Progress – 06/05/17

June 5, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 7.865 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  2,290 words

Writing month to date total: May finished out with 29,064 words and June to date is at 7,252

Writing year to date total: 140,470 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted. I did get my Cintiq set up so that I can draw on it again and I spent some time last week working on Weblinks. I have a new page which I haven’t yet posted because I’m tempted to give Lucky a couple extra lines of dialog on the page and I haven’t looked at it to decide if I want to do that or not. I also spent some time inking and coloring the page for one of my children’s stories. More on that below.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches. I don’t have my digital work included in this count since that’s kind of hard to do.

Audio: I spent 4.5 hours on recording and editing  audio. More on this below too.

Week’s happenings:  Like I said above,  I set my Cintiq back up in my office. It’s been sheltered away for far too long and I was getting such an urge to get back to drawing that I could no longer take it. Then, while I was watching the videos for the writing class as well as another webinar video this week, I was working on my webcomic and children’s book. Let’s just say that my webinar video wasn’t very good, but I realized why I haven’t been drawing. Okay, it wasn’t really a new discovery. It was more of me finally admitting it to myself. I often realize something then spend another six to eight months of pounding my head against the wall to really get the lesson before it sinks into my hard head.

Last October when I was sitting in the writing masterclass, Dean Wesley Smith was talking about how he would quit if writing wasn’t fun any more. I made notes in my journal about the fun. My writing had definitely taken a turn away from that many years before, but I remembered when it had been fun and I’d just been writing for joy. I admit that I’m still trying to get that back and only recently have I really let that lesson sink in; it’s my own damn imagination and I’m telling stories to entertain me. If someone doesn’t like my stories, well, they can go find whatever best-seller they want to worship this week. I want to write for me and no one else. I write because I enjoy my worlds better than this one. But I’m wandering away from my point.

As I sat there trying to color my kids’ book, I was trying to think of realistic colors and what overall color scheme I wanted to have for the book. I sat back and looked at it and asked myself when I had decided to pick “Martha Stewart colors.” A couple hours later, the answer hit me. I had forgotten to play. In all the art studying I’ve been doing over the last decade, I forgot to have fun with it.

I was making it work.

I had totally lost the play. Worse, I had let someone else into my head to control my art, more than just Martha Stewart. I had let everyone who has ever made me conform to the standards of this world into my room. Pick a color scheme. You have to have a plan. Color inside the lines. Be smooth. Don’t clash. Don’t do something someone will hate. Do these jeans make my character look fat?


So now I have to go back and fix the pages, pretend I have no clue what I’m doing (not hard since I usually don’t) and make them my own. I need to go have fun with them.

In other news, I didn’t spend a lot of time recording and editing audio this week mostly because I was busy listening to The Doorway Prince. I probably should have been recording my time, but since I was doing it here and there, I didn’t capture time.  I also spent several hours this last weekend resetting my microphone. I’m still trying to find that sweet spot for it. I’m hoping I’m there.  That was another 2.5-3.5 hours that I didn’t record time for.

By the way, I went back to take a look at my time from when I uploaded The Last Ant until when I uploaded The Doorway Prince and saw that I have spent nearly 100 hours working on the audio The Doorway Prince. Yep, that’s a 100 hours of recording and editing for a audiobook that came in at just over 2 hours in length. Yes, that is a bit high, but probably not too much. That is why I reset my microphone and I keep hoping to learn to get cleaner and clearer audio. I am still learning.

I also finished a short story this week. I had a bit of trouble with the ending. I kept thinking to myself that I write about outcast heroes and this character was more of a villain than a hero. Crazy to boot. I could accept the crazy, but I didn’t like the things that he had done, even though they took place in the story’s past. I kept feeling like it wasn’t complete. Good hadn’t triumphed. My brain attacked it with a vengeance.  I feared that I was going to have to do something more with it, maybe make this story part of a frame for a larger story. I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I just had to sit down and fill in some parts, then poof, it was done and I felt good about it.

I sent it off before I could stop to think any more about it.

I also have a feeling from things I’ve been writing this week, that I’m going to get back to writing some fantasy romances. Shhh!!!  Don’t say that too loudly. Yes, romances. I’m just not sure I have it in me. But, the writing may take me back to that play land once more.

As for Loki, I have about 7,000 more words that I want to write in the story. That’s just my guess at how long I’d like to make it. He always has other plans.

Onesong is making me want to beat my head against a wall. I keep trying to look at it, but I have so much to fill in and my list keeps growing. At least since I’ve been focused on that, I haven’t been killing off any more characters in my Sacred Knight series. I haven’t brought Aeribela back to life yet either. I did find a scene that I wanted to incorporate into the story, and to do that I really need Aeribela alive (unless I’ve already added the scene and just don’t remember it. Yeah, don’t ask me how many projects I have going right now and how I keep them all straight — my answer is “Don’t know.”).

As you can see, it’s been crazy busy. It needs to stay this way because I’m so far behind on my word count to my yearly goal that I’m just stupid enough to think that I can catch up if I focus and work really hard. Then I have a case of “Oh shiny” and move off to something else. Thanks for listening.

Until next week!



Rockin’ Life page 4 posted

June 19, 2014

I know you’re all excited. Rockin’ Life page 4 is now here.

I also forgot to mention that page 4 of Weblinks came out earlier this week — click the link for that page.

Hope you all are having a Rockin’ week!

