When the Safer at Home orders came down, some people asked me, “Are you going to write another book during all of this free time?” And I was really annoyed, because I didn’t have any more free time! I have a child, and it was spring, and I had to make lunch a lot.
But yes, of course I wrote another damned book. Or, technically, a Dan book. With my friend, Dan, who has three kids he home-schooled this whole time. So, you can send Dan a medal, or buy our book, when it comes out in a couple of weeks. It’s called, Practice Your Mistakes. The timely haikus are by me, and the beautiful, mostly blue illustrations are by Dan Constien. The Japanese calligraphy is by me, as well. (I was *supposed* to be in Japan today.Sigh.)
I know there’s a lot going on. Too much! Too much. This, too, shall pass.
I’ve really been enjoying doing the postcards for the Patreon members. It’s something that keeps me writing a little bit, drawing a little bit, and paying attention. Keeps me in the moment.
If you are a member of my little club, know that, usually, the same postcard and about the same note or story goes out to everyone. It’s not completely special to you- usually, although a few times it has been! And I’m signing all of the letters the same (a.k.a. I’m not in love with you if I sign it “Love, sin, and time,” though I do very much appreciate you).
The whole Patreon thing is a blast, for me. The Art of the Month Club keeps me making more interesting, valuable pieces of art, and the feedback I’ve gotten has almost unilaterally been, “I love getting that package every month. I never know what is in it!”
On the other hand, I don’t take it personally if you start and then stop. Finances are unpredictable. And, obviously, (or maybe not so obviously?) I’m not taking it personally. This is a fun way for me to keep creating. And I do mean fun! This month’s $25 a month members received a felted rose with an eyeball peaking out of it— because you need that. As per usual me, I forgot to take a picture of them before I sent them out! But, if you become a member today… (you know where this is going)… I’ll make another one and send it to you. Of course.
I have a new book coming December 5th. Merry Krampus Eve is a spoof of the Clement C. Moore classic The Night Before Christmas, but instead of waiting for Santa to come and give presents, party guests are waiting for Krampus, the Christmas demon, to come and play guitar in their goth band. Krampus is known throughout Eastern Europe as the horned Christmas demon who steals naughty children and puts them in his giant basket. It’s a horrific practice, and terrifying to all children who experience it. But why, exactly, does Krampus do this? What led him to such extremes?
Merry Krampus Eve
posits that Krampus has feelings, too. Poor Krampus, who plays the blues in
this story, sings out his woes to terrified and delighted party guests in a
remote Edward Gorey-esque house on the fifth of December. The problem: Krampus
is lonely. He has to kidnap children just to have some company during the
holidays. His methods may be malicious, but his intentions are – actually, his
intentions are really, really bad.
Merry Krampus Night is available for pre-order in Kindle form at tinyurl.com/merrykrampus and available in all forms from Amazon on December fifth.
I was reading an *interview with Edward Gorey today (from 1994) where he said, “By the way, I would cheerfully sell my soul to draw like some people. “
Clifford Rose: “Like whom?”
and, over the next few pages, Gorey lists his idles (most of whom were also named Edward). I’m just going to post pictures of their work, and let everyone contemplate how wonderful it is that Edward Gorey never actually had the opportunity to sell his soul and draw like them.
And Balthus, and he specified the drawings for Wuthering Heights, which Gorey says, “As illustrations for Withering Heights, forget it. But they are just so compelling.”
While I love Edward Gorey’s personal taste, and I agree these are all fantastic illustrators, I don’t think any of them are as great as Edward Gorey himself. I might gladly sell my soul to draw like Edward Gorey.
“Merry Krampus Night” (title change for those keeping track) will be here in 42 days! Patreon Supporter Heather decided my next book should be the real story of Krampus. December 5th, 2019 is release date!
If you would like a book about your own topic, please become a supporter of my art at the $25 a month or more level (go to patreon dot com slash shoshanah) and you can tell me what to write next! Exciting.
Drawing and Poem by Guest Artist Professor Batty (recently the King of Guitar Blogging, but that’s all behind him, now, as he takes a moment to savourize [my daughter’s made up word for making your good things last]):
She looks skeptical, but it’s true! “Night of the Krampus” will be here in 55 days! Patreon Supporter Heather decided my next book should be the real story of Krampus. December 5th, 2019 is release date! More information coming soon.
If you would like a book about your own topic, please become a supporter of my art at the $25 a month or more level, and you can tell me what to write next! Exciting.
When you become a $25 a month Patreon member, one of the perks is that you get to tell me what my next book is about. The next book, as dictated by patron Heather, is going to be about Krampus the Christmas demon, and how he only steals children because he is so lonely.
Although the Facebook group consensus is that Krampus should be super buff and beautiful but with horns, and also evil or whatever— this is my picture of him, in my mind. He’s just a lonely musician (a good one, though) who wishes he were more loved, like his counterpart, Santa Claus. But he is what he is, you know? It’s those horns, you see. They get in the way of doorframes and all that, but more importantly, people judge him for them and they think he isn’t a nice guy. Also, the cloven hooves. Poor Krampus. No wonder he’s singing the blues.