In starting this email, I realized something kind of funny about myself. I don't take photos. I mean, yes, I do. I've taken a ridiculous amount of photos since 2020, when I bought my fancy camera, but they're not… moments. They're not memories. I treat my camera like I treat any other artistic medium I have access to. It's a tool to make art.
This is a problem in that I don't really have a picture to represent Earthday Birthday and my return to big festivals. I find this annoying because it's what I actually bought that damned camera for! 😅
Earthday Birthday was fantastic! I did well vending-side and the bands (excluding Godsmack) were awesome! I met some of the coolest people ever (three generations of mosh-pit girls!) and I rediscovered a confidence in my work that varying degrees of lockdown chipped away at. I feel alive again!
And, of course, I forgot to photograph any of that. 🤦
MegaCon is in two weeks and, even if I use my phone, I'm going to try to capture some of the more meaningful moments I experience there. That might be hard because living in the moment doesn't equate to pulling out a camera, but maybe I'll remember. I'd love some help in that regard. Maybe I should practice during the preparation stages.
I am doing so much for this event, it's ridiculous. I'll have copies of the children's book, When Goblins Puppysit, at the table and they're signed by both creators! I'll have sets of the Auset Gypsy tarot deck and I'm unveiling the first collectors box for Sivoa!
This box is seriously cool. On top of containing signed paperbacks of both Sivoa: Sunrise and Sivoa: Mourning, It'll have over 40 6x9in prints of all of the artwork that I did for both - all in a pretty iridescent-marked box!
Don't worry if you already have the novels. Collector boxes sans books will be available on the website at the end of the month - just in time for the 1st Friday event at FAVO. 🥰
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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
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'