Friday, May 19, 2017

Owl's Flower Spring Tour!

It's a little bit of a special weekly update -- Kara is currently up in Illinois visiting Ginger!

So what's going on while we're here? Well, yesterday we spent the day at Six Flags. It was mostly roller coasters, but some book brainstorming also went on.

For the rest of the weekend we'll be making some videos, going to a Cubs game, and probably finishing off MST3K. But we'll definitely be pulling some things together for readers about current and future book work, as well as some general silliness.

Also, Kara got her contributor copy of the first book and it's lovely. If you don't have yours yet, trust us, you're going to love it when you do!

Once the weekend is over and there's time to edit videos, expect the next few Fridays to be video-ness!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ow's Flower Weekly Wrap-Up! ~ May 12, 2017

Greetings, readers and visitors! It's a big weekend for us, as both Kara and Ginger are prepping for Kara's trip out to Illinois next week! She'll be heading out Wednesday and heading back Tuesday, and apparently Ginger has some cool stuff in store. Baseball? Trampolines? Maybe some owls? We'll see.

For now, book preorders are sorted, bound, and getting ready to be sent off to their forever homes! So look forward to your own tangible, flippable, shelvable copy of the beginning of Owl's Flower.

And in case you missed it, Ginger made a video showing how she hand-bound this first volume!

Remember, you can still get an ebook edition free or buy a bound copy. Future ebook editions will be pay-what-you-want, but we will never put a price on the first digital copy, so you know what you're getting into!

Next week's update will likely be made from Kara's laptop many, many miles from home. No idea what it will contain, but hopefully it'll be entertaining for our readers. 'Til then!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! ~ May 5, 2017

Welcome back to the blog! Ginger and Kara are currently making plans for a mid-month meet-up, so look forward to stories and photos from that when it comes around! For now, though, here's what we've been up to.

Ginger recently released some adorable pinback buttons inspired by the emoji badges from the Doctor Who episode "Smile." The full set of eight is available for $8, or the skeptical 12 face on its own (top left) for just $1. They've been very popular, so be sure to grab yours while you can!

Meanwhile, Kara's back from RavenCon and has posted about it on her blog! Thanks to everyone who came by to chat about books, conventions, and general silliness!

She'll next be at Anime Mid-Atlantic next month in Norfolk, VA, working a table for Onezumi Events and hosting Friday night karaoke! If you're an anime fan and in the area, come see us!

That's all for this installment -- check back soon for more news!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! ~ April 28, 2016

Welcome back! This has been a busy week for both of us, both in terms of book stuff and in terms of other projects. Let's see what we can lay out.

First off, Ginger has been working away at binding physical copies of the first book! (That's right, our self-publishing is so "self," we even put the books together in-house!) Keep an eye on our social media for when preorders will be going out.

Fans of the Twelfth Doctor, go check out Ginger's latest T-shirt, inspired by Bill's rather apt description of the Doctor. You can buy it from her Etsy shop!

Starting today, Kara will be at RavenCon in Williamsburg, VA! She won't be doing any panels or interviews, as she's busy both running the Artist/Author Alley and staffing the Onezumi Events table. But she'll have some cute Owl's Flower postcards, so come pick one up if you see her!

And speaking of Onezumi Events, Ginger and Kara are working together with con chair Oni Hartstein on rebranding for PotterVerse, the company's upcoming Harry Potter convention! (Well, Ginger is doing most of the work; Kara is offering vague guidance here and there.) Guests announced so far include Miriam Margolyes, Chris Rankin, and Adrian Rawlins, with more to come!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend -- check back soon for more news!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Owl's Flower Weekly Wrap-Up! ~ April 21, 2017

So usually this the time of week when we talk about what Ginger and Kara have been up to on the side. Well, they're definitely up to things (some of which will be unveiled on other sites next week), but right now we want to focus more on OF itself.



The pages were divided between Catprint and Imagination Print and Design (where Ginger works) to enable us to insert full-colour illustrations without driving up the overall book cost. As you can see, they turned out pretty nice.

We're happy to continue to offer the first book as a free download and all forthcoming ebook editions on a pay-what-you-want model, but we know that many readers (ourselves included!) want something for the shelf. If you preordered, this is just a sneak peek at the unbound version of what you're getting!

We'll offer more information on shipping dates when we're closer to being done. For now, remember that you can still buy the first book here!

