In Case You Missed It: 14 June 2021

14 June 2021: In case you missed it, here’s what’s happening.

Katie Kinsman, Artist

Katie’s web shop is now closed. The final orders will be shipped out today. You can still visit Katie’s website to read her highly informative blog posts about life as a fine artist and art educator, and to view many photographs of her work. The shop will reopen after we’ve moved and setting in, but that won’t be until late July.

Tomorrow Katie is teaching her final workshop until the autumn. She hasn’t booked anything further out because of the move. We want to get settled into the new space before we start laying on new projects or making additional commitments.

Moving Update

This post is being written on 15 May. A month prior to the date it’s scheduled to appear. I’m vamping here, hoping that things go according to plan so I won’t need to jump in and edit this with some dramatic update. At the moment I’m likely packing and dealing with logistics. It’s entirely likely that I’m chronically out of spoons, dealing with adrenal fatigue, and wrestling with executive dysfunction.

That’s why I’ve done so many things in advance. New books being released every week through the end of July. Blog updates written and scheduled. Detailed project plans and timelines in my bullet journal. I don’t think I’ve ever been this organized in my life. As stress out as I inevitably am, I am grateful that I have had months to plan this all out, and that I have the skills to manage multiple projects on this scale.

Dancing Lights Press

Last week my publishing company released Medieval Society, written by Henry Osborn Taylor and edited by me. You can visit the Dancing Lights Press website for a full rundown of upcoming releases and the latest information. The company also has a newsletter, which will be relaunching in July.

Blog

Aside from these updates, the blog is currently on hiatus. Once the projects listed below start rolling I will resume posting more regularly. As I have finally come to accept that blogs are dead, this will become more of a support system for the podcast, zine, and other media projects, rather than its own thing.

Newsletter

A new weekly newsletter will be launching in August, centered on my current running themes of minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. This will be an actual email newsletter powered by MailChimp. You can check the Newsletter page for the most current information, and to subscribe now so you don’t miss out.

Zine

I will be launching a new monthly zine in August. Issues will be themed, but the main topic will always be minimalism. The zine will be offered in both print and electronic formats. Details have yet to be finalized, but it will likely be made available through my Patreon first, with digital copies for sale on other venues at a later date. You can check the Zine page for the most current information.

Podcast

The podcast is also on hiatus, pending the move to new studio space and the acquisition of better recording equipment. The topics and format will remain the same as the 6 “proof of concept” episodes currently available for free on my Patreon. You can check the Podcast page for the most current information.

14 June 2021: In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It: 7 June 2021

7 June 2021: In case you missed it, here’s what’s happening.

Katie Kinsman, Artist

This is the final week to order original art from Katie’s web shop.¬† No orders will be taken after 12 June because of the impending move.

When the store reopens (planned for late July) not everything that is currently available will return. Some piece will be going into storage, and Katie wants to use this opportunity to make some changes to the shop itself.

So if there’s something you truly want, get it now! You can visit Katie’s website to view her shop and read her highly informative blog posts about life as a fine artist and art educator.

Moving Update

I need to keep glancing at the date in the corner of the screen to remember what day it is. My life feels very wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey right now. My goal has been to get a lot of things complete and scheduled before the move. I want to have books completed and scheduled for release through the end of July. Posts for this site, and for the Dancing Lights Press site, also need to be written and ready to go through the end of net month. Then I can take the weeks afterward to unpack, get settled, and do what needs to be done because the business will mostly be running on autopilot.

Which means I’m working with multiple timelines. I have books ready through X date, so my mind is focused on what’s happening that week. Even though the product is set up to drop, the blog posts aren’t completed through that same week. But this blog is complete though Y date, and my brain is thinking about what happens that week. Then the whole move has its own timeline.

As we get closer to the move, I’m not going to have color-coded white boards to show me the status of all the moving parts at a glance. Thank the heaven for my bullet journal, and that I took the time to lay out detailed project plans to help me keep track of things. I’m redlining my executive dysfunction.

Dancing Lights Press

Last week my publishing company released Demonology & Witchcraft, written by various authors including Sir Walter Scott and edited by me. You can visit the Dancing Lights Press website for a full rundown of upcoming releases and the latest information. The company also has a newsletter, which will be relaunching in July.

Blog

Aside from these updates, the blog is currently on hiatus. Once the projects listed below start rolling I will resume posting more regularly. As I have finally come to accept that blogs are dead, this will become more of a support system for the podcast, zine, and other media projects, rather than its own thing.

Newsletter

A new weekly newsletter will be launching in August, centered on my current running themes of minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. This will be an actual email newsletter powered by MailChimp. You can check the Newsletter page for the most current information, and to subscribe now so you don’t miss out.

Zine

I will be launching a new monthly zine in August. Issues will be themed, but the main topic will always be minimalism. The zine will be offered in both print and electronic formats. Details have yet to be finalized, but it will likely be made available through my Patreon first, with digital copies for sale on other venues at a later date. You can check the Zine page for the most current information.

