Progress – January 28, 2019

There are some weeks when I am just tired. Last week was one of them.

In trying to reboot my painting, I have several decisions to make. That lead me, of course, to research to find tools that will help me and that, obviously, leads me to testing several different tools to see which one(s) I like.

What frustrates me is that I had a tool I liked. It had years of data in it. I did want to clean it up some, maybe divide the database. But because of changes in technology, the program doesn’t work quite right any more. The company that developed it still has a website that for the last two years has asked for patience while they update their systems — they want to move to a cloud platform. However, I’m not sure they are serious about that any longer. I have exported the artwork data from the program, but it’s not easy to import without a lot of cleanup, mapping fields, and making it fit a new program.

With that experience, I don’t want to start something else that could potentially disappear or become obsolete. Which makes me think about paper files — good until a fire, or flood, etc.

So, it makes me leery to pull the trigger on anything. I don’t want something I will just end up rebuilding in seven to ten years. I realize that technology changes and that we have to have forward movement, but it seems like everything always needs constant updating and when a business no longer wishes to continue, they just close up. No one wants to build for a legacy, only for the current moment (and dollar, though I’ve read that the average lifespan of a solid business is about 30 years). It makes me tired.

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Progress – July 9, 2018

My 4th of July started at 6:30 a.m. It didn’t end until 1:30 a.m. on July 5th. With the exception of sharing meals with my boys and all of us playing Legendary (where we finally managed to beat Thanos!), I spent the entire day getting ready for Salt Lake Gaming Con. Just so many little things that needed to be done.

I didn’t get a word written that day.

I also have been so tired (with some other things going on too) that I just didn’t get this blog done as I normally do. So, it got delayed a day.

I did manage, in the extra time, to get my dictated words transcribed, so I got to add them into my numbers. I just was too busy running around last week and didn’t get enough written. Yes, that means I didn’t get my full word count done, so I once again start at zero.

I’m not sure how much I’ll get done this week either. I’ve got Wizard World Boise coming up this weekend. Fortunately, there’s very little for me to do to get ready for that show now that I’ve done most of it for Salt Lake Gaming Con. If you want to get 20% off tickets for Wizard World Boise, please use code SKYS20 at checkout. This is not an affiliate code and I don’t get anything in return for you using it. It’s merely a discount.

I should say that Salt Lake Gaming Con was fun. I met some really great people and I’ll be sharing more about that here later on in the week (unless I get too busy, then it’ll be next week). I also learned about some other shows in the area and am trying to book more. We’ll see what comes out of that.

Well, right now I want to go get some sleep.

Then, I have to figure out what my Wednesday fiction will be. (yikes!)

Fiction words written last week: 3,915 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  106 words

Weekly word goal reached for 0 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  4,642 words

Writing year to date total: 174,351 words

Drawing/painting last week: I varnished a ton of ACEO’s for my shows – yes, new miniature artwork if you come see me at a show.

Audio: I spent less than an hour editing audio. Yep, this hit the floor this last week too.

The Gift of Time

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!