Friday, July 21, 2017

CREATOR WEEKLY WRAP-UP: July 21, 2017

Welcome back to whatever the heck it is we're doing here! Thanks to everyone who's been picking up ebooks and print books. We've heard a lot of positive feedback, and it's making us even more excited about getting the third book done!

For now, here's what Ginger and Kara are up to in their own lines of work:


This week, Imagination Print and Design (where Ginger spends her working hours) is offering a variety of locally themed shirts and tanks! If you or a friend is from Illinois, check out their site to see what's on offer. And remember, these summer designs aren't around for long, so grab them when you see them!

Also, Ginger's Etsy shop is now three years old! Be sure to zoom by and check out what she's got for sale.



Meanwhile, Kara's dropped in on the Chatty AF podcast to give her thoughts on the 2016-2017 series of Berserk! Listen to the first episode here as she watches along with Amelia and Peter. (Note: Berserk is a hot mess show and a lot of the stuff discussed is pretty violent and uncomfortable, so make sure you're in for that stuff before you tune in.) Kara will be back for three more episodes in the coming weeks to finish up the watch-along.

That's all for now! And incidentally, if you're a podcast, blog, or other such news purveyor whose fans would be interested in Owl's Flower, please feel free to contact us at contact@owlsflower.com -- we enjoy talking about ourselves.

Friday, July 14, 2017

VIDEO: Roller Coaster and Batball

So Kara's sat down with a pot of her strongest tea and some motivation, and spliced together another bit of video from the Owl's Flower Spring Tour 2017! This time, Ginger and Kara visit Six Flags Great America, talk about how Herne would fare on a coaster, and there's something about baseball in there too.


For what it's worth, Goliath was exactly as amazing as we both hoped.

We really enjoyed doing these videos, and honestly we're hoping to do more in future. Sadly, living half a country away from each other means we can't necessarily do them like this unless one of us is visiting or we're both at a con. But people seem to like these so... it's worth a look next time we're together!

Maybe we'll ask for questions to answer on video. Yeah.

Or maybe we'll just do what we usually do. Hard to tell at this point.

Friday, July 7, 2017

CREATOR WEEKLY WRAP-UP: July 7, 2017

Hey, guys! We've been in such a whirlwind of Ghost Fall stuff that we practically haven't had time to talk to you about our non-Owl's Flower stuff! You've all been extremely supportive, and it's exciting to see you taking to the new book and merch. We always create things in the hope that they'll be loved, and that sure seems to be the case right now.

So... on to what Ginger and Kara are working on outside the series!


In the wake of last week's Doctor Who finale, we get the feeling you might want to check out Ginger's Etsy shop. It's full of Whovian goodies, with some really awesome stuff for Twelfth Doctor fans. Grab shirts, pins, prints, and more to keep you company during the long wait 'til Christmas.


And if you're done with Ghost Fall and looking for a new read, pick up the latest edition of NILVX: A Book of Magic! This quarterly anthology of magic, mysticism, and the occult is doing its first volume of tarot-inspired writing, including Kara's short sci-fantasy story Judgment Day. Pick it up online starting today -- or drop by The Sacred Well (CA/OR) or The Sword and Rose (CA)!

That's all for this week. We're bustling away behind the scenes as always. Don't forget to preorder Ghost Fall in print, or grab it now in ebook format!

Friday, June 30, 2017

VIDEO: "The Process"

So while Kara was visiting Ginger in Illinois, we promised we'd get you a few videos. Sadly, Kara's phone is stupid and doesn't have much space on it, and was acting up when she tried to transfer the videos to her laptop.

However! We're in the process of grabbing vids off iCloud and Ginger's computer to get them to you. We're not sure how often they'll come out, but they will definitely be coming out. And this Friday is the first of them!

Check out the two of us talking about "the process," the very beginnings of the story, and how we construct scenes together:


And if you haven't picked up your copy of Ghost Fall yet, be sure to do so!

BOOK 2: "Ghost Fall" Now in Print!


So if you were reading closely in our last post, you may have noticed some big news: that is, Ghost Fall is now available to preorder in print! Ginger found an amazing printer, and thanks to the enthusiastic response to the new book and merch, we're able to move toward funding our first print run!

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER GHOST FALL.

Books are expected to be posted out in mid-July. So get a jump on the crowd and grab yours now!

Meanwhile, we're back to work on Book 3 (as yet untitled), and we're working with an event for a potential surprise to correspond with its release. What is it?... ah, we'll let you know when we're sure ourselves. For now, look forward to it!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BOOK 2: From Screen to Print!

