While it’ll be awhile before I’m getting holly jolly and tossing up my Christmas decorations (by awhile, I mean AFTER Thanksgiving), one thing I realized I don’t have the luxury to do is dilly dally with prepping gift baskets for my books and tea. And while my son would rather have one of the super cool keychain knives he happened upon, my fans tend to be more demanding. After all, not only do people start shopping early, but once December hits, I’ll need to be able to ship those things at a moment’s notice, not wait for a shipment to come in. So, in a stroke of extra-preparedness, I made a pre-order form for the absolute cutest gift box for readers.
Kat’s Box of Wonderment
Kay, first off, that sounds ridiculously dirty, so ignore my ridiculous title. What’s inside the gift boxes is SUPER cool. I’m going to offer three selections based on my three Decadent Publishing novellas: By the Sea, Soul Solution, and Poisoned Apple. Of course, a signed copy of the book will be the first piece to this puzzle. Next is a bag of the looseleaf tea blended for each book (By the Sea: floral mint herbal, Poisoned Apple: tart apple honeybush, Soul Solution: pear jasmine green tea). And then the unique and time-takey part of this endeavor is the never-before-seen, framed winter themed poem included with each one. Altogether, each aspect of this is a unique delight, something you can’t just tug off the shelves at Target.
Bonus factor? The gift boxes are 15% off if you pre-order before December 1st!
This project makes my little Leslie Knope heart happy. For those of you who don’t know me well, I love helping creativity flourish. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve thrown myself into projects, one after another, and I’m always scheming the next one. I want to see my friends connect to their imaginations, and I want to provide people an escape, or chance to see the world a little brighter.
I knew with Caffeine Crew I wanted to tap into that creativity down the line–after all, my friends are fantastic people full of all the potential in the universe. So, when we planned this Alice in Wonderland photoshoot at the beginning of the year, I was a wee bit nervous, but also excited. I wanted to see what we could come up with on our own, and given limited funds, we had to get inventive.
Ashley and I went to Goodwill and picked out costumes based on the artistic vision Rob provided, and we hodge-podged everything together. We had tried to pick individuals that we thought would fit the characters best, and based on the way it turned out, I think they did. Before the shoot, we all got together to do hair and makeup, and then made our way out to Miller Park in Exton.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, which is what led to the photos featured in Curiouser. But it wasn’t just pictures, I chose poetry of mine that fit the whimsical vibe, and Carrie submitted hers as well! And then began the long arduous task of formatting which yours truly waded through. All of that work led to this release though, and I can’t wait to bring copies of it with me to Steampunk Unlimited!
For those of you who want your copy now, now, now–here’s the link! 81 pages of full color awesomeness!
I run and write for a geek blog, the Caffeine Crew. That’s nice, you say. There are five million geek blogs out there and plenty are way bigger than you. However, I didn’t start this with becoming the next IGN in mind, or to be a reviewer. I wanted to build a creative community inspired by my wonderful friends and our diner conversations. So, this year, we took a giant leap towards that with the Curiouser photoshoot, an Alice in Wonderland inspired photoshoot. We worked together, came up with the costuming, artistic direction, gathered all the models and produced beautiful art.
That wasn’t the last of it though–we’ve got talented writers at Caffeine Crew, and a photobook from our Curiouser shoot seemed to be the perfect fusion of that creativity. Hence, Curiouser, our journey of wit and whimsy was born. Featuring the photographs of Trisha Minicozzi and Ashley Battista-Fesh, as well as the poetry of Carrie Fulk Vaughn and myself, this is one compilation I’m so proud and excited about.
The release is slated for late September, so stay tuned for the date. The first convention I’m bringing copies to will be Steampunk Unlimited.
In the meanwhile, enjoy some behind the scenes photos:
Check out the Exclusive Poetry section under the Poetry header. I’ve published some never before seen poems here and will be occasionally putting new pieces out.
The first two out are: The Fight and Stilettos, about the start of a breakup, and feminism, respectively.