Dragon Calling at Riveting Reads 2017


What’s better than going to an event where you come across a few authors promoting their awesome books?

Going to an event where you bump into literally dozens of authors promoting their awesome books!

riveting reads logo

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending Riveting Reads 2017: a special all-weekend author event organised by MI Bookshelf and hosted at the Mecure Hotel in the heart of Brisbane, Australia. The event launched Friday night with a special cocktail party, and ran all the way through to Sunday evening.

While I have done bookstore signings, school presentations, and pop culture conventions, this was my first time attending an author-exclusive event. And though I was only able to take part during the Saturday, I still had a fantastic time!

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Yours Truly at the Imaginarium 2.0 Booth

Thanks to my amazing Australian distributor, Imaginarium 2.0, I was able to come along and help out at the Imaginarium booth without expense. A delicious lunch of salads, sandwiches and lamb shanks was provided (yes, lamb shanks! Cue sparkly eyes and watering mouth), as well as morning and afternoon tea. And I—being used to getting by on bitter coffees and sugary snacks during such outings—felt quite pampered! 😀

The venue space was filled with rows of tables stocked with a colourful array of books and banners and eye-catching swag goodies. The tables were perhaps a little too small (especially for our Imaginarium 2.0 booth, where several authors’ works were on display), but at least the hotel provided comfy chairs; trust me, I have been to events where the chairs are less-than-friendly to the derriere, and it seriously makes a big difference!

View of Riveting Reads from Imaginarium 2.0 booth

Photo taken by Catherine Davenport

One thing that stood out to me—differing from other events I have attended—was the sheer volume of romance books being represented. I am aware of how popular the genre is, but I was actually taken aback by the number of authors from the different branches of romance (historical, paranormal, erotica etc.) in attendance.


Like … SO much Romance!

And the number of covers with rippling pectorals and shiny abs … I must say, for those who love that particular cup of tea, it would have been like moths to flames!

And for those like me:


Ah-hem, anyway.

What did that bode for me and my upper middle-grade light epic fantasy books?

Well, let’s just say, where there are romance novels, there are crowds of mother and grandmother readers. And what do such wonderful ladies have in common? Children/ Grand Children!

Turns out, my books were the best-sellers for Imaginarium 2.0 over the weekend!

Wow, that definitely boosted my Happy Metre.


Cue Happy Dance

It really made my day to learn my books were so well received, and at an event where they had to compete with hundreds of other exciting and interesting books! I believe my presence there on the Saturday helped (books are likely to get more attention if the actual author is there to engage with curious readers), but I have to give a shout-out to the incredible efforts of Catherine Davenport, who worked the booth the whole weekend, including set-up and pack-down, and helped to make my Saturday all the more enjoyable with her morale and good conversation.

So, I had a great time and experienced something new (including signing carry bags and t-shirts for the first time! … I had no idea that was a popular thing for readers to do at author events).

Will I attend similar events in the future? Of course! Why not! Not only is it a good opportunity to gain exposure as an author, but you get to meet so many other interesting and colourful people from the same profession (and you get to ogle books!).

Thanks again, Imaginarium 2.0, for the opportunity. I’m looking forward to the next event!

And now, I need to get back to writing Book 4 of the Dragon Calling series!

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Dragon Calling Characters Go Pop Vinyl, AGAIN!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been two years since my debut Character Pop Vinyl post!

Even after all these years, the POP vinyl craze has not diminished as a fad. In fact, if anything, it seems to have grown! The number of franchises joined to the Funko merchandise list has expanded significantly, spreading to more book characters (e.g. Where the Wild Things Are, Peanuts, Dr. Seuss), famous solo figures (e.g. Bob Ross, Cthulhu, Michael Jackson, William Wallace) and even characters from TV series long past their aired seasons (e.g LOST, Alias, Firefly).

And as new games and series are released, more POPs will inevitably pop up! Haha, terrible pun intended. A-hem. But that’s the beauty of the POP vinyl franchise; the little big-headed characters will keep on coming, so long as Pop Culture shows, books & games endure.

