I’ve devoted more time to weaving lately. It started with making black-and-white coasters featuring the symbols from the opening of Arrow, the TV series. I constructed a larger loom and moved on to wall hangings. They still have the televised superhero theme, although I’ve done a few sports teams. None of them are perfect, but I’m still proud of them.
I’m also scheduled to be at two comic con’s in October. One is in Santa Fe and the other is right here in Albuquerque. Last time I was at the Albuquerque comic con it was a great sales day for the first book (the second one hadn’t been published yet), but I also like selling something else at my booth just to attract people who aren’t into fantasy novels. Last time, another author, Marie Parks, shared the space to promote her book: Unrelenting. I also looked through my comic collection and gave away all the issues I didn’t want to keep. I doubt Marie will want to drive all the way to Santa Fe this October and I don’t have as many comics to give away as I used to, so I need to find something else. It might as well be the wall hangings.
Again, they’re not perfect. Some of the symbols and letters are a little lopsided and there’s a good chance nobody at the event ever watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but I’m still going to have them at my booth and hope for the best. What’s the worst that can happen? My work gets criticized? As an author, I’m used to that. Granted, there haven’t been any scathing reviews on Amazon or Goodreads about the Mystic Rampage series, but there have been plenty of people who have said the content just isn’t for them for one reason or another. Besides, there’s bound to be a few people who believe that it’s the blemishes that make something beautiful. Maybe some attendees will be attracted to them because of the flaws.
Even if the weavings don’t turn into a main attraction, I’m also going to be selling Lothar Speer’s illustrations (examples below). He did a great job and I believe a lot of people who are into superheroes and/or fantasy will want to have them.