Blog about nothing

March 29, 2018

Yes, that’s right. I have no idea what to talk about today. So this will be a blog about nothing.

One might think that you’d stop reading already, but you haven’t. You’re as addicted to the word, to the story, as I am. You want to see what comes next.

Nothing.

Or is that just the beat before suspense comes?

Was that a noise at the door? Is something creeping along outside the window?

A shadow moves.

No, wait, that’s just a tree branch swaying in the breeze beyond the window. Nothing. Nothing scary. Nothing at all.

A crash happens in another part of the house. Now that wasn’t nothing. That was definitely something. And the wind can’t knock over something inside the house, right? Maybe it was the cat.

Someone could go check. But isn’t that always when the Big Bad comes rushing out of the dark to get you?

I swear it’s nothing.

There’s no one behind the curtain.

No one spinning tales for you to enjoy.

No liar taking you on another imaginary adventure with only words. (Okay, maybe an occasional picture or comic as well.)

Certainly no one taking their ebook reader into the bathroom to read for half an hour. What? Wait! I was going to go first. So much for bedtime.

Just one last chapter, please?

Okay, I suppose you can. After all, anything is possible in a blog about nothing.

 

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Drowning in the quicksand

March 27, 2018

Today I talk about how writing is like drowning in quicksand.

Yes, you heard me right. Drowning in quicksand.

And yet you have to trust the process. It is the only way you might survive.

I’ve heard it said, though never *thankfully* experienced, that if you fall into quicksand, you are not supposed to struggle for that makes you sink faster. If you can remain calm, you will actually float. That’s certainly not something I want to test out. Ever! However, I also know that things found in the physical world often replicate things in the world of the interior self. Nature is often a mirror which reflects.

So when I reflected on my writing process this weekend, I realized that it really was a lot like falling into quicksand.

For two days, I fretted and worried over what I was going to do. This scene was important. One character had just expanded up on it, blowing my plans out of the water. Oh, this was good and needed to be done. I’d been seeing visions of it in my head for a couple weeks, I just didn’t know where it would happen and I certainly didn’t expect it to be during this one scene. I have barely three weeks to get this story together! I can’t have a section where I don’t know what’s going to happen. I have to get it all together, like now!

I talked with both my boys about it. Neither had an answer for me. I thought about it. I tried to program myself to dream about it; instead I had a dream about Robert Downey Jr. coming into my day job office. (Yeah, mark that down as an epic fail, even with Robert Downey Jr. doing a cameo in my dreams. That was unexpected and I certainly didn’t get my answer. The boys and I had been planning on going to see Black Panther then next day, so I’m sure Marvel movies were somewhere in my thoughts. Hence, Iron Man.)

So, finally, I was down to my last option: I had to just work on the damn story.

It’s hard when you don’t know where to begin or where you’re going. I don’t have to (or want to) know the whole path, but I honestly had written myself into a corner. I had the one thing that had been suggested in book 1 and I had the unexpected, both in the same scene. But how was I going to fix it?

I edited the story, the part that I had dictated out. It needed transitions and adjustments. It started to pull me into the story like quicksand. I was going under. Worse, I was thrashing about trying to free myself because I didn’t know how I would succeed. Remember, my time for drafts and failures is over for this book. I don’t have time for that.

Then I slipped beneath the surface. That’s when the answer was delivered. Like a shiny gem, unexpected and beautiful. It was something that in two days of wrangling I had not thought about at all. I swear I could have slapped my head at that moment too. So bleeding obvious! Especially since in fixing another transition, I had mentioned something that will end up being some foreshadowing for this scene. I will admit that I’m only realizing how I need to go back and tweak that scene as I’m reflecting on it, but it will work out nicely.

Yes, trust the process.

In fact, this scene is telling me larger sections of the story as a whole. It really is amazing me. I wish that this part of the process wasn’t such a struggle sometimes, that is wasn’t like labor: pain, suffering, over, miracle in your arms.

Yet maybe that is what helps to humble artists. If everything came too easily, we wouldn’t appreciate it when we step back to realize that we’ve created something from nothing. We might not appreciate the stories we’ve been given to tell.

When you step into the quicksand, you must remember to be still and let yourself float. The story will save you.


Onesong – Chapter 34

March 14, 2018

This is another one of those rough chapters I mentioned. I’m not sure that all of it fits here in the story, but for now we will pretend that it does. When I’ve had a chance to work on this story, I’ve been trying to figure out more of Cirvel’s back story. I have some very big questions that I need answers to.

And in working on that backstory, I started contemplating the twin story to this one, the one I split off from this one. I have a feeling that it somehow wraps around with Cirvel’s story too.

So many stories, so little time. (grin) Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 24

December 27, 2017

You might recall me saying last week that this was part of a new section that I’d added to the book after I realized that I’d need this scene in order to set up another scene I also needed.

