Day 13 Word Count NaNoWriMo 2015

It’s been a few days since I’ve updated my word count because I have not done any NaNo writing–zip, zero, nada. I’ve been blocked, baffled, bewildered, and befuddled. But that all ended today! I’m back in the saddle. I’ve haven’t caught up to the other NaNoWriMo riders yet, but I can see their dust trails ahead of me. It won’t be long now.

Today I wrote 2,126 words

Total words: 18,444

17 days to go.


Veteran’s Day Tribute: A Man Named Art

A special post for Veteran’s Day:

DMG Byrnes

Today, is Armistice Day, better known as Veteran’s Day; a day of honor, thanks, and remembrance of all of those who have served their country in times of War. Sadly, most people only think of veterans on this day, if ever at any other time when a reminder isn’t directly in front of them. (The history of this day can be found here on the Veteran Affairs official site.)


As much as I may be tempted to use this moment to recite the numerous disconcerting facts concerning veterans returning from combat and the mental health “treatment” they receive, how many dispossessed veterans make up the homeless population, or any other soapbox worthy spiel, that’s not what I want to post about today. Today,  I want to tell you about a man I met over seven years ago. A couple of years ago, I wrote the story of how I met…

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Day 8 Word Count NaNoWriMo 2015

Today, I wrote 2,122 words. Daily goal surpassed 🙂

Total words: 15,273

22 days to go.

Not as many words as I had hoped, but I am still on target. I am further ahead than I have ever been in the six years I’ve been participating in this crazy challenge.

I did post four days worth of the November 30-Day Sketch-a-Day Challenge to my project page. I only have today’s to do and I’m caught up on that. Yeah 🙂

And I finally cleaned out the printer innards from the toner catastrophe from a couple of days ago; and installed 4 brand new brand-name cartridges. No more knock-offs for this girl. I learnt my lesson.

Day 7 Word Count NaNoWriMo 2015

Today was an art-class day. When I got home after class, I decided to spend time catching up on the November 30-Day Sketch-A-Day Challenge. I didn’t sit down to start writing until after 11 pm. So I only wrote 262 words in about 20 minutes. I could stay up until 1 or 2 am, but then I would just sleep Sunday morning away. It is better for me to go to bed by midnight and get up around 8 – 9 am to start writing. I’ve been known to crank out several thousand words when I dedicate a full day to the task.

Today, I wrote 262 words. Daily goal unmet 😦

Total words: 13,149

23 days to go.

Two Sides of Me

I’ve decided that since there are two sides to me–writer & artist–I will alternate the focus of my posts. On weeks where Saturdays land on an even date, I will blog a writing topic. On weeks were the date is odd, I will blog an art topic.

Now, some might think that there was some intentional, psychological scheme at work here. Odd number because artists are odd. But not at all. Today is the 17th and I wanted to write about art. That’s all there was to it. The fact that artists are odd had nothing to do with it 🙂

Today’s topic: Acquiring inexpensive art. I recently discovered a new art site that has inspired me to create something new nearly every day. The site is Daily Paintworks. There are hundreds of talented artists showcasing their work. The site also runs an auction. Many of the paintings are smaller works, which makes them very affordable. I just acquired “Wondering at Twilight”, a beautiful abstract from Kerri Blackman. It looked great on the screen, but the physical piece is even more vibrant. I love it!

So, I am busily creating small pieces that I hope to offer up for sale soon. The little guy below is not one of them. I created him to test a new set of watercolor pencils. I only spent a few minutes on him just to see how they worked. Pretty well, I think. I’m off to the studio (aka living room) to create something!

5-minute watercolor pencil study

5-minute watercolor pencil study