Ah, so many cute and clever little POPs to choose from, and to look forward to!

The ones I, personally, would be most excited to see come into being are … *drum roll* my own Dragon Calling POPs of course! 😉

There are so many characters in my Dragon Calling series. I gave you a sample platter of fantastical cuteness in my first POP character post, but that was not even half the current Dragon Calling cast.

During a recent break from working on Book 4 of the Dragon Calling series, I felt compelled to design a few more DC characters in the POP style. These ones are introduced in Book 3 (and some from Book 2), so if you haven’t read the books, you’ll have no idea who they are. But that doesn’t really matter; you can check them out anyway. 🙂

SO, without further ado, I present the next batch of Dragon Calling POP vinyl character figurines.

Enjoy the cuteness!


DC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Conso and HaskelDC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Ferule and ChaseDC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Maita and KushalDC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Yarad and AtanuDC Pop Vinyl Concept Art Gharth and RiinetaeDC Pop Vinyl Concept Hongrin Priest and Sadukravon


Let me know what you think! Which are your favourites? Which ones would you add to your Pop Vinyl collection? Are there any characters not here that you would like to see turned into Pop Vinyl figurine designs?

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Dragon Calling and Myers-Briggs Typing


I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now, and finally, finally, I’ve put all the pieces together and gotten it done. What am I talking about, exactly?

Why, assigning Myers-Briggs Personality Types to my Dragon Calling characters, of course!

For those who are unfamiliar, the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective system of Personality Types based on psychologist Carl Jung’s theory of cognitive perceptions in how people view the world around them and make decisions. The are sixteen Types in the system, comprised of a 4-letter combination from eight possible choices of cognitive preferences:

Introvert (I) or Extrovert (E)

Sensor (S) or Intuitive (N)

Feeler (F) or Thinker (T)

Judger (J) or Perceiver (P)

Now I know that “personality typing” is not an 100% accurate discipline, but the Myers-Briggs is one of the more involved systems, and, I think, the most fascinating to research.

Not only are there the eight preferences, but there are also eight cognitive functions further developed and categorized based on whether they are predominantly extraverted or introverted, judging or perceiving.

And then there’s the whole theory of shadow functions. But let’s not get side-tracked!

Here’s what the eight cognitive functions look like:

Introverted Sensing (Si)
Introverted Intuition (Ni)
Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Extraverted Sensing (Se)
Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
Extraverted Thinking (Te)
Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

And here they are, divided into Introverted, Extraverted, Judging & Perceiving:

Introverted Functions (Si, Ni, Ti, Fi)
Extraverted Functions (Se, Ne, Te, Fe)
Judging Functions (Ti, Te, Fi, Fe)
Perceiving Functions (Si, Se, Ni, Ne)

Is your mind scrambled yet? Haha! Don’t worry; I’ve been doing research for weeks now, and I’m still having difficulty wrapping my mind around it all.

I won’t prattle on and on about it, so if you’re curious you can click on any of the links I’ve provided and check out more in-depth descriptions and examples of what Myers-Briggs is all about. Also, have a look at K. M. Weiland’s post on how to use Myers-Briggs for fictional characters. She explains things in a much clearer and absorbing way than I.

At any rate, suffice to say I am very interested in Myers-Briggs. Especially when it comes to working out the different Types for fictional characters! Hence why I have spent the last couple of weeks working on figuring out what Types my Dragon Calling characters are.

There are a lot of characters in the Dragon Calling series, so naturally I haven’t finished Typing them all. But I’ve discovered a character for each of the sixteen types, and created a special MBTI chart for you to check out.


dragon calling myers briggs chart


What do you think of Myers-Briggs? Have you worked out your Type before? (You don’t need to let a random quiz decide for you; just find some websites with in-depth breakdowns and descriptions of the different types and work it out by dissecting the different functions for yourself).

If you already know your type, which Dragon Calling character are you aligned with?

Feel free to send me your thoughts in the comments below.

