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Broken Resolutions

Posted in About the Author, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , , on July 19, 2014 by Dawn Ross

So much for my promise to finish writing the Guardian of Destiny in 2014. And you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting once a week as promised either. I have to admit that much of the reason is due to procrastination. But I do have a few good excuses too. I’m going to tell you about those, then I’m going to tell you a little about my future plans.

Sometime in March, my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer. In light of that diagnosis, my mom decided she wanted to move from Missouri back home to Oregon. During that process, she spent a week at my house in Kansas. And during that time, my husband was offered a new job in Iowa. Things moved really fast from there. After spending time with my mom in Oregon, I began organizing home repairs. We had carpeting replaced, the wooden floors repaired, painting, mud jacking, and more.

We also had to look for a new place in Des Moines, pack, and organize the move. After that, we had to move in, unpack, and settle in. Until this month, I’ve barely had time to read a book, let alone write one.

My mom is not doing well health-wise. She is getting worse, but she is in amazingly good spirits. And she is in good hands in Oregon with my step-dad, sisters, and a good friend of hers.

Anyway, I think things have settled down enough that I can get back into writing and blogging. In fact, I have a great story idea. And the good news here is that I’m going to write it here on this blog. You’ll get to see it in the raw. Look for more details next week!

What about the Guardian of Destiny? Sorry, that is on the back burner for now. It’s the way of some of us artists. We get inspired by something and go into it full force. On the flip size, if we lose that inspiration our project gets set aside. I will, by no means, put Guardian of Destiny on a shelf to collect dust. I will work on it from time to time as the inspiration motivates me. But don’t count on it being finished any time soon. You might just like the new project I’m working on much more interesting.

2014 New Year’s Resolution – Get Back on Track with Writing

Posted in About the Author, Writing with tags , , , , , , on January 1, 2014 by Dawn Ross

 

It has been almost a year since I’ve posted something useful. I can’t believe a whole year has gone by since I’ve done any serious writing! And so it should be no surprise that my New Year’s Resolution is to start writing again. Before I tell you my 2014 writing plans, let me tell you why I haven’t written in so long.

Firstly, I wanted to finish the editing on my third book, “The Dragon & The Lion”. I meant to have it done at the beginning of 2013, but got distracted. As a result, I didn’t finish the editing until August.

The Dragon and the Lion by Dawn Ross

Available on Amazon as an ebook or paperback. Search dawn ross dukarian legacy on Amazon or click the book cover image above.

The second thing that distracted me from my writing is school. I have some college credits, but I never did get a degree. So here I am at age 40 and attending college once again. This past semester course included Accounting II and Business Law II, both of which required a lot of study.

You may know from my previous posts that I also run an online business for pet car safety supplies. You’d think running a website would be easy, but it’s not. If I want people to find my website amongst the millions of others out there, I have to work hard. So instead of writing a new book, I’ve been writing blog posts about dogs, writing articles, and networking in the dog blogosphere.

Enough with the excuses! Even though I’m still going to school and still running my business, I fully intend to find the time to start writing again. I’m going to start with finishing a fantasy novel I started years ago. It is called “The Guardian of Destiny” and I’ve blogged about it before. In fact, the book is already a fifth of the way done. And I have the rest of the story clearly mapped out.

Guardian of Destiny

The Guardian of Destiny by Dawn Ross (work in progress)

While I finish writing “The Guardian of Destiny”, I am also going to write blog posts telling about my writing process. I am going to start from when I first came up with the idea for this book. Look for my first blog post on this process next Friday (the 10th). I hope to have a new blog post for you each following Friday after that.

So there you have it – my New Year’s Writing Resolution. Are you making any resolutions this year?

Where Have You Been?

Posted in About the Author, Book 3 - The Dragon and the Lion, The Dukarian Legacy - Fantasy Novels with tags , , on June 18, 2013 by Dawn Ross

“Where have you been?” I hear you all asking. I just had an email conversation with someone and directed them to this blog where I have some of my fantasy art posted. When I did that, I realized that I have not posted here in a very long time. I have a lot of excuses as to why I haven’t but I won’t bore you with all that. Let me just cut to the chase and say that I am still here. And I will have book three of the Dukarian Legacy published before the end of summer. I wish I could give a more definite date, but I have so much going on that it is difficult for me to stay on track. I only have 10 more chapters of the third book to edit. Then I need to design the book cover. And my final step will be to publish it on Amazon. Sign up for an email notification so that you can be alerted to my next post, where hopefully it will be to tell you The Dragon and the Lion is finally done!

