Friday, June 22, 2018

The Ginger Has Landed!


This nerd is in Virginia for a week -- and since Kara makes the blog posts, she can say that and use pictures from Ginger's Twitter while doing so!

Since the airport pickup is in the wee hours, this is being written well ahead of schedule to give us both time to come back to the house, crash, and figure out what the hell to do with our time starting this morning.

As mentioned before, we're absolutely hitting up some theme parks. We're also going to -- at Ginger's request -- play some Psychonauts. And at other people's request, we're going to (fingers crossed) be doing a Twitch stream of it. So if you've never met or talked to us in real life and want to know what it's like watching us play a video game, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter!

Regarding book and other media news, we'll have some fun stuff to tell next week, both with regards to book 3 (if Kara gets her ass in gear) and the short story in the outside anthology (if all goes to plan).

For now, stay tuned, and we'll be back with you once we've both gotten some rest!

Friday, June 15, 2018

ZINE OPPORTUNITY: Join "The Hybrid"!


So in case it's not, like, super freaking obvious... Ginger and Kara are both massive Doctor Who fans. (We know... huge shock, right?) Between us we've been involved in a variety of print, television, and live events concerning the show and its creatives. And Ginger has decided to go all in and create a charity fanzine for the Twelfth Doctor and Clara.

Titled The Hybrid, it will consist of new stories and art created by fans, focusing on the relationship between the two characters. And you don't have to be a shipper -- the contents can examine their time together at whatever speed you wish.

Best of all, proceeds from the zine will benefit One to One Children's Fund, for which Jenna Coleman is an ambassador!

Applications are open now for writers and artists. So if you're a Doctor Who fan, want to create something for a good cause, and want to work with the people behind Owl's Flower (yep, Kara will have a story in it!), hit up the zine on Tumblr to apply! You don't have to create a work to apply: just send in examples of previous work for now.

You can also keep an eye on the zine's Twitter, @TheHybridZine.

Not a creator yourself but know someone who is? Please pass this along! We can't wait to work with you!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Who is Clare?



A while back, you may recall we mentioned an upcoming Owl's Flower universe short story in a separate anthology. The story's been written for quite a while, but sadly due to issues outside of our (and the publisher's) control, the anthology had to be back-burnered for a bit.

But we've just found out that the book is on its way in the near future, with a proof copy on its way to the publisher as we speak. So it's a good time to sort of refresh everyone's memories, and build a little hype for the upcoming work.

"Clarity" will be appearing in Relics, a multi-author anthology featuring stories about immortals from all different walks of life. The aim was to create something a little more diverse than typical vampire stories, and so there's a wide variety of concepts from a wide variety of extremely talented authors.

Kara is featured in the book, and given the concept of "immortals," she wanted to reach back into Owl's Flower to explore the structure of its universe. Where do deities come from? Why do they come into being? What's it like being a new god, and how does the "aging process" Herne touched on work?

The main character of "Clarity" is a brand new deity, finding her way in the world as she attempts to discover why she's there. While there are ties back to familiar aspects of the Owl's Flower books, the story doesn't take place in William's Grove and is most definitely not of the "romance" leaning.

Since it's not Owl's Flower unless both Ginger and Kara are involved, Ginger was involved in the writing of "Clarity," and got to vet it before it was sent off for publication. It won't be illustrated in the anthology, but that doesn't mean you won't get to see the characters in Ginger's style eventually.

Stay tuned for more news about the release of Relics, and where you can get your copy when it goes on sale!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Setting Inspiration: Visit Herne's Tree


As mentioned in a previous post, the ravine that served as inspiration for Herne's forest has two major differences from its fictional counterpart. For one thing, it's half gone; for another, it's missing Herne's tree. However, the model for his legendary home is less than half an hour away, on the grounds of Hampton University: the Emancipation Oak.

Named one of the Ten Great Trees of the World by the National Geographic Society, the tree is one of many live oaks in the South. (For those curious about the name -- the "live" part of "live oak" refers to its evergreen nature, keeping its foliage even in the winter. For the sake of prettiness we'll red and orange up Herne's tree, but we already know he likes to redecorate even if it doesn't match the workings of nature!

Under this tree in 1861, schoolteacher Mary Peake held lessons for newly freed slaves. A school was eventually built nearby. And in 1863, the tree was the site of the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation -- hence the tree's name.

There's lots more information about Mary Peake, the school, and the history of the Emancipation Oak over on the Hampton University website. Be sure to check it out!

The main notable difference between the Emancipation Oak and Herne's tree, at least visually speaking, is the span of the branches. While live oaks like this one will tend to have a couple branches that would dip close enough to the ground for climbing, we thought it best to give Herne his privacy. A little awkward for Iris, but helpful for a nature deity who wants to be left alone.

