A chunk of this evening went to assembling Nod’s Way oracle dice, dice bags and Nod’s Way pocket reference cards into sets packaged in hand-sealed poly envelopes. Eventually, this will be a limited edition of around 240. I began designing a successor set even as I pulled together a master for this one. Time was the overriding design concern in this instance—I needed a credible package for Wizard World Austin Comic Con this weekend, and I needed it to fit a standard format for fast turnaround, short run printing. The next version will emerge from broader design horizons.
I’ll be at Wizard World this weekend as one of the authors staffing the Blue Moose Press booth in the vendors area. Besides dice, I’ll be signing and selling new editions of Prelude to a Change of Mind and Entranscing, as well as some of the last copies of the first edition of Sleeper Awakes. This event will be the one opportunity of the season to pick up all the novels to date, in one stop, with the author conveniently near to personalize each volume. When you figure in the other Blue Moose titles, Rowan of the Wood series by Christine and Ethan Rose, and Avalon Revisited by O. M. Grey, you come quickly to realize there is no need to trouble with any other destination for your holiday shopping. Think of the opportunity here. In one swoop, you can acquire an array of excellent speculative fictions as stocking stuffers, while at the same time providing crucial direct support for the arts and independent media. And, truthfully, folks, if you don’t buy this stuff, then we can’t keep creating it.
Fans of the recently moribund STIKMANZ NEWS communiqués will be pleased to learn of their resurrection. Next week, I’ll launch a regular monthly e-newsletter of Stikmantic travel, appearances, projects, opinion, etc. The only way to receive these gems is by joining the e-newsletter list via the sign up form here, on the contact page of this site. You have my solemn word that this list will never be traded or sold. I also confess a vague, generalized intention to make them as amusing as possible. That commitment requires more weasel room, since so much of amusement is in the eye of the amusee.