More Miscellaneous Chatter from Dawn Ross

Posted in About the Author with tags , , , on February 25, 2012 by Dawn Ross

Well, it has been a busy week so I’m sorry I don’t have an organized post for you this Saturday. Instead, I am just going to tell you a bit on how things have been going.

Taxes
Why has my week been busy? One of the main reasons is because I have been getting my taxes done. Because my online retail business is structured under a corporation and because there are so many different aspects of the business, I do have a professional tax service do my taxes. But it is still my job to organize and submit everything. Then, of course, there are blanks which the preparer points out and needs more information on. This year, he told me that I have to start doing payroll. Even though I am the only owner of the corporation stocks and the only employee, I have to pay myself. Sounds simple? It is not. Setting up payroll includes more federal paperwork and requires tax reporting and social security withholdings. I suppose I could try to figure it out myself, but business is picking up so I would prefer to focus on customer service and improving my websites than spending time trying to figure out all the crazy federal laws and reportings. So, I am hiring someone to do it for me. If anyone ever tells you that running a website is easy, they are lying or they don’t know what they are talking about. There are a lot of costs involved and a lot of projects that need to be done in order to get a website on the first page of Google, Yahoo!, and other search engines. Even after running websites for nearly six years, I still have projects I need to do. It is a never-ending job. Sometimes it makes me money, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Medical
I also had a medical procedure done mid-week. Don’t worry, it was nothing bad. It was elective but nothing like plastic surgery or anything. Hopefully in a few months I will be able to give you more information. For now, my lips are sealed!

Sitemaps
Of the many projects I have been doing to make my retail websites better is to build sitemaps. I thought it would be easy. It was not. I’ve finally finished them for my www.PetAutoSafety.com website but not the others. What is a sitemap? It is not something I can easily explain so you may want to just Google it instead. I will tell you that there is more than one kind. There is an xml, html, and rss sitemap. I need one of each and creating each has its own set of procedures for setting up. Once they are set up, I have to submit them to Google and other search engines. I’m still not done.

The Third Dragon
I am proud to say that I finally finished getting a paperback version of my book on Amazon. You can find it at http://www.amazon.com/Third-Dragon-Book-Dukarian-Legacy/dp/1469974428/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330199368&sr=8-1. However, it is still not showing up in searches. You have to direct link to it in order to find it. I went back and forth with Createspace.com a bit, and have now sent an email to Amazon.com. Hopefully I will find out what the deal is soon.

The Raven’s Fire
I am supposed to be editing book two, but obviously with taxes and doctors I have not been doing it. I should have spent my time in bed rest editing my book. Instead, I watched TV. I will tell you about that in a moment. I dread the editing process. I find that even though I know how my story will go, I get caught up in it and forget to look for editing opportunities. Thank goodness for professional editors.

Heroes
Our local video store is going out of business so they are selling all their videos. I found a bunch of great ones I wanted including the TV series for Heroes. I watched the first three seasons but missed out on the fourth season. So, you guessed it, while I was getting bed rest this week I watched the full fourth season of Heroes. And I loved it! I am envious of all the twists and turns and little plots which my stories seem to lack. And I love all the characters. Even the most antagonistic character, Sylar, is a fantastic character. I’m not sure I felt he should have been redeemed. I wished Mohinder had been more involved in the story. They never showed whether he got back with his girl. Also, what ever happened to NIki’s son Micah? I don’t remember if something happened to him in season two or three. Perhaps I should buy seasons one through three as well.

Well, that is all I have for now. I will try to have a more organized post next Saturday. Have a good week!  🙂

Sorry, No Blog Post Today

Posted in About the Author with tags on October 8, 2011 by Dawn Ross

I try hard to post at least once a week, but this week just hasn’t been very productive. I hope to see you next Saturday.

