Cover reveal: Dragons of Wellsdeep

August 3, 2018

I hope you’ve been enjoying Mystery of the Stardust Monk each week. Next up in a couple of weeks will be Dragons of Wellsdeep. Much like when I started posting Onesong, the story isn’t completely finished yet and what you’ll be seeing is an unfinished version of it.

Yes, you get to see all the mistakes in their grandeur. (grin) It’s a true look at how I work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Fiction: Uploaded on the 4th of July

July 11, 2018

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

March 22, 2018

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!


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

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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 »


Broken Smiles

May 24, 2017

“Write what you fear” is advice often given to writers.

Yeah… that’s how stories like this happen. Welcome to my nightmare world.

Broken Smiles is a futuristic tech story. Available for 1 week only! Then, it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new story will appear.

Enjoy

Broken Smiles

BROKEN SMILES

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!

Want to read more now? Purchase your copy of Broken Smiles here.

Broken Smiles – 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 copyright © Leaf | Dreamstime.com and  © Dianaopryshko  | Dreamstime.com


Progress – 05/15/17

May 15, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 5,645 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  981 words

Writing month to date total: 15,034 words

Writing year to date total: 119,188 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted. I did sketch (doodle actually) in my sketchbook this week.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent 9 hours on recording and editing  audio. I have finished all the tracks for The Doorway Prince. I just need to transfer the files to my iphone so I can do a final listen though and make sure I haven’t missed any areas where the sound is bad. However, my iphone and my itunes account are not playing well together. Apple needs to go back to the drawing table with itunes. It use to be so easy to use. The last few versions have been garbage! Now, I get an error with my phone all updated and a new install of itunes. So, an error with fully updated stuff = Steve Jobs rolling over in his grave. There has got to be a better way!!!! Apple, are you listening? There has got to be a better way! Itunes needs fixed from the ground up. There has got to be a better way.

Week’s happenings:  Okay, sorry for my frustration there. I’ve spent 12 hours now trying to get my phone updated, itunes downloaded to my other computer, and no matter what I do (or my children — isn’t that supposed to make it work? If you can’t get something to work, just hand it over to your children? Yeah, that’s not working either) it will not sync. So, needless to say, my Sunday went out the window with me fighting with computer problems. My other computer spent all day trying to upload my audio files that I’d spent Sunday morning creating to the cloud. Two computers down in one day equals me not getting any work done. I am so frustrated that I’m about to burn them onto a CD – yikes!

I did, however, get my newsletter out to subscribers earlier this week. I also got The Three Books all reformatted and the new cover completed for the print version. It should be coming up on Amazon soon. I am running an experiment to see how this all is going to work, so I’m interested to see what the results will be. Curious, I am. (When I’m not being frustrated that is.)

Loki is coming along well. I figure I’m nearing the halfway point for completing the novella. I thought I was coming up on the ending of Mystery of the Stardust Monk, but then I got surprised along with my characters. That’s the best thing about writing in the dark; I have no clue what’s going to happen. And see, with Loki, I couldn’t have planned what happened there, even though Loki was sending me the vibes from the very beginning; he got to be amazed right along with me. (grin)

Along with those two stories, I started working on another idea which actually blossomed from two real tragedies I heard about in the week. While I have no desire to say more than that, let me just remind you to always tell you loved ones what they mean to you. You never know when you might never see them again, at least in this lifetime. I can tell that this is going to be a fun story though. I thought at first that it would be hard, considering the reality behind the idea, but when I started digging into it, I realized I was exactly the person to write this. I have no idea where it’s going — again, writing into the dark now that I have the initial inspiration. Where ever it goes, it will be a journey.

Onward. Wish me luck in getting my files onto my iphone before I have to burn a CD.


The Last Ant

January 4, 2017

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Steven King is quoted as saying, “Write what scares you.”

The Last Ant scares the heck out of me.

It’s my darkest tale by far and I considered not publishing it. Natalie, my character and narrator of the story, has lived a life similar to my own in some ways. I found myself taking my own thoughts and pushing them to a psychotic edge. I kept teetering on this cliff, wondering when she would push me over. In some ways, the story was cathartic to write.

I had found what scared me: finding myself in a dystopian world, especially when I already feel like I’m watching the decay of society going on around me right now. At least Natalie was able to formulate a plan of escape.

Come jump down the rabbit hole with me. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning.

Preorder now. Release date January 17, 2017.