I think I may have figured out how to take a better picture: I used a lamp to light this, which kept my flash from going off. I didn't think it would be better, but after I fiddled with the picture, I was pretty happy with it.
I was also pretty happy with my drawing session. I could have gone on for more than 15 minutes, but there's other things I need to do, so I stopped. Maybe when I don't have to go somewhere in the morning, like on Saturday, I can try to spend a little more time on the drawing.
One week down!