Friday, May 29, 2020

A New Podcast from the Creators!

As we endure lockdown, we've been looking for ways to lift our spirits. Writing and art are happening, as they always do, but we sometimes need a break from the world and the news cycle and what have you. The two of us decided to show each other some of our favorite shows—with Kara watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood for the first time and Ginger taking on both Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. And then we got weird and turned it into a podcast.

We called our evening watches our "sin and violence block" (with the Elrics' taboo alchemy and Gene Hunt's fighting coming to mind), and that's what we've ended up naming the podcast, too. It's a chance for us to talk about the shows we love and what we love about them—from the writing and psychology to our theories as we encounter stories and characters for the first time, to (of course) the quality ships.

The series will have a finite length: once both shows are done, this is done. It'll be long... but it'll be finite. If you're a fan of Owl's Flower, it might even give you some insight into why we do things the way we do, from both a story and art perspective.

At the time of this writing, four episodes are currently available; though more will be coming out quickly and often.

So does this take precedence over book work? Of course not. This is a side project. We're looking forward to showing off more book stuff before long. Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Problem-Solvers: Talking it Out in Fiction (And Reality)

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When we first started putting Owl's Flower together, we decided on a handful of ground rules — or, more accurately, those "ground rules" were part of the reason we wanted to write Owl's Flower in the first place. We've talked about them a lot here, at conventions, and on podcasts, because they're so important to the making of our stories. We have certain things we want to put forward, and in many ways those things make Herne and Iris's relationship what it is on the most basic of levels.

One of our first (and most talked-about) choices was to never ever use misunderstandings or a lack of communication to build drama or conflict. Humor? Sure. Addressing a lack of willingness to broach certain topics? Sure. (There are a handful of things they just aren't ready to tell each other — but they will.) But fiction has plenty of examples of how not to resolve conflict. It was important to us to offer an alternative.