So first off, before anything else -- thank you so much for your purchases and your positive reaction to Ghost Fall! You have genuinely exceeded our expectations, and thanks to your enthusiasm and support we are on our way to bringing you more Owl's Flower just as we've been hoping to. Keep on spreading the word!

Now, on the subject of doing more. We've had a few people say they're waiting for the print edition. It's true that the first book has a print edition -- but, as you may have seen, Ginger literally assembled them herself in her living room. It makes for a great blog piece, but it's not really the sort of thing she can do every time we want to do a book.

So we've been looking into ways to bring you print books that are the quality we want to bring our readers without actually destroying ourselves in the process. This is actually a multi-step job. But since it is kind of crazy, and since you are kind of supporting a brand new franchise from the ground up, we thought it would be fair to bring you in on what we're doing.



Owl's Flower is a light novel, yes, but unlike most light novels on store shelves, its drawings are full-color illustrations. Color and lighting are important when it comes to the tone and impact of Owl's Flower's drawings, and to truly get that out there, we absolutely needed our drawings to remain in color.

If you've ever researched print-your-own books or similar projects, you will know that there are typically two, and only two, options for your color choices: all black and white, or all color. This mainly has to do with how most printers have their machines and presses set up and ultimately, what is cost effective for that printer. But for us, it made no sense to bite the bullet and just print our book in all color -- financially, it made no sense, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There had to be another way.


After months of research and sending out quote requests, we finally landed on our printer: someone who would do black and white printing, with color inserts, for a fair price and reasonable minimum quantities.





Just because we found our printer that didn't mean we were home free. This stage of the game mainly involves researching different interior paper, cover stocks, and asking as many questions as possible to be sure all bases are covered. Our printer was so kind as to send a sample book so that Ginger could see, feel, and scrutinize the different papers and the actual print quality.

If you (like Kara) don't know that difference is between 50# and 70# or what “C2S” stands for, this may have little interest to you, but it's an extremely important step to be sure that Owl's Flower is going to be printed with the same amount of quality – or more – as the kind you see on store shelves. Everything is researched to be sure the book looks good while still remaining well priced. 




Once the quote for the books is set, it comes down to getting everything put together in a print-ready file and triple-checking everything that has been triple-checked to make super-duper-uber sure that the book will print properly. Making sure the illustrations are in the layout properly, that page numbers are correct, that the proper phrases are italicized, things like that.

That might seem like extra work when we already have an ebook version, but the formatting between ebook and print is very different. When Kara assembles the ebooks, she runs the PDF file straight out of Word (after tweaking and making sure no words have magically disappeared under images). Then she has to go back to the Word file, reformat it, and run it through an ebook program to make sure the text shows up properly across a variety of ereaders.

All in all, getting a book formatted for PDF, Mobi, ePub, and print involves two people altering five or six different iterations of one file!




Once everything is set, it's off to the printers and out of our hands so that professionals can take care of it. Isn't it great to know people who know what they're doing?

Meanwhile, we're ticking away at book 3, so that eventually you'll have more fantastic stories to read.





So what happens then? Well, we have books! They're sent to Ginger, and she ships them out to you. Then you can read them, put them on your bookshelf next to your Tokyopop manga, take photos of them with your cat and a cup of coffee, or whatever the heck you kids do with print books these days.


Basically, this is all our very long-winded way of telling you that book 2 preorders are now open, and if you want yours you should head over to our Storenvy shop. We'll be doing a bigger post about this later, but the sooner you get in, the sooner you get yours!

Again, thanks for all your support!

Friday, June 23, 2017

CREATOR WEEKLY WRAP-UP: June 23, 2017

Wow, what a week! Ghost Fall is out and we've already got some satisfied customers. Please keep on picking up your ebook copy to support us and to keep on reading the story of Herne and Iris. Book 3 is underway (and will be more underway now that Kara and Ginger are out from under assembling book 2!), so as time goes on we'll occasionally drop some little hints about that.

So, what else has been going on in the world of our creators?


Ginger's place of employment, Imagination Print and Design, is collaborating with the Vietnam Moving Wall's stop in Oswego to sell some absolutely gorgeous shirts. Check out their selections and pick some up! Online ordering for these shirts ends on Monday, July 31, so you only have a month to get yours!

Imagination Print and Design is also doing a series of pop-up shops this summer. Check out their Facebook page to see new designs for $10!



Meanwhile, Kara has just finished working with Crunchyroll and Fathom Events on an ongoing promotion for the new film Resident Evil: Vendetta! Check out her interview with voice actors Matt Mercer (Leon S. Kennedy) and Erin Cahill (Rebecca Chambers) covering the film, the pair's other video game and acting work, the Overwatchiversary, and the awesomeness of the anime and game fandom.

