This post is a difficult one to write. My dad passed away in January. I won’t get too personal since this site is for my art and photography, but I would like to share just a few thoughts on how this is effecting me as an artist.
My dad was one of my first art customers. I had an etsy shop at the time, and received a message that I made a sale. I saw that my dad, Tim Medors, bought a print from my shop. He even signed up for my email list. I was beaming. That was the first of many little things he did that encouraged me and built my confidence. Every time I uploaded a new image I always knew that I’d eventually see a Like, Favorite or Comment from him. He was my biggest fan, and I had his support until the very end. As a matter of fact, one of the very last things he said to me was, “you’re a good artist.”
He died January 17th, and I haven’t been able to draw since. I just can’t bring myself to do it. I know that my heart will break once I share that new image and know he’ll never see it. For a moment I even entertained the thought of quitting, which I know is a silly thought. I’ll have to start again eventually, but for now I can’t face it.
This is the print my dad bought.
I’m a little late in sharing this, but as the title says I won! I reached just a little over 50,000 words at about 10:30 pm on November 30th. That was cutting it close, but that’s okay. I’m really proud of the win this year because I had to work hard to reach that goal. For almost the first two weeks of the month I struggled to write, had no desire to do so, and had no creativity. I had to dig deep and make myself believe that failure wasn’t an option, and ultimately I pushed forward to the win.
So, now what? Well, I plan to keep writing but at a much slower pace, and maybe I’ll do some illustrations. Will I keep doing NaNoWrimo? I have no idea. I’d like to say yes because each year I feel like I get so much out of it, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. For now I’ll enjoy this year’s win.
I thought I’d give an update on how I’m doing for NaNoWrimo so far this month. Let’s just say that during this last week of the challenge I’ll be writing A LOT! I’m behind just like I was last year, but just like last year I feel very determined to reach the goal. I’m definitely not giving up. I won’t give my word count at the moment, but I’ll say that I’m not so far behind to make this seem impossible, but I’m far enough behind that I’ll have to stay very committed to writing this week to reach 50,000 words.
One of the problems I’ve faced this year is that I wasn’t really happy with my writing in the first two and a half weeks. I wasn’t feeling connected to it. I realized this and re-focused and was able to get back on track, but it definitely put me behind. The good news is that I’m enjoying my story again, and enjoy the writing process, and it’s making the words come much faster. If I can keep this pace, I should have no problem hitting 50,000. I’ll update again at the end of the week. Hopefully I’ll be able to say that I’m a Nanowrimo winner!
It’s November which means NaNoWrimo is back, and I’m going to participate again this year. This will be the third year in a row I’ve done it, and I’m pretty excited for it this year. I’m going to do things a little differently this time. I plan to work on my main story, but I’m also going to possibly work on a few short story ideas as well as write some posts for this blog. I’m not really a writer, but it does help get my creativity flowing, and I really need that right now. Hopefully this will be a great way to get some ideas down on paper.
For those that aren’t sure what NaNoWrimo is, it is writing challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. That comes to about 1667 words a day. It’s not as hard as it seems, especially when you focus on the smaller daily goal, but it can be a challenge. For me it has always sparked my creativity, and as an artist it helps generate ideas for illustrations. If you have any interest in writing, I recommend giving it a try. You’ll push your creativity further than you realize it can go.
I’ve been sick for what seems to be most of spring. I’ve been dealing with bronchitis now for about a month, and I’ve been exhausted. But, I’m finally starting to feel a little better, and even had a chance to get out and do some photography. I have lots of new work to share! But, before I get to that, I wanted to show off some pictures of my pets. My cat, Ripley, and my snake, Hissi, both recently turned 1 year old and I love to see how much they have changed in their first year.
I hope everyone had a good holiday season. To be honest, I didn’t but I was still very blessed overall and was very happy to be with family. I was going to write about some of the hardships that came my way in December but I’ve decided to go a different route. It’s a new year so no need to dwell on what didn’t go so well for me last month. The reality is that 2018 might actually prove to be a more difficult year for me, but I’m not going to focus on that tonight. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on small goals that I can control.
Of course New Year’s Day is naturally a good time to reflect on goals, and I think one thing I’d like to do differently this year is actually make more specific goals. Not something so broad that it becomes meaningless For example, I want to build my portfolio. But what does that even really mean? That goal is too broad and I’ll likely not get anywhere with it. What will it take to reach that goal? How many pictures? In what style? What theme? I’ve realized I don’t always give my goals the structure they need for me to attain them. So, tonight I think I’ll sit by myself think through some of these goals, write them down, and be prepared for a new year.
In other news, here is a landscape painting I did for my dad and step-mom. It is the first landscape I’ve painted, at least from what I can remember. I used one of my husband’s photographs as reference.
This doesn’t have anything to do with art or photography, but I wanted to share that I’m a NanoWrimo winner! Woo hoo! For those that have never heard of NanoWrimo, it is a writing contest with the goal of writing 50,000 words in the month of November.
My word count ended last night at 50,182 (roughly about 100 word document pages), and it feels so good to reach that goal. I struggled this month. The second week of November I got very bad news about the health of a loved one, and I just couldn’t concentrate on anything other than the shock of hearing that news. I didn’t write for about a week. I’m not totally sure how I managed to finish, but the hard worked paid off and I reached the goal.
I do NanoWrimo because of the creative challenge. And now that it is over, I do want to continue to work on finishing my story and editing, and of course illustrations.
I’d like to introduce the newest member to my family. This is my ball python, Hissy Fit. I call her Hissi. Long story short, husband came home with a snake. Wife was super mad at husband. Wife held snake and immediately fell in love. Husband ran out and got a snake for wife.
So, now we have Hisser and Hissi. I’ve had her for almost two months now, and she’s doing great. She is the first reptile I’ve had, so it has been fun learning about these animals and how to care for them.
I love her cute face.
I’ve been missing in action a bit last month, and that’s because I participated in Nanowrimo, which is basically a writing challenge with the goal to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It stands for National Novel Writing Month.
I reached the goal! My final word count was 56065 words, which turned out to be about 106 Word Document pages. I had done Nanowrimo about ten years ago, and decided to do it again this year to exercise my creativity. I was hoping it would help inspire some art ideas, and it definitely did.
My story isn’t finished, not even close. So, I think my goal for 2017 is to finish it, do editing and work on illustrating the story. It will be a fun way to build my art portfolio.