Fleshing a story out can be fabulous fun. It can also be frustrating. I once read that it was easier to get things down than to think things up. I have to agree. When I’m focused on trying to think things up and make sure it’s all logical, that’s when it gets hard. When I focus on getting all these ideas down, then I start to see the connections that need to be made and things become easier.

Funny, huh?

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 24 is available for 1 week only! Unless you subscribe to Patreon at the $5 per month level where you can get additional access. If not, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

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Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 24

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!

BUT WAIT! If the story is still running on my blog, certain Patreon subscribers can still read it while the story is active on my blog. Some stories will remain up for even longer. Plus, leveled-up subscribers get the chapter a day before everyone else. Check it out now at www.Patreon.com/dawnblair.

 

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If you enjoyed today’s chapter, check out Fall’s Confession:

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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


Onesong – Chapter 22

December 13, 2017

The story is experiencing growing pains. I thought I’d show you where the chapters are at right now.

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Yes, this is the typical experience of me writing a story. There are some major changes ahead. I don’t know how much longer I can hold her together. (sheepish grin). I’m doing what I can.

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 22 is available for 1 week only! Unless you subscribe to Patreon at the $5 per month level where you can get additional access. If not, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

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Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 22

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!

BUT WAIT! If the story is still running on my blog, certain Patreon subscribers can still read it while the story is active on my blog. Some stories will remain up for even longer. Plus, leveled-up subscribers get the chapter a day before everyone else. Check it out now at www.Patreon.com/dawnblair.

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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


Onesong – Chapter 20

November 29, 2017

Time to hit the downhill sled ride toward the end of year holidays and the beginning of a new year. Ready, set… go!

I personally can’t believe 2017 happened so fast. I’m not ready for it to be 2018 – not that this year has been anything special. None of it went as planned. I just don’t want another year to be in the rear view mirror.

How about you?

I wanted to share with you an experience from earlier this week. A friend and reader saw me on Monday and we visited for a moment. She had seen my post on Facebook about having to rip my story back apart after getting it all stitched up and was curious about it. I explained that it was actually quite common for me to cycle back through my draft and rip things apart, which is why I always have to do a final read-through of the draft at the end to make sure all the information flows as it should. She also knew that I had more than one project at a time going and was wondering how many of these I’m currently trying to keep in my head.

I counted them up.

Nine, but I told her about ten because Onesong is one currently sitting on the fence. I’m both writing and editing it at the same time. Again, something that is a normal occurrence for me. After we spoke, I went to a spreadsheet I have and looked it up. Yep, nine projects currently underway. This doesn’t include the half-a-dozen or so which are waiting in the wings or the children’s books I keep nagging myself about.

Anyway, I thought it might interest you to see what it starts to look like. Mind you, this graphic is before I realized that I was going to have to rip apart the ending and scatter its tattered remains. I had planning on putting this graphic up next week, but it seemed to make more sense to do it now.

Yeah, things are fairly orderly here.

In having to rearrange a few things, this is only going to get stranger. I’ve recently started using a special software program to help me create ebooks and I can’t wait to pull this book into it. So far I’ve been impressed by its capabilities, and I’ve broken it a few times, so I’m really curiously excited to see what it does with these chapters. (grin!)

Let’s get on with the chapter, shall we?

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 20 is available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

Onesong front cover2 small

Onesong

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 20

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!

BUT WAIT! If the story is still running on my blog, certain Patreon subscribers can still read it while the story is active on my blog. Some stories will remain up for even longer. Plus, leveled-up subscribers get the chapter a day before everyone else. Check it out now at www.Patreon.com/dawnblair.

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The Three Books has officially been given a new title. If you enjoyed Onesong, make sure to check out Quest for the Three Books now.

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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


Gifting an ebook on Amazon

November 11, 2017

Did you know that you can give an ebook as a gift to someone on Amazon?

I only discovered this because my son recently asked me to purchase an ebook for him and we were trying to figure out how to get it to him rather than it coming to my device. I admit that I might have been a bit slow to notice this feature, but I’m betting there are many other people who don’t know this feature exists or how easy it is to use.

Especially if you have people in your life who love to read!

Here’s how to purchase an ebook as a gift.

Once you have an ebook up on Amazon, click the “Give as a Gift” Button.

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The next page that comes up will ask for information on where to email the book. The best part about this is that you can select a date for the ebook to ship to the person on. So, if you wanted to set up birthday, anniversary, holiday, just because gift dates ahead of time, you can!

You can even have the gift sent directly to you, which you can then deliver to them. This is great if you have older people in your life who enjoy technology but maybe don’t completely understand how to use it and they just need a little extra help.

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Then, personalize it with your message and place your order.

Gifting done!