Thursday, September 12, 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: Ineffable Charms and Upcoming Conventions!

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This week, Ginger is releasing some heavenly merch in her store, and Kara's making some 2020 plans!

First up, Good Omens fans will want to check out Ginger's store today as she's putting out new designs inspired by Crowley and Aziraphale (and their love of sushi!). Prints are available for order, and charms are available for pre-order (provided minimum orders are met).

Meanwhile, keep your options open in 2020, as Kara has plans to be present at two conventions so far! More information will be forthcoming on which and when, and hopefully there will be some good Owl's Flower rep at both. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 6, 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: New Pins and... We're Okay!

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Hello again, readers!

First off, just a quick note to let everyone know that Hurricane Dorian has come as close as it's going to come to Kara's place in Hampton Roads. There was some wind and a bit of flooding, but otherwise it wasn't much cause for concern. If you or your loved ones are anywhere in the path of Dorian, please stay safe and look after yourselves.

Ginger has turned her "Thank God and Scotland" shirt design into a pin! A limited number are available, so if you're interested, be sure to grab one now. They turned out looking great, and they have two pins and nice safe backs so you can display it on a jacket or bag without fear of losing it.

She's got lots of other pins, shirts, prints, and more in her shop, so be sure to check it out! It's a great way to get your hands on some Ginger originals if you're an Owl's Flower fan; plus, as it's her own shop and not hosted through a third party, you know exactly where your money is going.

There's more on the horizon, including an upcoming charity anthology and some other cool stuff. So keep an eye on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: Books, Podcasts, and More to Come!

Applications have closed for Ginger's next zine, and now she gets to lurk in the darkness of her inbox as she chooses who will be working on A Pile of Good Things. As she does that, here are a few other things to keep an eye on.

Kara has made an appearance on You and Who Talking to chat with J.R. Southall! You can hear a reading of one of her essays, along with a chat that covers everything from British TV to Doctor Who fandom to, of course, Owl's Flower.

Plus, Kara's in a new anthology! Sockhops & Seances comes from 18th Wall, and features spooky stories set in the 1950s. Kara leads off the collection with "Son of the Wolf," a tale of seaside amusement parks, haunted roller coasters, and a girl named Heck. You'll see other familiar authors in the book, too!

More continues under the radar. Thanks as always for your support! We're looking to move our shop to a different layout before long, and we'll make sure to warn everyone when that happens.

Friday, August 2, 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: A Birthday, a Shop, and Last Call for Zine Applications!

Kind of terrifyingly, it's a new month already! Both of us are surviving the summer, working away on the next book and other projects we're looking forward to sharing. Thanks as always for keeping an eye on what we're up to!

This weekend is Ginger's birthday, so feel free to embarrass her online if you happen to see this. They'll kill time while her gifts get shipped to her.


Speaking of Ginger, she's moved her shop over to a personal page. Things are still being put together there, but you can browse her goods, including brand new shirts for those days when you've 'bout had it with social media.

Finally, you have until August 5 to apply to A Pile of Good Things, the next charity zine from RaThZEm! (It's fun typing those random capitals.) Writers and artists are being accepted - writers, you don't have to have a pitch ready, just have a link to some previous work! Apply here!

We'd tell you what Kara's up to, but she's still not allowed to go into it yet. Soon. Eventually. Hopefully.

Friday, July 26, 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: Illustration Continues for Owl's Flower 3!

In the midst of all our work elsewhere, we're still ticking away at Owl's Flower book 3 — admittedly a bit more assiduously now than we were able to in previous weeks and months. Being employed is great, but it does cut into passion project time. Thanks to everyone for their patience!

Ginger has been working with some new resources to ease her workload and make her art pop even more than it already did (which is really saying something, if you're familiar with her work!). She's been posting samples here and there on her own social media, and we've been sharing it on the Owl's Flower social... But in case you missed the first, here's a sneaky Dumb Baby scoping out the background of a scene:

We're both working away on this and other things behind the scenes. Ginger's got a new zine, A Pile of Good Things, coming up in the near future. 11th Doctor fans who are also writers and artists, take note: applications are open! Head over now and get your name in!

