Picture of author campingI took six days off work (plus regular days off at either end). I haven’t taken so many days off in a row in a long time. The vacation started with going camping for the eclipse. Not down to Oregon, but to Lake Sylvia nearby. It was the first time we’ve done an overnight camping trip with our son. A big thank you to my folks for letting us use their truck. It’s hard to go camping with a small car unless you’re willing to rough it more than we were ready to do.

The eclipse was fun. I found the rapid temperature drop fascinating. We’d planned on a day after the eclipse but ended up leaving early after our son scraped his foot. He’s fine, but it took some of the fun out of camping. By that point, we were fine with going home anyway. It’s been a long time since we went camping too!

Semester Started

The semester started during my vacation. I’m working on my e-portfolio now with the first deadline coming up at the end of next month. The full first draft is due at the end of October, and the final version by November 20th. That’s going to be my major focus during the next few months while I finish up my MLIS degree. That, and work. I do still plan to do creative work as well.

Creative Plans

I designed a simple daily sketch journal (6″ x 6″) the other day, uploaded it to CreateSpace, and ordered a proof once the files were approved. It’s designed with a square for a small sketch each day. The square labeled ‘streak’ is there to keep count of how many days in a row I sketch.

Page from sketchbook

The first book, Fall 2017, runs from September 1st through November 30th. I’m using meteorological seasons for the books. I won’t get this one by the 1st, but I’ll start working on this habit once it does arrive. These aren’t intended to be for public consumption, they’re just simple books to help me develop the drawing habit.

I also plan to work on Drive-By Stories. So much more to do!

Bigger Plans, Massive Reboot

Once I get a handle on how the portfolio work is going, I’ll be in a better position to judge how much time I have to work on the Massive Reboot and how much time I’ll have to write some new novels. Stay tuned!

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