We're looking forward to offering more glimpses into our books as we go. Is there anything in particular you're curious about the background of? Hit us up on Twitter!

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Real Site of Herne's Forest (Formerly)


Fans and regular readers may have picked up by now that there are a few real-world inspirations behind William's Grove, the town in which Owl's Flower primarily takes place. The fictional Virginia city is based heavily on the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia: an historical area that is both heavily forested and near several rivers and swamps. Excellent for peat and tobacco then, fun for travelers now.

In particular, there's Herne's forest "home": an undeveloped area that forms the "barrier" between the William's Grove City Center and Iris's neighborhood, complete with a ravine and a footpath. While there are plenty of largely untouched forests in the area (and many others around the country), Herne's was based largely on Kara's memories of the forest and ravine near her school...

Which, as you can see from this photo taken yesterday, is half gone.

Up until recent years, the ravine -- which is right near Kara's old grade school, itself on the banks of the James River -- was heavily overgrown and untended, a strip of woods between Kara's neighborhood and the area's high-end waterfront houses. There were bridges and paths for safe walking, as well as a little outdoor "classroom" with benches, but kids were Absolutely Not Supposed To Play There. This was partly because climbing down into the creek bed (which all the kids wanted to do) was precarious, but largely because it eventually became the site of a few attacks after dark.

In the past decade or so, the city has cleared out a good portion of the trees around the creek bed and done some upkeep on the footpath, making it a safer area for walking. Go closer to the school parking lot and there's still a small wooded area, complete with the outdoor classroom and dubious bridge.

There was never a live oak like Herne's in this area, but it wouldn't be out of place here. The inspiration for that is one city over in Hampton -- locals know it as the Emancipation Oak.

Which we'll talk about next week!

For now, be sure to hit up our Instagram if you'd like more nature photos and sneak peeks at future books!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

CREATORS UPDATE: Summer Prep and Stories in the Works


Happy Friday, readers! Spring is in the air, and we're both getting hit hard with allergies. (Well, Ginger less than Kara -- the mighty artist hand is off on a trip out of state with friends.)

We're closing out a few big projects leading into summer, and we're looking forward to sharing some cool stuff with you coming soon... one being an Owl's Flower short story in another anthology!


Relics will contain stories about immortals from all different backgrounds... and Owl's Flower fans will get a kick out of "Clarity," a new creation that traces the birth of a brand-new deity and how she finds her purpose. You may see a familiar face or two in the story, too!

Relics is set to come out early this autumn. We'll keep everyone posted with more info on its release and where you can get copies.

Meanwhile, summer trip plans are still underway. We can't say much more than that (since we don't actually know at this point!), but we're looking forward to a fun few days of creativity, good food, and roller coasters.

Friday, April 20, 2018

We're Going to... not Disney World!!!



Ginger and Kara are making their summer plans... and since Kara went to Illinois last, it's Ginger's turn to come down to Virginia. That means her first trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. And if you remember our last trip out, you know how much we love theme parks and roller coasters.

That's all well and good, sure. But why does it matter to our readers? Well, first off, we just like telling you what we're up to. We do enjoy hanging out outside our writing gigs, and a lot of times our lazy-time inspires things in our creative work.

However, that time together when we're not actively on a full-time job means we can throw you some Owl's Flower related stuff while we're chilling. In case you're not entirely sure what we're talking about, here's a glimpse of what came of our last theme park adventure:


So be thinking, because we'll be asking on our social media. Do you have any questions about the books? About how we work together? What we do? We'll be putting out the call as Ginger's trip gets closer.

In the meantime, look forward to more sneak peeks of what we're up to, including some more OF3 news in the near future!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Owl's Flower Sneak Peeks and More on The Raconteur Roundtable!


Want a sneak peek into Books 3 (and 4!) of Owl's Flower? Want to hear what your fearless creators have been up to? Really like hearing about weird bad anime and Arthurian legends? Then you need to have a listen to the latest installment of The Raconteur Roundtable.

The team had co-creator Kara Dennison on, chatting about her works from Crunchyroll journalism to Whoniverse writings. And, of course, they take time to talk about Owl's Flower. If you're new to the stories, it's a good introduction. And if you're a regular reader, stay listening, because hints are given as to what to expect in upcoming volumes!

Head over to their page to listen -- and be sure to check out the rest of their podcast to hear interviews with Jacqueline Rayner, Andrew Cartmel, and many more!

Friday, March 16, 2018

CREATORS UPDATE: See You Next Week!


We're almost there! This time next week, (Re)Generation Who 4 will be underway! We'll both be working hard at the event, but if you want to say hi to us, you'll be able to catch us somewhere!

