As I sit here, writing this newsletter, I'm looking out the window to find that today November is definitely owning up to the first part of the above quote. To be fair though this is the first day this month where it's been rainy like this. Days 1-4 have been gorgeous by Florida standards… which is newsletter worthy in that the weather has allowed for the rebuilding of my roof to begin!
This was the first domino of the various steps needed to be able to remodel and move into my new house, which will ultimately lead to my being able to finally build myself a proper studio! That, in turn, will allow me to get back to streaming on twitch again! Yay!
For now I'm still working out of this bag (which turned out to be one of the best stretch-goal items we have ever gotten from Kickstarter 😅):
This travel bag turned out to be super handy at Spooky Empire too! I'm not sure what I was expecting when I went up there to sign Auset Gypsy tarot cards at the REDFeather booth, but table space was definitely part of it. Upon arriving to find out that none was available, I was still able to network out of my little (big) bag here. 😁
I'm not the only one working out of bags/boxes like this either. A conversation with Rose informed me that a lot of metaphysical shops (like James') were closing their brick and mortar stores to pursue a touring/online business model; join the convention vendor life. This is a story that I'm hearing more and more for businesses (of all types) and I find it interesting that the convention/trade-show/farmers market things are quickly becoming - to the eyes of society - "real" jobs.
I feel that this also makes the phrase "shop local" not as useful as it used to be. Local implies physical stores that you can drive to, but with more and more businesses moving to weird hybrid models in order to stay afloat, hoping in the car at the last minute to drive to them isn't all that feasible anymore. "Shop small businesses" or "shop small" would be a much better thing to push and something that I feel everyone should keep in mind this upcoming holiday season.
Of course the strain on the shipping industry, plus the fact that we're pretty much still in a pandemic, complicates this. In regards to gift-giving this year, digital goods might be the easiest way to go.
I never get tired of opening boxes like this. While I didn't technically "win" the NaNoWriMo again this year, I've been extremely successful with it. Sivoa: Zenith now has as many words as Sivoa: Sunrise and the ending is actually written. I just need to fill in some plot holes and write in some scene connectors before it's onto the editing phase. I forgot how exciting it is to be this close to the finish line! Heck, I'm feeling this on two fronts! The children's book I've been working on is approaching completion and is looking like it'll make its deadline of February! Y'all, this story is so stinking cute! It's about 5 little goblins just barely not failing at puppy sitting. Stylistically, it's like a hybrid storybook and comic, which helps to keep it timeless. 🥰 Being on the production side, I do not know what launch procedures for this book will look like, but if you want to be kept informed about release and ordering information
Happy 2022! All these twos must be affecting my brain because I've been two days late with my regularly scheduled content since the year started. 😅 I want to blame the cheese, but in truth it's because I've been overwhelmed with the move into my new house and the death of a dear friend . In fact, I've been using the move to dive mindlessly into physical labor and turn off my feelings - which bit me in the ass earlier this week when I realized that I hadn't even started on my Patreon update. I opened up photoshop to start coloring and about ten minutes in I couldn't see the screen through my tears. That moment of quiet allowed me to grieve like I should've in the first place and I guess I'm better now for it. I still miss Weatherly though. He was a staple of convention life for me - a friendly face that was always there to tell really bad jokes, make silly faces, and show off his latest shirt designs. He was the father of Aardvark Tees and if you'
(Who let the dog out?!) Thank you for letting me into your inbox for a second time this month. 🥰 As promised in previous emails, I am emailing with the price and release information on the children's book, When Goblins Puppysit! It's $9.99 on Amazon and available today! Won't lie, I kind of can't believe I'm sending this because I've been working on this project so long and It's finally here! Ahhhhh!!! *happy dance* Buy your copy by clicking here! We went with Amazon mostly out of familiarity and ease of publication, but I do want to say that because they kind of act like a marketplace for a POD service (that they also provide), their print editions are pretty lucrative for small-time authors. Their base prices are the most affordable I've found and we authors get as much as a 66.66% of each printed book sale (depending on what agreements we make ourselves behind the scenes). In terms of royalties, that's pretty nuts! Digital editions... not so m