You can also rent or buy the film on Amazon Video right now. DVD and Blu-Ray copies go on sale July 18!

That's all for now -- see you next week! And please send us your thoughts on Book 2, and be sure to refer your friends!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SHOP: New Cuteness to Wear! Shirts and a GHOST FALL Print


Thanks to everyone so far who's bought a book -- and to those of you who gave a little extra, you're super awesome! You're why we can keep being creative, making more books, and bringing you more cool stuff!

Speaking of more cool stuff -- Ginger has done this adorable pic in celebration of our second release, featuring Herne, Iris, and Stormy. If you like the art, guess what? You can wear it!

The above art is available on three types of shirts: unisex, women's, and a breezy tank. All three are available in multiple colors (Kara is picking up her smoky women's tee as we speak) to suit your wardrobe! Tees are $25, tanks are $22.

Also available is this gorgeous print of Herne and Iris going for an autumn evening fly, straight out of the second book! It's available in six sizes, ranging from $14-34, and is printed on fingerprint-proof luster photo paper.

Check out our Storenvy to pick up these new goodies, plus shop shirts, cutie shirts and leggings, mugs, and tote bags!

And don't forget to grab our second book for the price of a coffee (or whatever you choose to pay)!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GHOST FALL! It's here!


It's here! The spooky second volume of the Owl's Flower light novel series is now available in PDF, ePUB, and Mobi. And you can grab it now in the store!

A bit of an explanation on how we're doing this. Originally, we wanted to do pay-what-you-want quite literally. But PayPal has new rules in place where donation buttons can only be used by charities. And, well... we're not a charity. We're a small business. So unfortunately that wasn't possible. And the codes for creating a pay-what-you-want box allowed people to put $0... which we can't afford.

So for now, we are operating via Ko-fi. This means you can pay in increments of $3, with a $3 minimum... but we decided between us that's a pretty square deal for a full-length book with 13 full-colour illustrations. You can absolutely pay more if you so desire. In future, we hope to get a more fluid, self-contained system for that.

For those waiting for the print version... let's say that for now, you might want to just grab the ebook. We're not saying a print version won't happen, but Ginger is busily running numbers and pricing print runs with small publishers (since her binding them at home is not schedule-effective for her). We're not sure how long that will take, but if you're itching for the next installment, you might want to grab the digital version.

Plus, digital sales will go on to fund our initial print run!

Meanwhile, we've got some very cool things in the works. Some new merch, a potential collaboration event next year, and (of course) working away on Book 3!

Thanks to everyone for all the support, and we'll see you Friday for our regular creator check-in!

Monday, June 19, 2017

GHOST FALL COUNTDOWN: Interview with Herne and Iris


Tomorrow's the big day! Ghost Fall, the second book in the Owl's Flower light novel series, goes on sale tomorrow for pay-what-you-want. If you're new to the series, you can grab the first book free right here.

We were struggling to decide what we should do for the final day of our countdown. Kara's talked about her experiences writing spooky stories, Ginger's talked about the "before and after" of her life during her time on this book, so what's left? Well, there are two people who haven't had their say yet... our stars, Herne and Iris!

So, to lead in to the new book tomorrow, we had a chat with the couple at the center of it all. Read on to find out more about Ghost Fall and the future of the series!


So, how is the big life change going?

Iris: You mean us dating in general, or Herne moving in specifically?

Herne: What do you mean by that? I'm perfect.

Iris: ... yes, of course you are. So are the feathers I keep finding between the sofa cushions. And in the dishwasher.

Herne: They're perfect, yes.

Iris: So, does that answer your question?


What are the special challenges you encounter sharing a living space with someone so unlike you?

Herne: Well, she sleeps a lot and she's always doing laundry-

Iris: I think they were talking to me.

Herne: How dare.



Do you sleep a lot?

Iris: If I'm lucky, I sleep six hours.


Herne, what is "a lot" to you?

Herne: SIX HOURS!!!


Is it tough for you to be living in a house instead of a tree?

Herne: I thought it might be, but I have constant access to coffee and snacks, so it's great.

Iris: And girlfriend.

Herne: What?

Iris: And constant access to girlfriend.

Herne: Oh, right.


Is he cuddly?

Herne: That's a very personal question!

Iris: Yes, he's very cuddly.


So, moving on... what can you tell us about the events of the second book?

Herne: They happened.

Iris: ... I think they know that. I think they want, like... a teaser or something.