Podcast

The podcast is also on hiatus, pending the move to new studio space and the acquisition of better recording equipment. The topics and format will remain the same as the 6 “proof of concept” episodes currently available for free on my Patreon. You can check the Podcast page for the most current information.

7 June 2021: In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It: 31 May 2021

31 May 2021: In case you missed it, here’s what’s happening with Katie and I at the moment. This is my attempt to let friends and supporters know what’s going on during the stressful period of transition, without providing too much information to our delightful stalker. Yay.

Moving and Minimalism

Understand that what I’m about to say does not mean I am ungrateful to people that have helped us along the way. We would not be able to pull off the upcoming move without the aid of so many wonderful friends. In packing up the kitchen, sorting things I want to keep from things that need to be re-homed, I had an uncomfortable epiphany.

The hardest part of living a minimalist lifestyle, for me, is saying no to people. They see that you don’t have certain things, common objects that they assume everyone should have. In an effort to be genuinely helpful, they gift you these things. Maybe they have an extra one. Perhaps they got a new one, and are re-homing their old one to you. They may have bought you a new or gently used one. Because they’re being kind, it’s impossible to tell them that I don’t have one because I don’t want one.

This is how I have enough dishes to entertain 40 people. Our dining area seats 2 comfortably, 4 reasonably, and has had as many as 10 people crammed in for game nights. We don’t need that many plates, bowls, and other accoutrements. I understand that someday we might have a bigger place and want to entertain. That forces me to have to pack and move this stuff until we finally have said bigger place. I love you, but you’re killing me.

But Wait, There’s More

I have 3 drawers full of specialty kitchen gadgets. All manner of peelers and openers and pressed and crushers and wamels and faddles and throm-dim-bu-lators. I smash and chop garlic with the edge of a chef’s knife, mash potatoes with a fork, and have been known to roll out pastry with a clean glass jar rather than a rolling pin. Yes, I’m weird.

After we move, there will inevitable things that we do need. Most of it we can get for ourselves. If friends want to help, I implore you to ask what we need first. At some point, after we’ve got a post office box, Katie and I will both be setting up Amazon wishlists.

Dancing Lights Press

Today is the 5th anniversary of Dancing Lights Press. I have been writing and publishing tabletop roleplaying game material full-time for five years, and making a modest living doing so. There are many people who say that these things are impossible, in this publishing niche, in this economy. Many of these people also say that I don’t do things “the right way”, which I will humbly suggest as a possible reason why my endeavors are profitable and theirs are not. If the methods of traditional publishing aren’t getting you where you want to be, you need to let go and start looking for new ways of doing things.

Last week we released Medieval Saints, written by Henry Osborn Taylor and edited by me. You can visit the Dancing Lights Press website for a full rundown of upcoming releases and the latest information. The company also has a newsletter, which will be relaunching in July.

Katie Kinsman, Artist

To facilitate the move, Katie will be shutting down her web shop on 12 June. No orders will be taken after that date. When the store reopens (planned for late July) not everything that is currently available will return. Some pieces will be going into the archive for a while, and Katie wants to use this opportunity to make some changes to the shop itself.

So if there’s something you truly want, get it now! You can visit Katie’s website to view her shop and read her highly informative blog posts about life as a fine artist and art educator.

More Moving Thoughts

Katie and I have been thinking about names for the shared studio space. You know, along the lines of famous places having names. Charles Foster Kane called his mansion Xanadu. Andy Warhol’s studio was called The Factory. The famous Frank Lloyd Wright house is called Falling Water. I think we need to get settled in before we land on something. Whatever it is, we’d best like it, because it will likely be the name of a future corporate entity.

We’ve also discussed using a fictional name for the location we’re moving to. Like the Isle of Fenwick, or the Republic of San Sombrero, or the Commonwealth of Lankhmar. I kind of enjoy the idea of making up something original, and then filling in details as we go along. The conceit would take a lot to maintain, though, and we’re not looking to hide our location forever. We just want to get settled in before it’s inevitably exposed and we have to deal with [STALKER].

Blog

Aside from these updates, the blog is currently on hiatus. Once the projects listed below start rolling I will resume posting more regularly. As I have finally come to accept that blogs are dead, this will become more of a support system for the podcast, zine, and other media projects, rather than its own thing.

Newsletter

A new weekly newsletter will be launching in August, centered on my current running themes of minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. This will be an actual email newsletter powered by MailChimp. You can check the Newsletter page for the most current information, and to subscribe now so you don’t miss out.

Zine

I will be launching a new monthly zine in August. Issues will be themed, but the main topic will always be minimalism. The zine will be offered in both print and electronic formats. Details have yet to be finalized, but it will likely be made available through my Patreon first, with digital copies for sale on other venues at a later date. You can check the Zine page for the most current information.

Podcast

The podcast, now officially named Breathing Room, is also on hiatus pending the move to new studio space and the acquisition of better recording equipment. The topics and format will remain the same as the 6 “proof of concept” episodes currently available for free on my Patreon. You can check the Podcast page for the most current information.