P.S In case you were wondering, I’m an INFJ. 🙂





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Prowling the Prose – Alternatives to Overused Words

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason boys–to woo women–and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” – N. H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society

Well now, witty and withered web-wanderers, I bid you a warm welcome to my latest blogging endeavour. I am sure you are as pleased to have me return from my prowlings, as I am to be here, ready to share more of my werecat wisdom.

whim werecat lying down pose

For those who are unaware (shame on you!) I am the Whimsical Werecat. For those who are already acquainted … I am perfectly pleased to host you again.

This blog’s subject is a light touching on the sorry case of overused words. I suppose a large majority of overused words end up in the “filler” pile, too, but that is a different (though somewhat related) subject that will not be addressed this time around.

Now, little humans, please understand, there is nothing wrong with any of the words I have in my chart below. They are practical, useful, and when all is said an done, totally acceptable additions to any compiled prose. There is, however, the threat of turning your fine written work into a repetitive, distracting pile of goblin mush if you decide to use these words over and over again in every available paragraph, choosing laziness over expansion and style.

The English language is a smorgasbord of words!

There is no shortage of creative and colourful expression, and so no excuse to be lazy or boring with your writing. Now, in saying that, you don’t want to hurry off and pull apart your work, making sure every adjective and verb is different than the last one used to describe the same thing. That’s like dumping a dreadfully thoughtless amalgamation of herbs and spices onto your freshly steamed vegetables. Too many different seasonings, and the food is lost in an avalanche of clashing flavours.

Simplicity is key to an enjoyable meal (and read!), but you should never leave (either of them) bland. Spice is good. So is sauce. Those things help to make food pop and prickle and sing!

So, with the food analogy in mind, be sure to add a balanced amount of variation into your writing. The chart below will help with some (of many) overused words by giving you a little list of alternative choices.

Yes. You’re welcome.

prowling the prose alternative for overused words


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The Return from Supanova

April 21st-23rd was the massively popular Gold Coast Supanova Pop Culture Expo!

Supanova is Australia’s equivalent to the USA’s Comic-Con, and takes place five times a year, at five bustling cities across Australia (although, we also have the Comic-Con conventions as well, so we get double the awesomeness!).

This year my Dragon Calling store doubled in size; yep, that’s right, I had two tables set up this time around, and it looked awesome!

Here’s a couple of shots of us Bumping-in and setting everything up on the Friday (a special shout-out to Chris for helping us with everything, including taking these photos!).

ALSO, this year I decided to cosplay as one of my books characters (Shifra). My sister and ever-helpful convention assistant has cosplayed as Lady Megandel (also from the DC series) for the past few conventions, but this is the first time I have joined her. Not only that, my awesome nephew was eager to jump on board the cosplay wagon, and even forked out some of his own funds toward putting together his Norf cosplay outfit (what a little Champion!).

So, for the entirety of the Saturday, there were three of us dressed up as characters from the book series! Shifra (morwulf), Norf (satyr) and Lady Megandel (faerie). As you can imagine, we got a lot of attention; it was a pretty fantastic experience!

Here are a couple of group shots:

I’ll definitely be cosplaying in the future (although with a couple of tweaks–a lighter shade of purple, and a little fixing of the fox tail). Even my nephew wants to go as Norf again, although we’ll be adding some cushioning into his wig to better protect his ears (by the end of the day, he was sure his ‘real’ ears were ready to fall off! lol).

Sunday saw us all dress as normal humans, which sadly, we didn’t get any photos of (my bad!). But the set-up was the same, and we had an equally awesome day.

THE highlight of my weekend was getting to meet and chat with renowned voice actor (as well as singer, song-writer, actor and director!) Vic Mignogna. I was able to get him to sign my special Edward Elric and Laeka’Draeon picture PLUS get a photo with him. See the awesome pic below!