Next week, we'll have lots of cool announcements for you -- including completed print book info, personal projects, and our work with a certain other owl of note. Stay tuned!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! ~ April 14, 2017

Welcome back! Just a few notes before we get on to the announcements.

First, those of you waiting for print copies of book 1, we remember you! The books are being assembled this weekend, and we'll put out social media alerts when they're ordered. Remember you can still get the first ebook free, but if you really like it and want a hard copy, paperbacks are available for $10!

Now, on to the individual news.

First, Series 10 of Doctor Who starts tomorrow, so it's a great time to remind you that Ginger has some amazing Twelfth Doctor stuff in her Etsy shop. Ride out this final season of Capaldi (ouch...) with us and pick up shirts, prints, charms, and more!

If you prefer Redbubble, she's got things on there, too! Check out her shop for phone cases, travel mugs, notebooks, and more!

If you like seeing Kara write about weird magical trees, hop on over to Rooted, where you can read a free essay on the trees of Avebury. The site has a lot of other creative nonfiction about trees and our relationship to them -- which is perfect for an Owl's Flower fan!

And if you're an anime nerd, go check out The Hook, Kara's new weekly feature on Crunchyroll where she previews the first episodes of two new anime and tells you what will make them grab you.

That's all for now... except to say that Book 2 is nearing completion! So expect to see some previews for it in the near future!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! ~ April 7, 2017

Hey, everyone! (Re)Gen recovery is pretty much done, so we're back with our words to our fans on what each of us has been up to individually as we work away on the next books!

First up, Ginger has completely redone her portfolio site. It's got samples of her professional and fan work, as well as links to everything she's working on!

Secondly, Kara's new story "Phase Day" has been published in the latest Devilfish Review. You can read it free online now, and listen to her do a short reading from it on YouTube.

Also, (Re)Gen was fun for both of us! Kara had a blast interviewing many of our actor and writer guests, Ginger got to do a reading onstage with Katy Manning, and Ms. Manning also walked off with one of Ginger's shirts! (As in it was given to her -- she didn't actually just walk off with it.)

Now we're both prepping for PotterVerse, Onezumi Events's new Harry Potter convention! Guests so far include Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), Adrian Rawlins (James Potter), and Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout)! Ginger will be handling publications while Kara works in Programming and writes for the site's blog -- and they will probably also be crying over photos of dogs and actors in their hotel room.

Tune in next week for more news!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! ~ March 17, 2017

This time next week, we'll both be at (Re)Generation Who in Baltimore! Where can you find us? Ginger will be working the merch table, and Kara will be running interviews and panels all around the con! If you spot us, come say hi!

Now, on to the stuff.

Travel on over to the (Re)Gen blog to check out the cool cosplay badges for sale! (There are lots more than these available, we just don't want to bog down this entry too much.) Badges with a blue dot were drawn by Ginger, and anything that's not redded out is still for sale. Want a jolly 11? A sweet Jo Grant? A pensive Clara? (Wait, Clara's already sold.) Any that haven't been sold before the con will be available on site, but you might want to grab what you can!

Meanwhile, a piece of Kara's flash fiction was short-listed for inclusion in Here Comes Everyone. You can read it online right here!

And speaking of reading online, Kara is now officially a regular blogger for Viewster! Check out her news feed for daily posts on anime, manga, and Japanese culture.

We'll do our best to have a post up on time next week... but we may well be swamped with work. Either way, see you soon!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! March 10, 2017

Hello again! Sorry we missed last week, but it's been a pretty busy time over here for both of us. We hope you're all having a good (early) spring. Work on Ghost Fall is still plugging ahead, with Ginger doing some gorgeous artwork and Kara assembling it all together!

So here's what's been going on:

Ginger has just released a new Doctor Who shirt with a beautiful outer space design and some minimalist art of the 12th Doctor and Clara. They're available for $24 each on her Etsy. Grab one soon, and consider wearing it to (Re)Generation Who when Jenna Coleman is in attendance!

Speaking of (Re)Gen, you can now see Ginger's VIP art, featuring our actor guests as their characters! You can get this at any VIP level (levels start at $30). They're perfect for getting autographed! Ginger has also provided art for this year's regular con shirts and many of the limited-edition character badges. If you're not registered for (Re)Gen, be sure to get in before the price goes up!

