The Rise of the Creatives is still a climb

My girlfriend read and embraced Richard Florida’s 2002 pop-sociology book Rise of the Creative Class, postulating that creative talent would be in demand in an information-driven economy. I haven’t read the book, but from 2020, the premise seems obvious enough.

I often quote Hunter S Thompson who came to the sme view sideways:

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

There’s news on that front, but first let’s get tomorrow out of the way.

If I am in town, I prefer to vote in person, on election day. Mostly that is to give down-ballot candidates and issues the full window to make their case. Also, I am a difficult voter to challenge, being registered, white, male, and relatively well versed in law. I don’t expect trouble (I am also a master at finding the dull hour to vote) but I might be hoping for it more than I should.

So you know, it is expressly illegal in Arizona to be on school property with a fire-arm. So if you are seeking a safer place to vote – half the polling places are in schools.

If it bothers you that I feel compelled to write that sentence – it should.

I’ve made my endorsement over on Brazen Wonk.

I have on the table the contract from New Link Publishing for Taliesin’s Last Apprentice, the sequel to Beanstalk and Beyond (which they also published). So settle your wagers accordingly.

This will be a thing.

Also a thing:

Last weekend we set up the event pavillion for the upcoming Mojave Renn Faire (see last entry).

The finished – enough result

Relatedly, last week, I learned that creating your own custom font and then turning that into stencils is more time consuming than you think. (Like three whole evenings) (What does that mean in word count?)

Three nights of my life…

So you’ll excuse me if I plead exhaustion and cut this short without a pithy ending. I’m tired, and I still have to get up tomorow, go to work, and defend democracy.

Now we know.

Entry Level Magic

Unobtanium is an old SF trope meaning any substance you made up because it is realistically unobtainable by known science. It is actually credited to engineers, who meant by the term the substance they wish they had. Worth noting that early SF writers were often engineers or worked closely with them.

To get unobtainium you need some hand-wave science (another SF term basically meaning science we made up) or outright magic. Around here, we have been attempting both, with some surprising if limited success.

We’ve talked abut the Unobtanium Bazaar (only one i) here before, and then we talked a bit about how Covid killed that initiative. (It killed the Vendor Walk we tried to hype up last post.) Well, the clouds may have parted a bit.

Kingman (technically Mojave County) is throwing itself a Renaissance Faire next November, and we will be there.

Mask up and head northwest if you’re inclined, and you can walk around at six-foot intervals.

We’re even listed as a vendor!

It’s OK. We will learn a lot.

I feel I am about 80% there on how to present merchandise on a Wix website engine. (You can check my progress in the most predictable link). A merchandise page is not the same as a gallery.

I purchased, mostly on impulse, a second 3D printer, this one a Cubic printer. Which uses LCD-based SLA 3D Printer, meaning it reduces resin with UV light as opposed to additive filament of my Ender (which is basically and advanced glue gun). They are both buzzing behind me right now.

The printer fresh out of its box and still full of hope.

(Again we note that not formatting your photo to be copied easily on the interweb defeats the point of modern marketing. The photo above is mine, of course.)

I’m trying to make some antlers to add to a stuffed rabbit. Reasons. I have limited confidence that either machine is up to that on this pass. But I will get there.

Rey is making abominations for Unobtanium.

Otis the Owlbear.

Also, they have a new cauldron and is, right now, making potions.

Entry level magic for all of us, but that seems to be the way forward now. Many of the norms, by which you could make incremental but dependable progress, have collapsed. We are all improvising now.

Well executed improvisation, combined with some luck, is indistinguishable from magic.

I have also, basically on a dare, worked up a card-game version of Go Action Fun Time for what is becoming Alcazar Games.  It is, predictably, a bit more complicated than we initially envisioned, but the first couple of things I slapped together for playtest worked well by playtest standards, so we press forward.

The end goal is to kick-start this thing.

The regular GAFT RPG is waiting on solving my audio problems with Discord. Meaning I have to buy  a real microphone.

On top of all that, I am still trying to push the novels forward.

So that’s why I don’t blog very often.

If you’re worried, I still have a job, and I am reliably making my self-imposed word-count – just not reliably with this blog.

There are no guarantees in magic, but I have a good feeling about what lies ahead.

Now we know.