Vic and Nez

I first met Vic during his first visit to the Gold Coast Supanova, back in April 2013. Back then, my first book wasn’t even published. I told him a little about my writing journey, and that I had a booth at the convention, and lo-and-behold, he came to check out my stall (during his lunch-break!!!). I was so chuffed, and humbled. If ever my name becomes as well-known as his, I want to follow in his footsteps and really take the time and effort to love on my fans. It was just such a wonderful experience. 🙂

Oh, and something else new at this convention was my Special Edition Character Prints! They really made the wall-space of my booth shine, and I can’t wait to show them off again at the next convention!

SO, another Gold Coast Supanova under my belt. I met heaps of cool people, and new fans (and even returning ones!). We even made friends with one of the event security guards. He was such a cool guy, and he loved the Laeka’Draeon plush! (which is still available to Pre-Order via the GoFundMe project.

plush side

I absolutely love going to these conventions and can’t wait for the next one. I have applied for the Brisbane Comic-Con in September (fingers crossed they accept my submission), and am going to apply for a booth at the Brisbane Madman Anime Festival in June (this one will be a new one for me). And of course, I’ll be back at Supanova again, come November, when it’s Brisbane’s turn to host the event.


Over and out, my wonderful Dragon-Seekers.

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What February Brings

Hello February!


Or, in the case of Australia, arrives like a bone-melting sun flare, which sends us all into prayers of gratitude for this gift we know as Air Conditioning.


Well, actually we’re almost two weeks into the month, but a belated welcome is better than none. 😉

I hope 2017 has launched spectacularly for all of you, my fellow dragon-seekers and creative dreamers. If January ended up stalling, it’s never too late to kick-start back into gear; the year is young, and anything is possible!

For me, January was a bit of a respite month, as far as pulling back from working on the bigger projects of my writing/ drawing. December saw me finally finish the Special Edition Dragon Calling Character Card designs, and while throughout that month (actually probably since October) I’ve been making plot notes and mentally preparing myself to start writing Book 4 of my series, I made sure to wind down a little and not get (too) carried away with everything that I wanted/ needed to get done.

Although, I did have to make sure everything was ready in regards to releasing my second Companion Guide (formatting checks, file submissions, setting dates blah blah blah). BUT, the majority of the work was already done, so January was a steady plod-plod-plod toward “Good To Go” status.

And it is! TODAY is the official launch of The Beacon Thrones Companion Guide (which you can purchase HERE). Happy Birthday to my 5th published book!


Now, jumping back to January; I want to share with you a commission project I worked on during that month (since, you know, I was “taking a break” from focusing 100% on Dragon Calling stuff).

A friend of mine asked if I could design an exclusive chibi character for her to add to her (amazing!) Planner Sticker range. Her etsy store Plan It Beautiful has been well received and highly rated, and it’s no wonder–she is an amazing designer and has a sensational eye for artistic loveliness and detail.

So when she asked for the chibi commission, I was happy to jump on board; not simply because she is a friend, but because she strives for quality and excellence, and it’s always a pleasure to be a part of something of that calibre. If you’re into Planner journals and sticker sets, you should seriously take a look at her stock; it’s fantastic!

Here are some samples of that character “Charlie” that I created for Plan It Beautiful.

NOTE: I shouldn’t have to say it, but these images are copyright protected. Sorry, but you can’t use them.

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It’s rare that I make myself available for commissions, but the timing for this was just right. And it ended up being a really fun project to do (although I lost count of the hours it took to do it). But I managed to get all the requested Charlie designs completed before the end of Jan, which meant I could re-direct my focus toward starting my big Dragon Calling Projects, come February.

And now, it’s February, and *drum roll* I have officially started writing Book 4 of my Dragon Calling series! I already have the cover design in mind, and also the book title (but both will remain a secret until the book is completed, sorry!).

I’ve also been working on a very special cosplay that I’ll be using during the pop-culture conventions this year. Once I have more of the pieces of the outfit, I’ll post updates on the Dragon Calling Facebook page. It’s going to look so awesome once it’s all done and ready (since I’m on the subject of Dragon Calling, you can likely guess that the cosplay is related).

