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Blaugust Day 1

Today is the first day of Blaugust, a challenge started by Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut inviting bloggers to write 31 posts during the month of August. It doesn’t matter if you blog about games, drawing, books, life, or just stuff- everyone is welcome to join in.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to start off Blaugust with, but luckily Belghast posted a writing prompt that will act as a great way to start things off. (Throughout Blaugust you will be able to find writing prompts over on the 2015 Writing Prompts thread posted on Anook. These prompts aren’t required, they’re just a way to get those fingers moving if you don’t know what to write about. Void from A Green Mushroom has already posted a bunch of great prompts to get you started.)

What are you hoping to get out of Blaugust this year?

I’ll start off with what I have already got out of Blaugust this year, and that is the successful launch of this blog. Mustering up the courage to start a blog has been something I’ve been struggling with for awhile now, but with all the buzz around twitter and across the blogosphere about Blaugust I finally decided it was time to stop making excuses and just dive in.

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When a challenge awaits face it head on. Chances are you’re more capable than you think, and most of the time it doesn’t even require pants.

Now for what I hope to gain. Over the years I have struggled with writing, it has become something I loathe. This is mostly because it seems to take me an eternity to form and organize my ideas into something coherent enough that I feel comfortable writing it down. I sit there in my chair or on the couch and think for more time than I care to admit. Eventually, I come to a point where I have written out most of what I am going to write in my head and I can finally put pen to paper. I want to move past this aversion to writing, and just let the words flow while still being mindful and deliberate about what I am saying. There was a time when I enjoyed writing. I fondly remember concocting stories of evil care bears, giant cockroaches attacking band kids, carrots traveling to Mars, and battling Bigfoot with Nerf guns.

So maybe I don’t want to be telling the same kind of stories as I was in Middle School, but I do want to enjoy writing again.

During Blaugust, I also hope to connect with the great, vibrant, and thriving community of bloggers out there. For the past year, I have discovered so many great blogs written by thoughtful, interesting, and creative people. It’s time to step beyond lurking reading, and start interacting with the authors of the blogs I enjoy and the new ones I discover thanks to Blaugust.

Lastly, I leave you with a challenge I have set for myself during Blaugust, and that is to read every post written by my fellow Blaugustians. Sure, my eyes may rebel and I may fall asleep and drool all over your post but it will be worth it, right? Right!?

Goodluck my fellow Blaugustians, it should be a fun ride.

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Every Day Matters

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A Challenge

On July 2, 2015, I started the Everyday Matters Challenge. The EDM challenge is an invitation to anyone from the novice (that’s me) to the professional artist to push their creativity by drawing the things of everyday life. The challenge was spawned from a book by Danny Gregory called Everyday Matters. I have not read the book, but I stumbled upon the challenge list created by Karen Winters on Danny’s site. The list consists of 328 things to draw that are, for the most part, something from everyday life.

Since June of last year I have been drawing every day, sometimes it may just be a line or a few scribbles, but the point is to get something down. Now, drawing every day has become a habit and I look forward to putting pen or pencil to paper and seeing what happens.

When I discovered the EDM challenge my interest was immediately piqued, it’s not always easy to decide what to draw every day. This challenge helps me with that daily decision, and I am looking forward to how it alters my perspective of everyday life. Whether you read it as Everyday Matters or Every Day Matters both apply. This challenge isn’t only about leveling up your artistic skill, but also an appreciation for the everyday things in life and each new day itself.

EDM: Day 1

The first thing to draw on the list was a shoe, so here is my shoe.

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With each sketch, I hope to provide an accompanying story/memory or just a few details about the item, the situation, or my thoughts on the sketch itself. Over the next few days, we will be playing catch-up because currently I am on Day 29.

Just Start

Before I wrap up my first post I want to welcome you dear reader and say thanks for stopping by. My original plan for the first post of this blog was to introduce myself and give everyone some background information while explaining my hopes for this blog and the meaning of the blog’s name. I was knee-deep in that post which was originally created in May, but I finally decided I needed to scrap the whole thing, and so I did. I realized that if I didn’t just start- this blog may never see the light of day. Taking that first step is all it takes sometimes. I decided the best way to start was to tell you about a project I am working on right now. Let’s leave the backstories for another time, shall we?