Herne: Oh... I learn to make coffee.

Iris: And there's a lot of spooky stuff, too. Like ghosts. Since it's Halloween.

Herne: And I wear a hat.

Iris: And he wears a hat.


And Herne, we get to meet some of your old friends.

Herne: Yes, we do.

Iris: We do??

Herne: You remember Frank.

Iris: ... oh. Right. Frank.

Herne: And there's someone else, too.

Iris: Wait, there is?

Herne: Well, we don't technically meet him, but he does show up.

Iris: Oh. Nice. Building up a little mystery.


Anything else to say to your readers?

Herne: Come back tomorrow to download Ghost Fall to see what we're talking about.

Iris: It's pay-what-you-want for the ebook, which means you could totally get it for a penny if you want... but you don't want to be that guy, right?

Herne: Uh... she means pay what you think it's worth.

Iris: I know exactly what I mean.

Herne: And if you're new to the series and not sure, then check out the first ebook. It's free.

Iris: And don't forget to stop by my shop for a pick-me-up!

Herne: A pick... up?

Iris: A coffee!

Herne: Oh, yes, please. Two sugar.

Iris: ... *sigh*

Sunday, June 18, 2017

GHOST FALL COUNTDOWN: Ginger Looks Forward and Back

As I was leaving my neighborhood the other day, I saw a yard sign posted for the annual community garage sale. Oh right I thought, That was the thing I was going to do and then realized I have nothing to actually sell. The most obvious tell of this is that my single-stall garage stores my car, not random junk.

What this means is that a year ago this weekend, I looked at the condo I'm writing this up in right now and put an offer in for. This was my summer of two moves, where my parents and I just so happened to buy places to live at the same time, but my closing was a month after theirs. The first Owl's Flower was drawn partly at my old house, partly in an extended-stay hotel, partly at my parents' new place, and partly at my first “own” place. There was so much going on in my life that I can't believe I actually was able to get drawings done for the first of this new adventure of making a light novel series.

Herne's design comes from an established place (drawings circa 2012/2013).

I've wanted to make a book series for a very, very long time. Along with that elusive illustration degree I have, I also studied and have a minor in English. My graduation portfolio for my BFA featured all sorts of characters I had created, both on the spot for pieces and who had been sitting in my brain for years. The toner-ink warriors, the desert pirate, the space farmers, the emperor mangoat – they all had a story to them (which my class was often subject to hearing) and were ready to go. But, as many will tell you, making stories happen is hard, especially when you want to write and draw it. Owl's Flower is kind of a relief in the sense that it's a story I'm passionate about, and get to work with someone who is just as passionate as I am. It's satisfying to say that the hurdle isn't getting the first story out, it's doing the second, the third, the seventh. That's an exciting place to be.

One of the things Kara brought up in her post, which apparently I brought up, is that the first book of the series is kind of...slow. And I don't say that to complain, I say it as an observation when I was looking at things to draw. Let's not use the word “slow” and instead say that was it pretty mellow. Something that I was looking forward to with book 2 and beyond was that things would become more weird and mystical and open for possibilities. I'm not calling for action scenes all the time, necessarily, but I'm excited to bring this world of ours to life as we keep going. More supernatural stuff, more new characters to meet, and more of Herne's wings and antlers.

Book 3 was discussed the Monday after we had launched book 1 and I had gone to a wedding. I can remember chugging a latte before taking off for the airport and Kara and I were gabbing about the plot of book 3, making jokes while also going “no wait that's a great idea”. Ghost Fall is the start of something really exciting and really fun, and I' m excited to get this all out there for you guys to enjoy.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

GHOST FALL COUNTDOWN: Kara on Book 2

Kara Dennison and Rob Shearman, two extremely dark and terrifying writers.
When we were wrapping up the first Owl's Flower book, Ginger pointed out to me -- not wrongly -- that it was a bit slow. I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing for a romance series origin story, nor do I think she was putting it forward as a bad thing. It's important the we know from Day One that the drama in Herne and Iris's life doesn't come from a turbulent relationship haunted by uncertainty and unstable emotions. That's not who they are.

Going forward, however, we knew we could go bigger and badder and weirder with the books. Ginger has a very kinetic style, and I love writing action sequences. I also love writing dark and weird -- and creating a pantheon whose deities can be from any era, any beliefs system, and any tier of reality means we can really go to town with our creations.

