We’re now halfway through October, which means half way through Inktober. So far I’ve kept up with the official prompts each day. Though a few times I did pieces ahead of time for busy weekends. It feels like the month has been so much longer than 16 days, but it’s only been 16 days. 16 Inked drawings. This month has held a lot more events for me, including helping my Mother-In-Law move, as well as celebrating my 3rd Anniversary with my husband (and celebrating his birthday).

Now, my goal for Inktober had been to use my brush pen for all my pieces, but that goal didn’t work out, as since a few days ago my brush pen ran out of ink. I have a replacement somewhere, but finding it will be difficult since I don’t know if it’s at the house or in storage since moving.

 

On top of Inktober, I have also been slowly preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I have participated in this event for several years now. Due to certain circumstances I was unable to fully participate last year. This year I hope to hit the ground running and accomplish the 50,000 words in a month! Being a wordy person (simply because I‘m bad at trying to explain things in simpler terms), the goal itself isn’t too daunting with the right tools.

 

And what tools am I using? Well, I will mostly be writing using my iPad and a cute Logitech Bluetooth keyboard I got a few years ago (which I love the feel of, and has yet to do me wrong. I mean, I just had to change the batteries on it since I got it two years ago!)

I will also be using two programs I bought with previous NaNoWriMo winnings. Scrivener and Aeon Timeline. Before I would use Wattpad as my main writing tool (or if I was on my computer I would use Microsoft Word, then copy and paste to Wattpad) so that I had access to it from all my devices. I always wanted to really use Scrivener, but having limited computer time, it wasn’t possible. But recently I discovered that Scrivener and Aeon Timeline have apps, that, with the use of Dropbox, allows you to work on the document on tablet/smart phone or computer! This has me extremely excited for NaNoWriMo. Each day after I finish my Inktober drawing, I have been going over my old notes, making adjustments to my timeline, and writing even more notes, figuring out what I’m going to write for NaNoWriMo.

 

The notes I’m going over are for my beloved story I have been working on for years, but have taken a 2 year break from. The Dragonscar Chronicles is what I’m pouring over and will be working on. I hope to put a dent in this series that I hope to publish one day. Each NaNoWriMo I’ve worked on it has allowed me to add quite a bit to it each year. I’m hoping I can keep the momentum going even after NaNoWriMo is over.

 

In conlusion I am having a very creative time. My only regret is not having full use of my art desk and supplies. I also wish I could work on cosplays, since I have so many I wish to make, but most of that is in storage because I don’t have the room for such endeavors right now. All I can do is wait until I have the space for that side of creativity again!

 

In the meantime, I’ll continue to work on NaNoWriMo prep and finish Inktober!

I sit staring at my planner, biting my lip as I consider my goals. I wonder, can I balance all these projects? Can I achieve these goals? I reach over and grab my thermos to take a sip of my hazelnut mocha coffee.

“There’s a lot to do,” I mumble to myself, but smile. “But I think I can do it.”

 

Though lately I feel like I have not finished many pieces of art. ”The Sorrows of Saurfang” is my most recent piece of art posted to any social media, and that was a few weeks ago. No, I did take a break from art for several days to recharge (mostly by wasting my time playing Skyrim). Honestly, I have made a few more pieces of art, but some are just doodles, others I am no allowed to post, not yet.

 

I have completed one piece of dragon lineart for a coloring zine for charity. (Here is the Twitter with more information about the zine) I have been asked to do a second page for the zine, that I must have done before the end of October. Though I can’t upload the coloring page by itself, I will be allowed to show a colored version closer to when the kickstarter for it begins.

 

I also have another drawing that should be done by October 22nd for a Halloween gift exchange event held by an art group I am a part of (Glittermoon Cafe).

On the first of the month I will be applying for taking part in another zine, this one about lady knights and warriors. I have no assurance that I will be picked for the project, but I can only hope! I don’t have much in my portfolio in the way of armor, but I do have a few potential pieces. If I was picked, it would probably be another piece featuring my original character Briella.

 

Finally, beginning Monday, October 1st is an event called Inktober! I shall attempt to participate this year. It will be only my second year participating, but I am very excited about it! I will be attempting it purely with my brush pen so I can get more practice inking with it. I will also be using the official Inktober prompts that can be found on the website Here.

 

In the meantime I will also be planning some projects that I would like to make for next year (one possibly bein a kickstarter project).

 

Here’s to hoping I get the chance to be part of the Dame’s zine, as well as make it through Inktober all in one piece!

 

....And once Inktober is done, the next day begins the next big challenge...

NaNoWriMo...

 

I just have to take each challenge in stride, for each one is a building block for my creative goals!

...there was a girl named Shawna who wanted to be an artist, writer, and general creative. To exercise her writing, she had often thought about creating a blog. But what would she blog about? She was never too sure. Perhaps about her artistic ability and creative journey.

 

You enter the room, the walls covered in books, there's a desk in the middle covered in maps with doodles, writings, and maps. There is also a comfy sofa in the corner, where someone is sitting, drinking some hot drink. Perhaps it's tea, or perhaps it's coffee, or it could even be a hot totie. She looks up at you and smiles awkwardly.

"Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I shall write what I deem fit to write in this blog. You see, I need practice writing, as well as a place to share my thoughts. And that's just what this place is, my thoughts and opinions. Most of them are not too strong, mind you. But it is also a place where you can follow my artistic journey with me. I hope you enjoy your stay."