Phew! So this year has started off with bang! And I’ll be spending the rest of the year writing Book 4, as well as working on side projects like the next set of promo posters (Book 3 allies and enemies), getting the dragon plushie funded (don’t forget you can pledge any amount toward the project, right HERE), and slowly chip away at bits and pieces of the third Companion Guide. But I have to make sure my priorities stay in the right order (with everything I want to do, I can get carried away and side-tracked if I’m not careful).

I shall repeat to myself every day “Book 4 comes first. Book 4 comes first.”, so that all you wonderful readers of mine who are eagerly waiting to find out what happens next, won’t be pining for too long. Look hopefully toward an April/ May 2018 release.

And there we have it. That’s what I’ve been up to these past six weeks. And this year is only going to get more awesome! But it’s only going to be as awesome as we make it.

So make it so!



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UPCOMING RELEASE – The Beacon Thrones Companion Guide

I know it’s belated but … HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!



I have some EXCITING news for all you Dragon Calling fans.

Come February 12th, the second book in my Companion Guide collection will be available!



That’s right, The Beacon Thrones Companion Guide is on the cusp of publication! It will include new creature profiles, and new information of various locations Laeka’Draeon and company travel through in The Beacon Thrones novel; not to mention, new “General Knowledge” info, new (and very interesting!) histories/ fables, as well as the three newest, and ever-popular, Prologue Comics. There are over 50 illustrations, and 29 pages of comics!

Check out some of the illustration samples below!

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PLUS, I’ve gone ahead and added The Beacon Throne promo posters to the back of the book (just because they’re awesome, and I’m sure fans will appreciate the extra illustrations). I have also revised the Kin Seeker Companion Guide to include the Kin Seeker promo posters at the back too, so the Guides have similar content.

Anyway, I wanted to let all you wonderful fantasy compadres know about my upcoming release, to keep you informed, and to hopefully spark some interest! 😉

If you’d like to grab yourself a copy of the Guide, you can pre-order one right HERE!

That link will take you to my little Dragon Calling Shop. You can also grab yourself a copy of the Kin Seeker Companion Guide, too, if you don’t already one one! The pre-orders will really help toward supporting my online shop, so if you can pre-order, please do so! The Companion Guides are fantastic additions to the Dragon Calling universe, and a perfect addition to any fantasy-readers collection!

NOTE: Being a “Companion” Guide, it goes without saying that the information in the guide ties closely with details in The Beacon Thrones novel. So, if you haven’t yet read the book, I would not recommend purchasing the Guide (same goes for Kin Seeker novel, and Kin Seeker Comp Guide). BUT, you can easily remedy that problem by purchasing the book + the the guide! All my books are available on my Dragon Calling Shop.

ALSO: Don’t forget, I still have my Dragon Plushie project ongoing over at GoFundMe.


If you want to see the Laeka’Draeon plush go through to production, your support will help make it happen! Any pledge amount helps, and your name will down on my list of “Awesomely Awesome People That I Will Be Grateful To Forever”. Doesn’t that sound nice! 😉

Oh! And I can’t forget to mention the other tier reward you can choose on the GoFundMe project page (aside from the plushie). I spent weeks working on these beautiful Special Edition Dragon Calling Character Cards. They will come in the large ‘postcard’ size (I originally put them as 5×7 inch in size, but I believe they will actually be BIGGER: A5 size).


So if you’re more of an art fan than a plush fan, you can order the Character Cards instead!

Aaaand, that about wraps up my ramblings! I apologise that it’s basically all product promotion stuff but … actually, I’m not sorry. This is what I do for a living, and it’s you guys, my awesome fans, and your support, that help to keep me going. So, I’ve got to let you guys know about all my goods somehow, right?

Thanks for being awesome, and I hope to be able to post out a bunch of pre-ordered Comp Guides, come FEB 12th. 🙂


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The Hard Truth About Publishing—What Writers & Readers NEED to Know

Some harsh truths and important insights into the world of publishing, summarized very well by Kristen Lamb.
I encourage all readers and fellow writers (especially fledgling writers) to read this and take an extended moment to think about how important it is that we support each other; especially readers supporting the writers they like.
Cheers everyone! 2016 is almost done!

