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
As I'm typing this, I'm preparing to leave for Rose City Comic Con , in Portland, OR with my BFF, The White Elk ! This is the first convention I've ever attended on that side of the country and I'm excited to see, like, s o many online friends ! Then two weeks after that I get to see even more at Necronomicon over here in Tampa, where I will be vending . I really kind of need this after last month. August was very rough for me with the kiddo starting school back up (in Florida, where everything is insane) and the passing of Jarvis , my (but then Daniel's ) cat. She meant a lot to me. More than I think I'll ever be able to explain. I did manage to get some art done though! Two children's book pages, a Sivoa illustration (with another coming out on Tuesday!), and two Sivoa sketches! All of which can be found on the Patreon member Discord channel ! I also got a ton of writing done. 😁 If you already follow me on Patreon (it's free!), these monthly emails
and everyone is having them! It's festival season and because all walks of life had paused their events until now, there are just… so many! I've gotta say, going full-on back to in-person conventions has been a weird experience. To keep things short, Rose City Comic Con was so vigilant with making sure attendees had been vaccinated and wore masks, that it felt completely safe to be in that big hall, even with the huge crowds. Necronomicon , on the other hand, said that it was unreasonable to expect them to enforce any such policy, and as such, the convention was empty. I know that correlation does not equal causation, but numerous people replied to Necronomicon's facebook group, saying that they didn't feel safe to go because of health concerns... so they didn't. I guess the TLDR of this is that making the public feel safe seems to be a good business move. It's certainly becoming a factor in my decisions on which events I want to attend in the future. Yes, I kn