December 20th, 2012



FINALLY posting to say that with the exception of a handful of Special Snowflakes, the last of the Kickstarter editions of NO DOMINION, the calendars, and other small pieces of swag are on their way to my beloved patrons!

That was a lot of packing up. And frankly, I could not have done some of it more inefficiently if I had been deliberately trying to sabotage myself. But it's all done and I have promised the ladies at the post office that I will not bring any more huge bags of mail to them this year. "You promise?" they said. "I promise!" I said, "but I make no promises about January." :)

I *will* be sending more stuff out, but not huge bags of it. The Special Snowflakes are basically people who got upgraded to a niftier deal (see, I said they were Special). I've been pulling the names out of my lists as I've been printing and packing, but I haven't yet filled those orders and at this point I have to wrap Christmas presents first. :) So those will go out as soon as the post office opens again after Christmas.

This has been an awful lot of fun, honestly. Crazy, but fun. I'd like to do it again sometime. :)


So do you celebrate the solstice? If so, how?

As I've gotten older and perhaps more sentimental--or perhaps less capitalistic (despite having loads of stuff...)--I've found myself increasingly inclined to mark it somehow. At the moment, my only particular habit is straight out of TIGANA: I light a candle on the Ember Days to, er, defy the gods. Because that makes sense. :)

(I just said so to Guy Gavriel Kay on Twitter. He says he'll now feel responsible if there are any lightning strikes in my neighborhood. *laughs*)

Anyway, though I rather love the idea of staying up all night to guide the sun back home, bahahaha no. Similarly with a candle in the window for the same purposes, but the paranoid in me isn't comfortable with leaving it burning with nobody to keep an eye on it.

I've left it a little late for this year, but I'd like to develop some kind of family ritual of a meal that are not so much for ourselves as things to make the world a little better place. Donations to Heifer International, or support for something like the Dublin Urban Rooftop Farm initiative, which just successfully funded. Go out that day to buy gifts for local childrens' charities. Things like that.

I'd also like to make the meal something...not run of the mill. Someone on Twitter does era-determined themes (this year she's doing an Elizabethan feast!), and I think something like that, or something with an international focus on foods, would be really wonderful.

Anyway, so do you have solstice traditions? What kinds?