Kara will be doing panels and interviews throughout the weekend, including leading the "We Are (Re)Generation Who" opening panel and the "Companions" roundtable interview. You can also catch her interviewing Jason Haigh-Ellery from Big Finish and, in the big room, Peter Capaldi on Saturday!

Ginger will be working the merch table, and she'll have a few of her sweet Twelfth Doctor pins on hand. You can order online now for pick-up at the event if you're going, or for mail-order if you're not.

And we'll both be doing our self-publishing panel Saturday night at 10 pm (unless we can get it moved). So if you'd like to meet us both and are interested in publishing your own works, be sure to meet us there!

Friday, March 9, 2018

CREATORS UPDATE: Shirt Sales Closing and New Anthology!

(Re)Generation Who draws ever closer, friendos! Not long now 'til Ginger and Kara will be descending on (or ascending to?) Baltimore for the con's fourth year! In the meantime, we are not staying idle.


If you are attending this year's con, you have until 11:59 pm Eastern tonight to reserve your con shirts and VIP tiers 2 and up! Both of this year's shirts were designed by Ginger, and all VIP tiers come with some amazing art (also by Ginger!) of the Doctors rockin' out.

Check out our merch and register now!



And if you are a fan of the extended worlds of Doctor Who, you'll be happy to know there's a new City of the Saved anthology out! Stranger Tales of the City explores the "different" and "alien" among the City's inhabitants -- the people who don't quite fit in, and where their stories go.

Kara is among the writers included in this anthology, with her story "The Wandering Child."

Order your copy now!

Thanks as ever for your support, and we'll see you next week!

Friday, March 2, 2018

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


IT'S MARCH WHY IS IT MARCH??????

We're assuming you're about as shocked as we are.

So what have Ginger and Kara been up to behind the scenes?... A lot.

Provided all goes well and she hasn't evaporated in the night (we tend to write these blog posts in advance), Kara is currently turning in her part of the first draft of Seasons of War: Gallifrey (with cover by Ginger!) and her second draft of Black Archive #21: Heaven Sent. Which means some more reading of a very Whovian sort coming your way later this year.

Ginger, meanwhile, is working away on (Re)Gen's program book, along with some cool surprises for attendees! Between us, we're learning how to make frames for Facebook icons and stories. Which means attendees will get to liven up their pics when they're on site! We're super excited about announcing this to everyone.

Also, the clearing out of those two book projects (for now) means a big deal: Kara can get back on Owl's Flower 3! The first draft is nearing the end, and once (Re)Gen is over for the years we can pitch in together and start bringing you sneak peeks of the romantic third book.

For now, thanks as always for your support!

Friday, February 23, 2018

(Re)Gen Prep Continues: Cute Pins and Self-Publishing Panel!

Yikes, it's a month to the con!

That's okay. We're fine. Totally. Not panicking at all.


In fact, Ginger has launched this absolutely adorable 12th Doctor enamel pin. It's already being picked up by fans coming to the event, but you don't have to go to (Re)Gen to get yours!

If you want it shipped to you, head to her Etsy.
If you want to pick it up at con, head to her Storenvy.

Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that we will be running our self-publishing panel from PotterVerse again at (Re)Gen! We don't have a day or time yet, but when the schedule goes live we'll let everyone know.

Haven't registered for (Re)Generation Who yet? Ya might want to get on that! A full weekend pass is $90 (yes, that's it -- no upcharge to get into panels, just pay for your photos and autographs!), and Peter Capaldi will be there! As will Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez, Rachel Talalay, Robert Shearman, Paul Magrs, and waaaaay too many more to name.

Ginger also designed the con's shirts, and Kara will be running interviews. So you'll be able to see us both there!

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Post-Valentine Update. Because We Love You.


All is not as silent on the Owl's Flower front as it seems. Ginger is working away at her day job while branding the entirety of a con, while Kara runs social media for said con and attempts to finish a couple of books whose deadlines are... flexible at this point.

We have been meeting and chatting about book 3, which is still in progress with a first written draft nearly done. It is, appropriately enough, a Valentine's Day book. It's also the first time you'll see other cultures begin to seep into our work, as we integrate mythologies from around the world into our weird little pantheon.

Who will you see? Well, we don't want to give away too much, but we dip a bit into Kara's own home culture of the Mediterranean, as well as some very interesting Asian spirits. Once the book comes out, we'll see if you can guess early on who they are and why they're there!

In the meantime, (Re)Generation Who is right around the corner, and we're both working away. Ginger's designing amazing merch for the VIP tiers as well as knocking out ads to attempt to stay in line with Facebook's ever-changing standards. And Kara is prepping for interviews while keeping the social media rolling. And it looks like we'll be doing our self-publishing panel again -- so if you missed us at PotterVerse, you'll have another chance!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Owl's Flower Invades ODU Minicon!


