Friday, November 16, 2018

CREATOR WEEKLY WRAP-UP: The Hybrid Close-Out and What We're Up To

Happy Friday, fans and new readers!

Ginger's Hybrid zine is making its way around the world, landing in the homes of fans and contributors. Kara's just came in, so you can see the wealth of goodies that come along with this publication.

The Hybrid has also raised more than was originally expected for One to One Children's Fund—a number Ginger will be divulging officially at a later date. Suffice to say, she done good!

If you didn't get a chance to pick up your pack... just hang tight. Ginger may be approaching new concepts for other publications in future. Again, we'll let her make that official announcement.

If you're in need of more ridiculously adorable paranormal romance light novels, head over to J-Novel Club and check out Apparently It's My Fault That My Husband Has the Head of a Beast. Subscribers can read the book in pieces pre-publication, and you can preorder ebooks from Amazon. Localization on the first book is done and it's coming to Amazon soon!

And yes, this is one that Kara works on—specifically, she's working as editor alongside translator David Evelyn. And it comes with her seal of approval: if you like the personalities and events of Owl's Flower, these are good books to pick up while you wait for the next one!

Thanks to everyone for continuing to spread the word. We'll be back soon with more updates!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Off to Illinois!

On Sunday, Kara's hopping on a plane and heading off to Illinois to hang out with Ginger for a week! Things will still be updating and being worked on in the interim, largely because work still has to happen even though we're hanging out.

What to expect while we're together? No idea yet, we'll let you know. But we're planning to have a sit-down to chat about future publications — Owl's Flower and others — so look forward to new news!

And in case you haven't seen, digital editions of The Hybrid are still for sale on Big Cartel while printing wraps up on physical zines and products. So if you're just now hearing about it and want a copy, you've still got a chance!

Copies of Seasons of War: Gallifrey are also still available from Altrix Books. We've sent along our first donation of £1,000 raised from sales, and look forward to sending more by the time we run out of print copies.

See you on the other side!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mission Accomplished! THE HYBRID Presales Are Now Closed

That's a wrap! Ginger Hoesly's Doctor Who fanzine, The Hybrid, has closed preorders and will be on its way to its buyers in the near future.

More than 130 copies of the zine were sold, and the combined sales of zines and merch have raised more than $1,000 for One to One Children's Fund! Thanks to all the Owl's Flower fans who jumped in on the project to support one of our creators in her goal to raise funds for a fantastic charity.

If you missed the sale... sorry, this was the only printing. However, Ginger has some new zine ideas she's putting together between working on Owl's Flower 3 illustrations, and — provided Kara hasn't outstayed her welcome in the zine world by then — you'll likely see contributions from the other half of the Owl's Flower team, too!

Keep an eye on our blog and social media for future projects, and get ready for more cool stuff from us soon!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Behind the Light Novel: An "Interview" with Herne

As we work behind the scenes to pull book 3 (and other related) projects together, we don't want to leave potential new readers in the lurch. While our first book will always be free for digital download, we also know not everyone has the time to jump in and read an entire book (although, as with many light novels, Owl's Flower volumes can be read and enjoyed in an afternoon).

So in the meantime, we thought we'd pull a gimmick- er, chat with our characters so you can get to know them! For the next handful of Fridays, we'll be running short "interviews" with our main cast so you can get to know them... and maybe get interested in a new read.

First up for this week is the Forest King himself, the Owl in Owl's Flower, Herne.

Q: So what exactly does being a "forest king" entail? Do you have subjects? Do you wear a crown?

A: Oh, the whole "forest king" title is actually from an old local legend. It's not actually, you know, what I do. I tend to go with "demigod" or "nature god" by way of explanation, but that's even a little too grand. I think the Romans had a term for it? Genius loci? The spirit of a place. My "place" is William's Grove, and my job is monitoring the interaction between nature and the people who moved here.

Q: What about the people who lived here before the settlers?

A: They have their own team to handle their own unique concerns. We have occasional crossover, but it's pretty rare. And that team is a lot more experienced than me, since they've been here a lot longer.

Q: So you're not, like, eternally old?

A: Did Stormy ask you to ask that?

Q: Maybe a better question would be, since you're a spirit of the land, shouldn't you be as old as the land?

A: You'd think, but I'm specifically a spirit of the interfacing between a certain community of people and the land. Which means I'm only 400 or so years old.

Q: That's... awfully complicated and specific.

A: That tends to be how it works. There's a specific god for hospital beepers.

Q: So how the heck did you end up going from being a nature god to working at a coffee shop?

A: Well... see... coffee is good.

Q: ... that's the only reason?

A: Oh, no. That's more a perk than a reason. I'm there for Iris. It's her business.

