nebula
Work in process
Dawn Blair ©2015

I hope to post one soon of the finished piece.