On Kara's side of things, there are two new books coming out. The first, Date Night, is now available from Zimbell House Publishing. The book is a collection of dates funny and serious, romantic and difficult. Kara's story, 'Five Dates in Room 405,' is a little more on the surreal side.

Finally, Nine Lives -- a new Doctor Who charity anthology featuring stories about Richard E. Grant's alternate Ninth Doctor in Scream of the Shalka -- is now available for preorder! The anthology, edited by Scott Claringbold, includes stories by Stuart Douglas, Paul Driscoll, and more (as well as Kara), with a foreword by Shalka writer Paul Cornell and cover art by Paul Hanley. Proceeds go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Stroke Association. Visit this link to buy a copy!

The (Re)Gen crunch is on, but we'll be back with more updates next week!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! February 24, 2017

Hello again! It's been busy over here as both of us prep for (Re)Generation Who -- Ginger has been doing a ton of art and design for it, and Kara is working on blogging and programming for the event.

We know that many of our fans are already attendees of Onezumi Events, but we'll drop the note again anyway: if you're a Doctor Who fan and have the last weekend of March free, you should totally be at (Re)Gen. We've got Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, appearances by Jenna Coleman and Ingrid Oliver on Sat/Sun, 2/3 of the Paternoster gang, Classic series companions, and tons of writers. And you'll get to see our exhausted smiling faces!

Anyway, on to the stuff.

Speaking of (Re)Gen, if you follow their social media, you'll be among the first to see Ginger's VIP art for this year's prints and shirts! It features our actor guests of honour as their characters, and you can get your own copy! When you register, be sure to add VIP levels to get the print and/or shirt version of the art. The print is great for autographs, too!

Ginger is also working away alongside Kelsey Wailes and con chair Oni Hartstein to create some awesome special character badges -- again, you can add those to your membership when you register. Preview images will be available soon!

Meanwhile, you can read some more of Kara's work this weekend over on literary/lifestyle web mag Thoughtful Dog! Her sci-fi short The Janitors of Terra Mainframe pops up there tomorrow, as well as a mini-interview. Also, be sure to coast over to We Are Cult to read her run-down of dark media.

One final note -- Kara will be at MystiCon in Roanoke, VA this weekend. Be sure to stop by and say hi if you see her!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! February 17, 2017

Hello again! Several pieces of cool news going on for both Ginger and Kara this week -- be sure to check them all out!

First off, Ginger has designed this awesome third year shirt that attendees of (Re)Generation Who can buy as part of their registration. Shirts are $20 each for sizes S-XL, and $25 each for sizes 2XL-5XL. Check out the registration page to get yours! She'll also be doing some VIP art for the site, which will premiere once it's done.

She's also selling a limited number of these adorable Inuyasha charms on her Etsy. They're similar in style to the Herne and Iris pattern you may see around. So if you are or know an anime fan, be sure to pick one of these up!

On Kara's side of things -- this weekend, the first episode of The Chronicles of Oz will be premiering! This six-episode audio series has been described by its creator as "The Wizard of Oz meets The West Wing," and features a largely Australian cast as the denizens of Oz. Kara appears as Dorothy Gale herself! The series will be free to download, and features a completely new score.

Go to official website, iTunes page, or Facebook page to listen!

That's all from William's Grove this week, but be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram for some sneak previews in coming days!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Creator Weekly Wrap-Up! February 10, 2017

Hey, everyone! We're approaching completion of book 2 (as Kara ticks away at book 3 text). In the meantime, we're going to start doing weekly wrap-ups of what Ginger and Kara both have coming. So if you're a fan of Owl's Flower, check out the creators' other projects and sales!

Ginger is running a sale over at her Etsy! In honor of Peter Capaldi's tenure, she's offering a free print with each purchase of her "Thank God and Scotland for Peter Capaldi" shirt. Some of the arts involve Inktober work and her contributions to the Shut Up and Eat! cookbooks.

She's also got some new Who-ish jewelry, so be sure to check out her latest additions to her shop!

Meanwhile, you can pre-order City of the Saved: Tales of the Civil War -- the latest anthology from the Faction Paradox spinoff -- from Obverse Books. City creator Philip Purser-Hallard scouted an all-female writing team for this short story collection, in which Kara is included.

Thanks for all your support -- if you'd like to help us outside of our Owl's Flower work, be sure to visit Ginger's Patreon and Etsy, and Kara's orphaned projects page!