Q: Your girlfriend?

A: Yeah, she is, isn't she?... Sorry, still just kind of wrapping my head around that.

Q: You've been dating for almost an entire year and live with her.

A: Still doesn't mean I completely register the whole situation all the time. Remember, I lived alone in a tree for a pretty long time.

Q: How does a relationship between a human and a deity work? Aren't there, like, laws or prophecies or warnings?

A: Not really, no. The only real negative to it is that immortals tend to think mortals are inferior so it's considered "dating down." That doesn't mean it's never happened before, it just means some people really dislike it on a personal basis.

Q: But what about between the two of you? Are there ever any misunderstandings? Things you can't tell her because of what you are?

A: Oh, no. She knows pretty much everything about me worth telling. We've worked past the whole "sleeping schedules" thing, too. At this point she just doesn't handle it well when I turn into an owl and hide around the house.

Q: You... what?

A: It's a nervous reflex. I'm working on it.

Q: Okay, a few more basic questions. Three things you like, three you dislike.

A: I like cookies, coffee, and... er... Iris. I dislike being bored, being lied to, and black licorice.

Q: Favorite season?

A: Oh, come on. That's like asking me to pick my favorite kid.

Q: That's fair. Favorite holiday, then.

A: I'm learning more about Christmas lately, actually. I like the whole gift-giving process. And Christmas trees are a really neat idea, too.

Q: Last question: what can we look forward to in the third book?

A: Hmm. Well, it's Iris's and my first Valentine's Day together, and pretty much everything that entails, considering I've never celebrated a modern Valentine's Day. Going into much more detail than that would be... um... a little personal.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Checking in on an old friend.

We are heckin' busy bees over here, what with Ginger's zine and book 3 in the illustration phase and Kara going to Illinois later this month to hang out. But we still want to make sure to take time to tell you what's going on both in our own careers and the Owl's Flower world, even between books.

This week, we wanted to throw you a shout about Discover Teas, run by two very good friends of ours and also very relevant to Owl's Flower in general. Once a brick-and-mortar store, Discover Teas has gone fully e-commerce. We miss the cozy shop, of course, but we still love the personal blends and the fact that they both ship and have drop-off locations for locals.

So why are they relevant to us? You know, besides the run-by-our-friends part? Well, if you were at our Book 1 launch party a while back, you may remember some frankly fantastic tea blends we both served at the party and gave away as a door prize. Both of those teas were created specifically for us by the shop!

If you are in the market for some good tea — herbal, black, green, or whatever you prefer — hit up the Discover Teas website. The "Owl's Flower" and "Stormy" blends are in Kara's file, and at a later date we'll figure out a way for you to request them easily if you're in the mood. But be sure to check out their website in the meantime and find something you like!

Thursday, September 13, 2018


She rides!

The Hybrid, headed by our own Ginger Hoesly, is now available for preorder. The Doctor Who zine features work from more than two dozen creators, both writers and artists, highlighting the Twelfth Doctor and Clara from Series 8 and 9.

Included in the mix are Owl's Flower co-creator Kara Dennison, Altrix Books co-founder and Seasons of War: Gallifrey co-writer Paul Driscoll, and R5 Central boss Mike Dent. You'll also see work from creators featured at SDCC, the Doctor Who World Tour, and beyond.

Proceeds go to One to One Children's Fund, so it's great content for a good cause!

And it wouldn't be a zine without merch. At present, the zine and merch bundle includes a physical copy of the book and three art prints. But as more bundles are bought, more stuff will become available -- including stickers, lanyards, charms, and pins!

And if you're really feeling it, there's the Cloister Bundle: a book, the merch bundle, and an acrylic standee designed by artist Staypee!

Ginger has been working hard on this amazing project, and seeing it come to fruition is so exciting for everyone involved. Now, let's raise money for a good cause and get cute stuff in the process!

Preorder The Hybrid!

Friday, August 31, 2018

CREATOR WEEKLY WRAP-UP: The State of Book 3, and Two More Anthologies



Now that Kara's done putting her filthy little author hands all over it, it's time for Ginger to take over. Or, well, it will be. She's got another big responsibility on her plate before any of that, and that's wrapping up The Hybrid.

With the layout done, she's in the process of making the actual book happen. It's going to look utterly amazing, and we'll definitely have order information up for you when the time comes. That's her first priority right now.

Meanwhile, over on Altrix Books, Kara has sent out responses to everyone who pitched to Unearthed. A list of contributors will be going live on the Altrix blog Monday, so look forward to it! And, as mentioned, there will be a new Owl's Flower story in the anthology, so it's of interest to readers.

Stay tuned for more progress!