Legendary Hero Comics

June 5, 2014

After much consideration, I decided to start a website for my comics – Legendary Hero Comics.  Right now there isn’t much on it and there’s still a lot to be done.

What you will find there right now is the reboot of my Weblinks comic — I’m redoing the toning and some of the artwork as I go along. I don’t know how much correction work I’ll do because it’s also important for me (and others who want to do a comic but are afraid to start) to see how I’ve progressed.

Also there is a new “comic” called Rockin’ Life. I’ll let you check it out for yourself to see what it’s about.

Hopefully as things start to build and link together, I’ll get the website more functional too.

The grand scheme of it is to eventually publish the Sacred Knight comic and a couple comics I have as assorted stories related to Sacred Knight as well as Sabriel’s Angel (which is a story related to Weblinks).

Well, here’s to heroes that don’t want to be common but rather legendary!

Cafe Press store – new items

December 11, 2013

I have updated my Cafe Press store with new items for my artwork and for my stories. Planning on adding more items there too as I get more done — I’ve been given some fabulous ideas. If you think of something you’d like to see in the store, please let me know. I love to get comments back from my followers. Thank you all!

Art in the Park

July 9, 2012

I got a call a little over a week ago and was asked to be the Featured Artist for Art in the Park in Twin Falls coming up this weekend on July 14th and 15th. Needless to say, I’m still waiting to wake from the dream and find someone has taken my cookie away. LOL! I’m still in shock.

Really, this is proof that if you keep moving in the direction of your dream, doors will open. I didn’t figure I’d be a featured artist for another 5 or 10 years. Really!

On the bright side, it has lit a fire under me like nothing else.

In the last week alone, I’ve finished 4 worthy paintings, several more that aren’t great quality but might inspire other paintings so they haven’t been painted over yet, got a bunch of backgrounds done, and have a huge painting half finished on my easel right now. I’d like to share with you a couple of my current works in progress.


Acrylic on canvas
©2012 Dawn Blair

I love the natural and man-made lanterns in this picture. To me, it’s kind of symbolic of an artist’s journey where we try so desperately to create life from nothing, trying to duplicate what the Universe does normally. Okay, enough of that!

I keep going back and touching up this painting, but I believe I have finally finished it. Next week it’ll be all framed up and prepared for Art in the Park.

Here’s a piece still on the easel. The sides are already painted black so it’ll be a simple matter of wiring it up to hang. It’s 18×36. Beneath it is one of the last airbrush paintings I attempted before getting frustrated and deciding to learn how to actually paint with a brush. I’ve looked at that canvas for years debating whether or not to cover it up or finish it. When I started this piece, I didn’t even cover up the old painting first — I just started painting over the top. Since the first painting was actually hanging portrait style and this is landscape format, the shapes from the previous painting came through as shadows and gave support for building this painting. I’m actually fairly excited about this piece, even though it made my arm ache all night long from doing two coats of blended colors. Message received from the Universe on that: don’t stop painting again! Got it, message over loud and clear!

Here it is:

Untitled (at the time of this writing)
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
©2012 Dawn Blair

So, there’s some new work. It’s good to be painting again, especially after having to admit to a collector of my work that nearly everything currently listed on my website was already sold. What can I say? I’ve been writing like a manic on Sacred Knight. But now with this new development, I feel like I’ve come into a new balance between writing and painting — after all, with needing paintings for Art in the Park and an audience hungry for book two of the Sacred Knight series, I’m having to learn how to do both. Now, if I could just find a way to get back to the graphic novels too, I’d be happy camper! I hear Weblinks calling me and I really want to get back to that too.

Sleep? Who needs sleep? I’m having too much fun!

New Weblinks posted

May 15, 2011

New page of Weblinks posted.

I admit, this is an information gathering chapter. Not much action going on. Probably why I haven’t been real into working on Weblinks either. But, I’ve recently had an idea that will make part of this go much faster. A very cool interactive section of the comic. Not quite sure how I’m going to replicate it when I do the print version, but I’m sure something will work out. I’ll have to be clever! That idea alone has been worth the delay. Now, it’s not happening this week; it’s a couple weeks off. But that gives you plenty of time to bring yourself up to speed on the story again. So go check out Weblinks — the not so normal story about vampires saving the world.

Ground Level?!?

May 10, 2011

I have a friend who is ever so honest with me. Whenever I need an opinion I know if I ask her she’ll give it to me cut and dry, black and white, no shades of gray. Bless her heart.

She once told me that Weblinks was “basement art.” She didn’t mean it in a bad way — she never does. It just mean that I was starting off in the basement, like a laundry wench slaving away at the tubs in the bowels of the castle. My phrasing, not hers! It was a place to start and work my way up (unlike the poor serf who was bound to stay there forever).

I drew the first chapter of Sacred Knight back in 2007. For the last 4 years, I’ve drawn Steigan over and over in many different styles making many different attempts. So, it was really nice last night when I was working on the pages for upload to webcomicsnation and I could already see that I’m improving even though I’ve barely been doing much for those last 4 years. I may have finally climbed the stairs to the ground level. Maybe, just maybe, there might actually be hope for me yet! It really does give me hope and courage for the revamping of the chapter. I may show off my many characters before I settle on a design for Steigan — maybe even have another poll. Comment and let me know what you think about that.

Well, another page to be uploaded tonight. Until then, happy creating!