Miscellaneous Chatter from Dawn Ross

Posted in About the Author, Miscellaneous with tags , , on October 1, 2011 by Dawn Ross

Busy Busy Busy!
I have been awfully busy lately so I haven’t had time to do much writing. Although I quit my full time job at the end of July this year, they called me back a couple weeks ago and asked if I would be willing to work for them again if they let me do it from home and for part time only. Since we are in need of additional money for IVF treatment, I said yes. We have also have a few car repairs to make before winter. And I have spent time cleaning house and promoting my new website, www.InformationWolves.com.

Where Does the Time Go?
I did manage to finally get my book, “The Third Dragon” published as an e-book on Amazon (see previous post). I should be working on getting that promoted but I think I will wait until the review is complete. Perhaps I should work on getting the website done in the meantime, but where will I find the time!?

A Dance with Dragons
In the evenings, I have been reading George R. R. Martin’s latest book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” Series, titled “A Dance with Dragons”. I just finished the book last week and although I enjoyed it immensely, I hate the fact that the sequel will not be available for some time. The story is complex and there is too much to remember in between books, so I took a lot of notes. I hate the fact that it seems like Jon died for I really don’t like it when the good guys lose. But it seems like he may live in some form, perhaps in his direwolf, Ghost. Will Jaime be back even though it seems like he is walking into a trap with Brienne? Cersei is getting her comeuppance and I hope it stays that way. And where the heck is Arya going with all this? She deserves retribution too but it seems like she is going the wrong way to get there.

The Half-Known World
Now that I am done reading “A Dance with Dragons” I am reading a non-fiction book titled, “The Half-Known World” by Robert Boswell. I am only in the first chapter, but it is very helpful so far. He says that rather than knowing your characters, you want to start out with just the basic ‘stereotype’ and evolve from there. Don’t start out with your character already figured out as it may ruin the mystery. As I go further along in the book, I believe he will expand on the “half-known” truths in regards to the storyline itself. By only telling part of the story, you are keeping the reader engaged and wanting to read more. Makes sense, right? Since I have trouble generating mystery and intrigue in my book’s story and characters, I think this will help.

Learning Chinese
Rather than reading in the evenings, I should be spending time learning Chinese. My husband is Chinese so I have learned a little bit. But if I get pregnant and my husband’s parents come to help me when the baby is born, then I really need to get a grip on the language. Boy, is it tough! I have the Rosetta Stone program and it is very good and very helpful, but I have been procrastinating on using it. (I do know how to say that my dog is not wearing any pants in Chinese.)

Well, nothing else at the moment. Hopefully I will have a better blog post next Saturday.  :0)

My Fantasy Art – Inspired by The Dukarian Legacy

Posted in About the Author, Book Art with tags , , on May 14, 2011 by Dawn Ross
 
Blue Dragon by Dawn Ross
“Blue Dragon” by Dawn Ross

My love for fantasy novels extends to fantasy art.  I love Ruth Thompson, Nene Thomas, Boris Valleyo, Keith Parkinson, and many many others.  While fantasy authors inspired me to write fantasy, fantasy artists inspired me to draw fantasy art.  I didn’t just pick up a pencil one day and start drawing dragons.  I have always been an artist.  My theme has always been animals and/or nature.  You can check out my nature and wildlife artwork at www.naturebydawn.com.

My first fantasy-like artwork was Horse in Armor.  It was a pencil sketch I drew when I was a teenager.  I had given it to my Grandma.  Several years later when she died, I was given some of her books.  And lo-and-behold, the picture I had drawn for her was laminated and was being used as a bookmark!  It was a very memorable moment.

I didn’t draw fantasy art again until some years later.  I don’t remember what my next one was, but it was probably the Blue Dragon.  Birth of Chaos was next and was inspired by the title of Book Five of The Dukarian Legacy:  Dragon of Chaos.  Cave Fire Dragon is the most recent one I have done.  I actually started it several years ago and put it aside.  When I rediscovered it, the paper was messed up so I had to start all over again from scratch.  It is sort of inspired by Lord Kildas in Book Two of The Dukarian Legacy:  The Raven’s Fire.

My fantasy art is nowhere near as good as the fantasy art of Ruth Thompson and the others.  But it was fun to draw and paint.  I will never be a famous fantasy artist, or even just a famous artist (I may not ever even become a famous fantasy writer), but I just can’t help trying.

Birth of Chaos by Dawn Ross

"Birth of Chaos" by Dawn Ross"

 

Cave Fire Dragon by Dawn Ross

"Cave Fire Dragon" by Dawn Ross