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As we careen toward the New Year, many emerging writers have a goal to finally publish that novel and I hope you do! But the arts are kind of strange. We often get fixated on the creative side, without really understanding the business side of our business.

The publishing world is still in massive upheaval and it is a Digital Wild West. Old rules are falling away and new ones are emerging, but still? Knowledge is power.

In my book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World, I go into a LOT more detail and I highly recommend you get a copy if you don’t have one. I spend the first chapters of the book explaining how the various forms of publishing work so you can make an educated decision as you are building your brand.

All types of publishing have corresponding strengths and weaknesses and this is…

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Prowling the Prose – Collective Nouns: Fantasy Edition

“All is one and one is all. The world is all … and I am that one.” – FMA

Goodness, it was about time I made my way back to this blog! My prowlings have taken me to many a yonder place, but of course I felt compelled to return and give you scrawny web wanderers some invaluable insight from the vaults of my fabulous mind.

Poor little dears. Always inundated with all sorts of nonsense on this thing called “internet”. Like flies in a spider’s sticky trap. So careful now, and keep your wits about you.

At least you know your delicate little senses are safe on this blog, and especially with me, the Whimsical Werecat.

whim werecat lying down pose

Today I bring you a special treat! You all know what collective nouns are, right? If not, the standard description is: a noun that appears singular in form but denotes a group of persons, creatures, or objects. They are the nouns used when describing a collection/ group of related things.

Some you may know off the top of your head, like a pack of dogs, a herd of horses, a pride of lions, an audience of listeners, a pod of peas, a string of pearls, a tribe of natives, a troupe of acrobats, or a team of athletes.

Some may be a little less familiar, like a gaggle of geese, a murder of crows, a colony of fungi, an ambush of tigers, a flock of tourists, a coalition of cheetahs, or a parliament of owls.

There are also multiple collective nouns assigned to the same grouping, like a mob/ troop of kangaroos, a conspiracy/ unkindness of ravens, a cluster/ galaxy of stars, a colony/ horde/ mischief/ swarm of rats, a nest/ swarm/ bike of hornets, or a pack/ rout of wolves.

In other words, there are a lot of collective nouns. Many of which people do not use in regular conversations, or even written descriptions. Nevertheless, they are both fun and interesting to learn about.

So today I have with me a collection of collective nouns, and not just any old boring list … a list of VALADILIAN collective nouns! That’s right, I have gone and put together some of the official “group names” of some of Valadae’s most well-known creatures.

Enjoy being informed, and learning something new.



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The Wall-watcher – Prologue Comic VI

*Drum Roll* Here is it, the FINAL Character Prologue Comic for The Beacon Thrones Companion Guide.

This one is a little different than the others, as it follows one of the strangest secondary characters you meet in the book: the wall-watcher.

I hope you enjoy reading this bonus content on a very peculiar Valadilian creature, and if you do, I hope you take the opportunity to get yourself a copy of The Beacon Thrones Companion Guide, when it gets published. Not only will it have this comic in it, alongside the comics of Shifra and Ghinzel, but it will also contain additional content on the wall-watchers, which you can read about in the Tales of Valadae chapter of the Guide.

You can find all the available Prologue Comics HERE:

Anyhow, you’re here for the latest comic, so I will stop prattling and let you get clicking.



On a different note, I’ve moved my Dragon Plushie Project from Kickstarter (since the time limit has come and gone) onto GoFundMe. It would make me so happy if you took a moment to have a look at the project, and if you want to help fund it, do so. I promise it will be worth it! The plushie is amazing (19×12 inches, super soft velboa fabric, generous stuffing, embroidered features, and wired wings)! I spent almost three months working with the team at CustomToysUK to get the design just right, and it has paid off.


Now it’s just a matter of getting the funds to send the plushie through to production. I hope you can help! I’d like to think of any pledges as a sort of pre-order; after all, however long it takes, I am determined this plushie will get made, and those who pledge for one, will get one. 🙂

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