How You Can Help

31 May 2021: In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It: 24 May 2021

24 May 2021: In case you missed it, here’s what’s happening.

Moving Update

To this point, Katie and I have both been incredibly coy about where we’re moving. To be as direct about this as I possibly can: we have a stalker issue. Until we’ve addressed some security concerns, which can’t happen until we’re in the new space, we will continue to be vague. Our new address of record, for business purposes, is going to be a post office box. Thanks to a strategic partnership, that box won’t be in the same place we are.

At some point our location will inevitably come out. I just want to stall that for as long as possible, so we can get out feet under us before having to deal with nonsense. Moving is difficult enough. I hate moving. Having to deal with assholes on top of that… no. We want to focus on growing our businesses. If we do reveal our new location voluntarily, it will be Katie’s decision, when she feels safe enough to do so.

Blog

Aside from these updates, the blog is currently on hiatus. Once the projects listed below start rolling I will resume posting more regularly. As I have finally come to accept that blogs are dead, this will become more of a support system for the podcast, zine, and other media projects, rather than its own thing.

Newsletter

A new weekly newsletter will be launching 3 July, centered on my current running themes of minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. This will be an actual email newsletter powered by MailChimp. You can check the Newsletter page for the most current information, and to subscribe now so you don’t miss out.

Zine

I will also be launching a new monthly zine in July, although no specific date has been set. Issues will be themed, but the main topic will always be minimalism. The zine will be offered in both print and electronic formats. Details have yet to be finalized, but it will likely be made available through my Patreon first, with digital copies for sale on other venues at a later date. You can check the Zine page for the most current information.

BREATHING ROOM: THE Podcast

The podcast is also on hiatus, pending the move to new studio space and the acquisition of better recording equipment. It officially has a name, BREATHING ROOM with Berin Kinsman. The topics and format will remain the same as the 6 “proof of concept” episodes currently available for free on my Patreon under the working title UNQUALIFIED. You can check the Podcast page for the most current information.

Dancing Lights Press

Last week my publishing company released Murder & Mutiny, a series of books about seafaring battles, shipwrecks, and other drama written by Henry Osborn Taylor and edited by me. You can visit the Dancing Lights Press website for a full rundown of upcoming releases and the latest information. The company also has a newsletter, which will be relaunching in July.

Katie Kinsman, Artist

To facilitate the move, Katie will be shutting down her web shop on 12 June. No orders will be taken after that date. When the store reopens (late July) not everything that is currently available will return. So if there’s something you truly want, get it now! You can visit Katie’s website to view her shop and read her highly informative blog posts about life as a fine artist and art educator.

24 May 2021: In Case You Missed It

17 May 2021: In Case You Missed It

17 May 2021: In case you missed it, here’s what’s happening.

We Are Moving

For the past year Katie and I have put 100% of our efforts into growing our respective businesses. Now it’s time to level up. She needs more than a corner of the living room to use as studio space. I can no longer get by working at the kitchen table. So over the next few months things are going to be in flux as we tear down, relocate, and set things up again. This means that some projects will be going on hiatus until in a position to pick them up again. Others will come back in another form. Some will be gone, because they’re not generating revenue or somehow vital to future growth. I will use this space to provide weekly updates on what’s going on.

Blog

Aside from these updates, the blog is currently on hiatus. Once the projects listed below start rolling I will resume posting more regularly. As I have finally come to accept that blogs are dead, this will become more of a support system for the podcast, zine, and other media projects, rather than its own thing.

Newsletter

A new weekly newsletter will be launching in August, centered on my current running themes of minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. This will be an actual email newsletter powered by MailChimp. You can check the Newsletter page for the most current information, and to subscribe now so you don’t miss out.

Zine

I will be launching a new monthly zine in August. Issues will be themed, but the main topic will always be minimalism. The zine will be offered in both print and electronic formats. Details have yet to be finalized, but it will likely be made available through my Patreon first, with digital copies for sale on other venues at a later date. You can check the Zine page for the most current information.

Podcast

The podcast is also on hiatus, pending the move to new studio space and the acquisition of better recording equipment. The topics and format will remain the same as the 6 “proof of concept” episodes currently available for free on my Patreon. You can check the Podcast page for the most current information.

Dancing Lights Press

Last week my publishing company released The Early Middle Ages, written by Henry Osborn Taylor and edited by me. You can visit the Dancing Lights Press website for a full rundown of upcoming releases and the latest information. The company also has a newsletter, which will be relaunching in July.

Katie Kinsman, Artist

To facilitate the move, Katie will be shutting down her web shop on 12 June. No orders will be taken after that date. When the store reopens (late July) not everything that is currently available will return. So if there’s something you truly want, get it now! You can visit Katie’s website to view her shop and read her highly informative blog posts about life as a fine artist and art educator.

17 May 2021: In Case You Missed It