Meet Ron. He’s the flying ace. He’ll swoop from the sky, dive into the water, and swim anywhere for a shiny fish. 🙂
Rrr- just how do you pronounce that? I wasn’t 100% sure on that myself, so I looked it up on Youtube…
There, mystery solved. 🙂 Sure would be nice if there was a video like this for all the really long and complicated dino names, especially some of the more recent Chinese ones.
Oh, and before you ask, yes, there is evidence that pterosaurs can swim. 🙂 Ron here seems to spend most of his time in water, which might be why we have so many perfect fossils of this little guy. 🙂
He’s fast though. It took a whole bucket of fish to entice him to come over for a quick chat.
And there he goes! Ah well, if you want to know more about these guys, I know a pretty awesome blog post written by the great pterosaur expert, Mark Witton. It has lots of pretty pictures too!
Keep reading for picture book progress!
I’ve been adding more critter pages to the site, so more of the pictures are clickable when you head over to Meet the Critters. 🙂
It’s under construction, so still pretty messy. Since I’m not tech savvy (at all), some pages aren’t really working the way I want them too, so please forgive the ugliness of some pages. My goal at the moment is just getting their pages up, so I can make them pretty later. 🙂
In other news…slowly, ever so slowly, the chart is filling up. 😀
I’ve been making some serious consideration about when the picture book might be finished. Every time I try to get into a rhythm, schedule, or time table at all, life happens and I hardly get anything done. Not at the speed I want to anyway.
For example, I was hoping to finish updating at least 1 of the spreads up in the chart each week, but it seems I only manage to do one every two-three weeks! I finish each one very quickly once I actually sit down to do them, but I only have about an hour over naptime (if there are no interruptions). And it seems that all this month has been full of interruptions and emergencies, or the internet won’t work…etc…
It’s very disappointing, because I want to be able to make supplemental income with my work…even if it’s just the $200 a month to hire someone to help keep the house clean. That would really be a huge help. At least for a start. Heck, at the moment I’d be ecstatic if my work would fund the Netflix bill every month!
Am I venting a bit? Yes, a little, because it truly is frustrating…but I’m also writing this because I hope it may help you in your journey. Especially if, like me, you’re on a creative path to self-sufficiency. I hope that by sharing my experience, then you can learn with me. 🙂
Life has a way of giving us lovely little obstacles along the way, and we just have to be creative in how we work around them. But it helps to travel alongside someone else.
We can vent our frustrations, get a little mad or disappointed. And that’s ok! Then we can pause a little while to step back and take a breath. Knowing we’re not alone, it’s a little easier to stop and think, maybe brainstorm a new solution we didn’t think of before, then take that step forward with renewed energy.
Everyone starts somewhere, and my goal at the moment is very small. Writing is a long term business afterall. You won’t get rich quick, but you can earn a $1 million over the course of 10 or 15 years. Hopefully shorter. 😀
But to do that I need books. And the picture book is taking a long time, longer than I ever would’ve thought coming in. I’m at a point here that I need something, anything, real. Finished. A shorter, more achievable goal that I can finish quickly so I can share it with you sooner.
I have the ebook, Dippy vs. Ball, but I had originally intended that one to be free or for 99 cents. Unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to do that on Amazon yet, so it’s selling for $2.99.
I’ll be fixing it up and adding more pages to sell on Amazon instead. And this time I’ll have an ebook and a print version available.
I think I’m at that point where I’m tired of digital data. I need to have something I can hold, physical proof that I’ve finished something. And I think we all get to that point, especially in this virtual age. Technology helps us achieve great things, but there’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment from something that you can touch, something that you can put up on your shelf and see your name printed on the spine…
Funny how the accomplishment feels more real when you can touch it. 🙂
Have you ever had something you really wanted to achieve that seemed to always be just out of reach? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 😀
Coming Next Week…
He looks tough, but once you get to know him he’s loyal to the core…and more of a softie really. 🙂