Various and Sundry

I keep telling myself that looking at the stats for the day isn’t going to change the numbers of views and readers unless I actually post something for someone to read.  I look at the yearly stats sometimes and wonder why 2013 was my best year, I think it’s because I posted regularly and I participated on other blogs too.  I know why 2014 was horrible as far as stats go; I quit blogging so that I could work on a writing project. I worked diligently on that project for several months.  I even have more than half of it done, but I set it aside at one point because the topic was emotionally hard and I needed a break.  When I set it aside, I picked up something else to do.

In January of this year I started on the illustrations for a children’s story that I will be writing soon.  I am almost finished with that project.  I have 2 pictures left to draw before I need to find the words that will go with it.  I won’t say I am scared of that step because scared is the wrong word.  But I am hesitant.  Now that I am close to being finished, I am nervous.  What if I can’t find the words that will do the book justice?  So I find that I am taking my time spending a little longer on these last few remaining pictures.  I know if I wait long enough, the words will fill my mind until I release them to paper.  However, a little procrastination here and there will stretch the process out a little longer.

That brings on the guilt, I know that I am procrastinating and thus not fulfilling my goals and dreams.  I went on my Pinterest account the other day to my board called My Drawings.  They had commented in an email that I had not posted anything new for my followers in a long time, it was time to add more.  They even gave me some suggestions of things to add, but they would not have fit that particular board, because they weren’t my drawings. So I took a few minutes out and found a board that they would fit and pinned them there.  When I read their comment, I realized that the statement was true, but I couldn’t add my pictures, the ones that I am drawing now are not for public viewing yet.  I can’t post them there now.  However, I also can’t draw any other pictures at this time either.  I have just enough time right now to draw what I am drawing during the week.  To add something else to my schedule out of guilt doesn’t make sense.  So I am going to let the guilt go.

I have shown my pictures to several people in my personal sphere of life.  Some of the people I showed them too recently were new to seeing them.  However, in three different conversations several minutes apart, I was asked by the ladies if they were copyrighted yet.  I had planned on doing that, but not until I was finished with the last picture.  Because of that additional step in this adventure, the five people that won the “Help Me Color My Giraffe’s Sweater” contest will be receiving their prints after I complete that process.  I am sorry for the delay in getting these too you.  I can’t wait until I can send you that message saying they are on the way.  One of the two remaining pictures is one of the winning pictures, and I wanted to wait until they were all completed before taking them to get professionally printed.  I really can’t wait until you receive them, I am so excited about how they have turned out.

Okay, enough procrastinating on here and time to get back to the drawing board.  Literally!  I am working on the book cover drawing right now and only have the sweater left to color in and then I will start on one of the remaining two drawings. I really should be done with these pictures by the end of the month.  I have 13 days left in June, if I am finished by the last day it will have taken me exactly 6 months to complete.  I started them during New Years break.

Here’s to your adventures, may you not let procrastination get in the way of completing a project or adventure.  I know that I am going to do my best to not let it get me either.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tric
    Jun 18, 2015 @ 19:43:41

    We all beat ourselves up constantly. I have no doubt you’ll get there in the end. I can’t wait to see my picture.

    Liked by 1 person


    • CharleneMcD
      Jun 18, 2015 @ 22:23:25

      Tric yours was the first completed. Find me on Facebook and send me a private message with your shipping address so I will have it when I’m ready to send. I follow your FB page so I should be easy to find.



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