I was going to say this in a different order, but decided against it. I returned from the convention yesterday, and while I did enjoy my vacation, in some ways it was exhausting (and a bad mattress did not help). While there I met an artist, Taylor Fischer, who I commissioned to sketch a character that’s been a private joke between my wife and I for a while. I present to you Safety Mermaid.
I should add that her appearance would likely change somewhat, but as far as I’m concerned, she’s a canon character in the Stars & Shadows universe. Safety Mermaid (SM for short, as I haven’t come up with her full original identity) was a minor actress whose superpower spontaneously turned her into a mermaid permanently, including the ability to breath water and the like. While mermaids exist in the setting, they tend not to get along terribly well with humans, so she’s something of an oddity. SM took up some acting for movies, but has primarily focused on Ocean Conservation since her transformation, and also stars in a number of videos for children, which is where she gained her moniker, as she put on a safety vest and hardhat to warn children of the dangers of beaches and the like. She’s odd, and I think I’m going to have her living in the area of Florida, in-world.
Anyway, I did attend PaizoCon, and had the pleasure of trying an early peek at Paizo’s new playtest for Pathfinder‘s second edition. I enjoyed it a lot… and knowing myself, I’m going to shut up because I could go on for hundreds of words into details that most people won’t care about. Suffice to say, I had fun with it. I also had the opportunity to talk to people who do their licensing and their head of art, which gave me some food for thought.
I’ve updated the links to Down with the Queen‘s audiobooks, adding in the iTunes version, and I’ve already gotten back to work on The Avatar’s Flames. I imagine it’ll take me a little while to build up to speed again, but I’m going to do my best!
I hope everyone else had a good couple of weeks!