If you're in the Hampton Roads area this weekend and have some time to spare, come down to ODU Minicon! This time, Kara won't get the flu and have to bow out the morning of the event!

ODU Minicon is three days of geeky panels and events with an educational bent. It includes karaoke, a cosplay contest, a game tournament, and an anime video room.

Kara will be on hand to do three panels: one on understanding Doctor Who as a non-sci-fi series, one on the history of magical girl anime (which went over well at Anime Mid-Atlantic), and another on how to break into the anime industry.

She'll also be sitting in with Friday Night Fanfiction on (surprise) Friday night.

Kara will not be at the event on Sunday, as she is taking off to Richmond to go see Mazinger Z/Infinity like a total weeb.

It all kicks off tonight at 6 pm. Check out their Facebook page for more info and to RSVP!

Friday, January 26, 2018

How to Throw THE BEST Superb Owl Party!


Want to celebrate on the big night but don't know a damn thing about football? That's okay! We're here to help you throw the perfect Superb Owl party -- Owl's Flower style!

After all, who better to give party tips than a cafe owner?

Here's everything you'll need to celebrate the superbest of owls. (Just... don't tell Dumb Baby the party isn't actually for him.)


1. Snackies


The rule of any party at Owl's Flower or in the Faulkner household is that the only food "theme" is "good." If the food is good, it can be served. If you can make it cute? Even better.

Herne's personal favorite is the shop's specialty honey cookies. And if you want to try them, fortunately there's a recipe in the back of the first book -- which you can download free, by the way!

Don't forget some chips and dip (or salsa/queso if Frank is nosing in -- medium spicy, please), soda, and a coffee and tea bar!


2. Entertainment


Since there's no sports on, you'll need something in the background. Iris has run some commercials on Managlitch City Underground, if you're looking for some sci-fi style listening. If you want an authentic night in like Herne and Iris, though, get on your streaming site of choice and queue up some cooking shows!


3. Guests


If you run with a nature god, you are almost certain to get some interesting visitors. Expect shapeshifters, ghosts, demons, and maybe even an historical figure or two.

Want to keep a tighter rein on the guest list? Consider looking up the Dipsy Toads and Fleet Birds of Transfiguring Adoption's Magical Creatures list! Many are lovely friends who'll help you and your kids have sweet dreams or light up the party. But some are more mischievous, so be careful!

(Additionally, these sweet creatures are a wonderful way for parents of adopted children to bond with their kids over the Harry Potter books -- so party or no party, you might want to invite some over.)


4. Dealing with Uninvited Guests


If you're throwing an awesome party, you're almost certainly going to get gate-crashers... especially considering the company that demigods keep. For a fast lesson in how to keep ghosts off your lawn, look no further than Iris in Book 2, Ghost Fall. She'll help you clear the intruders out before the food gets cold!


We hope you have fun next weekend, whether your night is Super, Superb, or Chill.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Get Your Owl Fix at (Re)Gen 4!


If you're waiting from some more hoots from Ginger's pen (and trust us, we both are), you're in luck! (Re)Generation Who has just premiered its 2018 VIP shirt, available as part of a VIP Tier 2 purchase.

The shirt features owl reimaginings of the First and Twelfth Doctors -- commemorating Twice Upon a Time, representing our guests from both Hartnell and Capaldi eras, and reminding us all that (Re)Gen is the convention for every generation.

Ginger is still working away on our regular con shirt and VIP Tier 1 art print -- but you can check out the shirt right now! While you're there, why not register for the event? We'll both be there, along with amazing guests from the world of Doctor Who, including some of our favorite writer and actor types!

Friday, January 5, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


We've been pretty quiet on our blog over the back half of 2017 -- and that's because both of us have been super busy. Work, freelancing, OF itself, and of course conventions.

So what's up for 2018?

ODU Mini-Con: Kara will be heading out to Norfolk (and hopefully not getting a stomach bug on the day of the event!) this February to talk industry work, writing, and more. If you're in Virginia, come hang!

(Re)Generation Who: We're back for 2018! Ginger is currently working away on the shirt designs for the year, and you'll be able to see both of us at the event. Registration is still open!

PotterVerse: Yep, it's back! This year, it's in August. And, of course, we're both working away for it. Speaking of graphic design. Reg has just opened, so why not be an early adopter?

Book 3: Book 3? Book 3! We're meeting a few work deadlines, but the writing part is very nearly done. So expect to receive more updates about our third volume, featuring some new neighbors to the coffee shop and a very odd kid.

As for the rest of the year... well, we're still figuring things out! Our social media will get more and more active as we clear out our to-do lists, and you can expect more from us as things kick into gear. Right now, we're both under a bit of snow, so expect a bit of slowness as we try to thaw out.

Thanks as ever for all your support!