Meanwhile, Kara is working on... er... can't actually say at this point. Assuming all goes to plan, it will be worth the wait.

Keep an eye out for more book news, as well as our other work along the way!

Friday, July 12, 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: New Projects from Our Creators!

We don't really stop, as you may have noticed.

Ginger's been working away on Owl's Flower 3 (title TBA) art, and the sketches are looking fantastic so far. We have some new characters to introduce to you before long — whether they're temporary or permanent is a bit of a spoiler, but we hope you'll look forward to it!

In the meantime, we've each got a project we've been working on that we'd really love you to have a look at.

Gokigen na Chou is a Digimon Adventure fanzine co-modded by Ginger, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the series. The zine has art from 44 artists (including Ginger), along with some cute merch like pins, bookmarks, and mini-prints. Plus, if at least 100 physical copies are sold, everyone who bought a physical copy will get a really cool enamel pin!

They're already halfway there, so this looks pretty darn doable. And, like, look at it. It's so good.

Orders are only open 'til August 19, so head over to the order page now and pick a bundle! (Also makes a great gift for the Digimon fan in your life... trust us, you know at least one.)

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Speaking of anniversaries, it's the 50th anniversary of "Space Oddity"... and Chinbeard Books is celebrating with the release of Me and the Starman! Fans of the You & Who books will know the format well by now. In this new volume, fans unite to write essays about David Bowie's many works, from movies to music and beyond — in particular, how these works played a part in their lives. Kara has an essay on Labyrinth and her college years.

Better yet, proceeds from the book will fund Cancer Research U.K. Grab a copy here and get reading!

Thanks as always for following our projects both within and outside of Owl's Flower!

Friday, June 28, 2019

BEHIND THE SCENES: Personal Projects and What's to Come

So as you may have noticed, Owl's Flower 3 is still in the works. There's good and bad to this, of course. The "bad" is obvious—no book yet. But the "good" is for good reasons: both of us actually have a lot of work, and having work and commissions is a good thing. For Kara, it's several writing projects in the works; for Ginger, it's more art and zines on the horizon.

The basics: the book is still in the being-finished stage. In other words, it's more done than not-done. And it will be done, and other books after it. But right now, considering this is a passion project and other projects pay, we can't necessarily afford to shove other projects aside to speed this along. That's not a guilt thing, it's just a fact. (We both have day jobs, too.)

That said, the ability to put a little more focus on the books would be welcome. No, we're not opening a Kickstarter or a Patreon because... eh, we tried those individually and they only go so far depending on the project. But any support we can get will help us lift book 3 off the back burner and justify putting it ahead of other projects. And we want this out as much as the next person.

So what can you do to help us?

Download and review the first book!

We made a conscientious decision to make the first book free so people could know if they wanted more. We've heard good things, but you guys can help spread the word.

If you haven't read the first book, we'd be super pleased if you did. If you have, it'd be a big help if you could review it on GoodReads. Our business model means we aren't available on Amazon, so this is how we get ratings and good words.

All of this costs zero dollars, incidentally—can't beat that for return on investment!

Buy and review the second book!

We're very happy that people cared enough to give Ghost Fall a go when it wasn't a free download, many of you even going above and beyond what we would have charged when we named our price. If you haven't gotten your copy yet, you can do that here... and you can also get a print copy if you prefer that real-book feel.

Again, a GoodReads review is always helpful. Whether you drop stars or words or both, you're helping us out a lot!

Peruse our goods!

Ginger has made some awesome merch, including shirts, prints, mugs and much more. If you like our stuff, consider buying some goods. The proceeds go straight back to us, and will help us be quicker about making a print version of Book 3 when the time comes.

Support our individual projects!

Check out Ginger's Etsy shop where she sells pins, shirts, and lots of other really cool stuff. Doctor Who fans in particular will have fun looking through her goods. 

Kara is currently preparing to send some other projects out to publishers so there's nothing new to promote just yet, but she's always got her Ko-fi open for donations. And anything new from both of us will be announced here and on our social media.

Thanks as always for your support and patience. We look forward to bringing Book 3 together for you sooner rather than later!