When I was younger, I was inspired by a sort of odd blend of Douglas Adams, Brian Jacques, and C.S. Lewis. Now, as a published writer, I find myself retaining a bit of that, but with a healthy helping of influence from Junji Ito and the more fantasy-skewed works of Richard Matheson and Stephen King. Published I've turned out lately include medieval knights having existential crises in Heaven, giant petrified elder gods in space, haunted video games, and a retelling of an old Poe story that ends with someone getting stabbed with shards of mirror.

So a Halloween story with ghosts sounded right up my street.

I don't think Ghost Fall is grim per se. Overall, Owl's Flower isn't grim. It's sweet, it's sad sometimes, it's funny quite a bit (I hope), and it's got some mystery and some scares and some intrigue. But despite my love of the macabre and Ginger's willingness to run with it, it's never going to become one of those stories completely. Not with a core made up of a barista and an owl-shifter with anxiety.

That said, I hope this story gives you some scares. I hope it makes you think. I hope it gets you even more interested in the characters. And I hope it makes you excited for the third book, which is underway and will be a Valentine's Day story.

See you Tuesday -- don't forget to get Ghost!

Friday, June 16, 2017

BIG NEWS: "Ghost Fall" Goes on Sale THIS TUESDAY!



Well, between day jobs, convention work, health crises, and every other potential thing that can happen, we finally got there... Book 2 of the series, Ghost Fall, goes on sale this Tuesday, June 20!

This second ebook, and all ebooks going forward, will be pay-what-you-want. So if cash flow is low but you still want to read, you can set your own price! Conversely, you can use this as a way to make donations, too. Any future print books will have a set price, of course -- but this is up to you.

Stay tuned over the next few days, since we're going to have some cool stuff leading up to the release. And be sure to come see Kara at Anime Mid-Atlantic this weekend if you're in the Hampton Roads area!

Friday, June 9, 2017

CREATOR WEEKLY WRAP-UP ~ 9 June 2017

Whew! Hello, all! It's been a busy week for both of us as we hunker down and get to work on upcoming conventions. For starters, check out Ginger's awesome design for the PotterVerse shirts!

Shirts are $20 for size S-XL, and $25 for sizes 2XL-5XL. There will be a few to buy at the merch table in common sizes during the con, but if you want to be sure of getting one, your best bet is to order beforehand. Register now to hang out with us in Baltimore this September, and be sure to add a shirt or two to your registration!



Speaking of cons, Kara will be at Anime Mid-Atlantic starting a week from today in Norfolk, VA! She'll be hosting karaoke for her 11th year running Friday night at 9 PM. Be sure to come hang out if you're in the area -- and remember, the con has moved to the Norfolk Waterside Marriott this year!

Keep an eye out for more cool stuff coming soon!

Friday, June 2, 2017

BOOK TRAILER: Ghost Fall

The finishing touches are being put on the illustrations, and it's almost here! Ghost Fall, the second book in the Owl's Flower light novel series, is coming soon to ebook and print.

It's almost Halloween, and William's Grove is haunted... by something that seems to have it out specifically for Herne. What are the ghosts calling to him from the ravine? What can Iris do to help? And what happens when he leaves his home in the forest to move in and live among humans for the first time?

Check out the new book trailer below:


Book 2 will be available as an ebook at pay-what-you-want pricing. Print books will be available at a later date for a set price.

Stay tuned for more information!

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Triumphant Return!

Happy Friday yet again! Kara has returned safely from Illinois, Ginger is... still in Illinois... and we're back to work! If you want to keep tabs on the various things our creators got up to, check out Kara's blog. She's doing a series of posts on her trips to theme parks, baseball games, and everything else the Chicago area had to offer.

But let's talk a little bit about some more series-related stuff for now.


For starters, here's Kara with the paperback of our first book! Print editions have gone out to those who have preordered, and you can still get copies if you'd like. You can always download the free ebook version... but boy, these sure are pretty in tangible form.

Sadly, Kara's phone was a jerk, so we didn't get as many videos as we wanted. We did get some, which are currently on Ginger's computer, and which Kara will edit and share over the next few weeks as they come in. There's some fun talk on our process, upcoming books, and a little of what we got up to while we were together.


Among our adventures was a trip to Phillips Park Zoo. It's small compared to other zoos, but it's free to visit and to park. There's a reptile house, some local critters, and -- of interest to us -- several owls! It was rainy when we went out, so most of the animals were hiding, but we did get to see a few dumb babies while we were there. If you're ever in the area, go visit!

We're nearing readiness on Book 2, so stay tuned for some sneak previews, some chat about what to expect, and more! For now... Kara's going to finish catching up on her sleep.

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.

Because.

THE BOOKS ARE BEING ASSEMBLED!



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!