Thursday, December 27, 2018

10 Questions for Owl's Flower in 2019

A new year is coming, which means new things for Owl's Flower!

Rather than saying specifically what it is you'll be looking forward to and when (largely because we're both on multiple deadlines outside of these books and have to play it by ear), we thought it might be fun to play a bit of a game... that is, give you a few questions to muse on, to which we will give the answers in the materials coming in 2019.

We are looking at having Book 3 and a short story out in the near future. Book 4, we are keeping on a loose schedule for now. But in the next 12 months, expect to find the answers to the following:

1. Are there other ways deities can come to be? We know from "Clarity" and the main book series that gods of various levels can be born out of necessity. But are there any other means of origin? And what does that mean for their standing?

2. Who is the messenger of the gods? At least five of you just guessed incorrectly. Patience. We'll make sure you get a proper introduction.

3. How many fancy cookies can an owl eat before it gives itself a tummyache? Note: we are talking about a shapeshifted deity. Please do not feed owls cookies unless you are absolutely certain they are shapeshifted deities.

4. What does Herne do in winter? There's not a lot of nature to deal with, after all. What takes up his time when the leaves are off the trees and the animals are hibernating?

5. What are Stormy's feelings on Valentine's Day? At least five of you just guessed correctly.

6. How does Iris handle a competing business? This one pretty much speaks for itself.

7. How does the pantheon cope with multiple deities for the same concept? We'll give you a hint: one potential answer is "not always well."

8. What constitutes "worship" for a deity? Like all things, there are some exploitable loopholes...

9. How does Herne's garb look in the winter? We're actually pretty hyped about showing you this one.

10. WHEN CAN I READ BOOK 3??? When it's ready... but we're approaching it.

Additionally, when book 3 comes out, we will be altering how we handle digital sales. They will still be pay what you want, but we're exploring ways to make it more foolproof and flexible for everyone. It will still be via Ko-fi, though. The change will be launched with the launch of book 3.

Next we talk, it'll be 2019. Stay hype, readers!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Have a Roasty-Toasty Christmas!

We're settling down to celebrate Christmas with our families at our respective homesteads, but we wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, too!

If you're looking for a seasonal read, we have a blog-only short story, "Herne's Four Hundredth Christmas," available:

* Part 1
* Part 2
* Part 3

We've also got all sorts of goodies in our Storenvy shop for lovers of cute things: shirts, totes, leggings, mugs and more! They make great last-minute presents for book lovers and owl enthusiasts.

We'll be checking in one more time before the new year... and after that, we're looking forward to bringing you news on our 2019 plans!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

WE LIVE! The State of the Owl

Hello, all!

There has been, as you may have noticed, A Silence in the Owl's Flower offices. There are reasons all over the place, largely involving work and other projects.

Ginger has been working away on The Hybrid, which surpassed $2,000 in sales—all of which have gone to One to One Children's Fund! Thanks to everyone who pitched in.

If you missed buying or participating in The Hybrid, Ginger is setting up her next charity zine, Moon Man, in the coming weeks. Applications are now open for artists, so be sure to take a look and sign up!

On Kara's side of the situation, it's been slightly less tidy. Between converging deadlines and a nasty cold that overstayed its welcome, she's been juggling and triaging left and right. That's the primary reason for the deadness, as Kara's job is the social side of things.

Fortunately, everything is back on track, and we're both in a situation to bring news.

In February, Kara will be holding an Owl's Flower panel at ODU's college anime con in Virginia, talking about the books themselves as well as what we've learned from self-publishing our own light novel series. More info on that as it approaches.

As mentioned, Ginger will be starting work on Moon Man. We'll both be appearing in a variety of zines and anthologies coming up as well, and will be sure to keep you posted on social media.

As for Owl's Flower 3, it is in Ginger's capable hands. Owl's Flower 4 will be getting outlined between us as soon as Kara finishes writing some other literal books with looming deadlines.

Normal communications will continue from here on out, so please be sure to keep an eye on us here and on our social media!